Machame Route

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Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climb – 8 Days

Machame Route

Departs as a custom climb daily on request.

Please note this climb is based on pick up and drop off Kilimanjaro airport

If extra services are required please inform us and we will happily assist

routesDay 01 – Moshi

Upon your arrival into Jro, you will be met and transferred to Springlands Hotel

Overnight at Springlands Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 02 – Moshi – National Park Gate

The climb starts from Machame Gate (1,800 m.) after a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain and also the zone from where 96% of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained. We have lunch at ‘halfway clearing’, a small opening in the trees, and then continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather, close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame (3,000 m.). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo, if the evening clouds permit. (6-8 hours walking)

Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.

Day 03 – Climb to Shira Plateau

A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. Here, there are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. It’s a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Cave (3,7200 m.) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. (4-6 hours walking)

Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.

Day 04 – Climb to Barranco Camp

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs, with extensive views of the plains far below. (5-7 hours walking)

Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.

Day 05 – Climb to Barafu Camp

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the southeastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. Lunch is usually taken at Karanga , the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) by mid afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, before a very early night. (6-8 hours walking)

Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.

Day 06 – Summit Day

We start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m.), in about five or six hours. We rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,100 m.) at the edge of Mweka Forest. (11-15 hours walking)

Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.

Day 07 – Moshi

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (4-6 hours walking). When we finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back to your hotel based in Moshi town centre.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 08 – Depart

Today you’ll be transferred back to Jro for your onward arrangements.

You may want to consider combining your climb with a safari to the Serengeti or a relaxing stay on the coast or Zanzibar. Let us know and we can built you a great adventure.

Cost Includes

  • Meet and greet services
  • Assistance at the airport
  • Mountain guide and porters
  • Transfers as specified
  • All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned
  • All accommodation and meals on the mountain
  • All park fees, hut fees and rescue fees
  • Government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Airport tax (pay direct)
  • Driver guide, mountain guide and porters gratuities
  • Climbing gear – if required can be hired locally
  • Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature

Additional remarks

We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability.

Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.

Passenger Information

Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris.

All the passengers must have Identification Card/Passport with them for internal flights.

Baggage on internal flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess baggage will be charged by the airline at check-in.

Passengers arriving to Tanzania may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

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