• 7 Days from
    $1980 p/p in USD
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Gemuka Adventures

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping

Tour Overview

One of the most popular mountains to climb, Kilimanjaro offers several routes to ascend to Uhuru Peak. One of the most scenic is Machame, also one of the shortest and easier routes. Accompanied by porters and guides you camp along the route, which takes you through fantastic scenery with panoramic views.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro
  • Activities:
    Walking Safari
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 1,980 per person

From USD 420 single supplement

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Gemuka Adventures
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Gemuka Adventures‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by Gemuka adventures manager with driver. We will take you to your accommodation at Arusha Hotel. On arrival our safari manager and mountain guide will discuss the itinerary with you.

After breakfast, your driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the Machame Gate (approx. 2 hour drive) where you will complete the registration process and hand your luggage over to the crew. Your Kilimanjaro climb will then commence through the lush, verdant rainforests to Machame Camp. Along the way, you will see a variety of unusual flora and fauna, in addition to the colorful birdlife and monkeys. Lunch will be served en route by your team of chefs and porters, before you continue to your base camp for the evening.

  • Overnight – Camping Machame Camp (B, L, D)
  • Hiking Time: approx. 6 hrs

After a hot breakfast in the mess tent, you will refresh your daypack with water, snacks and waterproof clothing before heading up the relatively steep Shira trail. Surrounded by an abundance of bird life and a savannah of tall grasses and heather, the Shira trail is a beautiful stretch that offers magnificent views of Uhuru peak on a clear day. As with day 2, the crew will serve a warm lunch en route to the base camp.

  • Overnight – Camping Shira Camp (B, L, D)
  • Hiking Time: approx. 6 hrs

Today is an important day for acclimatization and to limit the effects of altitude sickness you will climb high and sleep low. Ascending into the alpine desert, you will view the entire Shira plateau as you hike slowly but surely upwards to pass the Lava Tower at 15,000 feet, before descending down through the immense canyon of Grand Barranco to base camp. Your team will serve a warm lunch en route

  • Overnight – Camping Barranco Camp (B, L, D)
  • Hiking Time: approx. 7 hrs

Today’s hike up and over the Barranco Wall may seem a little daunting, but after a warm breakfast you will be ready to attempt this imposing wall of rock. A relatively short day of hiking, the Barranco wall takes approximately 1.5 hours to mount, the views from above are spectacular. With no further increase in elevation, you will trek through the glacial valleys towards Karanga Camp.

  • Overnight – Camping Karanga Camp (B, L, D)
  • Hiking Time: approx. 4 hrs

Day 5 is another important day for acclimatization, and while the trek to Barafu camp is relatively steep, you will reach camp around midday, leaving plenty of time to relax. After lunch, your guide will offer you the opportunity to hike a little further for acclimatization purposes (weather permitting), or you may prefer to rest at camp. Dinner will be served as usual before you head back to your tent for some much needed rest. At 11pm you will be woken with a warm drink and biscuits and prepare for your midnight summit attempt.

  • Overnight – Camping Barafu Camp – Midnight Summit Attempt (B, L, D)
  • Hiking Time: approx. 4 hrs

Today is the day you have been dreaming about! After your midnight departure from Barafu and 6-7 hours hiking you will reach the welcoming green sign of Stella Point. As the sun starts to rise, you will be exposed to the sheer beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro, and despite being exhausted and cold, you have just another 40 minutes to go along a relatively flat path to reach you final destination – Uhuru Peak. What goes up must come down, and after taking those cherished photos from the Roof of Africa, you will begin your descent back to Barafu Camp for a well-deserved warm lunch. You guide will then decide whether you trek down to Millennium or Mweka Camp for your final evening on the mountain.

  • Overnight – Camping Millennium or Mweka Camp (B, L, D)
  • Hiking Time: approx. 11 hrs

After your last mountainside breakfast, you will begin your final ascent to Mweka Gate. Returning through the lush rainforests at the base of Kilimanjaro, you will be met by your logistics team for one final lunch together before saying your goodbyes. You’ll be driven to your Moshi or Arusha hotel. Dinner and overnight.

  • Hiking Time: approx. 3-5 hrs
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