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9 Days Kilimanjaro Trek: Machame Route

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices and Dates: $1700 - $2000
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: January - March, June - December
Countries visited Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited Kilimanjaro
Activity level Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
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Machame Route is one of the most scenic routes up Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak. It also offers less crowds compared to Marangu Route. It has the highest success rate due to the acclimatization.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi for your overnight.

Day 2: Moshi

This is a free day that you can spend in the hotel or in the streets of the lively little town of Moshi. I have planned this extra day for unforeseen circumstances (delay in planes, baggage, etc). The next day everybody will be able to start the expedition. On this second day you will also meet your guide (or guides with a bigger group) who leads your expedition. He will brief you on the upcoming week and will be able to answer all the questions you might have at that time.

Day 3: Machame Camp

Moshi(915 m/3,000 ft) to Machame Gate(1,490 m/4,890 ft) to Machame Camp(2,980 m/9,780 ft), 5-7 hours

Mountain Forest Today the Expedition Kilimanjaro really begins. The driver of the hotel will bring you to the entrance of the Kilimanjaro National Park: the Machame Gate. Here you'll have to register yourself (take along your passport number) and this is where the guide will select his entire climbing team who will carry all the equipment and your bags up the mountain. It starts off with a beautiful and relaxing walk through the tropical rainforest. En route you can already see colobus monkeys and many wild birds. You'll have a lunch in the afternoon. At the end of the afternoon you will arrive at the Machame Camp, where the camp is already set up and a snack and hot drinks are waiting for you. After sunset, dinner will be served. The coming 6 nights you'll sleep in your tent

Day 4: Shira

Machame Camp(2,980 m/9,780 ft) to Shira Camp(3,840 m/12,600 ft), 4-6 hours

Moorland From the Machame Camp you'll start walking again, after a good breakfast, over the many hills that surround Kilimanjaro, all the way to the edge of the former Shira volcano. On this day you might be able to enjoy the extreme view as you not only see Kilimanjaro, but also are above the tree line, overlooking the valley below you. At the end of the afternoon you'll arrive at Shira Camp. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM.

Day 5: Barranco

Shira Camp(3,840 m/12,600 ft) to Lava Tower(4,630 m/15,190 ft) to Barranco Camp(3,950 m/12,960 ft), 7 hours

Semi-Desert Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. From Shira Camp you will walk all the way up to the grand Lava Tower (4572 meter/15000 feet) to acclimatize and then slowly descend again to the Barranco Camp at 12,800 feet. Today will feel like the longest day of the week and you will be very happy when you reach the camp at the end of the afternoon. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM.

Day 6: Karanga Camp

Barranco Camp(3,950 m/12,960 ft) to Karanga Camp(4,200 m/13,779 ft), 4 hours

Alpine Desert Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. Behind Barranco Camp you will notice the 300 meter steep Barranco Wall. Yep, you are going up there. At first view it might look as an impossible adventure, but when once you are up you wonder what the worries were all about. The view from up the wall is amazing. Before reaching the Karanga Camp before the end of the afternoon, you will wander along some friendly slopes along the mountain. Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM.

Day 7: Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp(4,600 m/15,091 ft), 3 hours

Alpine Desert Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast and pack for your next trek. Today you'll experience a short walking day. You have arrived at the east side of the Kilimanjaro where you'll reach the last camp just after lunch time, or you will even have lunch there. Today is also the best day to relax a lot, because this day isn't over yet. After an early dinner you'll have to go to bed already. Tonight will be an exciting night!

Day 8: The Summit!

Barafu Camp(4,550 m/14,930 ft) to Uhuru Peak(5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Mweka Camp(3,100 m/10,170 ft), 7 km up, 23 km down, 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down

Scree and seasonal snow The last major excursion begins early this day, probably around midnight! The last 3600 feet have to be challenged to reach the final summit! This 3 kilometers long walk will take about 6-8 hours, ending with the best view on the Great Rift Valley. After watching the sunrise and taking many photos comes the descent. First back to Barafu Camp (for lunch and maybe a few hours rest) and then down to Mweka Camp, below the tree line again. Today you will walk around 10 to 14 hours, but it will all be worth it!

Day 9: Mweka Gate

Mweka Camp(3,100 m/10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate(1,980 m/6,500 ft) to Moshi(890 m/2,920 ft) 15 km, 3 hours

Forest Wake to a 7:30 AM breakfast, and pack for your next trek. On this last day you might want to say goodbye to your entire climbing team, because after today, their job is finished. You will walk through the lush forest and eventually walk through misty rain. During this walk of 3-4 hours you will also have a last mountain lunch before arriving at the exit: Mweka Gate. Here you'll sign out at the ranger's office. Our driver from the hotel will be awaiting your arrival and bring you back to the hotel in Moshi. The expedition is over and you can enjoy a hot shower at the hotel, enjoy using normal toilets again, have your laundry done and completely relax.

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