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Tanzania Trekking Tour

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in climbing Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route. You’re in good company. The Machame route is the most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route for their trip. It is also one of the cheaper routes due to its easy access and shorter itinerary.

Highlights

  • Trekking days as per itinerary
  • See various habitats along the route
  • Professional and experienced mountain guides
  • Guides, porters, cook, and park fees
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

Skill level

  • Beginner

7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
Airport transfer available:
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (US$ 350 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
21:30
Check-out Time:
09:00

You will stay at Keys Hotel Moshi on the first night on the day of arrival. It is a very good hotel located at Uru Road. During the trek, you will stay at various camps along the Machame route as per the itinerary.

Program

Itinerary

Arrival day: Pre - trek briefing

You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. There will be a pre - trek briefing at your Moshi hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today you will spend having a pre - trek briefing. They will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed.

Day 1: Hotel to Machame Camp

Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate which takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

You depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. You continue a short distance until you reach the Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830 m / 6000 ft to 3050 m / 9950 ft
  • Distance: 11 km / 7 mi
  • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Habitat: mountain forest
  • Meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast you leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until you arrive at the Shira campsite.

  • Elevation: 3050 m / 9950 ft to 3850 m / 12,600 ft
  • Distance: 5 km / 3 mi
  • Walking time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Habitat: moorland
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau you continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, your direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation 4650 m / 15,250 ft). Shortly after the tower you come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. You now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850 m / 12,600 ft to 4000 m / 13,000 ft
  • Distance: 10 km / 6 mi
  • Walking time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Habitat: semi - desert
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, you leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

  • Elevation: 4000 m / 13,000 ft to 4050 m / 13,250 ft
  • Distance: 5 km / 3 mi
  • Climbing time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Habitat: alpine desert
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

You continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here you make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 4050 m / 13,250 ft to 4700 m / 15,350 ft
  • Distance: 4 km / 2 mi
  • Climbing time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Habitat: alpine desert
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 a.m.), you continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1 - hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit you begin your descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. You arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy your last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700 m / 15,350 ft to 5895 m / 19,340 ft
  • Down to 3090 m / 10,150 ft
  • Distance: 5 km / 3 mi up / 13 km / 8 mi down
  • Hiking time: 5 - 7 hours up / 5 - 6 hours down
  • Habitat: stone scree and ice - capped summit
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel

After breakfast you continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t - shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

The vehicles will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

  • Elevation: 3090 m / 10,150 ft to 1680 m / 5500 ft
  • Distance: 10 km / 6 mi
  • Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Habitat: forest
  • Meals: breakfast
  • -Departure day

Today is the day for your departure.

Location

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.

The Machame route on Kilimanjaro is a moderately difficult trail, but very doable even for first time backpackers with little to no altitude experience. This route is recommended for those who want a shorter route due to its good acclimatization profile.

Machame is designed for those with above average fitness and some hiking experience. But, plenty of first time trekkers use the route as well and do just fine. It is rated as one of Kilimanjaro’s better routes and thus is recommended.

Food

All meals while on the mountain are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs
  • Hotel extra nights
  • Safari extra day
  • Zipline
  • Maasai visit

Spa treatments

  • Massage available upon request

What's included

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel / airport
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • 8 nights accommodation - hotel + quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • Camping or hut fees (part of park fees)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the government)
  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

What's not included

  • Tanzania visa
  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc. (available for renting)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Liquors, beers, and bottled beverages
  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer available: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (US$ 350 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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