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Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

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The Seven (7) day Machame route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south-west, and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of ‘wilderness’ once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable, and we make our final ascent to the summit by the stunning Barafu route. The seven day itinerary gives maximum possible acclimatisation, and also gives us plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Please read the day to day itinerary for a full description on a day by day basis.

Trek type: Small- Medium group size, Youth and Family, High altitudes. Summit success rates: Stella Point (97%). Uhuru Peak (96%).

We are looking forward to showing you our Kilimanjaro and making sure that you get a wonderful trip!
DAY 1: Arrival day in Tanzania

Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport code: JRO you will welcomed by ANAPA representative who will usher you into a waiting vehicle and transfer you to the 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 (Arusha City excurtion). You will have a preliminary talk in preparation for your trek the following days. Dinner& Overnight at Outpost Lodge Arusha.

DAY 2: Kilimanajaro Gate -Machame hut
Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft - Distance: 11 km - Hiking Time: 5-7 hours - Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Arusha to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes 2Hours. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

DAY 3: Machame camp- Shira Camp
Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft - Distance: 5 km - Hiking Time: 4-6 hours - Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Dinner and overnight at the Shira campsite.

DAY 4: Shira Camp- Barranco Camp
Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft - Distance: 10 km - Hiking Time: 6-8 hours - Habitat: Semi Desert

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

DAY 5: Barranco Camp- Karanga Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft - Distance: 5 km - Hiking Time: 4-5 hours - Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

DAY 6: Karanga Camp- Barafu Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft - Distance: 4 km - Hiking Time: 4-5 hours - Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

DAY 7: Barafu Camp- Summit- Mweka Hut
Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) - Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent - Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent - 4-6 hours descent - Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 8: Mweka Camp- Mweka gate- Arusha
Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft - Distance: 10 km - Hiking Time: 3-4 hours - Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we 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). At the gate, A vehicle will meet you and drive back to hotel in Arusha.

Day 9: Arusha- Transfer

After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans or be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport.
what’s included
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant.
  • Porters – minimum of 3 per client.
  • Flying Doctors Emergencies, if needed.
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation bed & breakfast in Arusha before and after the climb.
  • 2 transfers from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Machame gate – return.
  • 3 meals per day while trekking: Vegetarian/non-vegetarian.
  • 7 days Kilimanjaro trek – Machame route.
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in tents while trekking.
  • All park entrance fees, and government levies.
  • First Aid Kit including Oxygen Kit.
  • Camping Equipment including sleeping tents, sleeping mats, dining tent, chairs and table.
  • Climbing certificate
  • Complementary of printed Climbing-hat and T-shirt
what’s excluded
  • International flight ticket to Tanzania
  • Travel documents i.e Insurance, Visa, Health certificate
  • Sleeping bag
  • Items of personal nature.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Tanzanian
meeting/Start point Arusha, Tanzania
other information
Anapa Travel Tanzania Ltd / Product Category: Trekking
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