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Machame Route

Price
$1930 (2-3)pax
Duration
8 Days
Destination
Machame - Shira
Travellers
25+
7 Reviews

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Safari in Serengeti National Park + Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight in Maasai Village at West Kilimanjaro. Walking safari Arusha National Park. Visit local hot spring. Extend the vacation on the Paradise Island Zanzibar

Day 1 : Arrives Kilimanjaro International Airport

At the airport you will be welcomes by our tour guide who will be with you throughout your stay in Tanzania. From the airport you will be transferred to Mbugani Hotel Moshi for overnight on bed and breakfast

Meal Plan: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Mbugani Hotel Moshi

Day 2 : Start of Machame Route at Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

The first few meters of this trail will be spent walking on well laid out forest road to the forest camp. The habitat on this section of the trek constitutes dense rainforests so you will feel the humidity and the effects of precipitation. On either side of the road, you will see giant red ferns and impatiens.

Walking distance : approximately 9 km

Duration : 6-7 hours

Vegetation zone : Ascent in the rainforest zone

After your breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the Machame Gate. It's a two-hour journey to the Gate and on way, you will see vignettes of local Tanzanian life. Once you reach the village WeruWeru you will make a break for a small mountain trail past banana plantations leaving the main road behind. At the Machame Gate, you will finish your the paperwork and registration formalities in the official book of TANAPA and have your luggage distributed to the porters before you start your climb. The first few meters of this trail will be spent walking on the well-laid forest road to the forest camp. The habitat on this section of the trek is through dense rainforests so you will feel the humidity and the effects of precipitation. On either side of the road, you will see red giant ferns and impatiens. Along the way, you will have a brief halt for lunch. The trek after lunch will be on a steep narrow ridge. As you continue ascending you can see the rainforests giving way to heather moorland and after a short hike later you reach the Machame Camp at an altitude of 3010m. The porters would have reached the place in advance to set up the tent. After some tea and biscuits, you can settle down and plan for the next day. If the conditions are right you can enjoy the evening views of Kibo before having your dinner and turning in.

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) – Shira Camp (3845m)

You will wake up with the morning sun and enjoy a good breakfast before starting your ascent at the heather moorland zone at an altitude of 3200 meters on narrow trails laden with huge rocks formations. The trek towards the Shira camp will be a shorter one but challenging as you will be required to negotiate certain steep sections. At this height, the air is already rarified and after arriving at a rocky outcrop you will have a lunch break at 3400 meters. Post lunch awaits the difficult part of the trek which includes steep walls and deep gorges, many ascents and descents and changes of habitat with sparse vegetation giving way to black lava to reach the Shira camp which is located in the middle of the Shira Plateau at an altitude of 3845 meters. If you have some energy and adventure pending in you then have your guide accompany you to the Shira Cathedral, and the Needle and the Shira-Hill. The views of Mount Meru and Kibo from Shira camp are great.

The rest of the evening is as the previous day.

Day 4 : Shira Camp (3845m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

The route is well passable. On Lavatower at an altitude of 4430 meters you have reached your altitude goal for today. It is very quiet up here, so you can hear your own heartbeat and the wind in your ears.

Walking distance : approximately 10 km

Duration : 6-7 hours

Vegetation zone : Ascend in Moorland / alpine desert

After breakfast, you will leave your camp and embark on a hike to Kibo. The hike on the alpine deserts rises gently and a steady trek later you will reach Lava Tower perched at an altitude of 4430 meters. It's a desolate and barren place up there and you can feel the wind rustling in your ears. As you take a break for lunch pan out your eyes and explore the magnificent snowlines above the Lava Tower. Post lunch you will continue your hike to Barranco Valley only to descent south to Barranco Camp through the impressive Senecio forests. From here you can catch glimpses of the Barranco Wall and the Western Breach. It's a day which will make you feel the effects of high altitude so you might feel some dizziness or headaches, but its normal. Rest and hydrate well in the wonderful views of the evening sunset.

Day 5 : Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu camp (4550m)

Today we will tackle the intimidating Barranco Wall. After breakfast, we will begin our ascent of the steep Barranco Wall, which will be less climbing and more a scramble on all fours and then make a descent into Karanga Valley. From Karanga valley, we head to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail and continuing a steady ascent we reach the Barafu Hut.

