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7 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route Climb

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Duration

7 days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Unlimited

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Languages

English

Overview

Sometimes called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arrival Day
  • Arrival at Kilimanjaro airport - you will be collected by your driver guide and transfer to the Arusha or Moshi for overnight
  • Day 1: Machame Camp
  • You will be collected at 8:30 am and depart for Machame gate, once 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 sun’s rays filter through the dense canopy overhead with chances of seeing black and white colobus monkey.
  • Hot water is provided to refresh yourself before dinner, enjoy the Mountain’s silence as night descends upon Machame Camp for your first night.
  • O/n Machame Camp - Altitude is 2980mts (B, L, D)
  • Day 2: Shira Camp
  • 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 hardier Alpine Flora 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 stand’s Mount Meru.
  • O/n Shira Camp - Altitude 3840mts (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Baranco Camp
  • 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 4630mts, finally descend to Baranco Camp. Lunch will be taken on route. This is a good day for acclimatization as you reach a higher altitude than that of Baranco, walking times average 5 - 7 hrs.
  • O/n Baranco Camp - Altitude 3900mts (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Karanga Camp
  • After breakfast, begin the daunting climb up Baranco wall, it looks far worse than it is – continue steadily to Karanga camp. Enjoy a hot lunch on arrival followed by relaxation or head out on a side walk of the area – your guide will advice.
  • O/n Karanga Camp (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Barafu Camp
  • This morning you head around the south side of the mountain passing through the Alpine desert and moraine fields. Barafu camp is reached in 4.5hrs - 6hrs. Relax and soak up the vistas below you. Rest and try and get some sleep, you will be woken at around midnight for your final challenge.
  • O/n Barafu Camp - Altitude 4600mts (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Summit Day
  • Gear up and start your ascent to the highest peak in Africa (Uhuru Peak) this stands at (5895m). Have your camera’s ready for when the sun winks a sleepy eye at you. After you’ve done the victory dance on the summit. Start the descent to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest. Proceed down toward Millennium Camp cutting through lowland grasses and scrub. Break for picnic lunch and refreshments continuing down to Mweka camp or depending on descent pace and how the legs feel, Millennium Camp. O/n Mweka Camp - Altitude 2985 mts (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Last Day on the Mountain
  • After breakfast, proceed back down into the forest, a beautiful walk again offering good bird watching opportunities, there are some good view points en route to the valley below. Continue down to the gate, for champagne brunch. Here you will meet one of our vehicles, heading back to the comforts of the lodge for well-earned showers.
  • Day 8: Post Trip
  • After a successful 7 days Kilimanjaro mountain climb, you can extend your tour to our beautiful national parks or leisure at the beach.

Included/Exclude

  • check-1 Park fees, Camping/hut fees, rescue fees, forest fees, Professional mountain guide, chef and crew, meet and greet + briefing and equipment check, Camping equipment such as tents, tables and stools, return transfer Arusha or Moshi/gate/Arusha or Moshi, Emergence evacuation cover, Emergence oxygen.
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