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9 Days Machame Route Hiking

Keys Hotel, Uru Road, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania

Exhilarating Kilimanjaro Safari

This is a 7 day Kilimanjaro hike starting at Machame Gate and ascending via Stella Point. There is a night time ascent to the summit. The trip is fully supported with spacious guest tents, mattress, and pillow as well as a mess tent with lightweight tables and chairs and all cutlery. The trips also include a toilet tent in camp and most importantly, knowledgeable professional guides that go through biannual training. The logistics team at the base monitors your trip from start to finish.

Key information:

  • Private safari with min 2 and max 15 people
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children from the age of 7 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Professional Englis speaking guide
  • All park fees included

Highlights

  • Machame Route hiking
  • Summiting the Uhuru Peak
  • Viewing Arrow Glacier at Barranco Wall
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Full board meals while on the mountain
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 8 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be camping for 6 nights during this safari. You will also be accommodated for 2 nights at Keys Hotel before and after the safari.

Program

The Machame Route gives you the greatest chance to make it to the summit (Uhuru Peak) and is a good all-rounder in terms of value for money and length of the climb. There is no receiving away from the statement that it is a tough climb, but it is not technical. You do not need climbing tackle and ropes and so on. All you have to do is walk slowly (pole pole) so the altitude does not get you too much as you go upper. Keep focused on your goal and keep optimistic.

And of course, you will be hiking through some unbelievable, awe inspirational scenery, with the support of your excellent guides and porters who have done this many many times before. The team will absolutely keep you working, and look after you by putting up your tents and nourishing you with good vigorous meals each day. With your own energy and their help, you have every chance of making it to the top of Uhuru Peak.

Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from lodge / hotel - Machame Gate 1840 meters - Machame Hut (9 kilometers / 6 to 7 hours / altitude gain 1140 meters)

To Machame Hut, 3000 meters. After a transfer to the park gate, a 7-hour walk through the forest takes you to Machame Hut. You camp throughout the climb, and your crew will take good care of you, erect and dismantle the camp, and provide you with tasty, filling food.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 2: Machame Hut 2980 meters - Shira Cave (7 kilometers / 5 to 6 hours / altitude gain 890 meters)

To Shira Cave, 3800 meters. An initial steep climb followed by a gentle incline. After lunch, a descent and ascent bring you to the camp. Walking time approximately 5 hours.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 3: Shira Hut 3840 meters - Barranco Camp (10 kilometers / 6 to 7 hours / altitude gain 700 meters, down 600 meters)

To Barranco Wall, 3900 meters. Today you climb slowly for some 5 kilometers. This is a fairly strenuous day as the altitude begins to tell. Walking time approximately 8 hours.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 4: Barranco Camp 3950 meters - Karanga Valley Camp (6 kilometers / 3 to 4 hours / gain 250 meters, down 250 meters)

To Karanga Valley Camp, 3930 meters. Today you climb to Barranco Wall for 1 hour and view Arrow Glacier then walk down Karanga Valley for 2 hours and overnight on top of the valley.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 5: Karanga Camp 3930 meters - Barafu Camp (4 kilometers / 3 to 4 hours / gain 650 meters)

To Barafu Camp, 4600 meters. Climb Karanga Valley to Barafu.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 6: Barafu Hut 4600 meters - Uhuru Peak 5895 meters - Millennium Camp (19 kilometers / 12 to 14 hours / altitude gain 1295 meters, down 2105 meters)

Barafu to Uhuru, 5895 meters, then descend to Mweka, 3100 meters. You will wake at about midnight for the torchlight climb to Stella Point, approximately 7 hours with rest stops, and finally to the highest point, Uhuru Peak with fantastic views of glaciers and plains far below. Descend to Mweka or High Camp, arriving late afternoon.

  • Meals: Full board

Day 7: Millennium Camp - Mweka Gate (10 kilometers / 5 hours / descend 1050 meters / transfer to lodge / hotel)

A descent of some 4 hours takes you to Mweka Village where you are met and transferred back to the Keys Hotel.

  • Meals: Full board

Trekking preparation

It does not matter if it is a picnic or a long journey, preparation is a crucial step. Basically, preparation container checks how successful your occasion will be. Traveling to Africa, Tanzania especially, for the attempt of climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro which stands at 5895 meters above the sea level or any mountain, demands physical, mental, and equipment preparation for a successful start and finish.

The renowned Mount Kilimanjaro is not technical for those wishing to climb or having any mountaineering experience needed, yet the importance of preparing sufficiently for the journey should nevertheless not be undermined. The cardiovascular fitness is an important role particularly at higher altitudes where the body will be placed under enormous pressure due to lack of oxygen levels in the atmosphere. Morning jogging puts your heart and lungs in prime condition for the climb.

One-day acclimatization during the climb especially the Kilimanjaro is strongly recommended, provided that you will do a lot of exercises prior to the climb. While in the high altitude the body normally develops a tendency of losing appetite. It is important to eat sufficient quantities even if not feeling particularly hungry as stamina fatigues quickly during the climb, especially at higher altitudes.

The first step towards a pleasant climb is to ensure that one has a comfortable pair of hiking boots that have been broken in far in advance to the trip. Equipment such as trekking poles and gaiters can make both ascending and descending notably less strenuous. Other essentials include warm gloves with glove liners, camera, suitable clothing, a kit bag and rucksack, toiletries, sunscreen, and good quality sunglasses.

Location

This safari will take place in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania.

Food

The food which Wild Root Safaris and Adventure provides at the mountain is tasty and palatable which contain more of protein and enough drinking bottle water. While in the high altitude, the body normally develops a tendency of losing appetite. It’s important to eat sufficient quantities even if not feeling particularly hungry as stamina fatigues quickly during the climb, especially at higher altitudes.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There is an option to do a short safari after your climb.

What's included

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • All park fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Guides, porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Rescue fees
  • Sleeping mattress

What's not included

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Optional tours (short safari after your climb etc.)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Tanzania visa (50 USD per person on arrival)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information
  • Price for 5 - 9 people is 2000 USD per person
  • Price for 10 persons and above is 1900 USD per person

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