Machame Route (9 Day itinerary) $2050

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Arrive at JRO Airport

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO MOSHI Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, where a Local Moshi representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Equipment check. DAY 2 - FROM MACHAME HUT TO MACHAME GATE After breakfast drive to Machame Gate. Meet porters and complete registration formalities at the ranger’s office. The hike starts in lush rainforest leading upwards into the thinning forest, long grasses and giant heathers surrounding Machame Hut (3000m), the first campsite on the Machame Route. En route you will enjoy a picnic lunch. Trekking distance: 11 kilometers Trek time: 5 to 7 hours Environment: Montane forest Elevation: From 1800 meters to 3000 meters DAY 3 - FROM MACHAME HUT TO SHIRA HUT Leaving Machame Hut, the last of the trees disappear as the trail continues upward on a rocky ridge of volcanic petrified lava, on top of which lunch awaits you. After lunch, a one hour hike, with ever decreasing vegetation along the way, Shira Hut (3850m), your camp for the night, surrounded by rocks and boulders, is within sight. Trekking distance: 9 kilometers Trek time: 4 to 6 hours Environment: Moorland Elevation: From 3000 meters to 3850 meters DAY 4 - FROM SHIRA HUT TO BARRANCO VALLEY CAMP After waking up on the beautiful Shira Plateau, the hike starts east toward Kibo (the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro) and gradually ascends to Lava Tower, the highest point of the day. After lunch at Lava Tower, we continue on the trail which slowly descents toward Barranco Valley Camp (3950m). “Climb high, sleep lower” is the best way to acclimatize to high altitude. Highest point: 4600 meters (at Lava Tower) Trekking distance: 12 kilometers Trek time: 6 to 7 hours Environment: Semi-desert Elevation: From 3850 meters to 3950 meters DAY 5 - ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT KARANGA VALLEY CAMP Day five is a shorter day and starts with a steep climb, requiring an occasional hand scramble up the Barranco Wall. The ground changes into scree, loose small stones, with only the hardiest of vegetation surviving at this altitude. Again, we will descend for the night and sleep lower in the Karanga Valley Camp (3930m). Highest point: 4200 meters (top of the Barranco Wall) Trekking distance: 7 kilometers) Trek time: About 4 hours Environment: Alpine desert Elevation: From 3950 meters to 3930 meters DAY 6 - KARANGA VALLEY CAMP TO BARAFU HUT This is another short day. Leaving Karanga Valley Camp the trail continues to gain altitude until reaching Barafu Hut (4600m), which marks the end of the Southern Circuit, and from where the final ascent will start in the early morning hours of Day 7. Trekking distance: 6 kilometers Trek time: Around 3 hours Environment: Alpine desert Elevation: From 3930 meters to 4600 meters DAY 7 - BARAFU HUT TO SUMMIT UHURU PEAK, DESCENT TO MWEKA CAMP Today will be the most difficult day, both mentally and physically. The final ascent will start about 1:00am in the morning. A slow and steady climb of 5-6 hours, the path zigzagging across the volcanic scree of the crater rim, leads to Stella Point (5752m) just in time for sunrise. From here a one hour climb, passing the stunning glaciers and ice cliffs alongside the crater rim, will lead to Uhuru Peak (5895m). From Uhuru Peak, descending back to Barafu Camp is much shorter. After refreshing briefly at Barafu, the trail continues steadily downward, to Mweka Camp (3100m) the final campsite on the mountain before returning to Moshi the following day. Highest point: 5895 meters (Uhuru Peak) Trekking distance: 20 kilometers (7 kilometers ascent / 13 kilometers descent) Trek time: 12 to 15 hours (6 to 8 hours ascent / 6 to 7 hours descent) Environment: Alpine desert/Volcanic scree/Ice-capped summit Elevation: From 4600 meters to 3100 meters DAY 8 - DESCENT FROM MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE After a good night’s rest, a continued descent will lead back into the lovely rainforest on the lower slopes of the Mountain with the route winding down toward Mweka Gate (1800m) From there a short drive past coffee plantations and banana farms will take us back to Moshi. Trekking distance: 8 kilometers Trek time: 3 to 4 hours Environment: Montane forest Elevation: From 3100 meters to 1800 meters DAY 9 - DEPARTURE After a well-deserved rest in a comfortable bed in your hotel, we will drive you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flight.
Main Destination
: Eastern Circuit: Amboni Caves
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: Mid-range Lodge, camping while on the mountain
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PRICE INCLUDES: Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro Airport Hotel the night before and after the climb (double occupancy) Adequate number of guides, porters, and cooks All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees Transfers to and from the route gate(s) Sleeping mattress pad, dining tent, sleeping tent Crew equipment Adequate Guides, porters, and cooks wages Food and purified water during the trek PRICE EXCLUDES: Tips for guides, porters, and cooks Medical insurance Tanzanian visa Medication Energy drinks & snacks, alcoholic and soft drinks. Personal gear including personal rain gear, trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc National/International flights Anything not mentioned under "Price Includes"
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