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Kilimanjaro Machame Route


Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 m, is the highest solitary volcano on earth. Machame Route is the most impressive and scenic of the routes to reach the summit.  
PHOTOS

PROGRAM

Kilimanjaro in addition to being a World Heritage Site is part of the Seven Summits group (the highest peaks on each continent).
Overnight stays will be in tented camps for 6 days of pure outdoors.
During the trek along the Machame Route to the summit of Kilimanjaro we will admire:

  • Lava Tower, also known as Shark’s Tooth, a 100 m high wall of volcanic origin
  • the Barranco Wall, considered by many to be the most challenging part of the entire trek

Accompanying us will also be our experienced local guide who will enrich the trek with untold stories.
We will, in addition, have the support of porters to carry our luggage and all field equipment.

Meal legend : B= breakfast / L= lunch / D= dinner

 

DAY

Arusha arrival
Arrive at the airport, meet our staff and transfer to hotel in Arusha. Overnight stay in Arusha Planet Lodge (or similar).
Meals : -/-/D

DAY

Arusha arrival
Arrive at the airport, meet our staff and transfer to hotel in Arusha. Overnight stay in Arusha Planet Lodge (or similar).
Meals : -/-/D

DAY

Kilimanjaro Park – Machame Camp
Elevation gain +1,200 m
Development: 5.5 km
Duration of trek: 6/7 h

After breakfast, transfer to Machame Gate, inside Kilimanjaro National Park (about 50 min), passing through Machame village on the lower slopes of the mountain.
Once in the Park, start trekking on an easy path through the rainforest, in a wet environment rich in ferns and mosses. Then continue along a ridge, eventually reaching Machame Camp final destination.
Accommodation in tented camp, dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Kilimanjaro Park – Machame Camp
Elevation gain +1,200 m
Development: 5.5 km
Duration of trek: 6/7 h

After breakfast, transfer to Machame Gate, inside Kilimanjaro National Park (about 50 min), passing through Machame village on the lower slopes of the mountain.
Once in the Park, start trekking on an easy path through the rainforest, in a wet environment rich in ferns and mosses. Then continue along a ridge, eventually reaching Machame Camp final destination.
Accommodation in tented camp, dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Machame Camp – Shira Camp
Elevation gain+820 m
Development: 5 km
Duration of trek: 6/7 h

After breakfast, you leave the lush rainforest vegetation behind and continue on a trail up a rocky ridge covered with heather plants, then continue eastward into a narrow and distinctive gorge.
Arrival at Shira Camp 2, accommodation in tents, dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Machame Camp – Shira Camp
Elevation gain+820 m
Development: 5 km
Duration of trek: 6/7 h

After breakfast, you leave the lush rainforest vegetation behind and continue on a trail up a rocky ridge covered with heather plants, then continue eastward into a narrow and distinctive gorge.
Arrival at Shira Camp 2, accommodation in tents, dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
Elevation gain +135 / -680 m
Development: 10 km
Duration of trek: 6/7 h

From the Shira Plateau, proceed eastward up a ridge, at the foot of Kibo, one of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones, and then veer southeast toward Lava Tower, also known as Shark’s Tooth, a striking 100-meter-high rock formation formed as a result of Kilimanjaro’s past volcanic activity. After a picnic lunch, descend in altitude to Barranco Camp (3,980 m. – about 2 hours), a necessary stop for good acclimatization.
Arrival and accommodation in tents, camp dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
Elevation gain +135 / -680 m
Development: 10 km
Duration of trek: 6/7 h

From the Shira Plateau, proceed eastward up a ridge, at the foot of Kibo, one of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanic cones, and then veer southeast toward Lava Tower, also known as Shark’s Tooth, a striking 100-meter-high rock formation formed as a result of Kilimanjaro’s past volcanic activity. After a picnic lunch, descend in altitude to Barranco Camp (3,980 m. – about 2 hours), a necessary stop for good acclimatization.
Arrival and accommodation in tents, camp dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
Elevation gain +600 m
Development: 10 km
Duration of the trek: 5/6 h

After breakfast, departure from Barranco Camp: after continuing along a steep ridge, the first challenge of the day is the Barranco Wall, an imposing cliff face: you will proceed on a steep trail, challenging but without technical difficulties. Once at the top, you will skirt the Heim Glacier and then enter the Karanga Valley, until you reach Barafu Camp (4,640 m.), with breathtaking views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.
Arrival and accommodation, camp dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
Elevation gain +600 m
Development: 10 km
Duration of the trek: 5/6 h

After breakfast, departure from Barranco Camp: after continuing along a steep ridge, the first challenge of the day is the Barranco Wall, an imposing cliff face: you will proceed on a steep trail, challenging but without technical difficulties. Once at the top, you will skirt the Heim Glacier and then enter the Karanga Valley, until you reach Barafu Camp (4,640 m.), with breathtaking views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.
Arrival and accommodation, camp dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp
Elevation gain: +1,250 / -2,815m
Development: 15 km
Duration of trek: 14 h

