This hiking adventure takes you up the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, conquering the highest peak in Africa. You will travel with experienced guides via the scenic Machame Route, the second most popular route on the mountain with picturesque and stunning views of nearby Meru and Kilimanjaro landscapes. It is really wonderful to trek along physically demanding routes and camp under the stars on the mountain on the way to the top.
You will sleep two nights in Arusha for the first and the last days of the tour and enjoy six nights camping including all camping equipment and sleeping tents.
The best time for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is January to February and September and the big highlights of this tour are climbing up the highest freestanding mountain in the world, viewing the impressive Lava Tower, enjoying unforgettable views and sunrises, and experiencing landscapes from rainforests, high moorlands to alpine deserts.
You will be picked up Arusha bus station and transferred to your Arusha accommodation on day one. You will then begin your trek on day two as you trek to Machame Camp, 3,010 meters. You will trek to Sira Camp, 3,845 meters, on day three and Barranco Camp, 3,960 meters, via Lava Tower, 4,640 meters, on day four.
You will arrive at Karanga Camp, 4,035 meters, on day five and then Barafu Camp, 4,600 meters, on day six. On day seven, you will trek to Mweka Camp, 3,080 meters, via Uhuru Peak and then trek down to Mweka Gate, 1,790 meters, on day eight for your transfer to Arusha. You will end your trip on day nine with an Arusha bus station drop-off.
The Machame Route, known as the whisky route of Mount Kilimanjaro, is more physically demanding than the Marangu one but there is less traffic and it is considered to be the most scenic route to the summit. The trek offers you an extra day to acclimatize to high altitude during your trek, increasing your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak. The overnights on Mount Kilimanjaro are spent camping in tents, which are carried and pitched by the accompanying porters.
You will be picked up at the bus station and transferred to your accommodation in Arusha. You will catch your first glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, rise high above the East African plains, while you wander about the town making last minute arrangements for your big trek ahead. Tonight, you will get briefed on your upcoming trek and stay overnight in Arusha.
You will drive to the Machame Gate at the Kilimanjaro National Park where you will start your trek. After park entrance formalities, you will begin your ascent and enter the rainforest almost immediately. You will watch for black and white Columbus monkeys and other native flora and fauna of the forest.
After about six hours of hiking, you will reach Machame Camp, 3,000 meters, where you will have time to relax and enjoy a hearty evening meal before snuggling into your tent for the night at Machame Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in prices.
You will get up early and observe dramatic changes in the landscape as you start climbing along a steep path towards Shira Camp, 3,845 meters. The lush, green forest quickly turns into dry moorlands and then the ascent becomes more gentle. You will admire the beautiful wild alpine flowers and the unique giant lobelia and groundsel plants.
You will then enjoy a short lunch before continuing up a rocky ridge to the Shira plateau, where you have your first views of the Kibo massif and its stunning glaciers. You will have a delicious evening meal and overnight at Shira Camp, 3,845m. Temperatures can fall well below zero, so be prepared to snuggle into your sleeping bag and warm clothes tonight. You will stay overnight at Shira Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.
Today will be an acclimatization day so your body can adjust to the altitude, which will greatly improve your chances of reaching the summit. You will have a relaxing breakfast and then set off on a six to seven-hour trek from Shira Camp to the Lava Tower, 4,640 meters, where you can take a minute to rest and enjoy the views, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to Barranco Camp, 3,960 meters.
You will admire a memorable sunset and then have a fulfilling evening meal before overnighting at Barranco Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.
You will begin the day climbing up the imposing Great Barranco Wall to its top with your guide by your side to help you along. The route allows for an additional day of acclimatization as you ascend and descent before reaching the mountain ridge. You will take in the beautiful landscapes and stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation of Mount Kilimanjaro on this short three to four-hour hike before reaching Karanga Camp, 4,035 meters. You will stay overnight at Karanga Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.
You will awaken to the sunrise reflecting off Mount Kibo summit today and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on your three to four-hour hike through dry deserted terrain to reach Barafu Camp, 4,600 meters, situated on a narrow ridge. The giant Kibo and Mawenzi peaks can be viewed from the camp. You will go to sleep early and get some precious rest before your summit attempt. Overnight at Barafu Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro is provided. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.
Today is the big summit day. You will be woken in the middle of the night around 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and begin your trek towards Stella Point, 4,685 meters, reaching the crater rim in about five to seven hours. You will trek for another one to two hours to Uhuru Peak, 5,895 meters, where you can enjoy the sunrise over the great African landscape.
You will admire the reflection of the sunrise over the snowy peaks and the surrounding glaciers. You will take photos and video of your great achievement before descending along the same route back to Barafu Camp where you will be rewarded with snacks and refreshments. You will rest up for a while and then trek back down to Mweka Camp, 3,080 meters, for your last night on Africa’s highest mountain.
After a very long hiking day of about 14 hours, you will get some well-deserved sleep at Mweka Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the prices.
You will have your breakfast this morning and bid farewell to your mountain crew. You will descend back down through the rainforest on a two-hour walk to reach the Mweka Gate. You will get your Kilimanjaro trekking certificate and then meet your driver who will take you back to Arusha where you will be able to take a long and rewarding warm shower. You will enjoy the rest of the day to relax, celebrate your big achievement, and share photos with the rest of your group and stay overnight in Arusha. Breakfast is included in the prices.
Today, your trip comes to an end with a bus station drop-off for your departure. You will leave with amazing memories and remember this trip for the rest of your life. Breakfast is included in the prices.
During this tour, you will trek the Machame route and watch black and white Columbus monkeys and other native flora and fauna as well as enjoy amazing sceneries at Mount Kilimanjaro.
This tour will take place in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Eight breakfasts, six lunches, seven dinners, and purified drinking water during the trek are included in the prices.
Please book your flight to arrive at Arusha Airport (ARK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost.