Kilimanjaro climb – The Machame Route
The Machame route is one of three popular climbs we
recommend. This route is 7 days and 6
nights long. You can travel solo, in 2’s
or in any group size up to a maximum of 16 people. Larger groups may be catered
for on request.
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Arrival & Briefing
Today has no planned activities and is only an arrival day for you to reach your base lodge in time for a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide.
In the morning, you’ll head by road from Moshi town to the Machame gate. After registration you begin your trek through the rain forestzone with your guide. The forest is thick and diverse with flora & fauna. A steady but relatively steep hike takes you to the edge of the forest and heather zone to overnight in your Machame camp.
Today’s hike is a little shorter and begins with a trek through the heather & moorlandzoneup a steep ridge to the semi-circular cliff known as Picnic Rock. From here you have excellent views (on a clear day) of Kibo peak, the tallest cone on the mountain where your goal of Uhuru peak is. Tanzania’s second highest mountain (Mt Meru 4563m or 14970ft) may be seen in the distance. The remainder of your day is a much gentler trail to Shira camp.
the lava tower
Your hike today takes you towards the Kibo cone. You’ll climb steadily up and over the edges of the alpine desert to your first high altitude at the lava tower (4630m or 15190ft). Today is all about acclimatisation and is a great indicator to see how your body will handle higher altitudes. From the Lava Tower you begin your steep descent anti-clockwise around Kibo and into the Barranco Valley. The day ends around the same elevation as you started at Barranco camp.
This morning you’ll leave camp and ascend the Barranco wall. This is an impressive non-technical scramble and gives a feeling of mountain climbing (without any previous experience or advanced equipment required) and is rewarded with a superb view from the top back into camp and the Heim glacier on the peak. The remainder of the hike will be through alpine desertslowly winding around the mountain to the Karanga valley which you descend into and up to your Karanga camp.
through the alpine desert
Today you climb almost casually through the
empty landscape of the alpine desert where you keep a slow pace even though the
path is not extremely steep. Kibo cone approaches and you may glimpse the
Mawenzi peak (Kilimanjaro’s second peak) in the east. The short distance means
you have plenty of time at your summit camp, known as Barafu camp (Swahili for
ice) to rest and prepare for the summit attempt tonight.
climb the summit
Around midnight, you begin your final ascent to
the summit of Uhuru peak through the arctic zone. The trek is a steep hike over
loose volcanic scree through the dark and cold night and takes a slow pace in a
zig-zag pattern towards Stella point which is your first
stop on the Kibo crater rim. From here a short but difficult hike remains to
take you to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Descent through the alpine desert, heather and
moorland in the rain forest zone for a
back to moshi
Your final day on Kilimanjaro is a descent through the southern rain forest until Mweka gate where our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Moshitown. Usually, the crew will leave you at Mweka gate and it’s a perfect opportunity to say goodbye to your crew who all generally head directly home from the end gate.
Your Journey at a glance
Ideal duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: from US $2350
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Make your Tanzania experience even more special by adding on some days at one of Tanzania’s incredible beach destinations. Perhaps the most famous is the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar with world-class beaches and diving. However, there are some hidden gems off the beaten track with few human prints left on the deserted white-sand beaches like stunning Saadani national park, where the bush meets the beach. This is a truly secret palm fringed hideaway.
Few destinations have such an evocative name as Zanzibar. Few know that this Indian Ocean holiday island is in Tanzania and is the perfect complement to any Tanzania safari where you want to mix safari and beach. The UNESCO world-heritage site of historic Stone Town is a heady mix of cultures from Arabia and India with stunning architectural remnants and superb bazaars. This town has its own annual music and film festivals which attract acts and visitors from around the world. From here, head to the north or east coast to relax on world-class beaches and indulge in some fabulous diving and water sports from The Zanzibari boutique hotel.
Safari & Beach
Fancy relaxing at the beach following your Tanzania safari but want something away from it all? Then choose Saadani National Park, the only coastal wildlife park in Tanzania where the bush meets the beach. A place where you can swim in the Indian ocean looking back at vervet monkey and surrounding bush full of wildlife and even a marine park where green turtles hatch. Head out on game drive or foot and boat safari in the morning and spend the afternoon on a stunning deserted beach back at Simply Saadani Camp.