- Transfer from Arusha/Moshi to Machame gate
- Supporting crew (porters, guides and cook)
- All meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast)
- Water during the trekking
- Camping equipments.
A steep and fine route providing superb views on the traverse below the Southern Icefields. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, spent either at Shira, where you could walk to the Shira Needles, or camping in the Karanga Valley. The final ascent is made very early in the morning from the Barafu Hut. The Mweka Route is used for the descent. Accommodation on the mountain is in tents; you will need a sleeping bag and sleeping mat. The porters will pitch the tents for you. This is a strenuous walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. Ski sticks or ice-axe are useful when ascending the scree to the summit.
Well known as the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River. The Mweka Route is used for the descending only.
Now take a look at the routes available up the mountain ranging from famous Marangu to the rugged and spectacular Rongai route, Lemosho route. The Machame Route is a popular one as it combines the beautiful and varied scenery with plenty of opportunities to acclimatize.
Day 1: Arusha - Machame gate. Early morning depart to Machame gate. After registration you will start trekking to Machame Hut. 5 hs trekking within rain forest. Spend the night at Machame Campsite.
Day 2: Machame - Shira Camp. Just after breakfast you will start trekking to Shira Camp. with you packed lunch you will walk slowly with number of stops to enjoy the scenery and vegetation. On arrival at the camp you can have a short break and slowly hike to Shira plateau.
Day 3: Shira Hut - Karanga Valley. You are now approaching acclimatization point. Via Lava Tower you will walk down to Karanga Valley, Your body will acclimate since you are now descend from high altitude. You will spend the night at Karanga Valley Campsite.
Day 4: Ascend to Barafu Hut. Just after breakfast you will ascend to Barafu Camp. the last camp before summit. You will have lunch en route. dinner will be served earlier so that you will have time to sleep. Past Mid-night you will ascend to Summit (Uhuru Peak). Sunset at the peak slowly you will descend to Mweka Hut, but you will have breakfast at Barafu or on the way.
Day 5: Barafu - Summit - Barafu - Mweka Hut. Descend to Mweka Hut, Lunch will be served on the way. You will arrive at the camp and have dinner with short rest.
Day 6: Mweka Hut - Mwaka Gate - Arusha. After breakfast you will descend down to Mweka gate where you will find our jeep waiting for you. You will be awarded certificate for Summit Kilimanjaro, then you will leave to Arusha.
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