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$ 1500

KIlimanjaro Climb Trekking

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Tour details
Destinations: Mount Kilimanjaro
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1500 — max $ 2200
Group size: min 2 — max 14
Duration: 8 days
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Kilimanjaro Climb by Machame Route

7 Days – Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Accommodation: Camping in 2-person tent
Guide: Over 300 successful summit climbs as a guide with excellent performances.
Porters: Average of 3 porters per person (one porter carries climber luggage-max.15kgs and other(s) for foodstuff and camp equipment).
 
Itinerary:
Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha

Karibu Tanzania! Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) you’ll we warmly welcomed my Tanzania immigration. As soon as you see you driver guide, introduce yourselves and he shall transfer you to Arusha City- Tanzania’s Toursit Hub. Today is your final preparation day before tackling Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Machame route and so your Kilimanjaro guides will meet you at the hotel to go through a complete equipment and gear check, ensuring all is set for your climb.
 
Day 2: Arusha to Machame Camp
After an early breakfast and checking out at 08:00, we will drive to Machame Gate where you will meet your mountain crew and enter the Kilimanjaro National Park. We begin our climb at 1800m, walking a few hours through thick and undisturbed Montane Forest. Depending on our progress, our cook will either serve us a hot lunch or provide us with a packed lunch. With luck, we may encounter some Colobus Monkeys in the forest canopies above enroute to Machame Camp, where the camp will be set for this first night on Africa’s tallest mountain.
Summary of day hike:
Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
 
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Today is an easy paced acclimatization day. We will hike over streams, a river gorge, and moorlands. Camp is located on the Shira Plateau, providing expansive views of Kilimanjaro. There is a conditioning hike in the afternoon where you can enjoy the clusters of giant lobelias and senecios that grow at this elevation. Depending on the weather condition your cook may stop half way for the hot lunch or continue to the camp for lunch, dinner and overnight at Shira camp.
Summary of day hike:
Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
 
Day 4: Shira Camp to Baranco Camp, via Lava Tower
Today is another acclimatization day as we have a mostly uphill climb of 5 hours to an elevation over 4500m at Lover tower then descend to Baranco Valley at 3950m. 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. You will have a spectacular view of the steep Western Breach, which we will not be doing on this climb. After having a hot lunch at Lover tower we will have approximately 1 and half hours descent to the baranco Valley which is dominated by the beautiful giant senecions and Lobelia moorland forest where your camp will be set. This scramble will help prepare you for the climb tomorrow.
Summary of day hike:
Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert
 
Day 5: Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp
Today we will climb the Great Barranco rock wall – not too steep but challenging for some – which our guides make safe and accessible for every¬one. We will go pole pole (meaning “slowly” in Kiswahili). You will be able to see the breathtaking Heim Glacier. We descend into the Karanga Valley and then walk on the Karanga ridge towards Barafu Camp. As we begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we walk our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means “ice” in Kiswahili. The Camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our push to the summit. After an early dinner we will rest. At midnight, under the stars and hopefully a brightly shining moon, we will begin the final ascent. We are going to go pole pole and drink plenty of water and tea, refuel with small snacks, and enjoy this final climb to the summit ‘’ Uhuru Peak which is the highest point of the cone’’.
Summary of day hike:
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
Distance: 9km
Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
 
Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, descend to Mweka Camp
You will reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro at 5895m. At this early hour, before the clouds close in, you will have spectacular views of Africa in all directions. The hiking time is 7 to 8 hours. After a brief stay of 15-20 minutes and photos all around, we will descend 2 to 3 hours to our Barafu Camp for lunch, rest, and to pick up belongings. Then we continue downhill 3 hours to the edge of the Mweka Forest. Tonight’s camp is 3000m below the summit! It is a long descent and trekking poles are recommended. Eat, share your experiences of the climb, and sleep soundly.
Congratulations, you made it to the Roof of Africa!
Summary of day hike: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic
 
Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha
After well sleep and breakfast, you will have a time to take a group photo with your climbing crew, then descending again through the tropical forest, the trail is rather steep than the Machame side, it may also be wet and slippery so we recommend using walking pole for this final descent. At the Mweka gate you will sign out of the park, for those who have made it to the top will be rewarded by Kilimanjaro certificate for souvenir then the car will drive you to Moshi where you will have a lunch then continue drive 2 hours to your hotel in Arusha for a shower and big relax.
Summary of day hike: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals: Full board – Packed Lunch(L), Dinner(D), Bed and Breakfast(BB), whilst in Kili Park.
Type of service: Non-Technical Walk and Trekking
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Tanzania Serengeti Adventure Ltd
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