Mount Kilimanjaro~Machame Route

Start: Arusha Finish: Arusha

Visiting: Machame Camp, Kilimanjaro Region, Barranco Camp, Barafu Camp, Mweka Trail, Arusha Region


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: High

Special diets catered: Vegans, Vegetarians

Tour Operator: Expect In Africa Safari

Group size: 1 - 8

Age range: 21-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

The Machame Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro and reputed to have the highest success rate. This scenic route offers a longer period for acclimatization and takes different routes up and down the mountain so you don’t do any backtracking over the same terrain. It features a tented camping experience as opposed to the Marangu Route which makes use of an extensive mountain hut system.

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icon Day 1 : Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport { JRO }

Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Accommodation: Hotel, Mount Meru

Meals: Dinner

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town, which is commonly known as the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro. Meet your guide and review your equipment in the evening in preparation for the trek the following day.

icon Day 2 : Arusha to Machame Camp

Location: Machame Camp

Accommodation: Camp, Machame

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. After registration you 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 useful ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ● 1830m to 3100m ● 6000ft to 10,200ft ● Distance: 18km ● Hiking Time: 5-7 hours ● Habitat: Rain Forest

icon Day 3 : Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Location: Kilimanjaro Region

Accommodation: Camp, Shira

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite. ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ● 3100m to 3840m ● 10,200ft to 12,600ft ● Distance: 9km ● Walking Time: 4-6hours ● Habitat: Moorland

icon Day 4 : Shira Camp to Baranco Camp

Location: Kilimanjaro Region

Accommodation: Camp, Baranco

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ● 3840m to 4630m to 3860m ● 12,600ft to 12,700ft ● Distance: 15 km ● Walking Time: 5-7 hours ● Habitat: Semi-desert

icon Day 5 : Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Location: Barranco Camp

Accommodation: Camp, Karanga

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ● 3860m to 4200m ● 12,700ft to 13,800ft ● Distance: 7 km ● Hiking Time: 4 hours ● Habitat: Alpine Desert

icon Day 6 : Barafu Camp

Location: Barafu Camp

Accommodation: Camp, Bafaru

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ● 3860m to 4600m ● 12,700ft to 15,100ft ● Distance: 13km ● Hiking Time: 8 hours ● Habitat: Alpine Desert

icon Day 7 : Summit to Mweka Hut

Location: Mweka Trail

Accommodation: Camp, Mweka

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest. ● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ● 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m) ● 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft) ● Distance:7km ascent / 23km descent ● Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent ● Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

icon Day 8 : Mweka Camp to Arusha

Location: Arusha Region

Accommodation: Hotel, Mount Meru Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive 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). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. ● 3100m to 1830m ● 10,200ft to 6000ft ● Distance: 15 km ● Hiking Time: 3-4 hours ● Habitat: Forest

icon Day 9 : Fly Back Home

Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After checking out, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport to start your journey home.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

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    Entrance Fees

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    Local Taxes

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Meals – Full Board

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    International Travel

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    Game Drives on Safari

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Drinks with Meals

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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