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Approaching legendary Kilimanjaro from the south-west, you take the popular Machame Route, with a total trip time of six days, thus giving you even more acclimatization time and an even better chance of reaching the summit. Lush rainforest and Alpine moorland characterize the Machame Route, a trek which is challenging, make no mistake, despite the extra time given to acclimatize. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain. Accommodation on the mountain on this trip will be in tented camps – a true adventure.
A member of Jerry Tanzania Tours hospitality team greets you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). He will drive you to your hotel, which will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay after a long flight, such as: pleasant rooms with hot showers, a restaurant with delicious choices, genial service team and access to the Internet.Your briefing, in the course of which your guides will provide all the details of the forthcoming trek, takes place in the evening. They will answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the trek, providing rental gear when necessary.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
After an early breakfast (07.00), you leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Machame Gate for around 9.00, passing en-route the house of the village chief. You arrive ready for registration and the start of your trek.
Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. The Machame-Mweka Route (normally just referred to as the Machame Route) approaches from the mountain’s south-western side. Your first day of walking, starting at an altitude of 1,800 metres, will end at a height of over 2,800 metres, cover a distance of 11 km and take around 4.5 to 5 hours of actual walking time. The beginning of today’s walk is characterized by a wide track that winds its way up through dense forest, beautiful tall trees laden with green moss. As the route becomes steeper and narrower, so the vegetation changes and the appearance of flowers such as impatiens kilimanjari and impatiens pseudoviola introduce some bright colours to the scenery. The cloud forest trees can reach over 25 metres in height. A picnic lunch is enjoyed around 13.00, water bottles can be refilled and then your walk continues. The emblematic giant heathers appear as you reach heathland and the forest thins out. You get your first glimpse of Kibo peak. Machame Camp is reached at around 17.00. You will be surprised by the richness of the birdlife here. Dinner is served at 19.30.
Accommodation: Machame Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 5 hours, from Machame Gate (1,800 m) to Machame Camp (2,835 m)
You will soon become used to the early, 07.00 breakfast and today you aim to leave the camp at 08.30. You have a further 915 metres of ascent, finishing the day at 3,750 metres, and although the overall distance is short (5 km) you will spend around 5.5 to 6 hours actually walking.
Your path today is dusty, narrow and steep. The vegetation is initially made up of forests of heather but soon you will encounter the first of the giant groundsels. The climb before your midday picnic lunch is steep, but there are then great views to the south and to Kibo, all to savour as you eat. With today’s early start and the short distance, you should be at the camp by 14.00, by which time you will have met the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. Once at the camp, you will have plenty of time to admire sights such as the so-called Shira Cathedral, Klute Peak and Mount Meru, before your dinner at 18.00.
Accommodation: Shira Cave Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 6 hours, from Machame Camp (2,835 m) to Shira Cave Camp (3,750 m)
Today’s trek is longer than yesterday’s, though your overall gain in height is modest. Starting at 3,750 metres, by the time you reach camp this afternoon you will only be 150 metres higher, though in between your start and finish you climb up to the base of the famous Lava Tower at 4,600 metres, before descending again to your camp.
The benefits for the purposes of acclimatization today are enormous, as you climb high and then descend again for the overnight stop. The overall distance of around 10 km means that you will actually be walking for around 6.5 to 7 hours, excluding breaks. Once again, your day will begin with breakfast at 07.00 and departure at 08.30, when you begin your trek across the stony landscape of Shira Plateau. The vegetation is sparse at first, with just a few hardy lichens to admire. You climb towards the Lava Tower and your picnic lunch is taken at 13.00. After passing the highpoint of the day by the Lava Tower, you descend down to the Baranco Camp. Once at camp, which you expect to reach by 16.00, you should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 19.00.
Accommodation: Baranco Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 7 hours, Shira Cave Camp (3,750 m) – Lava Tower – (4,600) – Baranco Camp (3,900 m)
Today you breakfast again at 07.00, in anticipation a long day. You have a total of 9 km to cover and you will ascend some 770 metres, with a total of 7.5 to 8 hours walking time.
Your departure time today will be 08.00; a hot lunch is scheduled at Karanga for midday and you hope to arrive at Barafu by 16.00 for dinner at 18.00. At the beginning, you have a tough scramble up the near-vertical face of the Baranco Wall (also known as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as the climb is straight after your breakfast!). At the top, you enjoy views of the Heim Glacier. You then descend to the gully below, and into the cold, beautiful Karanga Valley before continuing and climbing up a steep series of zig-zags until you reach Karanga for lunch. After leaving Karanga, today’s stage continues steadily upwards, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk.
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 8 hours, from Baranco Camp (3,900 m) to Barafu Camp (4,673 m)
Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro! Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different. Rising at 23.00, you take your tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure.
The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4,673 metres to Stella Point at 5,756 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From there it is another 139 metres of ascent and 45 minutes’ walk to the summit. Your goal is to reach the summit by around 07.00 then celebrate reaching the top, take your precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, you return to Barafu, where you rest for a couple of hours, take a hot lunch and then leave again at 13.30 to continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3,100 metres) where you spend the night. You would expect to arrive at 17.00 and take your dinner at 19.00. (In total, you cover around 17 km today with about 13 hours of walking.)
Accommodation: Mweka Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 13 hours, Barafu Camp (4,673 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) to Mweka Camp (3,100 m)
Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00 and at 08.00 you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’
Departure is at 09.00 and you descend down to Mweka Gate at an altitude of 1,640 metres, where you will be served a hot lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate. Your transport will be waiting to bring you back to your hotel in Moshi, where you can choose to relax – or celebrate!
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Hiking time and Elevation: 3 hours, from Mweka Camp (3,100 m) to Mweka Gate (1,640 m)
After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00.(In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room use which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)
As a transfer service to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Jerry Tanzania Tours guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.
* All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park.
Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.
A Helicopter Rescue Service will be provided to Air transfer you before dark from the Mountain to hospital in Moshi during Emergency (This Service will only be applicable if you have Travel Insurance which covers up to 6,000 meters above sea level and also includes helicopter evacuation, weather permitting Helicopter Rescue will be organized.
Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are well-equipped to handle medical emergencies as they have undergone various High-Altitude Medical Emergency Training to save the lives of climbers who fall sick on the mountain.
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
One night at the hotel (Panama Garden Resort or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool).
Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Jerry Kilimanjaro Tents).
All hotel accommodation is based on a sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer. Single occupancy in a hotel is available upon request and extra chargers apply.
Breakfast in the hotel before and after the trek.
All meals on the trek. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. In our menu you will find different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost.
All drinks on the trek (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).
All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, rescue fees and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
2-inches thick and comfortable foam mattresses.
Modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Walk-in Jerry Kilimanjaro Tents.
All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery).
Dry bag (to protect your duffel bag).
Portable toilet and toilet tent.
Oxygen cylinders and oximeters.
Complete medical kits.
Certificate of Achievement if you reach Stella Point (5,756 metres) or Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres).
We advise you to purchase Travel insurance for your Kilimanjaro trek as it protects you from accidents and unforeseen circumstances, you'd never dream of happening on your once-in-a-lifetime trek.
Make sure your travel insurance covers you for:
Overseas Medical expenses
Delays in flights and other delays, etc.
$100 per person for USA Citizens and $50 per person for All Other Nationalities (read climbing Mount Kilimanjaro guide for more details).
Here’s an average of tipping scales on Kilimanjaro:
$20 – $25 for a chief guide per day.
$15 – $20 for an assistant guide per day.
$12 – $15 for a cook per day.
$6 – $10 per porter per day.
These figures are per party, not per climber. It is perfectly acceptable to give less or more than these figures.
Normally, the porters do not summit. Yet, there is a special breed of them - the so-called “summit porters” - who reinforce the climbing crew for the very final leg of the trip. These people help the guides to make sure that every climber is safe and comfortable. Together with your guides, the summit porters will be carrying hot tea, biscuits and oxygen to make sure that you are warmed and energized to keep trekking to the summit. Please show your appreciation for any help you receive by tipping these porters directly. We would suggest an extra tip of $20.
Though all group camping equipment is included in our Kilimanjaro packages, your personal outfit (mostly clothes for climbing) is not. Thus, you should bring all personal gear for your Kilimanjaro adventure. Our consultants will let you know what you will need for the expedition.
If you do not have certain gear, you may hire everything necessary from us. All equipment is new (we renew our stock every six months). However, remember that personal gear hire is not included in your tour price and extra fees apply.
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