Machame Route

• Six or more days
• Physically challenging
• Day walks steeper and longer
• Scenic traverse of the Western Breach offers great views
• Summit night about an hour shorter
• Tent accommodation available at all camps
• No bottled water, soft drinks and beer available at most camps

Day 1: Arrive Nairobi or Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be met by a Tanzania Journeys’ representative and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. Evening briefing at hotel to prepare you for the climb ahead, followed by group dinner, an opportunity for the group to get to know each other before the climb. Overnight hotel.

Day 2: You will be collected from the hotel and transferred to Machame Gate (1800m). From the gate we commence a walk (6-8 hours) through thick mountain forest to Machame Hut (3000m). At Machame hut camp is set for dinner and over night stay.

Day 3: After breakfast the group slowly starts trekking (4-6 hours) through the moor land zone, enjoying superb views of Shira Plateau and Mount Meru, an extinct volcano. Dinner and overnight stay at Shira Hut (3840m).

Day 4: Depart Shira Hut in the morning taking the path which rises up gradually towards the Kibo peak, after reaching the wedge, Buttress point, the path drops down to the Barranco Hut (6 hours walking). Dinner and overnight stay at Barranco Hut (3950m).

Day 5: Leave slowly crossing the floor of the great Barranco Valley and up the Barranco wall; continue the trek on the South Circuit path through the Karanga Valley. Then slowly trek (7 hours) to Barafu Hut (4600m) from Barafu you will have excellent views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Barufu Hut is situated on an exposed and dangerous ridge, so it is necessary to familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark. Rest and prepare for summit night. Dinner and overnight stay at Barafu Hut.

Day 6: A midnight start to conquer the highest point in Africa. This section of the route is considered one of the steepest on the non-technical paths of Kilimanjaro. It is a 6-7 hour hike to Stella Point (5735m) in order to see the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a 1 hour to Uhuru Peak (5895m) and the roof of Africa. We then descend down to Mweka Hut for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: An easy day walking to Mweka gate where a waiting vehicle will transfer you to your hotel. Evening dinner and get-together at local Moshi venue to celebrate the success of the climb. Overnight stay at a Moshi hotel.

Day 8: Morning departure for those catching Nairobi flight, afternoon departure for those flying from Kilimanjaro International. Onward journey for those heading on Safari or to Zanzibar.

Includes:
Return transfers Nairobi or Kilimanjaro International to Moshi
2 nights Bed & Breakfast in a good standard hotel, based on 2 share twin/double room
2 Evening meals before and after climb
All Kilimanjaro National Park fees
Full board during climb
Camping equipment
Services of Tanzania Journeys representatives, guides, cooks and porters throughout

Does not include:
Items of a personal nature
Personal clothing and equipment on mountain,
(Although arrangements can be made to hire required clothing if required)
Alcohol