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8 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Trek

8 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Trek

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2533 - $3247
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Kilimanjaro
Activity level: Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
  • Camping
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the ultimate adventure for trekkers on holiday in Tanzania. You will be tested both physically and mentally, but the highly accessible summit attracts amateur climbers from every corner of the world. Uhuru Peak stands at 5,895m and watching the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience which you will never forget. Each holiday we design is individually tailor-made, so call us or enquire online to have a Tanzania specialist craft your holiday around your interests.

Day 1: 

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro a Wayfairer representative will meet you and drive you to your lodge in Arusha where you’ll spend one night. We recommend that you try and get an early night ahead of your Mt Kilimanjaro trek which will start the following day.

Overnight: Arusha
Meals: (_/_/_)

Day 2: 

After breakfast your local guide will meet you at your lodge and you will drive together to Machame Gate where you’ll go through the registration process and you’ll have a briefing session before you meet the rest of your trekking team.

Then you’ll start your trek. You’ll begin by walking along a winding trail through the rainforest until you reach Machame Camp.

Overnight: Machame Camp
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 3:

Leave Machame Camp after breakfast and continue on an ascending trail, up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, you’ll pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

Overnight: Shira 2 Camp
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 4:

Today will be your hardest trekking day so far as you’ll trek east up a ridge and then southeast to Lava Tower. You’ll then descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest. Today is a key acclimatisation day as you’ll trek above 4500m, but sleep low at around 3900m. 

Overnight: Barranco Camp
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 5: 

Today starts with a short steep ascent of the daunting Barranco Wall - this can be quite a challenge, however your effort is rewarded with phenomenal views of the Hiem Glacier and the summit of Kilimanjaro. From the top of the Barranco Wall you’ll cross a series of hills and valleys until you descend sharply into Karanga Valley.  Finally you’ll reach Barafu Camp where the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from your campsite.

Overnight: Barafu Camp
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 6:

In the very early hours of this morning you’ll start your ascent by torchlight to climb to Stella Point at 5685m. It is a long and hard climb at high altitude, but experiencing sunrise from Stella Point is a moment that you will remember for the rest of your life.

If you’re still feeling strong enough you can then walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895m.

After taking time to enjoy your achievement and taking photographs at the summit sign, you’ll descend back down to Barafu Camp for a rest and something to eat, before descending further down the mountain to Mweka Camp.

Overnight: Mweka Camp
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 7: 

On your final day of the trek you’ll walk down through the lush rainforest, enjoying the increasing warmth and richness of the mountain air. Upon on arrival at Mweka Gate you’ll receive your certificates - green for reaching Stella Point and gold for reaching Uhuru Peak. Then you’ll return to Arusha, to relax, shower and celebrate.

Overnight: Arusha
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)

Day 8: 

After breakfast this morning you’ll check out of your hotel and then you’ll be transferred back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flight home feeling a huge sense of achievement at having climbed the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

Overnight: International flight
Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

 


 

 

 

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