6 DAYS KILIMANJARO TREKKING TOUR

MACHAME ROUTE

Tour Experience

The Machame route is one of the most beautiful routes to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro. The climb begins in the lush rainforest and follows a path that offers occasional views of Mt Meru, Shira Ridge as well the main summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Kibo. The Machame route contains more steep passages and higher altitudes than the Marangu and the Rongai route and is slightly more demanding.

Departures

This safari starts from Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport and ends Arusha/Kilimanjaro Airport. It runs throughout the year with assured departures for two guests and above and it can also be group joining safari.It can be customized to fit your budget and date of departure according to your interest. Accomodation in a standard room are based on low season. Transport is in either a 4x4 pop up tour van or a land cruiser (depending on the price of the package).

MT. KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, KIBO, MAWENZI, and SHIRA, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. Kibo, the highest; Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,893 ft) and Shira, the shortest at 4,005 metres (13,140 ft). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields.

A beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Machame Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame, which is referred to as the “Whiskey Route,” better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it also rewards you with better views than the Machame Route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barranco Wall, the Machame Route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show. The Machame Route is normally completed in 6 days, and this greatly helps your acclimatization. The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.

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Machame Route 1,500 $ Pps
Marangu Route 1,600 $ Pps
Lemosho Route 1,660 $ Pps

I have to share my experience climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and then safaris with Alfahma Tours. Emmanuel Our Tanzania guide and his team were excellent even before we arrived in Tanzania.

Michael Banon

The magic of Mt. Kili

INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED

      •  All accommodation as listed  YES
        •  Park fees YES
          •  Round trip airport transferYES
            •  Proffessional guideYES
            • Bottled water YES
            • Meals as specified YES
              • TransportYES
                • All taxes – VATYES
                • Accommodation on the last day or before the tour departs.NO
                • Government imposed increase of park fees and taxes NO
                • International flights.NO
                • Tips.NO
                • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.).NO
                • visaNO

                PACKAGE DETAILS

                Day 1. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport - Arusha

                Welcome to Alfahma tours and travel Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the Green Hills of Africa. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening you will attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at the Green mountain hotel. Dinner.
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                Day 2. Arusha - Machame Gate

                After breakfast you will be picked up at the Green Hills of Africa and taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.
                Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

                Day 3. Machame camp(3,010 m) - New Shira camp (3,845 m)

                After an early morning start, the path steepens and the landscape changes into moor- and heathland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.
                Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.

                Day 4. New shira camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

                Today you will climb about 800 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise better. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp.
                Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.

                Day 5. Barranco camp - Barafu camp (4,640 m)

                Today’s stretch starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.
                Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.

                Day 6. Barafu camp - Uhuru peak (5,895 m) - Mweka camp (3,080 m)

                After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at aroundmidnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday you should arrive at Barafu Camp, where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp (3,080 m) where supper and a well-earned rest await you.
                Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner.

                Day 7. Mweka camp - Mweka Gate - Arusha

                The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Green Mountain hotel and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to relax, unwindat the pool or celebrate your achievement.
                Breakfast; Dinner.

                Day 8. Arusha - Kilimanjaro Airport

                After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania.

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