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Tour Overview

Machame route is the second popular ascent route. This is longer 6 – 8 days climb, its harder and most spectacular.It climbs Kilimanjaro from the South – west and enjoys some of the finest forest and health/moorland scenery on the mountaintop final push to the summit is via either the tricky Western Breach or more usually the Barafu Route. The stipulate descent route for this path is the Mweka Route. Increasingly popular and recently renovated, this path is no longer the wilderness experience that it once was. Nonetheless it constitutes an exceptional fully rounded expedition.

Day to Day Tour Plan

Day 1:Arrival In Moshi Ossy Grand Hotel

Depending on where you will be arriving from you will pick you up from and head straight to Moshi Town which acts like the base of Kilimanjaro trekking.On arrival check in Ossy Grand Hotel, here you will be met by our Guide and his assistance to check list all the gears, just in case they find you missing some we will provide for you but with a small fees, the rest of the day will be spent in Moshi acclimatizing as well as familiarizing with the locals, then have your dinner and overnight in the same Hotel Ossy Grand or Leopard Hotel.

Day 2: Moshi-Machame Gate to Machame Camp

After the breakfast drive to Machame Park Gate,this normally takes 40min to get to the Machame Gate.On arrival you go through the registration with the park authority as we weigh the bags and food,this process normally takes like at least 45min depending with the number of people.The Kilimanjaro trek in this World Heritage Site begins at the end of the tarmac road, walking for about 6 hrs, gradually ascending through the cloud forests of Kilimanjaro and onto giant heather forested hills at Machame Camp (2850 m).

Day 3 : Machame Hut to Shira Camp

Trekkers ascend an enjoyable ridge, traverse along a stream gorge and finally emerge on the Shira plateau volcanic moorland (3810 m). Total trekking time is approximately 6 hrs.

Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Trekkers follow the trail to Lava Tower (>4600 m), have lunch prior to spending an hour at Lava Towers, and then descend into the scenic Barranco gorge. Continue to Barranco Camp at 3975 m. Total trekking time is approximately 6 hrs.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Trekkers cross the Barranco Valley, ascend the well known and fascinating Barranco wall (not technical climbing), then follow the Kibo South Circuit. Descend and ascend again for about 2 additional hours to arrive at Karanga Camp (4000 m) for lunch and overnight. Total trekking time is approximately 5 hrs.

Day 6 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Another half day trek takes you across some splendid volcanic lands, with Kibo Volcano (highest of the Kilimanjaro volcanoes) and its remaining glaciers as the backdrop. Enjoy the final ascent to Barafu Camp (4673 m). Total trekking time between camps is approximately 5 hrs. After lunch and a couple of hours of rest, you begin a short trek up to Kibo Camp for further acclimatization, and then descend for dinner. Sleep until 11:00 p.m. and then begin all night ascent. The summit is attainable since you should be properly acclimatized by now.

Day 7 : Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Lower Mweka Camp

Trekkers move “polepole” (Swahili for “slowly”) to the north-west, with mountain guides at their side, up a defined trail toward Stella Point on the crater rim. Summit day is scheduled to coincide with a waxing moon, which will be nearly full. This 6-hour trek to Stella Point (5756 m) is the most mentally and physically challenging on the route. Temperature is usually -10° Celsius, and winds can make it even more challenging. At Stella Point, the group re-nourishes, enjoys the famous Kilimanjaro sunrise, and then continues for another hour to the true summit of Africa, Uhuru Peak. Photos and celebrations ensue. A slow descent back to Stella Point, followed by a quicker descent on scree slope trails back to Barafu Camp for a well deserved rest and brunch. Break camp and hike down to Lower Mweka Camp by mid-afternoon. This is the day you appreciate your trekking poles and honor your guides and porters – you descend over 2800 meters from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp. If weather thwarts your summit bid, an extra day has been allowed if the group decides delay is advisable.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Moshi or Arusha

This is the last day of the trek. The 3 hr descent to Mweka Gate is very enjoyable, provides good views of yesterday’s accomplishment, and provides excellent photo opportunity of Mount Kilimanjaro’s unique vegetation of the cloud forest. Check-out at Mweka trail head, and then shuttle to a welcoming Arusha Tourist Hotel in Arusha Ossy Grans Hotel Moshi

Tour Inclusions / Exclusions

1.Pick-up from the airport upon arrival Airport
2.Moshi hotel accommodation at day of arrival on BB
3.Accommodation while on expeditions
4.All park fees
6.Three meals per day
7.Bottled water
8.Guide, cook & porter fees
9.English speaking and knowledgeable lead guides, cooks & porters

What to bring on trekking either Kilimanjaro

  • Waterproof rucksack with day pack
  • Sleeping bag (covering at least 3 seasons)
  • Roll mats and insulation pads
  • Comfortable hiking boots, light walking trainers thongs (flip – flops)
  • Gaiters (useful when encountering snow)
  • Wooden walking stick / ski pole
  • Sunglasses or snow – goggles, sun hat, balaclava or woolen hat
  • Warm scarf, gloves, mittens and thermal underwear
  • Sweaters / jumpers, anorak / raincoat, water and windproof pants, jackets, t-shirt, several pairs of socks
  • Long sleeved shirt with collar, small towel, toiletries and toilet paper
  • Sunscreen and lip salve
  • Flash light (head mounted preferable) and spare batteries
  • Water bottle

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