8 days
Duration
Jan – Dec
Dates
2
Min no of people
8/10
Physicality
18+
Age

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing using the Marangu Gate with the spectacular view of mountain vegetation and scenic mountain views.Ascend and Descend at marangu gate in Moshi

Tour Name: Machame Route
Tour Code: JLMT 045
Duration: 8Days | 7Nights
Departure Days: Daily Departures private trekking or Joining others.
Mode of Vehicle: Safari is either our car if you are many or we connect via public shuttle bus to Moshi where our guide awaits with the crew for climbing.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Nairobi or Arusha town
DEPARTURE TIME 0800hrs.
INCLUDED
Ground transfers with pick up and drop off at Arusha/Nairobi park fees
Profesional mountain guides/porters Accomodation and meals
NOT INCLUDED
Climbing equipments/gears
Sleeping bags
Drinks
Expenses of personal nature
Guide gratuity or Tips
1

Arusha.

Overnight at Arusha Center Tourist Inn Hotel BB. (Spending the night in Arusha will allow you to meet his Guide and Porters for briefing and start to Machame gate in time the following day. Machame route is between Arusha and Moshi)
2

Machame Gate to Machame Camp


Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m
Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft
Distance: 18km
Hiking Time: 5-7
hours Habitat: Montane Forest

The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about one and half hours. 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.

3

Machame Camp to Shira Camp


Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft
Distance: 9km
Walking 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. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

4

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp


Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft
Distance: 15 km
Walking Time: 5-7 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 4,876 meters. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,860 meters. 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.

5

Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp


Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft
Distance: 13km
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m), 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. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner,and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are tobe seen from this position.

6

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut


Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
Elevation (ft): 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

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.At Stella Point (5685m), 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. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. 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.

7

Mweka Camp to Arusha


Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3-4
hours Habitat: 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). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you to Arusha Center Tourist Inn Hotel for the night BB.

8

Arusha-out

Breakfast in the hotel and take a morning shuttle back to Nairobi arriving at 1430hrs.Recieved and depending on your flight transfered to the aiport for your flight back home.

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