Awakening at 11:30 pm, breakfast and departure to the summit by the light of our headlamps. Proceeding in a northwesterly direction we ascend through steep scree to Stella Point (5,739m). Here we will encounter the first snowfields that in about 2 hours of walking will lead us to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m.), the highest point on the African continent.
Return to Barafu camp (about 3 h), for a short break before continuing our descent through the moors to Millennium Camp (3,754 m.) and into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,083 m.).
Arrival and accommodation in tents, camp dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp
Elevation gain: +1,250 / -2,815m
Development: 15 km
Duration of trek: 14 h

Awakening at 11:30 pm, breakfast and departure to the summit by the light of our headlamps. Proceeding in a northwesterly direction we ascend through steep scree to Stella Point (5,739m). Here we will encounter the first snowfields that in about 2 hours of walking will lead us to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m.), the highest point on the African continent.
Return to Barafu camp (about 3 h), for a short break before continuing our descent through the moors to Millennium Camp (3,754 m.) and into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,083 m.).
Arrival and accommodation in tents, camp dinner and overnight.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha
Elevation gain: -1,430 m
Development: 10 km
Duration of trek: 3 h

After breakfast, descent to the gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. Here certificates will be collected for the feat just completed: those who reached Stella Point (5,739 m) will get the green certificate and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) will receive the gold certificate.
Transfer by private vehicle to Arusha, arrival and accommodation in lodge.
Dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha
Elevation gain: -1,430 m
Development: 10 km
Duration of trek: 3 h

After breakfast, descent to the gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. Here certificates will be collected for the feat just completed: those who reached Stella Point (5,739 m) will get the green certificate and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) will receive the gold certificate.
Transfer by private vehicle to Arusha, arrival and accommodation in lodge.
Dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: B/L/D

DAY

Departure from Arusha

Depending on your flight schedule, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport by private vehicle.
Meals : B/-/-

NB

  • This trek is suitable for hikers in good health and with a spirit of adaptation.
  • The trails you will hike will have different settings and terrain; you will start from an upland forest to moorland and then to a semi-desert and rocky area around Lava Tower. Before the summit they will face the obstacle of the Great Barranco Wall, a passage considered by many to be the most difficult of the entire trek.
  • The itinerary is designed to encourage optimal acclimatization. Average daily positive elevation gain of 900 m and a day with a negative elevation gain of about 700 m just to encourage proper acclimatization.
  • On the day of the ascent to Uhuru you will start at 11:30 p.m. traversing steep scree to Stella Point, here you will encounter snowfields before arriving at the summit; therefore we recommend lightweight gaiters to preserve your shoes from moisture.
  • Generally you will hike 5-7 hours a day with proper breaks for refreshment and those needed for meals.
  • Should some members of the group not be able to make the final ascent, or at any point during the tour need to turn back, there is the possibility of splitting the group into two parts.

 

 

 

DAY

Departure from Arusha

Depending on your flight schedule, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport by private vehicle.
Meals : B/-/-

NB

  • This trek is suitable for hikers in good health and with a spirit of adaptation.
  • The trails you will hike will have different settings and terrain; you will start from an upland forest to moorland and then to a semi-desert and rocky area around Lava Tower. Before the summit they will face the obstacle of the Great Barranco Wall, a passage considered by many to be the most difficult of the entire trek.
  • The itinerary is designed to encourage optimal acclimatization. Average daily positive elevation gain of 900 m and a day with a negative elevation gain of about 700 m just to encourage proper acclimatization.
  • On the day of the ascent to Uhuru you will start at 11:30 p.m. traversing steep scree to Stella Point, here you will encounter snowfields before arriving at the summit; therefore we recommend lightweight gaiters to preserve your shoes from moisture.
  • Generally you will hike 5-7 hours a day with proper breaks for refreshment and those needed for meals.
  • Should some members of the group not be able to make the final ascent, or at any point during the tour need to turn back, there is the possibility of splitting the group into two parts.

 

 

 

DETAILS

DURATION
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8 Days
orologio
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
stelle
low
stelle
FITNESS LEVEL
cuori
very good
cuori
PERSONS
utente
8
utente
PERIOD
calendario
from 01/06 to 31/01
DURATION
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
FITNESS LEVEL
PERSONS
PERIOD
8 Days
low
very good
8
from 01/06 to 31/01
orologio
stelle
cuori
utente
calendario

RATES

2600 € fee per person with 1 participant
2250 € fee per person with 2 participants
2000 € fee per person with 3 participants
2000 € fee per person with 4 participants
2000USD per participant in a group min of 3/4 participant.
The rate includes
  • Overnight stays as indicated above
  • Meals as indicated in the detailed itinerary
  • Certified local English-speaking guide for trekking (Italian-speaking on request)
  • Professional staff (guides, cook, porters)
  • Food, transfers, insurance and equipment for accompanying staff
  • Park entrance fees
  • Rescue fees (first aid)
  • Camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag, which you can rent separately)

The rate does not include
  • Flights Italy – Tanzania – Italy from 600 euros (for more details visit this page)
  • Entrance visa
  • Meals not indicated
  • Optional visits and activities and extra services due to force majeure
  • Tips (usually 150-200 usd per participant), phone calls, and extras of a personal nature
  • Clothing and medicines
  • anything that is not mentioned under "The rate includes"
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by they respective owners. without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening / closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by they respective owners. without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening / closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
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DATE IN PROGRAMMA
02
January 2023
DATE IN PROGRAMMA
28
September 2023
DATE IN PROGRAMMA
09
October 2023
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