7 Days Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Destination

Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, Machame Route

Tour Overview

7 Days on The Mountain, 2 Nights in Arusha Hotel1 Arusha – 1 Machame Camp – 1 Shira 2 Camp – 1 Barranco Camp – 1 Karanga Camp – 1 Barafu Camp – 1 Mweka Camp – 1 Arusha

Rates Per Person

Day by Day

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, check in then go through the security check point and officials at the counter will check the required documents to verify your identity. You will go to the exit door where you will find a Kojuu safaris driver guide with a signboard written your name on it. He will greet you and take your luggage to our transfer vehicle and transferred you to Arusha city. On arrival at the hotel our driver guide will assist you with check in process then the hotel porter will take your luggage to your room. You will freshen up after a long flight and later on you will go down the restaurant for dinner and after dinner you can choose to relax at the facilities area take photos and later on go to your room.

Accommodation: Overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast basis

Journey Distance and Time: From Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha is 1 hour drive -55km

Day 2: Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

Breakfast, pick up and drive to Machame gate. Today’s walk is a long one: in pure numbers, you will gain around 1332 metres of altitude over a distance of just under 11km/7miles and can expect to be walking for 5 to 6 hours. You will also be able to see Kibo Peak, away to the east. We hope to reach camp at about 17.00hrs, giving you a couple of hours of welcome rest before dinner is served.

Accommodation: Overnight at Machame Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner.

Journey Distance and Altitude: From 1640m at Machame Gate to 2972m at the Machame Camp-5 – 6 hours walking

Day 3: Machame Camp – Shira Caves

An early start around 08.30hrs, we would expect to reach our camp by 14.00hrs, by which time we will have encountered the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. Enjoying your dinner around 18.00hrs.

Accommodation: Overnight at Shira 2 Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: From 2972m at Machame Camp to 3804m at Shira Caves – Walking 4-6 hours

Day 4: Shira Caves – Barranco Camp

Today is a long day but lots of acclimatization as you climb high, sleep low. We will take an acclimatization hike to Lava Tower (~15,190’) for lunch, before descending to the Barranco valley. For those who have energy, and if time and weather permit, there’s the possibility to scramble up the Lava Tower itself. The scenery is amazing today, passing through different zones of the mountain. Hiking: 6-8 hours. Dinner will be served.

Accommodation: Overnight at Barraco Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: From 3804 at Shira Caves, up to Lave Tower at 4630m, then down to Barranco Camp at 3950m – 6 to 8 hours

Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

Today will be a challenge that much is certain! Our departure time today will be 08.00hrs after breakfast, with a cooked lunch scheduled at Karanga for midday. Our ultimate destination, Barafu Camp, should be reached by 16.00hrs with our dinner at 18.00hrs. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk

Accommodation: Overnight at Karanga Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: From 3950m at Barranco Camp to 4033m at Karanga Camp- 4-5 hours’ walking

Day 6: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

Breakfast at 07.30hrs and another 08.30hrs departure. Today we will ascend about 523 metres in a distance of around 4km/2miles and walking time once again is between 4 to 5 hours. We will be aiming to arrive at the Barafu Camp 4556 meters by 13.00, when we will be rewarded with a cooked lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 17.30hrs, giving you time to get to bed early.

Accommodation: Overnight at Barafu Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: From 4033m at Karanga Camp to 4556m at Barafu Camp- 4-5 hours’ walking

Day 7: Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp

Start hiking at around midnight, using your headlamps to lead the way slowly up to Stella Point and then the summit. Due to the altitude, you will hike slowly, and will need to dress warmly for the cold. After celebrating with photos at the summit, descend down to Mweka camp.

Accommodation: Overnight at Mweka Camp

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Boxes and Dinner

Journey Distance and Altitude: From 4556m at Barafu Camp to the summit at 5895m, then down to 3100m at Mweka Camp – 11-14 hours

Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha

Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00hrs and at 08.00hrs you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’

Although we still have 9km to walk, departure is at a leisurely 09.00hrs and you descend down to the Mweka Gate which sits at an altitude of 1640 metres. There, you will be served a cooked lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate.

Your vehicle transport will be waiting to return you back to your Hotel in Arusha, where you can choose to relax – or, if you have any energy left, to celebrate!

Accommodation: Overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge

Meal Plan: Breakfast basis

Journey Distance and Time: From Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, descending from 3100m to 1640m – 3-4 hours walking- from Mweka Gate to Arusha (by vehicle) 3 hours.

Day 9: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Starting from:

$2,646

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Inclusions

  • Experienced and professional mountain guides
  • Guides, porters and cook
  • All park fees
  • Rescue fee
  • Sleeping bags
  • All meals including large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious food
  • 3 liters of bottled water for the first day of hiking per person
  • Guides will boil water or use steripens for water sanitization for you along the route
  • Clean and purified drinking water and soft drinks
  • High quality and waterproof four-seasons tents,
  • mattress and sleeping bag
  • Climbing poles
  • Quality mess tents with tables and chairs
  • Private and portable flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • First night and last night in Arusha
  • All airport transfers

Exclusions

  • International Airfares
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
  • Entry Visas to the country
  • Travel and health insurance

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