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8 Days – Mt Kilimanjaro – Machame Route – Group

Group Tour
Easy Travel / 8 Days – Mt Kilimanjaro – Machame Route – Group

8 Days – Mt Kilimanjaro – Machame Route – Group

$2301

per person
  • Trip Code
    ETSKM6
  • Trip Style
    Basic
  • Group Size
    Max 10
  • Physical Rating
    4
  • Includes
    Accommodation
    Transport
    Meals
    Park Fee
    Activities
    Trip Crew
  • Excludes
    Drinks
    Own Room
    Visa
    Flights

Approaching legendary Kilimanjaro from the south-west, we take the popular Machame Route, over eight days, thus giving us good acclimatization time and every chance of reaching the summit. Lush rainforest and Alpine moorland characterise the landscape on this trek, which is challenging, make no mistake, despite the extra day. You’ll share your transport to and from Kilimanjaro with fellow adventurers. Accommodation on the mountain on this ‘Basic’ category trip will be in tented camps – a true mountain adventure.

Tour Overview

Kilimanjaro is the African continent’s best-known and highest mountain. With its snow-capped peak, it justifiably features on nearly every adventurer’s list of ‘must-dos.’

If you’ re not in a tearing hurry, why not consider the Machame route, which takes one day longer than the more popular Marangu but is slightly more challenging. Accommodation on the ascent is in tents, adding to the sense of adventure. Extra time taken acclimatizing means a higher success rate!

The Machame is actually the second most popular route for mount Kilimanjaro climb. From the village at Machame (altitude: 1490 metres), the approach is from the south-west of the summit. Led by an expert guide and a team of porters and cooks, you at once enter into lush rainforest, as heavy rains frequently visit this side of the mountain.

It can be a muddy and slippery experience! Alpine moorland is another characteristic landscape in the early stages of this ascent. During the ascent, an optional scramble up the imperious Lava Tower is an option – for those with energy to spare.

With our experienced, knowledgeable and, above all, passionate staff, we take care of all the complex and important arrangements for the ascent of this legendary mountain, essential to giving you the best Kilimanjaro experience. Happy climbing, indeed!

Tour Highlights

  • – Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of the world’ feeling
  • – A more relaxed pace than the popular Marangu route. But challenging!
  • – Stunning views as you ascend
  • – Discover Shira Plateau and Barranco
  • – Climbing the Lava Tower
  • – Dedicated guides, porters and cooks – a great team to help you on your way

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Departure Dates:

StartEnd
21-Jan-1827-Jan-18
18-Feb-1824-Feb-18
18-Mar-1824-Mar-18
22-Apr-1828-Apr-18
20-May-1826-May-18
17-Jun-1823-Jun-18
22-Jul-1828-Jul-18
19-Aug-1825-Aug-18
16-Sep-1822-Sep-18
21-Oct-1827-Oct-18
18-Nov-1824-Nov-18
16-Dec-1822-Dec-18

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Day 1: KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - ARUSHA

Your first night is to be spent at Karama Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your lodge in Arusha to relax after your flight.
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Day 2: ARUSHA - MACHAME GATE - MACHAME CAMP

After an early breakfast (07.00), we leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Machame Gate for around 10.00, passing en-route the house of the village chief. We arrive ready for registration and the start of our 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 1800 metres, will end at a height of over 3000 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 characterised 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 our 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.
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Day 3: MACHAME CAMP - SHIRA CAVE

You will soon become used to the early, 07.00 breakfast and today we aim to leave the camp at 08.30. We have a further 800 metres of ascent, finishing the day at 3800 metres, and although the overall distance is short (5km) we will spend around 4.5 to 5 hours actually walking. Our path today is dusty, narrow and steep. The vegetation is initially made up of forests of heather but soon we will encounter the first of the giant groundsels. The climb before our 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, we should be at the camp by 14.00, by which time we 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.
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Day 4: SHIRA CAVE - BARRANCO CAMP

Today's trek is longer than yesterday's, though our overall gain in height is modest. Starting at 3800 metres, by the time we reach camp this afternoon we will only be 140 metres higher, though in between our start and finish we climb up to the base of the famous Lava Tower at 4627 metres, before descending again to our 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 10km means that we will actually be walking for around 6.5 to 7 hours, excluding breaks. Once again, our day will begin with breakfast at 07.00 and departure at 08.30, when we begin our 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, we descend down to the Barranco Camp. Once at camp, which we 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
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Day 5: BARRANCO CAMP - BARAFU CAMP

Today we breakfast again at 07.00, in anticipation a long day. We have a total of 9 km to cover and we will ascend some 660 metres, with a total of 6.5 to 7 hours walking time. Our departure time today will be 08.00; a hot lunch is scheduled at Karanga for midday and we hope to arrive at Barafu by 16.00 for dinner at 18.00. At the beginning, we have a tough scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco 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. We 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 we 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.

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Day 6: BARAFU CAMP - UHURU (SUMMIT) - MWEKA CAMP

Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal - the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our schedule for our 'Summit Day' is of course very different. Rising at 23.00, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure. The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4600 metres to Stella Point at 5745 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From there it is another 150 metres of ascent and 45 minutes' walk to the summit.Our goal is to reach the summit by around 07.00 then celebrate reaching the top, take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, we return to Barafu, where we rest for a couple of hours and take a hot lunch. At 13.30 we set off and continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 metres) where we expect to arrive at 17.00, have our dinner at 19.00 and spend the night. (In total, we cover around 17km with about 13 hours of walking.)
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Day 7: MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE - ARUSHA

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 1640 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 return you back to Karama Lodge in Arusha, where you can choose to relax - or celebrate!
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Day 8: DEPARTURE - KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

After a good night's rest at your lodge, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.) If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Easy Travel guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

Tour Location

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Trip Includes:

AccommodationTwo nights in Arusha, Five nights on the Mountain
  • * First night: Karama Lodge
  • * Second night: Machame Camp
  • * Third night: Shira 2 Camp
  • * Four night: Barranco Camp
  • * Five night: Barafu Camp
  • * Six night: Mweka Camp
  • * Seven night: Karama Lodge
Transport
  • Coaster Bus
Meals
  • 7 Breakfast, 6 Lunch & 5 Dinner
Water
  • Treated Drinking Water
Park Entrance Fee
  • Park Fee
  • Camp Fee
Trip Crew
  • * Easy Travel mountain guide
  • * Easy Travel mountain chef
  • * Easy Travel mountain porters
Camping Equipment
  • * Sleeping Tents
  • * Dinning Tents
  • * Sleeping mattress
  • * Utensils
  • * Tables and chairs
Award
  • Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman's point(5681M), Stella point(5685M) or Uhuru point(5895M).

Trip Excludes:

Flight
  • International Flights and Insurance
Visa
  • $100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals (read trip notes for more details)
Own Room
  • My Own Room ($190 per person)
Drinks
  • All type of soft and hard drinks
Personal items
  • * Laundry
  • * Toiletries
Tips
  • Gratitude for your trip crew (read trip notes for more details)

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