8 Day Kilimanjaro Expedition – Machame Route

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Day 1 – Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha

As you arrive at Kilimanjaro Int. Airport and have gone through immigration and baggage reclaim, you will be welcomed by your own Blue Lizard Adventures representative, holding a sign with your name on it. From here, you will transfer to Ilboru Safari Lodge, situated just outside Arusha

A late dinner will waiting for you on arrival, before overnight here.

After this, you should try to get some good sleep, big day tomorrow!

Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 2 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, day 2/8

Machame Gate (1,830m/6,000ft) to Machame Camp (3,100m/10,200ft) 18 km, 5-7 hours Montane Forest

After breakfast at the lodge you will be picked up around 8 to 8.30AM. From here you will transfer to the gate of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. The journey passes through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Day 3 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, day 3/8

Machame Camp (3,100m/10,20ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) 9 km, 4-6 hours Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Overnight at Shira campsite.

Day 4 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, day 4/8

Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Lava Tower  to Barranco Camp (3860m/12,700ft) 15 km, 5-7 hours Semi-desert

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 5 – Expedition Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, day 5/8

Barranco Camp (3,860m/12,700ft) to Barafu Camp (4,630m/13,800ft) 7 km, 4 hours Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. From Karanga the tour heads up a moraine ridge taking your time and walking slowly. The views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers and of the glacial valleys that snake their way down the mountain. The final stage to Barafu is quite steep, and as always we proceed very slowly. As with the day before, you reach camp by around lunchtime leaving lots of time to prepare and relax. In the evening your guide briefs you for the final ascent.

Day 6 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, day 6/8

Barafu Camp (4,630m/13,800ft) to the Summit (5,895m/19,300ft) and then down to Mweka Hut (3,100m/10,200ft) 7km ascent, 23 km descent, 6-8 hours ascent, 7-8 hours descent Stone Scree and Ice Capped Mountains

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2AM), we continue our way to the summit between Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a North Westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (5,685m/18,652ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you may encounter snow all the way on your 1 hour ascent to the summit.

At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch.

You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep!

climb Kilimanjaro team

Day 7 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, day 7/8

Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,200ft) to Arusha (1,830m/6,000ft) 15 km, 3-4 hours Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates.

At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you here to transport you back to Arusha and Ilboru Safari Lodge for a well-deserved hot shower and some relaxation.

In the evening, you can have dinner either at the lodge or at a nice restaurant in town.

Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Half Board

Day 8 – Arusha – ?

After breakfast at the lodge you will either transfer to Kilimanjaro Int. Airport for your flight back home, or, Arusha airport sould you wish to extend your trip with a few days well earned rest, relaxing in Zanzibar.

Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge
Meal Plan: Half Board

Included

  • All park fees
  • All accommodation (as stated on itinerary)
  • All meals (as stated on itinerary)
  • English speaking guide on Kilimanjaro
  • Full crew with porters, cooks and camp crew for Kilimanjaro
  • All park entrance fees
  • AMREF’s flying medical doctors temporary membership
  • All government taxes
  •  Map of Kilimanjaro National Park
  • All airport transfers
  • Professional, ethical mountain guides

Excluded

  • International flights
  • Tips/gratuity to your Kilimanjaro crew (min 20, – USD per guide per day)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa (USD 50, – per person, 100, – USD for US and Irish Citizens)
  • Any items of a personal nature
  • Activities not included (as specified on the itinerary)

Kilimanjaro beers after the climb

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