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It was easily one of the most difficult metal/physical things I've ever done in my life. It was also one on the most rewarding things I've ever accomplished! Add to that the mind-blowing view from the crater rim at sunrise, which was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen, and it's easy to say that this was a trip of a lifetime. -- Eric M. San Diego, California
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(PRIVATE) Kilimanjaro: Machame Route - 8 Days

GEC Trip Type: PRIVATE TOUR (for 2+ people booking together)

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Of the famous seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and to climb, and it requires no technical climbing experience. Any moderately fit person can summit the mountain with the assistance of our guides and porters.

If Marangu is the "Coca Cola" route, then the Machame Route is the "whiskey" route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic route on the mountains. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.

The Machame Route climb is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. With the Machame/South Circuit route, you will circle halfway around the mountain with great views from all angles. This route is approximately 25 miles (40 km) versus 13 miles (20 km) on the Marangu route. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Climbers descend down the Mweka trail and stay at the Mweka camp the final night on the mountain.

Places Visited:

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, Tanzania, Kibo summit, Gilman's Point

Trip Itinerary:
Arrival and check-in

Booked into the assigned hotel for an overnight and a briefing from your guide. You can start your trek any day of the year!

Machame Gate to Machame Camp Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft Distance: 18km Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Montane Forest

With your guide you drive to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 1-2 hours. 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 rain forest 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.

Machame Camp to Shira Camp Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft Distance: 9km Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Mooorland

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. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft Distance: 15 km Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: 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 Camp 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.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft Distance: 7 km Hiking Time: 4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft Distance: 13km Hiking Time: 8 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13, 779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft) Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly 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 (5685m / 18,652 ft), 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 they 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 down to the Mweka 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.

Mweka Camp to Hotel Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft Distance: 15km Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: 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, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

Transfer to airport

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your trip home. OR continue your adventure with a safari through the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater and/or to the exotic and tropical island of Zanzibar (also know as The Spice Island for its fabled history of spice trade) off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean.

Important Information

This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club private trip for 2 or more people booking together.

Interested in joining a Group Tour!: Want to experience your next adventure with other like-minded people in a small group setting? Then be sure to check out all of our Upcoming Group Tours! Perfect for the Solo Travelers. Ideal for friends. All are welcome! We also provide free roommate matching for solo travelers, helping you to avoid mandatory single supplements!

This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms/tents. If you would like your own hotel room/tent, please choose the optional single room supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.

Visas are required for entry to Tanzania for most nationalities, including US and Canadian citizens. You are required to obtain a Visa before traveling to Tanzania. We will email you information about obtaining your Visa with your booking confirmation, however as regulations constantly change, please check your nearest Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate for current requirements. NOTE: it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all visas for entry to Tanzania. Visa can take up to 2 weeks to obtain and are typically valid for only 6 months, so plan accordingly. Please contact us or the Global Expeditions Club with questions.

Please note that effective July 1, 2016 there is an additional tax of $350 per person, due to changes in Tanzania's mandatory VAT tax regulations.

It is recommended that you extend your arrival and departure by at least one day to avoid conflicts due to potential travel delays.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your flight arrives before 2:00pm on Day 1 so that you can be at the afternoon group orientation and trip review with your Guide. If your flight of choice is scheduled to come in later than 2:00pm, then you should plan to arrive a day early (an extra night hotel is available for purchase during check out).

This trek reaches altitudes of over 19,340 feet (5,895 meters). Please confer with your doctor prior to purchasing this trip to ensure that you are physically capable of completing this adventure safely, so that you fully understand the effects and required actions when trekking at altitude, and to check for vaccination requirements.

Please Click Here for trip info and a complete example packing list. A full Pre-Departure Dossier will be sent a few weeks before departure!

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 month following the last day of the tour.

Guide may alter the actual trekking itinerary based on trail conditions, weather, etc.

No refunds will be issued in cases were the trek cannot be completed due to illness, adverse weather conditions, flight delays or any other reasons such as political, natural disaster, etc. You are responsible for any additional expenses due to weather or other delays/schedule changes.

Trip ID: AF1002
Departure Dates:

Tanzanian Govt. VAT Tax
Optional Add-Ons
Extra Day on the Mountain (Highly Recommended)
Round Trip Trans - Kilimanjaro Airport and Hotel

Trip Highlights
  • Fully guided climb of Kilimanjaro with experienced local mountain guides
  • Porters to carry all your gear except your day bag and to set up camp for you
  • Beautiful hotel with an excellent restaurant, in-ground pool, high speed internet connectivity, clean rooms and a garden to relax in
  • All on mountain meals included
  • Tea, hot chocolate, and boiled and/or purified water on mountain
  • All ground transportation between hotel and mountain included.
Price Includes
  • All necessary guides and porters on mountain
  • All mountain and hiking fees and permits
  • All meals on mountain
  • Tea, hot chocolate, and boiled and/or purified water on the mountain
  • Group transportation between the mountain and the hotel
  • 2 nights in excellent hotel
  • All camping equipment and set up
  • Breakfast at the hotel
Price Does Not Include
  • International airfare
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • Meals at the hotel, available at the hotel
  • Additional nights at hotel
  • Additional night on mountain to help acclimatize
  • Travel medical and evacuation insurance
  • Tanzania VAT tax
  • Tips
  • All personal items (including sleeping bag)
  • Internet at hotel
  • All passport and visas and any associated fees
Minimum Group Size
  • 1
Typical Guide to Group Ratio
  • 2:1
Group Leader
  • Local guides and porters.
Number of Days
  • 8 total
  • 6 hiking
  • 2 nights excellent hotel (can add pre & post nights)
Accomodation Included
  • 2 nights in excellent Hotel
  • 6 days camping
Transportation Included
  • Shuttle Bus to/from mountain
Meals Included
  • All meals while trekking, breakfast at the hotel (Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated with at least 3 weeks notice)
Meals Extra
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel - $6 - 10 each
  • US$100-200 for meals not included and for additional expenses
Seasonal Info
  • High Season: Dec - March & June - October
  • For those adding a safari: Birds migrate around April and Water Buffalo around October - January, however most can be seen year round.
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