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Highlights
  • Alpine Ascents' classic climb as highlighted in the media over the last 20 years
  • We travel through five disctinct ecosystems and utilize some lesser used camps
  • We have an over 90% success rate on this route
  • For sheer beauty while traveling at a moderate pace this trip is unsurpassed
  • This is truly a 5 star trip with dining tents, commode toilet tents, chefs and a very talented African staff
  • All of our scheduled trips are led by a member of the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Guide Staff

Novice and more seasoned climbers alike. Trekkers should be fit and following the training regimen but no prior experience needed on this non-technical route. This is a near perfect entry into the world of high altitude trekking as well as climbing. 

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Excellent company. Used for Rainier and Kilimanjaro trips. Top notch guides and service support all the way!

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Great! Professional, personal and top notch! The best guides around.

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Depart country of origin for Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania. (JRO).

Day 2:

Arrive in Tanzania. Airport pick up and transfer to New Arusha Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.

Day 3:

Orientation and Gear check. We meet over breakfast at the hotel and join a detailed group orientation covering all aspects of the climb. After Lunch we have a through equipment check and those interested can join a walking tour (offsite) of Arusha before dinner. O/N New Arusha Hotel.

Machame Route start to finish. Data is approximate.

Distance: 64km / 39 miles in 7 days.

Elevation Gain: 4,891m / 16,044 ft. Elevation Loss: 5,020m / 16,444 ft.

Day 4:

We travel by Land Cruiser to the Machame trailhead, winding through coffee fields and small forests of ferns and flowers. After registering with the park service, we meet our porters from the Chagga Tribe, indigenous to the slopes of Kilimanjaro. They are an integral part of our African journey and become friends and provide insight into their culture and society. Our climb begins on the edge of a rain forest (elevation 5,800’). Below the watchful eyes of the monkeys, we trek seven hours to the Machame Camp (10,000’) and set camp for the night.

Climb Day 1 Start: Machame Gate 1830m / 6,000 ft.

End: Machame Hut 3000m / 9,900 ft.

Elev gain: 1200m / 3900 ft.

Time: 6 hours on average

Distance: About 10km, 6 miles

Day 5:

Leave the Machame Hut, cross a small valley and begin our ascent. The environment changes from heath forest to moor lands. These moor lands are littered with two species of giant groundsel, Senecios and Lobelia. Halfway up the trail we meet a river gorge and ascend across the Shira Plateau (12,300’). We sleep at Shira Camp.

Climb Day 2 Start: Machame Hut 3000m / 9,900 ft.

End: Shira Hut 3800m / 12,500 ft.

Elev gain: 800m, 2,600 ft.

Time: 4 - 6 hours average

Distance: About 8km, 5 miles

Day 6:

Today we climb to 14,800’ while crossing a ridge and view the plains far below. Here we eat lunch and admire the ancient glacier ice of the Breach Wall before dropping to our 12,800’ campsite at Great Barranco.

Climb Day 3 Start: Shira Hut 3800m / 12,500 ft.

End: Barranco Hut 3900m / 12,900 ft.

Elev gain: 2,100 ft. / Elev loss: 520m, 1700 ft.

Time: 6 - 9 hours average

Distance: About 10km, 6 miles

* Day includes critical acclimatization gain and loss

* Lava Tower option: additional 600 ft of gain/loss

Day 7: We climb up and over the Great Barranco, topping out at about 14,500’ before dropping to our camp at the Karanga River at about 13,000’. This completes another day of acclimatization as we pass below the famous Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in Africa. The Breach Wall climbing route, known as ‘The Icicle’, was first climbed in the early 1970’s by Reinhold Messner. Daytime temperatures can reach (80°F), while evening temperatures often drop below freezing.

Climb Day 4 Start: Barranco Hut 3900m

End: Karanga Valley 4055m / 13,300 ft.

Elev gain: 400m / 1,300 ft. Elev loss: 300m, 1,000 ft.

Time: 4 - 5 hours average

Distance: About 5km, 3 miles

Day 8: From the Karanga River we climb about 5-6 hours to our high camp at Kosovo (15,600’). As we wind through beautiful and rarely traveled regions, we enter a high desert plateau, littered with volcanic boulders. Looking south we view the desert plains as the pinnacles of Mowenzi Peak tower before us. At Kosovo we prepare for the summit attempt. We spend our time packing and preparing for the early morning, 2:00am departure.

Climb Day 5 Start: Karanga Valley 4055m / 13,300 ft.

End: Kosovo Camp 4760m / 15,600 ft.

Elev gain: 700m, 2,300 ft.

