09 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro | Machame Route

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Climb Overview |

Mt. Kilimanjaro climb, a journey that promises not just a summit triumph but an immersive experience in Tanzania’s natural wonders. Our expert-guided trek begins at the iconic Machame Gate, winding through diverse landscapes from lush rainforests to alpine deserts. As you ascend, be prepared for awe-inspiring views of glaciers and vast plains. Our carefully crafted itinerary allows for acclimatization, increasing your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa.

09 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro | Machame Route

Detailed Itinerary

This itinerary is a general guide; actual trekking times and camps may vary. Adequate acclimatization is crucial, and the itinerary allows for gradual altitude gain.

You’ll be accompanied by experienced guides and a dedicated team, you’ll not only conquer Kilimanjaro but forge lasting memories against the breathtaking backdrop of this majestic mountain. Join us for a transformative adventure that goes beyond the summit—a true exploration of self and nature.

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where our operations Manager or our Kilimanjaro climbing experts will meet you outside the arrival hall and usher you into a waiting transfer car that is private for you. You will be transferred to a hotel in Moshi in the base town for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, where you will check in. Overnight at Chanya Lodge. Dinner and Breakfast.

  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Moshi town (1400m) and driven to Machame gate. At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest.

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers
  • Habitat: Moorland

After an early morning breakfast, you will start your ascent leaving the rainforest and entering the heathland moorland vegetation. You will cross many streams and walk over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau that leads to Shira Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMMODATION: Shira Camp

  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi-desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects of the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath. After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMMODATION: Barranco Camp

  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 5 kilometres
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMMODATION: Karanga Camp

  • Hiking time: 2-3 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

The following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMMODATION: Barafu Camp

  • Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
  • Distance: Approximately 7 kilometre ascent and 23 kilometre descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt.

Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment!

MEALS: Lunch | Dinner | Breakfast ACCOMMODATION: Mweka Camp

  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 15 kilometres
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving the certificates. You now drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, nice dinner, overnight, and celebrations!! Overnight at Ameg Lodge Kilimanjaro in Moshi or similar. All meals included.

After breakfast in the morning, you will check out from the Hotel at 10.00Hrs and wait for the Airport transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport back home but if you would like to extend to Safari/ Zanzibar Beach let us know.

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • All airport transfers in private car
  • 05 days private Kilimanjaro Climb / Marangu Route
  • Full board during climb including mineral /drinking water
  • Professional well experienced Kilimanjaro Team with English speaking Mountain guide, porters, and cook
  • All gear incl mountain tents, mattresses, - mess tents, chairs, and table
  • Pls bring your own sleeping bag
  • Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
  • KINAPA Rescue Fee
  • Park fee, camping fee, VAT and other taxes
  • Fair salary, food, insurance and accommodation for guide and porter
  • 02 x HB at Panama Garden Resort at Moshi (or sim) prior to your climb
  • Tourist Development Levy
  • Wildlife Management Area Fees
  • VAT (18%) by The Government of Tanzania
  • Tips for the crews,
  • Personal Mountain Gear like warm clothes, gloves, walking poles etc
  • Curio shop purchases, Gratitude
  • Champagne, cognac, premium brand spirits, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes.
  • All International and Domestic Flights are not included.
  • International airfare & flights
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide and lodge/camp staff
  • Visa fee (50 US$ / 100 US$ for Americans- to be paid upon arrival)
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages in lodges

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