Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route

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  • Duration:6 Day(s)
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  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
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    • Couple
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    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Africa, Tanzania,
    • Machame Gate - Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Shira Camp One
    • Barranco Camp
    • Barafu Camp
    • Millenium Camp
    • Mweka gate
  • Pickup

    airport

    From: To:
    3:18 AM 3:18 PM
  • Drop-off

    airport

    From: To:
    3:19 AM 3:19 PM
  • Age Range 10 - 100 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights

climb Kilimanjaro, the Machame route

Tour Introduction

For those who wish to climb Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. The Machame route exposes the climber to higher Heights quicker (day three) which kick-start the body's adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging Height gains and losses. The 6 day Machame route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high Height, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.

ITINERARY

Height (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft Distance: 11 km Climbing Time: 5-7 hours Habitation: Rain Forest The drive from Moshi/Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate passing through the village of Machame which is located on the base of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Height (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft Distance: 5 km Climbing Time: 4-6 hours Habitation: Moorland After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge, overnight at the Shira campsite.

Height (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft Distance: 10 km Climbing Time: 6-8 hours Habitation: Semi Desert From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same Height as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Height (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft Distance: 9km Climbing Time: 8-10 hours Habitation: Alpine Desert After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Height (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent Climbing Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent Habitation: Arctic Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will need gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Height (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft Distance: 10 km Climbing Time: 3-4 hours Habitation: Rain Forest After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your certificates. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Park Gate to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation
Location Nights Type Property Name Rating Occupancy
Kilimanjaro 2 Hotel Kilimanjaro crane hotel 4 Star Private
the night before the climb and the night after the climb accommodation  in Moshi Kilimanjaro Town Hotel
Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Airport Transfer
  • Arrival and departure transfers from, to airport
Guide

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

Meals
  • Halal
  • Jain
  • Kosher
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

All meals while on the Mountain

Transport
  • Jeep & 4WD

Transport From Hotel To National Park Gate & Airport Transfers

Extra Services
Other Included
    All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel Professional, experienced, mountain guides Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis) Sleeping Mattress Emergency Oxygen Cylinder All meals while on the Mountain Quality Mess tents with table and chairs Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food Clean, purified drinking water Conservation fees (part of park fees) Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees) Rescue fees (part of park fees) VAT (18% charged by the Government)
    Kilimanjaro summit certificate

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Insurance

Other Excluded:

  • Tanzania Visa
  • International and domestic flights
  • Hotel (available as an optional addon)
  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

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Covid Safety

We Follow All The Guidelines Of COVID.Separate Mask Is Provided For The Driver Guide Client And The Sensitizer Bottle Is Available 24 Hrs In The Car Bus

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Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 50 % of the tour amount

Tour Date Change Policy

Tour Date can be changed 30 day(s) prior departure

Reviews

Mount Kilimanjaro climb Machame Route 7 Day
Written on 12 Jun 2023

This was my first guided climb but I was very pleased withe the service and support that brayan and his team at spider tours and safaris provided. They graciously pick you up at the airport, transport

Mount Kilimanjaro climb Machame Route 7 Day
Written on 22 Mar 2023

Choose this company for your mount Kilimanjaro climbing and Safari for wildlife animals they will take care of you and organize the trip they greeted us at airport and drove us to the Hotel our guides

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