Mt Kilimanjaro the famed ice capped mountain lies just 3° south of the equator. As Tanzania’s landmark, Kilimanjaro towers over the surrounding African plains. In fact, it is the highest freestanding mountain in the world (5,895 meters/ 19,341 ft). A Mt. Kilimanjaro climb is unique in that within the span of a few days, you pass through a wide variety of climates and vegetation zones; from tropical rain forest to near arctic conditions.


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  • Mountain

    Kilimanjaro

  • Route

    Machame Route

  • Address

    Tanzania, Africa

  • Altitude

    5895m

  • Distance

    59km

Difficulty

HARD

Distance

59KM

Group size

>15

Duration

8 DAYS

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Kilimanjaro

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Accommodation Panama Garden Resort
Meals Half Board


Day 2: Machame Gate (1817m) to Machame Camp (3021m)

Half an hour drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where you will complete park registrations, then you are off on your 6 day trek. The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

Distance covered: 10km
Approx. time taken: 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 3: Machame Camp (3021m) to Shira Camp (3830m)

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance. 

Distance covered: 4.8km
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 4: Shira Camp (3830m) to Barranco Camp (3972m)

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

Distance covered: 10.8km
Approx. time taken: 8 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 5: Baranco Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

Distance covered: 8.5km
Approx. time taken: 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3801m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.


Distance covered: 13.4km
Approx. time taken: 12-15 hours
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included


Day 7: Trek Millennium Camp (3801m) to Mweka Gate (1635m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration. Overnight in Moshi.

Distance covered: 11.5km
Approx. time taken: 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included
Accommodation Panama Garden Resort


Day 8: Depart Kilimanjaro

The day is left free to rest and relax after a long, challenging week of trekking. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your morning flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast Included


When to climb Kilimanjaro

The best month for climbing is January, February, and September – when the weather is warmer, the skies clearer, and the threat of rainless. June, July, and August are also fine weather-wise, although they tend to be colder as this is ‘winter’ in Tanzania.

The rainy seasons (March through early June and November/December) are tougher times to attempt the climb, although it is still possible with appropriate preparation.

Timing the hike to summit during the full moon is a popular choice, as the brighter nights improve visibility and the moon hanging overhead makes for a beautiful moment when you’re standing atop The Roof of Africa.


PRICE INCLUDES
Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
18% VAT on tour fees & services
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 Season mountain tents & double layered Sleeping Mats
Transportation to & from the mountain gate
Fair wages for the professional guides & mountain crew
Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
2- way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $50 extra per vehicle)
PRICE EXCLUDES
Local and International flights
Items of a personal nature
Laundry Services
Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)
A doctor for the group
Sleeping bags not included
Personal travel insurance (very important)
Tips for guides recommended $150 per client
Tanzanian mountain Doctor
Visa – For more information about how to apply for a visa online please visit link below: https://ahsantetours.com/ho-to-apply-for-tanzanian-visa-online/