Kilimanjaro Climb – Mchame Route – 7 Day

We travel from the lush rain forest to the ascending path of Mount Kilimanjaro. Passing rivers and mesmirsing sights, we start to climb on a 7 day journey to Uhuru Peak and to enjoy a sunset before heading back to camp.

Itinerary

MACHAME GATE – MACHAME CAMP

Start the day from Machame Gate (1,640m) to Machame Camp (2,850m)

Distance: 11 km, Hiking Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Rain Forest

After a good night rest and breakfast at the hotel, drive to Machame gate to start the climb. The hike start after all the formalities, leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge to Machame Camp. The trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea.

MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP

Machame Camp (2,850m) to Shira Camp (3,810m). Distance: 5 km, Hiking Time: 4-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland. After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

SHIRA CAMP– LAVA TOWER – BARRCANCO CAMP

Shira Camp (3,810m) to Lava Tower (4,630m) to Barranco Camp (3,976m). Distance: 10 km. Hiking Time: 6-8 hours. Habitat: Semi Desert

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.”. Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP

Barranco Camp (3,976m) to Karanga Camp (3,995m). Distance: 5 km. Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP

Karanga Camp (3,995m) to Barafu Camp (4,673m). Distance: 4 km. Hiking Time: 4-5 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert. After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

BARAFU CAMP – UHURU PARK – MWEKA CAMP

Barafu Camp (4,673m) to Summit (5,895) to Mweka Hut (1,640m). Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent. Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent.Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a north westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.At Stella Point (5,756m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

MWEKA CAMP – MOSHI – ARUSHA

Mweka Camp (3,068m) to Moshi (1,640m). Distance: 10 km. hiking Time: 3-4 hours. Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. 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).

From the gate, you continue another hour t Save o Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Arusha.

Rates:

Jan – Dec 2019//20

$2000 Per Person
$1850 2-6 Persons 
$1650 7-12 Persons 
Group above 12 – Quote on request 

 

More Information

Excluded:

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker- depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)

Included:

  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
  • Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha and Arusha to Kilimanjaro airport
  • Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy) children will depend with the age Rates applicable
  • W0ith bed dinner and breakfast
  • Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees and climbing permits.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
  • Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
  • Water for washing up daily
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 20lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
  • A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
  • Flying Doctor Service will be on request on additional cost.

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