Small Group Kilimanjaro Climbing
The Machame Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro and reputed to have the highest success rate. This scenic route offers a longer period for acclimatization and takes different routes up and down the mountain so you don’t do any backtracking over the same terrain. It features a tented camping experience as opposed to the Marangu Route which makes use of an extensive mountain hut system.
Your trip starts when we pick you up from the airport at Kilimanjaro from where we will take you to a hotel in Moshi for the night and you will be introduced to your mountain guide who will ensure you have all the necessary gear for the climb. The next morning it's about an hour drive to the park gate where you will begin the trek. The first day of trekking is about 5 hours through the beautiful rainforest at the base of Kilimanjaro to the Machame Camp.
The trek continues on the second day through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands and finishes at Shira Camp. The third day of trekking is quite helpful for acclimatization as you ascend to the Lava Tower (15,000 feet / 4600m) before descending to the campsite in Barranco Valley. The area before the campsite is known as the "Garden of the Senecios", which features many huge senecio plants as well as the shorter lobelia plants.
The fourth day starts with the ascent of the Barranco Wall, which is the most difficult climb and involves some easy scrambling. Continuing from the Wall the trail levels out and descends a bit to the Karanga River where you will take lunch before reaching the high camp at Barafu. The vegetation has disappeared completely by the time you reach Barafu and you’re a presented with a barren volcanic plain. The afternoon is spent resting here and the push to the summit begins at 11pm when you gear up for a midnight departure. Leaving at midnight it's a slow and cold 6 hour climb to the crater rim and then another hour traverse of the rim to Uhuru Peak the final summit.
Having reached the summit you will descend again to Barafu take a short nap break and then continue to the lower elevations at Mweka Camp. One of the reasons for such a long day of trekking is to avoid problems with acclimatization and get you back down to a lower elevation quickly. The sixth and final day has trekkers continue through the montane forest to Mweka Gate where transport will be waiting to take you back to Moshi where you will enjoy a final farewell dinner with the staff before departing the following morning.
9km, ↑1220m / 4003ft
After registration, you begin your climb through the tropical beautiful rain forest. As you pass through the rainforest, you are likely to spot black and white colobus monkeys as well as blue monkeys and forest birds!
After 6-7 hours you will arrive at Machame Camp (3010m / 9875ft) for dinner and overnight.
7km, ↑ 835m / 2740ft
From the Machame Camp, you cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge – crisscrossing a few times before reaching Shira camp within 5-6 hours, at the base of a semi-circular wall of Shira.
Dinner and overnight at Shira camp (3845m / 12615ft).
10km, ↑ 700m / 2297ft, ↓ 600m / 1969ft
From Shira camp, you hike to Lava Tower (4600m / 15092ft) to acclimatize and then proceed down to Barranco Camp. Tonight’s camp is one of the best on the mountain. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp (3960m / 12992ft).
Dinner & Overnight Barranco Camp
6km, ↑ 375m / 1230ft, ↓300m / 984ft
From Barranco camp, you climb up through the edge of the great Barranco Wall. It’s a tough morning climb on a steep trail, but once you reach the top, the views are spectacular.
Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp (4035m / 13238ft).
4km, 605m / 1985ft
Today is a shorter climb than the past few days, hiking up to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit. You must get lots of rest as you will need all your energy for the climb to the roof of Africa.
↑ 1255m / 4117ft, ↓ 2815m / 9235ft
You will start trekking early just after midnight, as the walk today will take 10 – 14 + hours.
The 1255 m ascent in just over 3 km, will take us about 6-8 hours, as you try to reach the summit to watch the sunrise over the Great Rift Valley. After watching the sunrise and taking enough pictures, you then start descending the mountain to below the tree line.
Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp (3080m / 10105ft)
10km, ↓ 1450m / 4757ft
On your final day, we will have a short four-hour hike out, walking through the lush forest. You meet our driver with the vehicle at the Mweka Gate (1630m / 5348ft) to drive back to the hotel in Arusha.
Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as follows;
When it comes down to it, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro requires only the ability to do long-distance hiking. Since there are no parts of the trail that require technical knowledge and experience, hikers are able to reach the summit following moderate inclines for the most part.
Training for your trek is highly-recommended, and depending on your current physical level, you can tailor specific exercises to address your weaknesses. Usually, training should begin 1-2 months prior to embarking on your climb. During that time, you should frequently be going on long-distance hikes, building up your strength until you believe you could handle 10 hours of continuous hiking.
When training, it is important to wear the hiking boots you plan on wearing during your trek, as that allows you to break into your boots and ensure they are the right size. Furthermore, hiking with your day pack will ease your adjustment once you’re on the mountain
In itself, long distance hiking isn’t the most difficult thing in the world. But paired with the high-altitude, lower oxygen levels, and fatigue, it can become a greater challenge. Performing aerobic activities can help improve your body’s efficiency in dealing with oxygen, thereby reducing your exposure to altitude sickness on the mountain.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route 7 Days
10 ppl - Max
Sep, 04, 2021
Sep, 10, 2021
Depart: Sep, 04, 2021
Ends: Sep, 10, 2021