Mt Kilimanjaro Trek – Machame Route (9 Days) 26th May – €3859

Experience the splendour of Kili with an extra day on your trek to acclimatize to the summit of Africa’s highest peak. Considered by many to be the most scenic path to the summit, the Machame boasts different routes to the summit and back. Known as the “Whiskey Route” because of the tougher challenge, this path leads you through magnificent forests before traversing a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. It offers beautiful scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern ice fields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp. Camp along the route with support from local guides and porters.

International return flights from Dublin are included

DAY 1 Moshi

Arrive in Moshi and go to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with your guide scheduled for the evening.

Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead.

Accommodation

Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

Day 2 Moshi/Machame camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Hike lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp.

Private Vehicle
Moshi – Machame1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Machame Gate – Machame camp5h-7h 11km

Start at the Machame Gate where the group will register and begin hiking. The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a rainforest zone, so trails can be wet and muddy. Keep a look-out for black and white colobus monkeys and exotic birds. On the first day of hiking the group covers a long distance with a gradual gradient. End the day at the Machame Campsite above the rainforest.

Day 3 Machame camp/Shira 2 Camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Hike through the lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp and observe the spectacular view of Kibo Peak.

Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Machame camp – Shira 2 Camp 5h-6h 5km

Start with a steep ascent towards the edge of the forest. Climb the steep ridge and stop for a break. Before reaching camp, continue hiking to Shira Cathedral and enjoy the view of the peaks.

Day 4 Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. Enjoy the fantastic view of Western Breach and the Breach Wall.

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower 3h-4h 7km

Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly— “pole pole” as they say in Swahili—to avoid exasperating the symptoms.

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Lava Tower – Barranco Camp 1h30m-2h 3km

Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day’s difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif.

Day 5 Barranco Camp/Karanga Camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Hike to Karanga camp via the Great Barranco Wall and the vast alpine desert of the Karanga Valley.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp 4h-5h 5km

Start the steady hike up the eastern side of the Great Barranco Wall. On the way to the Karanga Camp (4100m, 13,451 ft), pass below the Heim Glacier and through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Depending on the weather, enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Heim Glacier.

Day 6 Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Make the short trek to Barafu Camp. Prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit.

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp3h-4h 4km

Trek through the Karanga Valley to the Barafu Camp at 4600m (15,092ft). The trail through the alpine desert is dry, barren, and temperatures will get colder after leaving the valley camp. The Barafu Camp is on a narrow ridge with no barriers from the wind, but with a beautiful view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Take some time before dark to get familiar with the camp area to avoid any accidents later.

Day 7B arafu Camp/Mweka Camp (Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner)

Night hike to the summit via Stella Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp.

The route from Barafu Camp to the summit is mentally and physically, the longest, most challenging day of the entire trek. Despite the difficulty, the memory of conquering Mt Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever.

Barafu Camp to Stella Point
Barafu Camp – Stella Point 6h 4km

Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point.

Stella Point to Summit
Stella Point – Uhuru1h-1h30m 1km

Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23° C (-9°f) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.

Summit to Mweka Camp
Uhuru – Mweka Camp 4h-6h 12km

Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon.

Day 8 Mweka/Moshi (Breakfast | Lunch)

Continue the descent through forested, lower slopes to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony.

Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain.

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate 4h-5h 10km

Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or opt to have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage.

Private Vehicle
Mweka – Moshi 30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities

Moshi Mamas Massage
Moshi

Want to revive sore muscles with a relaxing massage? Have the Moshi Mama’s come to your hotel and indulge in a 30 min massage after completing your hike to the roof of Africa! The Moshi Women’s Cooperative is a project supported by G Adventures which provides business education to local women.

Accommodation

Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)

Day 9 Moshi (Breakfast)

Today is departure day, and you are free to leave at any time.

Transfer will take you to the airport for your flight home

Price: €3859

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What’s Included

7-day guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route with local guides, cooks and porters. Additional acclimatization day during ascent. A visit by the Mamas of G Adventures-supported Moshi Women’s Cooperative and a hand-made gift. All permits and fees. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Meals Included

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Group Leader

Certified mountain guide throughout, local representative, cook, porters.

Group Leader Details

For your hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will be lead by an experienced certified mountain guide. To round out the team, you will be joined by an assistant guide (for groups of more than one person), a cook, and a team of porters.

Your guide has been trained in mountain guiding skills, first aid and emergency response, flora and fauna, and group management. All guides are licensed by KINAPA, the National Park Authority. Your cook is an experienced cook who will prepare a variety of nutritious, and hearty meals. As a general rule, each hiker will be accompanied by 2 porters, who assist in carrying both your bag and the team’s gear (tents, food, etc). Please note English is often the 3rd or 4th language of the Tanzanians in the area of Mt. Kilimanjaro, therefore your guide will speak a basic English.

The porter will carry a maximum of 15kg of your belongings and 5kg of personal gear. All our Porters will carry a maximum of 20kg and there is a strict weigh in by the Kilimanjaro Park authority.

Accomodation

Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service alpine camping (6 nts).

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

Once the park fees are paid Kilimanjaro International Park is not able to provide refunds for any unused days.

Please note: passengers should be aware that, for any reason, they are unable to make the trek to the summit, then any additional cost will be at their own expense.

LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS FLYING INTO KILIMANJARO: It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Kilimanjaro does not arrive. Please be aware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection, are flying with different airlines with a connection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be prepared and keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensation from your airline. In Kilimanjaro, the arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 48 and 72 hours after the initial plane’s arrival. The airlines technically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, to your hotel or elsewhere in Tanzania. You may find that you will be needed to start your trek and you still have not received your luggage. Considering that the customer service standards in Tanzania are different from home, and that we find that the airlines are not always pro-active in helping luggage in its care be reunited with its owner, it is recommended that you purchase or hire locally the needed items, and speak to your adventure representative at your hotel to persist with your airline to retrieve your luggage. Once your luggage is retrieved, it should be able to be forwarded to you – depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval or sending luggage are not the responsibility of tour operator or travel agent, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible. You should always keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement.

You can add 2 nights pre-trip for €110 for a single room. This would go someway to planning for all baggage issues that could arise. Please advise during the booking process if you wish to add 2 nights pre-trip.

YELLOW FEVER
It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area.