- Summiting Mt Kilimanjaro via the famous Machame Route
- The Entire Route - The Machame Route is great for Acclimatization
On the Machame route a challenging point is the Baranco wall. We will take it slow and steady making sure that we pass it in a safe manner. While reaching the Mt. Kilimanjaro summit is a highlight in fact the entire Machame route is excellent.
On the way down from Mt. Kilimanjaro we will descend via the Mweka route. As for accommodation we will be making use of camping where also toilet facilities will be available.
Comparing the Machame route with the other Kili-routes then it is simply a longer and some times steeper. It covers more ground and involves more ups and downs. It wears you out more, takes more energy, but does not require more skill. But, a key advantage is that it offers much better acclimatization - increasing your chance of reaching the summit.
Some people are terribly worried about climbing the Barranco Wall. Don't worry. It's not a cliff face and it's not a climb. It's mostly a very steep path that requires you to use your hands every now and then.
For a detailed itinerary kindly see the itinerary tab. We look forward to providing you with an excellent climb on Africa's highest free standing mountain in the world.
Pick up from your hotel in Arusha at 8.00am with our 4x4 Land Rovers drive to Machame Gate. After the Park fees have been paid, you will enter into the cover of the natural rain forest, which surrounds the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro. This part of the walk is very gradual with great photo opportunities as the suns rays filter through the dense canopy overhead. You can take your Picnic Lunch on route as you ascend through the mystical forest for your first overnight stay at Machame Camp. Day one is great introduction to the adventure you are embarking on. Walking time ranges from 4.5hrs- 6hrs.Altitude is 3100mts. Hot water is provided to refresh yourself before Dinner, enjoy the Mountain's silence as night descends upon Machame Camp for your first night.
After breakfast, break camp and with picnic Lunch boxes continue your ascent leaving the Lushness of the rain Forest behind you. This part of the walk cuts up along various ridges which are dotted with scrubby low land bush this eventually gives way to the more hardy Alpine Flora and Fauna of the open plateau. The walk will take you 5hrs - 6.5hrs including your picnic lunch, the views are stunning as you begin to gain altitude. On one side you have the soft outline of Kilimanjaro towering over you and off in the distance stands Mt Meru. Dinner and Overnight at Shira Camp, which is 3840mts.
After breakfast, begin a gradual climb cutting your way through the low Alpine bush. Bird watching on these open slopes can be rewarding with several different type of birds of prey scouring the scrub for small mammals. The scenery will change to rusty Red moraine fields as you continue on toward Lava tower, finally descend to Baranco Camp. Altitude here is 3900mts Lunch will be taken on route. This is a good day for acclimatization as you reach a higher altitude than that of Baranco. Dinner & overnight at Baranco Camp. This day will take 5 - 6 hrs.
After breakfast, with your picnic Lunch boxes proceed to skirt around the south side of the mountain. Begin to climb through the Alpine desert and moraine fields. Barafu Camp is reached in 4.5hrs- 6hrs Altitude here is (4600m). Relax and soak up the vistas below you, a light dinner will be served. Rest and try and get some sleep, you will be woken at 12:30am for your final challenge.
After a hot tea and snacks start your ascent to the highest peak in Africa (Uhuru Peak) this stands at (5895m). Have your camera ready for when the sun winks a sleepy eye at you. After you have done the victory dance on the summit and celebrate with your guide take a close look at the ice formations of the Glaciers and in your own time reflect on this amazing achievement. Start the descent to Barafu Camp for breakfast, then proceed down toward Mweka camp cutting through lowland grasses and scrub. Break for Picnic Lunch and refreshments the walking time for this day is around 8hrs - 10hrs. (Including summit ascent) After leaving Barafu the walking flattens out and follows tracks onto Mweka camp. Dinner & Overnight at which is 3340 metres.
After breakfast, with your picnic lunch boxes, proceeds back down into the forest, a beautiful walk again offering good bird watching opportunities, there are some good viewpoints on route to the valley below. Continue down to Mweka Gate. Here you will meet one of our vehicle, and be brought back to Arusha Via AAA Express Adventure office, then back to your Hotel
- Park entry fees
- Camping fees
- Rescue fees
- Three meals a day
- All camping equiments