Time: 5 hours

Distance: About 5km, 3 miles

Day 9:

Summit day! Awake at midnight and prepare gear for the ascent. We climb wearing headlamps until the predawn light is reflected off the African plains. Following a distinct ridge we approach the crater’s rim, then traverse northwest along the rim to the main summit, Uhuru Peak (19,340’). From here we view the Bismarck Towers, rock pinnacles along the rim and the hanging Rebman Glaciers.

Climb Day 6 High camp to Summit Start: Kosovo camp 4760m

Summit: Uhuru Peak 5896m / 19,344 ft.

Elev gain: 1136m, 3726 ft.

Time: 8 - 10 hours

Distance: About 7km, 4 miles

As the sun rises over Africa, we are privy to a panorama of incredible views. To the north stands the second highest mountain on the continent, Mt. Kenya (17,056’/5199m), with its unique twin summits. The southern exposure reveals the sprawling plains of Tanzania and East Africa and Mowenzi Peak.

Climb Day 6 descent Start: Uhuru Peak 5896m / 19,344 ft.

End: Millenium Camp 4000m / 13,000 ft.

Mweka Camp 3100m / 10,200 ft.

Elev loss: 1869m - 2796m / 6,133 ft. - 9,170 ft.

Time: 6-9 hours

Distance: About 13km, 8 miles

After enjoying the view from the top, we descend to Barafu, pack camp, and begin our traverse down the Mweka route on the southern side of the mountain.

Day 10: The sunrises are exquisite as we awaken below the towering mountain. We descend through the lush green landscape of the Mweka route into the thickest jungle we have yet encountered. The environment becomes primordial, with 20 foot-tall fern trees creating a prehistoric atmosphere. After reaching the Mweka Gate we drive to Arusha and enjoy a celebratory dinner. O/N New Arusha.

Day 7: Start: Mweka Camp 3100m / 10,200 ft.

End: Mweka Gate 1800m / 5,580 ft.

Elev loss: 1300m, 5,900 ft.

Time: 4- 5 hours

Distance: About 7km, 4 miles

Day 11:

(Safari itinerary subject to change. Based on team size and availability, travel order of safari parks may be reversed). Begin the safari to Tarangire National Park. This beautiful valley overlooks African grassland, sprinkled with acacia and baobab trees and is known for its variety of large mammals. Here we overnight comfortably in a deluxe safari lodge.

After enjoying a long leisurely game drive between herds of wild animals and along miles of Africa's seemingly endless roads, you come over a slight rise and the lodge appears almost immediately below you. Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park - home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter. 

Day 12:

After lunch we may visit a Masai village where we observe the tribal dance and local life-styles of the nomadic herders of the region. We then travel to Ngorongoro Crater and overnight comfortably in a deluxe safari lodge perched on the rim of the crater.

Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater's entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.

Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa's rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and coziness.

Day 13:

We spend the morning in Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Here we encounter herds of zebra, antelope, buffalo, elephant, rhino, cheetah and hippo. After lunch we proceed with a game drive through Serengeti National Park en route to a deluxe safari lodge and dinner.

Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of out-standing natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.

Day 14: There is an option for a spectacular sunrise balloon ride. We fly back to Arusha (Weather Permitting) for a farewell lunch at the lodge and then prepare for late night international departures.

Day 15: Arrive country of origin.

Our climbs begin and end via flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,500

Price Per Day:

$ 300 per person
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 700
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • All Tanzania transportation on scheduled dates.
  • All Hotel accommodations in Tanzania during listed itinerary. (double occupancy; if we cannot find a pairing for you additional fees may be incurred)
  • All group equipment, such as tents, stoves, closed cell foam pads etc.
  • All meals (B,L,D) during the climb and safari
  • Porters, drivers, guides, park fees and climbing permits
Trip Excludes
  • $25 Wire Transfer Fee (If Applicable)
  • International round-trip airfare Tanzania
  • Optional Serengeti Balloon Ride ($550.00)
  • Tanzanian and/or Kenyan visas
  • Meals, transport, and lodging outside the regular itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • International vaccinations
  • Optional Single Room Supplement (hotels only)
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Alpine Ascents International
  • Tips and gratuities
  • All prices and dates subject to change.
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Arusha
End City
Arusha
Cancellation Policy:

Alpine Ascents International highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions.

Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Alpine Ascents International must adhere to a stringent refund policy.

Each deposit, regardless of amount, includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee.

Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided 120-days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.

50% refunds will be provided 90-119 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.

No refunds will be provided 89 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.

All refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the deadlines stated above.

All balances are due 120 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified.

Participants whose balances are not received by the 120-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their place on the expedition.

Note: Alpine Ascents reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible.

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