Machame Route

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Arusha Tanzania
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Arusha Tanzania
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Tanzania

Tour Dates

2020
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From USD 2140 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

Machame Route Camping Safari

Machame Route Trekking – Camping Safari…….. The Machame route is one of the most beautiful routes to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. The climb begins in the lush rainforest and follows a path that offers occasional views of Mt Meru, Shira Ridge as well the main summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Kibo. The Machame route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes than the Marangu and the Rongai route and is slightly more demanding.

Min. number to guarantee tour: 1
Max number of participants: 10 per group
Departure day: every Friday

Included:

• Professional, English-speaking Guide
• Mountain crew (cook & porters)
• 8 nights‘ stay in lodges and mountain tents (depending on availability, a lodge of a similar standard will be booked) Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
• Meals according to the itinerary
• Drinking water
• All national park fees
• All mentioned transfers

Excluded:

• Flights (international and domestic)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Alcoholic and soft drinks
• Sleeping bag
• Tips & personal expenses
• Visa fees
• Travel insurance

Prices are subject to change.

Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and taken to the Meru View Lodge in Usa River, close of Arusha. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure. Relax at the lodge pool or take a taxi and explore the town of Arusha. In the late afternoon you will be met by one of our Kilimanjaro team members, who will brief you on your upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meru View Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

Day 2: Arusha – Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

Altitude ?1220m; walking time approx. 5-6 hours

After breakfast you will be picked up at your lodge and taken to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. After completion of all the necessary paper work, your adventure commences. Your destination for today is the Machame Camp. Soon you will be hiking through the lush rainforest with its large ancient trees, primeval ferns and endemic flowers, like the Impatiens kilimanjari. You might also spot black and white colobus monkeys, peeking through the leaves. Reaching the campsite, you will have time to relax, stretch your legs and enjoy a hearty meal before snuggling into your tent for the night.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Machame campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m)

Altitude ?835m; walking time approx. 4-6 hours

Today’s early start is not due to a long stretch, but rather to allow you to reach New Shira Camp at around mid-afternoon. As you walk you will notice the dramatic change in landscape: from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heath land. Arriving at your campsite, a beautiful view of the mountain range opens up before you. The glaciers of Kibo glistens in the golden hue of the setting sun as you enjoy another lovingly cooked meal before climbing into your tent.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

New Shira campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: New Shira Camp (3845m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Altitude ?795m|?680m; walking time approx. 6-7 hours

Acclimatisation is on today’s menu. You will climb roughly 800 metres, but sleep on a level not much higher than the previous night. Starting at Shira Plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower. Here you will rest a while before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, but the various distractions of the alpine desert as well as the Barranco Valley with its small lobelia plants and giant senecios will keep your mind off the stretch still ahead. A well-deserved dinner and overnight awaits you at Barranco Camp.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Barranco Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4035m)

Altitude ?75m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary. Your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allows for further acclimatisation and leads you to the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge, you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. You trek will take between 3 to 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy. Evening meal and overnight at Karanga Camp.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Karanga Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4035m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Altitude ?605m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

Awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo summit, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to today’s destination: Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry desertic terrain, with Kibo ever present on your left side. After 3 to 4 hours you will reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and night as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away…

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Barafu Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Altitude ?1255m|?2815m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours

Around midnight you will be woken up by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point (5730m), reaching the crater rim in about 5 to 7 hours. Another 1 to 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak, where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Mweka Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Arusha

Altitude ?1450m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

A scrumptious breakfast is followed by the traditional farewell ceremony from your mountain crew, before you start your final stretch down the mountain. You will once more trek through the rainforest, giving you another opportunity to spot the cheeky colobus monkeys, finally reaching the Mweka Gate. You will be met at the gate and taken back to the Meru View Lodge for a long shower and relaxed day by the pool. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meru View Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner (Lunch own expense)

Day 9: Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast you will be taken to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can opt to extend your trip with a safari or a beach holiday on Zanzibar.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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