Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Summit – Machame Route | 8 Days

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Summit – Machame Route | 8 Days

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2125 $ Per Person
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Duration

8 Days

Tour Type

Mountain

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Airport

Machame is a popular mountain route known as the “Whisky” route. The days on Machame are longer and the walks steeper than on Marangu. It is a difficult route that is best suited for those who are more adventurous and have some hiking or backpacking experience. Climbers come in from the southwest and descend via Mweka, providing climbers with panoramic views of the Shira Plateau.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Summit – Machame Route | 8 Days

Gosheni Safaris will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and drive you to your Arusha accommodation. The participants will receive a briefing for the climb the following day. Kits and necessary equipment will also be examined.


We will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha after breakfast and drive you for an hour to Machame gate (10,000 feet) for registration. You’ll meet the rest of the crew (cooks and porters) here, and we’ll all get ready for the climb. We’ll begin our 6-hour climb through the rain forest and giant heathers until we reach our first overnight camp.
B,L,D meals
 

This will be a short day but rather a steep, rocky and dusty trail. It’s a slow hike with plenty of breaks and enough time to acclimatize. Most of the route is rather bare of vegetation, providing little shade from the heat. You will cross many ridges and see the first of many Senecias.
Meals: B, L, D

We’ll begin by climbing over boulders and a few rocks, then progress to a steady ascent to Lava Tower, where we’ll have lunch around noon. Those who are interested can climb the 14850-foot Lava Tower (you may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change). We will descend for about 2 hours from the Lava Tower through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000 feet.

We’ll begin by climbing over boulders and a few rocks, then progress to a steady ascent to Lava Tower, where we’ll have lunch around noon. Those who are interested can climb the 14850-foot Lava Tower (you may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change). We will descend for about 2 hours from the Lava Tower through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000 feet.

For an hour and a half, we scrambled up the Barranco wall. Because this is a steep slope, you’ll be reaching and steadying yourself with your hands, similar to rock climbing but not as difficult. The Barranco valley and the campsite where you spent the night before can be seen from the top of the wall. You’ll walk up and down the greener valley, which is the mountain’s final water source.

This will be a short but steep ascent through a barren landscape littered with boulders and shattered rocks. On your left, you’ll see the Dachauer glaciers. We’ll continue on through a very steep ridge until we reach a rocky section with more scrambling, which should take about 1.5 hours. Our next camp will be on large rocks with cliff faces that are extremely steep. We’ll call it a night early because we have to be up at 11:00 p.m. for the summit.

We’ll begin climbing around midnight. We’ll begin with 1 hour of very steep rocks before entering a snow-covered area with glaciers visible above. If it’s a moonlit night, turn off your headlamp and go for a moonlit guided walk; it’ll be a magical experience. We’ll take a 15-minute break every 15 minutes for the next two hours as the climb becomes more mentally and physically demanding.
Following that, we’ll travel to Stella Point, where the lava fields resemble loose sand. It’s a fun and frustrating experience because you take a step forward and slide backwards, gaining no distance, and if you’re not careful, you’ll slide back two steps and gain a negative two steps.
 
We will climb to Uhuru peak for 1 hour after breakfast, just as the sun rises over the Mawenzi peaks. Around 6-7 a.m., we’ll arrive at Uhuru Peak (19370ft). We’ll begin our steep and difficult descent to Barafu Hut Camp via Stella Point.

The 4,500 foot descent to the park gate will take us about 4 to 5 hours on today’s hike. At the park gate office, we’ll check out and receive our Kilimanjaro climbing certificate, then eat our lunch and say our goodbyes to our mountain guides. We’ll return to Arusha after lunch, passing through beautiful coffee plantations and small Chaga villages. You’ll be dropped off there, and now is the ideal time for a relaxing swim, a hot shower, and a well-earned celebration!

Price Includes

  •  Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
    Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Camping Equipment
  • Porterage

Price Excludes

  •  International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
    Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Rescue Fee
  • Climbing Gear
  • Sleeping Bag

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