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KILI CLIMB – MACHAME ROUTE

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $3000 - $7000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 7 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited Kilimanjaro
Activity level Active - Hiking, horse riding
Safari type:
  • Camping

Day 1

Met on arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (OR pick up from Arusha for clients extending from a Safari) and transfer to Arusha for overnight New Arusha Hotel (D)

Day 2

Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Machame for the first section of the climb through the montane forest to Machame Campsite at 10000ft/3000m for overnight camp taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Machame Camp (B/L/D)

Day 3

Machame hut to Shira hut. Walk up a steep ridge from Machame hut through moorland to about 3600 meters, heading straight towards the peak. Then, after about 4 hours, the path turns left, flattening out into a gorge and ascending more gradually to Shira hut (3840 meters) on the Shira plateau to the west of Kibo. Total time is about 5-6 hours.    (B/L/D)

Day 4

Shira hut to Barranco hut. The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo. After about 4 hours, the path forks to the right and descends into a gorge (barranco) and the night is spent at Barranco hut (3950 meters). Total time about 5-6 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 5

Barranco hut to Barafu hut. Cross the Barranco valley, climb the Barranco wall (not technical climbing), then follow the Kibo South Circuit. Wonderful views are to be had of Kibo's southern glaciers if the weather is clear. Lunch next to the river in the Karanga valley, then on to the intersection of the South Circuit with the Mweka ascent path. Turn left and climb up a ridge for about 2 hours to Barafu hut (4600 meters).  Total time about 6-7 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 6

Barafu hut to the top. Leave hut at 1 or 2am. Steep climb over scree and rock towards the Rebmann Glacier, pass a cliff and then enter the gap between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, arriving at the crater rim near Stella point. (About 6-7 hours). 1 more hour to Uhuru. Descend via Barafu hut (1-2 hours from Stella point) and then continue for another 3 or 4 hours to Mweka hut. (B/L/D)

Day 7

Descend to Mweka gate and EITHER drop off Arusha for a possible safari extension OR Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward flight before which a day room is recommended at KIA Lodge at an extra cost) (B/L)