7 Days / 6 Nights Machame Route Kilimanjaro

Arrive/Arusha – Moshi – Climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Moshi – Arusha/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Springlands Hotel Moshi Day 1 Day 2 B&B 1 Night
Machame Camp Mount Kilimanjaro Day 2 Day 3 FB 1 Night
Shira Camp Mount Kilimanjaro Day 3 Day 4 FB 1 Night
Barranco Camp Mount Kilimanjaro Day 4 Day 5 FB 1 Night
Barafu Camp Mount Kilimanjaro Day 5 Day 6 FB 1 Night
Mweka Camp Mount Kilimanjaro Day 6 Day 7 FB 1 Night
Not Included Transfer for International departure flight back home Day 7 Day 7 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 1: SPRINGLANDS HOTEL, MOSHI

Moshi

Located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, close to the Kenyan border in Northern Tanzania, the vibrant town of Moshi is known as a coffee producing hub boasting vast coffee plantations. The majestic snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro towers over this little African town. Moshi serves as the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park and provides an excellent base from which to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Visitors can enjoy day trips, short hikes, or longer expeditions using Moshi as a starting point. Other popular activities include: spotting the Big Five on a wildlife safari, visiting a local village to learn about Maasai culture, and sampling mouth-watering Tanzanian cuisine.

Day Itinerary

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport ex international flight and transfer to Moshi town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Half Board accommodation at a Base Hotel in Moshi (Springlands Hotel)

Overnight: Springlands Hotel          

Springlands Hotel situated near Moshi in Tanzania is an ideal base for mountain walking trips and safaris to Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and other wilderness areas in northern Tanzania. The modern hotel is located on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. The hotel features a large and modern swimming pool, an airy dining area set in pleasant gardens and indoor and outdoor bars. The accommodations all have spacious tiled en suite facilities with showers, windows fitted with mosquito netting and fans. The hotel is named after the freshwater springs which is located just a short distance away from the hotel.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2:  MACHAME CAMP, MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in Africa. Straddling the Kenya/Tanzania border, the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro rises up to an impressive 5896 metres above sea level. It is one of the world’s highest volcanoes, the highest mountain on the African continent, and the highest free-standing mountain on earth; making it an international destination attracting trekkers and mountaineers from around the globe. Set within the Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro emerges from the sprawling plains of Tanzania and boasts dense tropical rainforests, glacial ice fields, moorlands, and mystical moonscapes. Take on the colossal challenge of climbing this majestic mountain, explore the lush forested foothills, soak up the breathtaking views or take a wildlife safari and spot some of Africa’s diverse wildlife including: elephant, buffalo, leopard, duiker, eland, hyrax, blue monkeys and more.

Day Itinerary

Transfer to Machame Gate and begin ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro via Machame Route. Upon completion of entry formalities, begin walking through the mist on a 4 x 4 track for about an hour into the forest. The track ends, and the trail continues up through the dripping, verdant forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and many even see black & white colobus monkeys and sykes monkeys as they hike along the forest floor.

The trek is quite long (12 miles / 20 km), though not very steep, and it takes from 5 to 7 hours trekking to reach the first camp. Machame Camp is just above the forest zone, in the heather zone. When it is clear, there are views of jagged Shira ridge and the summit itself. MACHAME GATE (5,950 ft./ 1,815 mt.) ~ MACHAME CAMP (9,850 ft./ 3,000m)

Overnight: Machame Camp

The Machame Camp is one of the first pitstops along the Machame Route of Mount Kilimanjaro. From the Machame Gate, climbers will hike for about 7 hours through the rainforest to get to Machame Camp. They would overnight at the camp before heading through the moorland towards Shira Camp.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3:  SHIRA CAMP, MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Wake early to a steaming cup of tea of coffee served in your tent, and then after breakfast, begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of giant Heather and Erica. The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the glaciers atop which mark the summit; Uhuru Peak. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by the bizarre lobelia and senecio plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. You’ll reach camp after descending a small valley and crossing a brook, then ascending up onto the Shira Ridge, after a total of about 4 to 5 hours of trekking. MACHAME CAMP ~ SHIRA CAMP (12,600 ft. / 3,840 m)

Overnight: Shira Camp        

Shira Camp forms part of the second leg of the journey up Mount Kilimanjaro. There are 2 camps – Shira Camp 1 on west side and Shira Camp 2 on the east. The Shira Plateau landscape features a tropical rainforest and shrub land where a range of flora and fauna species are found. Climbers might also spot the White Naped Raven.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4:  BARRANCO CAMP, MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro

As previously described

Day Itinerary

Proceed steadily upward over long ridgelines of high desert about 4 hours, and break for lunch at about 14,500 feet (4,420 mt.). After lunch, continue to Lava Tower, a 300 foot-tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet (4,600 m). In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself.

Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Trekking time is from 6 to 7 hours. SHIRA CAMP ~ BARRANCO CAMP (12,950 ft./ 3,950 m)

Overnight: Barranco Camp   

Barranco Camp is the third pit stop along the Machame Route climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro. This area of the mountain is semi-desert and the camp is set in a valley close to the Great Barranco Wall.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: BARAFU CAMP, MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro

As previously described

Day Itinerary

The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’, and then we trek 3-4 hours and stop in the Karanga Valley for a hot lunch. In the afternoon the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for rest and sleep.
BARRANCO CAMP ~ BARAFU CAMP (15,200 ft./ 4,630 m)

Overnight: Barafu Camp      

Mount Kilimanjaro climbers would approach Barafu camp at about the 5th day of the journey. The word ‘barafu’ is the Swahili word for ‘ice’, which refers to the cold climate at this altitude.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: MWEKA CAMP, MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro

As previously described

Day Itinerary

The steaming hot drink will arrive very early on this momentous day. A midnight wake-up call is the start of a
juggernaut (12-17 hrs of trekking). You begin trekking at 12hr30 to 0100hr. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. The winding path of endless switchbacks will take form and shape in the shadows of the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers at early dawn, and behind you the spires of Mawenzi will be silhouetted against the red glow of the sun from beneath the clouds.

After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater, at Stella Point, at 19,000 feet (5,790 mt.), which is the end of the steep track. From here, there is a gentle slope upward about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak. After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp for some rest, then again summon your strength for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.

BARAFU CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./5,895 mt.) ~ MWEKA CAMP(10,200 ft./3,110 m)

Overnight: Mweka Camp    

Mweka Camp is the final campsite on the journey up Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbers would arrive here after a 7 hour hike from Summit Uhuru Peak.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: END OF ITINERARY

Day Itinerary

Descend straight to the gate (2-3 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates.

On arrival at the gate you will have lunch, and then will be transferred back to Arusha for drop off at Moyoni Airport Lodge in Arusha. MWEKA CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE (6,000 ft. /1,830 m) End of our service

Basis

Breakfast

 The price includes:

  • Arrival and Departure airport transfer
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (Pre and after the climb)
  • Transfers to and from the mountain gates
  • Park fees, hut fees and rescue fees with 18% VAT
  • Professional, Certified and Experienced Mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, and cook salaries and fees
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Enough portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food while on the mountain (3meals a day)
  • Clean, purified drinking water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) Authority and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operator (KIATO)
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Oxygen tank
  • Crisis management and safety procedures.

Price not includes:

  • Tips for guides and support staff
  • Sleeping bag and personal items
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Extra activities.
  • Extra nights on the Mountain ($380 per person per night)
  • And all not listed above

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