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9 Days Machame Route Mountain Climbing Safari in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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(No availability) 9 Days Machame Route Mountain Climbing Safari in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Arusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania

Climbing Safaris in Tanzania

Join WS Safaris Ltd for an adventure experience, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. For this safari adventure, you will have an opportunity to climb it by taking the Machame Route, known as the "Whiskey Route" in comparison to Marangu's "Coca-Cola Route". Machame is a more difficult route, but it is the second most popular route on the mountain. It is ideal for those who want a more difficult climb and to those who always seek for an adventure.

Key information

  • Hiking group safari with a min of 2 and max 50 participants
  • Starting point and ending point: Arusha
  • Children from the age of 15 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Languages: English and French included in the price. Other language speaking guides are also available for an extra fee of 50 USD.
  • Park and camping fees included
  • Transfer to and from the mountain included

Highlights

  • Exciting safari adventure
  • Adventurous climb through Machame route
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals and drinks
  • Park and camping fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Professional guide

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7 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 50 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be provided six nights accommodation on the mountain climbing safari adventure. On the first night of the safari, you will stay overnight at Machame Camp. On the second night, you will take time to rest and stay for overnight at Shira Camp.

For the third night, take time to relax and sleep at Barranco Camp. On the fourth night, you will be staying overnight at Karanga Camp. For the fifth night, you will stay at Barafu Camp, and finally, on the last night of this climb, you will be staying overnight at Mweka Camp.

Your accommodation in Arusha before and after your tour is also included in the package.

Program

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about two hours. The journey passes through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. The elevation is 5,400 to 9,400 feet high with a distance of 11 kilometers that will take five to seven hours of hiking. The habitat in this area is rainforest.

You will leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea to use there. You will continue a short distance until you reach the Machame Camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast, you will leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. After that, you will have a time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Machame Camp to Shira Camp is 9,400 to 12,500 feet high with a distance of five kilometers. It will take four to six hours of hiking. The habitat in this area is moorland.

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, you will continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, your direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, you will come to the second junction which brings you up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 feet.

You will now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000 feet. There, you will rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp is 12,500 to 13,000 high feet with a distance of 10 kilometers. It will take six to eight hours of hiking. The habitat in this area is semi-desert.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, you will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp is 13,000 to 13,100 feet high with a distance of five kilometers. The hiking time is four to five hours. The habitat in this area is an alpine desert.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, you will leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. You will continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. You can make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are seen from this position.

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp is 13,100 to 15,300 feet high with a distance four kilometers. The hiking four to five hours. The habitat in this area is an alpine desert.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2:00 a.m.), you will continue your way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (18,600 feet), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (if the weather permits). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your one-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, you will now make your descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha

After breakfast, you will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you will meet your driver to drive you back to the hotel in Arusha.

Mweka Camp to Moshi is 10,000 to 5,400 feet high with a distance of 10 kilometers. The hiking time is three to four hours. The habitat in this area is rainforest.

Location

This mountain climbing safari will take place at Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,340 feet (5,895 meters), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. The base of the mountain is nearly 50 miles (80 kilometers) long and 25 miles (40 kilometers) and contains three peaks in various stages of erosion. Shira on the west side, Mawenzi on the east, and Kibo in the center. The youngest peak, Kibo, is covered by three large ice fields and is the location of the highest point on Kilimanjaro.

Food

For this safari climb adventure, you will be provided with three meals a day, which is rich in carbohydrates and is served in a dining tent with a large table and stools. If you have any special menu requests, please let WS Safaris Ltd know so that they may accommodate you. They recommend that you bring some of your favorite snacks, especially ones that do not have an excess of salt.

Drinking and cooking water on Kili is collected from springs on the lower slopes and on the upper slopes where the snow melts. WS Safaris Ltd will provide boiled water for your water bottles, but do not forget your purifying tablets because the spring water contains organisms that most climbers are not used to. They suggest you bring some bottled water to supplement this if iodine treated water is unpalatable to you after several days.

The following are samples of the meals you can expect:

  • Breakfast: cereal (granola and oatmeal), eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, jam, butter, powdered milk, tea, and coffee
  • Lunch: bread, cheese, fresh fruits, soup, tea, and coffee
  • Dinner: fresh fish or chicken, pasta, soup, potatoes, vegetables, salad, fruits, tea, and coffee

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)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Park and camping fees
  • Camping equipment
  • Professional mountain guide
  • Porters
  • Food
  • Cook
  • Water
  • Transfer to and from the mountain

What's not included

  • Climbing gears
  • Visa
  • Tips

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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