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6 Days - Kilimanjaro - Peak of Africa (Machame Route)

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level: Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
6 days
From: $ 1,688 $ 281 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Reach a summit under the African sky
  • Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience
  • An adventure with African experts - we will take you to the summit of Africa

Short Description

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The Machame Route is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame, which is referred to as the "Whiskey Route", better suited to more adventurous hikers and it also rewards you with better views than the Marangu Route. From Late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo's great Barrance Wall, the Machame Route offers the spunky hiker a continous scenic slide show. The Machame route is normally completed in 6 days, and this greatly helps your acclimatization. The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate. We recommend you to bring gear like: smaller personal backpack, thick hiking socks, windproof/waterproof pants and jacket, heavy gloves, heavy winter jacket, water bottles, gaiters (covers top of boots and bottom of pants), hiking boots, larger backpack for clothes, cold weather sleeping bags, safari style hat protecting face and neck from sun, headlamp style flashlight, camera of course, dried fruit and energy bars, sun block, malaria pills, water purification tablets, inflatable pillows, your regular clothes.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Lodging Level Camping
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Arusha or Moshi
End City Arusha or Moshi

Trip Includes

  • Transport to and from mountain gates
  • All parks entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival before climb and on the last day after climb
  • Airport transfers
  • Guide and porters fees
  • Guide and porters salaries
  • All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day
  • A cook and all kitchen utensils

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Itinerary

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation (m): 1,490m to 2,980m

Elevation (ft): 4,890ft to 9,780ft

Distance: 18km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 50-minute drive from Moshi or a one and a half hour drive from Arusha to the Machame Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. You will receive a lunch pack, and you can also buy mineral water in the village. If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, and in this case, it will take you an hour to complete the muddy 3 km walk to the gate. After registering at the park office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountain often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footgear, trekking poles, and gaiters are useful. You will enjoy a welcome lunch stop halfway up and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive at camp before you and will set up your tent before you arrive. In the evening, the porters boil drinking and washing water while the cook prepares your dinner. Night temperatures can drop to freezing at the Machame Camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation (m): 2,980m to 3,840m

Elevation (ft): 9,780ft to 12,600ft

Distance: 9km

Walking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

You rise early at Machame camp, and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then for 2 hours through a gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro's great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route. After a short hike west, you reach the Shira campsite. The porters will boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation (m): 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,950m

Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 15,190ft to 12,960ft

Distance: 15 km

Walking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

After breakfast, you will walk up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward

Kilimanjaro's looming mass. After several hours, you walk thorough a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower, also called the "Shark's Tooth." at 4,630 m/15,190ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro's earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. Although you end the day at almost the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

OPTIONAL DAY (7-day trek): Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (m): 3950m to 4200m

Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 13,800ft

Distance: 7km

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. There is water at this camp. Then, on Day 5 you will hike from the Karanga Valley Camp to the Barafu Camp, summit on Day 6, and finish your descent on Day 7.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (m): 3,950m to 4,550m

Elevation (ft): 12,960ft to 14,930ft

Distance: 13km

Hiking Time: 8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. For now, all eyes are still on the summit, so turn left and hike up the ridge for another hour to the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed by 7 PM, and try to get a few hours of precious sleep.

DAY 05: Summit Day! "Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp"

Elevation (m): 4,550m to 5,895m (and down to 3,100m)

Elevation (ft): 14,930ft to 19,340ft (and down to 10,170ft)

Distance: 7km up / 23km down

Hiking Time: 6 - 8 hours up / 7 - 8 hours down

Habitat: Stone scree, seasonal snow and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) "You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down". This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi/Arusha

Elevation (m): 3,100m to 1,980m to 890m

Elevation (ft): 10,170ft to 6500ft to 2,920ft

Distance: 15 km

Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours

Habitat: Forest

After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. 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). Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a registry. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi/Arusha for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night in a hotel.

Arusha/Moshi:

Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris to the Tanzania Northern Parks such as trips to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park and to Arusha National Park. Also we can arrange trips to Southern Circuit such as trips to Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.

