Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route – 8 Days

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again.

Can any one-climb mountain Kilimanjaro? For the average person though, being able to successfully climb and reach the summit of Kilimanjaro is definitely attainable. You don’t need to be particularly fit (indeed being too fit can be detrimental) and you do not need any technical climbing skills.

Kilimanjaro’s altitude is a significant challenge, but climbers do not need supplemental oxygen to climb Kilimanjaro or reach the summit. To reach to the summit you use the acclimatization method of walking slowly “pole pole” climb high. It takes anywhere from five to nine days in order to reach the Mount Kilimanjaro Summit and then descend to the finishing point. The more days spent on Mount Kilimanjaro the more likely you will successfully summit, as you will become more acclimatized to the altitude and will be less fatigued.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and then transfer to Arusha

  • You will be picked up from the airport in Moshi (Kilimanjaro International Airport) and be transferred to the booked hotel in Arusha
  • Get the trekking general briefing from the prepared safari guide
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at the booked hotel in Arusha

Day 2: Mount Kilimanjaro

  • We will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha at 0800am and drive to the Machame Gate.
  • After registration and clearances, begin your trek through a spectacular forest area, reaching Machame Camp after 6 or 7 hours.
  • There you will have dinner and sleep overnight (about 3,000M- 9,000 Ft)

Day 3: Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Today’s climb is about 5-6 hours.
  • Start about 8:30am and trek until about 1:30pm.Break off for lunch.
  • After lunch you will begin your trek towards Shira Plateau. you will follow a ridge with a nice view before passing a superb bivi cave, just before arriving at Shira Camp, at 3,800 M (about 12,400 Ft).
  • You will have dinner and sleep overnight

Day 4: Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Trek from Shira camp to Baranco Camp via Lava Tower, starting at 8.00am until 1:30 pm.
  • During the day you will climb to 4,600 M (about 13,800 Ft), then descend to 3,950 M (about 11,850 Ft) at Baranco Camp for overnight.
  • You will have dinner and overnight at Baranco Camp.

Day 5: Kilimanjaro National Park

  • Trek from Baranco Camp to Barafu Hut (4,550 M, about 14,920Ft) where you will stay overnight before your ascend to Uhuru Peak. (5,896 M, about 19,340 Ft)
  • Accommodation: Not included
  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Kilimanjaro National Park

  • Shortly after midnight, arise and begin the final ascend to Uhuru Peak.
  • You will then begin your ascend to Uhuru Peak, 5,896 M (about 19,620 Ft) about 6:30 AM and arrive at the summit at sunrise, about 7 AM.
  • On your way back you will have a break at Barafu Camp where you can also have a short lunch break.
  • You will descend to Mweka Camp 3,100 M (9,300 Ft).
  • Alternatively, you can descend to Millenium Camp at 3,800 M (about 12,400 Ft), instead.

Day 7: Kilimanjaro National Park

  • After completing your descent to Mweka Gate, you will receive your Summit Certificate
  • Congratulations you have completed the Kilimanjaro Mountain trekking.
  • Transfer back to your hotel.

Additional Information

  • Accommodation Tented Camps during trekking
  • Breakfast Lunch Dinner during trekking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

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