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    $2100 p/p in USD
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Kilimanjaro Safari Experience

  • Tanzania

5 / 5 from 3 Reviews

Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

The second most popular route on the mountain, Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route is known as the ‘Whiskey Route’ in comparison to Marangu’s ‘Coca Cola Route’. This is because Machame is a more difficult route and does not have sleeping huts for accommodation. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival. The trek takes you through varying vegetation from the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest, through heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers, across barren landscape with lava formations, views of glaciers and alpine desert to the Roof of Africa, Uhuru Peak.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey, Blue Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Arusha or Moshi
  • Minimum age:
    6

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,100 per person

What's Included

  • Pre & post trek accommodation on B&B basis
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3-season mountain tents & double layered sleeping mats
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain & filtered water
  • Fair wages for mountain crew as approved by KINAPA & KIATO
  • Supplemental oxygen & pulse oximeter
  • 2- way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle)
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees, VAT

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Portable flush toilet – US$150 per toilet + toilet tent
  • Doctor for the group
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry service

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Day by Day Overview

At 8:30am leave Moshi for Machame Gate, where you will meet the Kilimanjaro Legend Trails porters, guides and cooks that will spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa. The drive through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about 1.5 hours. Once you arrive, wait at the gate while Summit Odyssey registers your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Machame Camp. On the first day, hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin at the end of the hike and vegetation will change to include heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers. If the weather is clear, view the surrounding area and your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak.

Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters, 3,935 feet

Machame Route

Although considered to be the easiest day on the Machame Route, today’s trek includes several uphill sections. Carry plenty of drinking water, as the exposed hike can be hot on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above. As you gain altitude, notice the change in vegetation. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s famous high altitude plants, scenecio kilimanjari and lobelia deckenii. After eating lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east.

Elevation Gain: 840 meters, 2,760 feet

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Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization. After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside. Barranco Camp, set among stands of senecio kilimanjari, is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route.

Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters, 2,264 feet

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Leave Barranco Camp after an early breakfast to begin the long hike to Barafu Camp. The day begins with an hour and a half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you will have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, you will make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley before continuing on to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the way to Barafu is bleak, alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks, and Rebmann Glacier. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will be waking up at midnight for your summit hike.

Elevation Gain: 600 meters, 2,140 feet

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Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers. At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.

Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet

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After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Kilimanjaro Legend Trails Tanzania vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.

Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet

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