KILIMANJARO - MACHAME ROUTE $2299.9

Day 1 Arrival in Tanzania

Kilimanjaro international Airport

Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha town, meet and greet by Tanzania Travel Company officials at place of overnight. Briefing and the kit check to climbers just to ensure that they have all the required climbing gears. Dinner and Overnight at Point Zone Resort or Similar in Arusha – HB (Dinner and Breakfast only)
Main Destination
: Eastern Circuit: Amboni Caves
Accommodation
: Tent and Lodge
Meal & Breakfast
: Full Board

Options

safari extension Pre / Post climb.
Day 1

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

and trek upwards through the montane rainforest, characterized by dense vegetation, a muddy trail and short sections of steep climbs where you may hear the calls of many exotic birds and if we are lucky we may see blue monkeys on the forest canopy and hear the grunting calls of the magnificent black colobus monkeys with their long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. Our first campsite, Machame Camp, is right after the dense tree cover in an area with lower but still thick bush where Podocarpus (African yellow-wood), Hagenia and Hypericum (St John’s Wort) dominate. In the evening you may hear the unmistakable shrieking call of the tree hyrax
Main Destination
: Eastern Circuit: Amboni Caves
Accommodation
: Camping
Meal & Breakfast
: Included

Options

? Portable tented private flush toilet ? Medical evacuations with AMREF Flying doctors ? Purified water while on the mountain ? Wine and Champagne the summit
Day 2

Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

we continue through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. Picturesque hanging mosses often cover trees offering an ethereal quality to the landscape. The day finishes with Shira Camp, which is on a small plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo in the northwest and Mount Meru towards the east. White necked ravens can be seen throughout the day and around our campsite.
Main Destination
: Northern Circuit: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Accommodation
: Camping
Meal & Breakfast
: Included
Day 3

Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

we turn east and continue to climb “pole pole” (slowly, slowly) through increasingly rocky and desolate terrain. We will leave the moorland behind and continue up a rocky path through typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation of Senecios and Lobelia. We will pass through the alpine moorland zone where plants are extremely hardy and consist of lichens, grasses, and heather, to reach Kilimanjaro’s alpine desert zone. We take lunch at Lava Tower (4630m) and for those who feel up to it you can undertake an optional rock scramble (non-technical) to the top of Lava Tower where you will have spectacular panoramic vistas of the Karanga Valley below, Shira Plateau and the spectacular Western Breach above. From Lava Tower, we descend steeply for 2 hours down more than 600m into the Great Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views and some great photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. You will also feel the clear benefits of this acclimatization day as we lose altitude down to the camp.
Main Destination
: Northern Circuit: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Accommodation
: Camping
Meal & Breakfast
: Included
Day 4

Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp

we undertake the Great Barranco Wall – an imposing face above Barranco camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some breathtaking views of the Heim Glacier and Mt. Kilimanjaro depending upon the weather and any cloud cover. Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, Here the temperature will grow colder as we follow the trail climbing through this barren and dry landscape up to the Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice”, and the camping area is on a ridge in a narrow and exposed flat area. Here there are ever-present powerful winds blowing down from the mountain peaks. Our campsite at 4600m offers spectacular views of the nearby peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. In preparation for your final ascent tonight, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep will be difficult, though you will to retire to your tents after dinner to rest for the 1385m final ascent to the roof of Africa.
Main Destination
: Northern Circuit: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Accommodation
: Camping
Meal & Breakfast
: Included
Day 5

Barafu Camp ?to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

We will rise early to leave camp at around 12am and after a warm drink and a light snack, you will begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek – your hike to the roof of Africa. After approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. ??At this point we stop to rest, eat lunch and take in the views over the clouds. From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered, and every step of the two-hour final ascent to Uhuru peak is challenging. Passing alongside the iridescent blue Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers we reach Elveda Point (5882) we can see Uhuru Peak now only minutes away. The roof of Africa is within your grasp. Arriving at the summit you feel a huge sense of elation and accomplishment you have done it, you have made it to the highest point in Africa. We spend as much time as you need to appreciate your accomplishment, as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life! The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions and temperature. We start back down the same trail, and descend to Barafu camp. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and remove some of your many layers of clothing as the day begins to heat up. We head down the rock and scree path into the moorland zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Mweka Camp in the early afternoon where a hot shower and meal awaits. Today is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek, but a life changing day that will stay with you forever, as you have conquered the summit of Kilimanjaro
Main Destination
: Northern Circuit: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Accommodation
: Camping
Meal & Breakfast
: Included
Day 6

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Main Destination
: Northern Circuit: Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Accommodation
: Camping
Meal & Breakfast
: Included

Options

Today your legs will be further tested as the trail descends steeply through the lush Mweka rain forest. The trail is steep in places and the going slippery if wet. The route follows the crest of a broad ridge separating two river valleys until it meets with a road that leads us for the last 40 minutes to the Mweka Park Gates where we stop for a well deserved picnic lunch where successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peale, Green for Stella point) from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Post celebrations, we are taken by either private bus or jeep to Arusha or Moshi
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