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Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Min Age : 10+
Tour Details

For those who only have six days to climb Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. Compared to other six day routes, the Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kickstarts the body’s adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.

The six day Machame variation is a difficult route. In particular, day four combined with day five makes for a very hard schedule. Day four is a full day of hiking from Barranco to Barafu. Then after dinner and a partial night’s sleep, the very long and strenuous summit day begins around midnight. The 6 day Machame route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.

Departure & Return Location

Arusha City

Departure Time

2 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Porterage
  • Rescue fee
  • Park fees
  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation (Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment (Sleeping bag excluded)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water (On all days)

Price Excludes

  • Climbing gear
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels
  • Tips
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
Itinerary

Day 1From Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Camp

ā€¢Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
ā€¢Distance: 11 km
ā€¢Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
ā€¢Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Moshi 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.

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.

Day 2Machame Camp to Shira Camp

ā€¢Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
ā€¢Distance: 5 km
ā€¢Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
ā€¢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.

Day 3Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

ā€¢Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
ā€¢Distance: 10 km
ā€¢Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
ā€¢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 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. 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.

Day 4Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

ā€¢Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
ā€¢Distance: 9km
ā€¢Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
ā€¢Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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 to be seen from this position.

Day 5Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

ā€¢Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
ā€¢Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
ā€¢Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
ā€¢Habitat: Arctic

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 (18,600 ft), 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.

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.

Day 6Mweka Camp to Arusha

ā€¢Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
ā€¢Distance: 10 km
ā€¢Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
ā€¢Habitat: Rain 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, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Arusha.

Day 7Tarangire National Park

After breakfast the Tanzania camping tour departs. First stop is Arusha Town for any eleventh hour purchases before we leave on safari. Afterwards we head towards the Tarangire park for a game drive with picnic lunch at the park. Tarangire is documented for its huge elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that has up to 3000 elephants, 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebras. Late Afternoon drive to Karatu/Ngorongoro highlands for Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro kudu Lodge and campsite
Meals: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast
Accommodation: Kankari Lodge / Country Lodge

Day 8Serengeti National Park

After breakfast we head towards the Serengeti National Park, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Leaving the highlands behind, we descend into the heart of wild Africa ā€“ the Serengeti National Park ā€“ with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the central park area, known as the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengetiā€™s species.
We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.

Accommodation: Tukaone Tented Camp / Narudi Tented Camp

Day 9Serengeti National Park ā€“ Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Enjoy an early morning game drive and after depart to Ngorongoro Conservation area. We will stopover at Olduvai Gorge, boasting with a history dating back to the dawn of time. It was here, that the anthropologists Dr. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of ā€˜Nutcracker Manā€™ and ā€˜Handy Man,ā€™ both very significant links in the chain of human evolution. In the late afternoon we transfer to Ngorongoro wild camp where you will have dinner and overnight.

Meals: Lunch, dinner, bed and breakfast
Accommodation: Ngorongoro wild camp

Day 10Ngorongoro Crater ā€“ Arusha

After an early breakfast you will start your descent on a narrow and steep road to the crater floor. The crater is inhabited by a spectacular array of wildlife, which includes zebras, hippos, hyenas, wildebeests, warthogs and the famous ā€œBig Fiveā€ ā€“ buffalo, rhino, lion, elephant and leopard. After extensive game viewing and a lunch at a picnic spot, you will leave the crater and travel back to Arusha, where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

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