Machame Route Kilimanjaro – Itinerary
Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
On this day you will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport or at your arrival point and transferred to a hotel in Arusha or Moshi where you will spend your first night. AT the lodge our Representative/Manager will meet you to give you a briefing of the kili climb as well as go through your gear check together with your guide for tomorrow before you are left to relax. Overnight at the Lodge /hotel in Arusha or Moshi.
Arusha - Machame Camp.
Early in the morning after breakfast at your lodge/hotel, you will be picked up by our driver and transferred to Machame Gate lying at 1,815 mt/ 5,950 ft. You will go through the registration formalities as the porters assign the luggage’s among themselves and of you start on your first day of trekking. This is at the Savannah vegetation below and soon you are treated to the sight of a lot of exotic birds , and the Sykes monkeys as well as the black and white colubus monkeys on the canopies of the trees as they go on their daily life. In about 6 – 7 hours we shall be at our home for tonight; the Machame Camp that sits at just above the forests zone aprrox 9,850 feet. Today’s trek is a long one but not steep. Your porters surprisingly will be much ahead of you and on your arrival you will most probably find them having pitched tents and coffee is ready for you as well as some nuts or pop corn to enjoy and pass time. Overnight at Machame Camp. Lunchbox and dinner is included.
Machame Camp to Shira Camp.
After breakfast in the morning we are on the g again and this time through the savannah of tall grasses we pass across the beautiful heather land and alpine moorland all the way with wonderful views of the Kilimanjaro Peak one of the rewards of this route. The trek is filled with views of the giant heather and Erica. As we go the ascent begins to steepen and we scramble around some boulders as we enter this moor land zone which is typically marked with presence of lobelias and senecio species. Rocks draped by lichen beards which apparently protect the wild alpine flowers from growing at their bases. This night will be spent at Shira Camp that lies at 12,600 feet. We have walked about 5-6 hours today and fatigue is gripping in slowly. After meals we retire to our tents for overnight.
Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Having slept early the previous night we wake up early today and after breakfast off we are on our way up and as we get closer to the lava tower the peak is drawn even nearer. More strenuous the trekking becomes today but this day is treated as the acclimatization days. The lava tower is a 300 ft tall volcanic plug that marks an exposed pass at 1500ft. After having reached at the Lava tower we start descending down the steep track into the Valley of Barranco where we shall camp today. The Barranco camp lies at 12950 feet and is set on a flat area (col) that is enclosed by steep valley walls and the Kibo massif. Stunning views of hanging glaciers glitter in the sun while the vegetation is here is the unique species of groundsel taxonomically known as the scenecio kilimanjari; as well as the endemic giant lobelias. Today we will have walked about 5-6 hours
Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp | Acclimatization Day
Hoping to have now acclimatized enough we start our day by descending into the gorge before we descend its eastern wall enjoying views of Kilimanjaro’ s ice field that seem to defy the norms of the equatorials. We will continue ascending this day is steeper but we walk for fewer hours about 4-5 hours until we reach Karanga Valley Camp our home for today. The camp stands at apprx 13,900 feet.
timeline_item item_number=”Day 6″ title=”Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp”]Today we shall trek up Karanga Valley, as the trail turns steadily uphill, and following the lava ridge we proceed towards the Barafu camp. As we approach the Barafu Camp the temperatures are now colder and the vegetation more sparse. The Camp is on a ridge, small exposed flat area, at 15,200 feet, that will act as a base camp from where we shall attempt to summit later on at midnight. This day we shall have walked 3-5 hours.[/timeline_item]
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
After having had enough rest we wake up just after midnight and start our last but challenging trek of about 12-17 hours to attempt the summiting. At around 12:30 to 1am we embark on our way up passing between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers and over to the rim at Stella Point. Temperatures are now below freezing point and as it dawns we’ll summit at the Uhuru Peak, which is the highest peak in Africa standing at 5895 m /19,340 feet, having trekked about 6-7 days. The excitement and satisfaction is just an amazing feeling up the rooftop of Africa. Jubilation rules the air and after a session of photos you will begin your way down 3-4 hours to Mweka Camp where you will overnight. You will have stopped at Barafu briefly to take your breakfast. Mweka lies at 9,840 feet.
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate - Departure
Approximately 3 hours you will descend down to the Mweka Gate where you sing out and bid farewell to your crew who without them you could never had made it, they are so crucial than you can imagine! It is here at the gate where you will also receive an appreciation certificate of ‘been there done it’. Persons who have made it to the Gillman’s point receive Green Certificates and the conquerors of Uhuru Peak they get a Gold Certificate. You will board a waiting vehicle and off you take off to Moshi town or to Arusha town where you will check in to relax ready for your safari extension or Zanzibar beach extension. If you are leaving on this day you will be dropped at Kilimanjaro International Airport to take your international flight back home.
-We can arrange accommodation for you after the climb at Moshi or Arusha town if you need that .
– If you need any connection flight like to Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, Kenya.
– If you wish to go for a safari or Zanzibar beach extension after your Kilimanjaro climb we can seamlessly combine that for you. Just request for such a customized tour from our experts.