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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route

Introduction:
We always recommend climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route since it has the highest success rate.  Machame is a scenic route that starts from the Southern slopes where climbers climb high during the day and descend again before camping for the night. This helps with the much needed acclimatization.

You will need at least 8 days for this adventure. The climb itself takes 6 days and 5 nights and we include one day before and after the climb in a comfortable hotel in Arusha.

  • The basics

How much: € 1790 pp
Single climber: € 1840
How long: 6 days on Kilimanjaro, 2 days in Arusha
Accommodation: Camping on Kilimanjaro, hotel in Arusha
Group size: 10 climbers per group max
Start point: Arusha, Tanzania
End point: Arusha, Tanzania
Meals: As indicated below
Countries: Tanzania
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Included: Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary, Professional, English-speaking guide, Mountain crew (cook & porters), Meals according to the itinerary, Drinking water, Overnight stays in hotels and camping on the mountain, All national park fees, All mentioned transfers
Excluded: Flights, Sleeping bag, Optional activities, Alcoholic and soft drinks, Visa fees, Tips, Personal spending money (for souvenirs etc), Travel insurance, etc.

  • Day to day description l Machame Route

Day 1 Arrival in Tanzania, transfer to hotel in Arusha
Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and taken to your hotel in Arusha. The rest of the day will be yours to do as you please; you may choose to relax at the hotel or explore the small town of Arusha (a small taxi ride away). You will have a preliminary talk to help you prepare for your Kilimanjaro climb via the Machame route.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park. The drive there takes about 45 minutes. While your guide takes care of the paperwork, you can watch the mountain team preparing for the climb – it is always impressive ‘what’ and ‘how’ everything is carried up the mountain. Once everything is done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. You will quickly be deep within the magnificent mountain rain forest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. With a little luck you might get a glimpse and hear the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After about 5 – 6 hours, you will reach the destination for today – The Machame Camp – which is situated just above the tree line at 3000m. Here, at the base of the Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m)
After an early start, you will leave the Machame Camp where the path steepens and the landscape turns into a moor and heath land, allowing you to take in the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous one and by mid-afternoon, you will reach the campsite at the Shira Plateau. The camp offers a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the warm evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.
Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 New Shira Camp – Lava Tower Hut – Barranco Camp (3960m)
Today you will climb around 700m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4500m will be reached during the next two days before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape moves towards an afro-alpine desert. The trek passes through the spacious and sweeping Barranco Valley with its giant senecio and lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp. We camp here for the night, enjoying a good evening meal.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)
The trek for today starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety comes first and you will be secured wherever necessary along this route. Following the ridge as it wanders up and down, it offers wonderful views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch in preparation for the 2 – 3 hrs climb to Barafu Camp (4640m). Once at camp, you can relax, have dinner and take a short nap in preparation for the early start for the next stage.
Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6 Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)
The climb to the summit begins at midnight after you had some hot tea and a light snack. You will start by climbing the screes of the Kibo, only lit by headlamps. After 5 – 7 hrs of climbing in the dark, you will arrive at Stella Point at the rim of the crater of Kilimanjaro. Another 1 – 2 hrs climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit at Uhuru Peak (5895m)! You have reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the “Roof of Africa“! Here, you will witness Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying its surrounding landscape being lit up and warmed by the rays of the sun – a truly liberating experience.

The simple descent runs almost along the same route and just before midday, you will arrive back at Barafu Camp. Here the rest of the mountain crew will have waited for you and upon your return will provide you with a warm meal. After a well-deserved break of 1 – 2 hrs, you will be on your way to Mweka Camp (3080m) where an evening meal and a well earned sleep awaits you.
Meals: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Arusha
The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then a gentle 2 -3 hrs descent through the rain forest continues to Mweka Gate where your driver takes you back to your hotel in Arusha. Once back in Arusha, you can just relax and relieve your aching muscles in the pool and enjoy the warm sun.
Meals: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 8 Arusha – Additional Services
After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans or be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport.
Meals: Breakfast

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Services before and after the climb
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your trek through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.

The Green Hills of Africa is a little resort near the town of Arusha and is around 30 minutes from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. There is a restaurant with a sports bar and a 20m long swimming pool to enjoy. The Resort is set in a spacious tropical park surrounded by romantic stonewalls. Green lawns extend under majestic trees that are lining the Ndurumanga River.