Trekking Machame Route is one of the most scenic route on the mountain, our trek begins in the rainforest winding through the giant heather zone into the moorland, and finally into the highland desert.
Each night we will overnight in mountain dome tents enjoying the meals prepared by our mountain camp chefs. Your guide will be the local Tanzanian guides the expertise and best knowledge of the mountain, explain fascinating details about the route, Flora and Fauna, and attend to the endless details that make a climb successful and look out for your safety.
Day 01: Transfer to Town of Moshi
Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport/Bus station and transfer by shuttle bus to Moshi drop of at Hotel your will enjoy stupendous view of Mount Kilimanjaro (Bed & Breakfast).
Day 02: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
After breakfast at your hotel you will depart for the Machame village where your climb begins. From the park entrance gate the first bit of your walk is about two to three hours long, through dense forest of fig, rubber trees and tropical vegetation. You will stop for lunch before making your way to the first of your campsites for the evening. You will reach Machame camp between 5pm and 6pm. Your camp is set up near some old metal huts, which were once used for shelter. Today should be taken easy giving you time to acclimatize and enjoy the views.
Day 03: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
A typical day on the mountain starts with a 6am wake up call for breakfast which weather depending will be enjoyed with fabulous views of the mountain peaks. Today’s trek will take you up a steep track through tall grasses and volcanic rocks. Lunch will be enjoyed just below the Shira plateau about three to four hours from the Shira camp, which you should arrive at between 2pm and 3pm. Many climber starts feeling the effects of the altitude by this stage. Feeling lethargic and having headaches is a common problem and the guides advise sleep and hot tea.
Day 04: Shira Plateau to Barranco Camp
Today a steady walk takes you up passed the lava tower where you will stop for lunch before you start your descent towards the Barranco camp this stunning descent takes you along an immense canyon called the Grand Barranco. Along the way you will see numerous waterfalls and streams coming off the mountain. Your camp for tonight is set at almost the same altitude as last nigh
Day 05: Barranco Cliff to Barafu Camp
This morning you will begin your hike to the Karanga Camp, which is also on the same altitude at the Barranco Camp. There is a bit of a steep climb when you get the the Barranco cliff and you will spend the rest of the day climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain until you reach your camp for the night. The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive in time for lunch having spent about four hours trekking. Climbers who choose to asend to the peak will go to bed very early tonight and tomorrow is the longest climb.
Day 06: Barafu Camp-ascent to summit; descent to Mweka Camp
Today you will be woken at midnight and after a light breakfast you will start climbing at around 1am. This is when the real work begins and the climb becomes much more difficult. At this stage very few climbers will be free from the effects of altitude sickness. But the end is in sight. Making your way up the beautiful paths that are surrounded by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater between Stella and Hans Mayer. Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit! Uhuru stands at 19,340 feet and is the highest point of the African continent. The view is amazing and the feeling of accomplishment overwhelming. The descent to the Mweka camp is no easier arriving at around 5pm. You will have trekked for a total of thirteen hours today.
Day 07: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate (park entrance)
On your final day you will descend from Mweka camp to the base. The descent to the gate will take approximately 5 hours and climbers usually arrive before noon. At the gate climber will be rewarded with certificates of their success! Pick up our gear and drive to our hotel in Moshi. It is a welcome treat to sleep in a comfortable bed, take a hot shower and celebrate the climb with a meal and some drinks. Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
End of the trekking
Price cost $1480 per person minimum 4people- Group price discount.
What is Included:
Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport, 2night accommodation in Moshi (bed and breakfast), 5nights/6days Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek (Machame Route) – Park, camp and rescue fees, experienced English speaking guide, porters, tents, 3 meals a day whilst on trek, transfers to and from the mountain gates from and to Moshi.
What is not included:
Drinks, tips, insurance, hire of any clothing / equipment, sleeping bag, personal toiletry requirements and all items of a personal nature.