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6 Days - Kilimanjaro - Peak of Africa (Machame Route)

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We have returned from a wonderful 7 Days Safari with my family, Lights on Africa organized our trip. It was a lifetime experience , Victor our guide was excellent with very sharp eyes on spotting the animals, we saw almost everything, the Lodges and tented camps was amazing, we had a very delicious dinner at Kubukubu Tented Lodge. I highly recommend Lights on Africa.
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We had a fantastic safaris with Lights on Africa, the Guide was great, the reservations team was wonderful.. We saw everything that we expected.
Thank you Lights on Africa for arranging a wonderful trip for us.
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We had an amazing Safari, visited Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater! Was amazing...

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I and my sisters did a 2 days Safari to Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater with Lights on Africa.. We saw lots of big Elephants in Tarangire and were very lucky that the two lions came very close to our Vehicle.. Ngorongoro was amazing , we saw 6 Lions with a cub and the Rhino for about 20 meters. It was our first time on safari and we had a fabulous trip. Our Guide Silas was very knowledgeable and charming, he can sport the animals even before us, he was so helpful even when we forgotten our camera at Lodge, he managed to communicate with the Lodge Manager and some one brought us our Camera in the Crater.

We are planning to go to the Serengeti next year and we will definitely contact Lights on Africa to arrange our trip.
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Lights on Africa Company organized our wonderful trip for my sisters, It was our first safari and we enjoyed it a lot. The owner of the Company was so friendly and helpful..Our Guide Silas was also great. We saw what we expected and I can say we had beyond our expectations.

We will highly recommend this Company to our friends and Family.

Thank you Lights on Africa for arranging our first memorable safari.
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After we made the initial enquiry Peniel got in touch with us and fulfilled all our special wishes. All questions were fully and quickly answered via e-mail, and even when we arrived several hours early in Arusha, he managed to pick us up at the airport together with our driver-guide. We just sent a short message from Daressalam and he organized everything else.

We spent 7 days of wonderful safari on our own with Ray, our perfect driver and tour guide . The roads are sometimes very rough but with Ray we felt save all the time. The national parks we visited (Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire) are really fantastic and Ray presented to us so many more animals than the big five
All the accommodation at the lodges was wonderful, good food and we particularly enjoyed the Sopa Lodges.

We have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to other travelers.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Airport Transfer is included

Local Flights

No flights included

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Solo Notes

Please contact for solo pricing information

Accomodations

Basic camping accommodation on public campsites

Guides

Mountain Guide:

Most of our guides have experience of more than 10 years, they have all completed full training on all routes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru and other East African mountains, and have been certified by the Tanzania National Parks Authority as licensed full time guides. They are experienced climbers and guides with an average of over 60 ascents of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. They all have Red Cross First Aid Certificates. Our experienced guide(s) will take you up Kilimanjaro on a wonderful trekking experience to the top of Africa.

Cancellation Policy:

When the cancellation is done in a period of over 60 days of the safari/tour, the payment will be refunded minus the Bank/ transfer fee. When the cancellation is done in a period between 30 days of the safari/tour, 50% of the payment would be refunded. When the cancellation is done in a period between 7 – 14 days of the safari/tour, 25% of the payment would be refunded. When the cancellation is made in a period of less than 7 days to the safari/tour then the payment is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 15

Max Age: 60

Additional Information:

What should you bring?

Be selective in what you take with you. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 35 lbs (15 kg) of your personal belongings. If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter. Although you are expected to bring everything you need, most gear and equipment may be rented, subject to availability. All extra luggage’s, items you will not use on your climb, such as safari clothing, gear and equipment, can also be safely stored at the hotel. Checked luggage on airplanes can get lost or delayed on the way to Tanzania. Therefore, you should prepare for this possibility by wearing or carrying on the items that are essential to your Kilimanjaro climb. While most clothing, gear and equipment can be replaced in Tanzania prior to your climb, there are some things that cannot be.

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  • Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on of trip, list them here request
  • All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this)

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

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