Open for booking from January till March
Trip Duration: 9 Day (Climbing Duration 7 days)
Are you looking for adventure?
You've come to the right place!
If so far every mountain you have hiked is not tall enough then you might just be Kilimanjaro material. Join me and other adventure seekers as we walk in the bootprints of famed explorers and mountaineers on our way to the top of Africa’s tallest peak, hiking through lush rainforests and alpine deserts, across glaciers by day and sleeping closer to the stars than you ever dreamed possible by night. You go through 5 different climatic zones to reach the summit. Now that’s something you experience everyday!
COST 2,200 USD$ Per Person
Mount Kili is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Located just 200 miles (325 km) from the equator, the mountain defies logic with its glaciated peak and is the most rewarding peak in the whole of Africa- 5895m!
Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment. However, the challenge is not to be taken lightly. You need to understand what lies ahead. Myself and fellow hikers will be training on a weekly basis though series of activities from cycling, running, and hiking near by mountain in UAE and Oman. This will make a big difference in your achieving our goal and succeeding.
This trip is no luxury trip. This trip has been planned as a budget trip that is comfortable and affordable to many who seek to conquer higher achievements physically and mentally. This will be our first step towards building a strong group of adrenaline adventure junkies that seek to take on bigger achievements and aim to climb the other 6 summits over time.
If you ready to experience the most physically and mentally challenging and rewarding achievement and getting addicted to the mountains then sign up and lets get active!
This is one the of the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic "slide show" over 7days. The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 7days. .
There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain - acclimatisation.
Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) - Machame camp (3000m).
- Hiking time: 5 hours
- Distance: About 12 km's.
- Habitat: Montane forest.
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 2-hour drive from Arusha to the Machame village. The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village.
Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.
Day 2: Machame camp (3000m) - Shira camp (3840m).
- Hiking time: 4 hours
- Distance: About 9 km's.
- Habitat: Moorland.
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. You continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving lunch and then will have tea time arroud 4pm. Dinner will be saved from 6 or 7 pm due to what time might prefer to have. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Day 3: Shira (3840m) - Lava Tower (4600m)-Barranco camp (3950m).
- Hiking time: 7 hours
- Distance: About 15 km's.
- Habitat: Semi desert.
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4600m).This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.
Day 4: Barranco camp (3950m) – Karanga Campa (4200m)
- Hiking time: 3. hours
- Distance: About 6km.
- Habitat: Alpine desert
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Karanga Camp in the lunch time, have lunch then after lunch have time to rest before going for a little to acclimatize for 200m high then come lower to camp. This the day that gives you more time and chance of more time to rest before going to base camp.
Day 5 KARANGA CAMPA 4200m BARAFU CAMP (4600M)
- Hiking time: 3hours
- Distance: 4km
- Habitat: Alpine desert
Wake up around 6:30 followed with hot water for washing, breakfast then climb up to Barafu.
We will be at Barufu camp (base camp) have time to get lunch and have a summit briefing then after you will be required to go in your tent to sleep as we set off for summit early. Dinner will be saved earl around 5:30pm
DAY 6: SUMMIT NIGHT-BARAFU TO UHURU/ MWEKA CAMP
- Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak
- 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka.
- Distance: About 5 km's ascent - 23 km's descent.
- Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.
Day 7: MWEKA CAMP (3100M) - MWEKA GATE (1980M).
- Hiking time: 3 hours
- Distance: About 15 km's .
- Habitat: Forest .
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5730m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 4km (2 hour) . In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! We now drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!