Walking distance : approximately 13 km

Duration : 8 hours

Vegetation zone : Alpine Desert

Today we will tackle the intimidating Barranco Wall. After breakfast, we will begin our ascent of the steep Barranco Wall, which will be less climbing and more a scramble on all fours and then make a descent into Karanga Valley. From Karanga valley, we head to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail and continuing a steady ascent we reach the Barafu Hut. At this point, we have finished a round-up of the southern circuit and from Barafu, you can see soak in some great views of the summit and Mawenzi peak from a multitude of angles. You will have your dinner and turn in early as the summit challenge begins at midnight and sleep and rest will put you in better shape to make it to the top

Day 6: Summit Day: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Night ascend to the summit and then descend to Mweka Camp.

Walking distance : approximately 19 km

Duration : 14 - 16 hours

Vegetation zone : Alpine Desert

The ascent to the summit begins at midnight so you will wake up at midnight, have tea and some snacks. Then you will gather your gear and start your ascent into darkness in freezing temperatures with your guide showing you the way. The first challenge will be negotiating the moderately steep boulder laden trail to make your way through Rebmann Glacier to reach Hans Meyer Cave (5,150 m). Continuing on and after multiple switchbacks, you reach the crater rim and finally the Stella Point(5740m). But that's not the summit and after another short hike of about 150 m, you reach the summit at Uhuru peak. The trail to the Uhuru is laden with snow and scree along the crater's rim. At the summit at Uhuru(5895m) awaits the most magnificent sunrise over the east. Pull out your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas that open up to you and also capture photos with your team to mark a personal milestone After basking for a few moments at the summit you will start your descent to Stella point, then Hans Meyer Point down to the Rebmann Glacier and further downhill to the Mweka Camp where you will rest and recuperate. The decent is a taxing one so use your trekking poles to support your joints.

Day 7 : Descend: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka-Gate (1680m)

After 10 kilometers you will reach the Mweka Gate. Your driver is already there waiting for you and transfers you back to your hotel. At the end of the tour your guide will present to you a more than earned certificate for your Kilimanjaro climb. Transfer

Walking distance : approximately 10 km

Duration : 3-4 hours

Vegetation zone : Descent through moorland and rain forest

his is your last day on Kilimanjaro and after breakfast you will have a nice group photo as a souvenir and memory of your triumph before you start your descent. The descent trail is a well laid out forest road with a major section characterized by rain forested slopes. After ten kilometers you will reach the Mweka Gate where you will receive your summit certificates (green certificate – Stella Point and gold certificate Uhuru Peak) from the park office as a recognition of your efforts. Lifetime Safaris vehicle will be waiting for you at the gate to drive you back to Moshi at your hotel or Arusha for overnight if you still have a program for Safari.

Day 8 : Flight back home or continuing for safari

Depending on your choice you will either continue your travel with safari if any arranged or you will return back to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure. If decided to departure, your guide will pick you up after breakfast for town tour and lunch in Arusha Town and then later take you to Kilimanjaro Airport.

Note : You can rent hiking equipment in our shop if you do not have any gear with you. The cost for total rent twill be an extra 200 USD/personincluded everything you need for climbing the mountain.If you bring any personal equipment (such as sleeping bag, hiking shoes, camel back etc.) this cost will be reduced. Note: Join group will have specific dates so please if you choose this option we ask you to let us know the month you wish to travel so we can give you th dates available to join other traveller

What's included

  • Departure
    Moshi
  • Departure Time
    Please arrive by 10:20 AM for a prompt departure at 10:50 AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM
  • Price
    1 pax : USD 3120
    Group Tour : USD 3120
  • Included
    Transfers from Kilimanjaro international airport
    Services of English-speaking mountain guide.
    Oxygen cylinder
    Accommodations and meals as indicated on the itinerary Camping equipment
    Mountain Crew potters and Chef
    Accommodation on bed and breakfast at hotel on arrival & departure date
    All Kilimanjaro Parks entry fee
    Transportation
  • Not Included
    International Flights
    Visas
    Optional activities mentioned on the above itinerary
    Travel/medical/baggage insurance
    Tips, Laundry
    Telephone bills (Whenever applicable)
    Any other items of a personal nature

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Cherie S

Exceptionally professional service from Lifetime Safaris. Excellent booking arrangements, and service which followed through for the 3 days of our sojourn. Our outstanding guide was conversant on every level and incredibly knowledgeable on every animal we saw. The attention to detail by both our guide.

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AG Bing

I joined an open trip to Ngorongoro and Serengiti. It's a great trip with great people and guides. All the services were great.

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matust78

i came across Lifetime Safaris after a friend recommended to me , and I've already done a safari in Kenya before , and i have to say , i felt like I'm in safe hands ,Baraka (owner)made sure I'm getting the best experience for what i was able to pay for.

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