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Kilimanjaro Machame Route Climb Only

East Africa


11 Days  - Kilimanjaro Machame Route Climb Only


Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the African continent, and the highest stand alone mountain in the world - rising 15,100 feet above the surrounding plains with spectacular views northeastern Tanzania and southwestern Kenya.  This itinerary incorporates more rest and acclimatization days, which together make up the critical difference that enables climbers to remain healthy on the mountain and successfully make the summit.  Very strenuous.




Day 1 – Depart US for Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.  


Day 2– Your international flight arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport.  Transfer to your hotel in Arusha, Tanzania and overnight.   


Day 3 – Meet your guides and fellow Kili trekkers as you spend some time today sightseeing.  After returning to the hotel, all equipment will be thoroughly checked and we will discuss the trip and Leave No Trace environmental ethics.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 4 – Today we check out of our hotel and travel to the Machame trailhead (5,800 ft. elevation) in Kilimanjaro National Park.  Here we register with the Park Service, and meet our porters who will carry all of our gear, set up all of our camps, and prepare all of our meals while we are on the mountain.  We then begin our 7-hour climb up the mountain through the rainforest to the Machame Camp at 10,000 ft. elev. where we will camp for the night.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 5 – We leave the Machame Camp, go through a small valley, and begin ascending up out of the forest to the moors.  We cross the Shira Plateau to the Shira Camp at 12,300 ft. elev. where we make camp for the night.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


 Day 6 – This morning we cross a ridge, taking in the views of the Tanzania plains far below as we climb to 14,800 ft. elev.  where we will break for lunch and gaze at the ancient, glacial Breach Wall, the largest wall of ice and rock in Africa.   After lunch we begin the descent to Barranco Camp at 12,800 ft. elev. where we will sleep this evening. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 7 – Today we climb up and over the Great Barranco Wall to 14,500 ft. elevation before passing below the Breach Wall on our descent to Karanga Camp, our campsite at 13,000 ft. elev. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 8 – Our climb from Karanga Camp up onto high desert plateau to Barafu Camp at 14,560 ft. elev. take us about 6 hours.    It is here that we prepare our gear and ourselves for the summit attempt on Kili’s Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, which we will begin in the very early hours tomorrow morning.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 9 - We awaken at midnight and prepare to begin our summit attempt at 2:00 a.m.  As we begin the climb, our headlamps light the way until predawn light reflects off the African plains.  We follow a distinct ridge to reach the crater rim, then we hike northwest along the rim to Uhuru Peak.


We have climbed to 19,340 ft. elev. and are now standing on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!   As we revel in the moment, unparalleled sights lay before us - Mt. Kenya, 17,058 ft. elev., the second highest mountain in Africa, and the seemingly infinite East African plains far, far below.  After our short time on the summit we hike back down to Barafu Camp for our last night on the mountain. (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 10 – We descend Kilimanjaro’s southern side via the steep Mweka route through a very thick jungle to the Mweka Gate, 6,000 ft. elev., where our driver is waiting to take us back to our hotel in Arusha for a celebration dinner.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 11 – This morning we transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport for our late evening departures back home.


Day 12 – Arrive back in US.




Includes roundtrip transfers Kilimanjaro International Airport to/from Arusha, 7 nights tented camping, 3 nights hotel accommodation, all meals while on mountain, AMGA certified guides, porters, group mountain gear, park fees and trekking permits, internal air.  Group size 6 to 10 persons. 


USD $4,750 per person double or single occupancy.  Price listed above is a reasonable expectation of land package costs only.



Not Included:


Airfare from your home city to trip starting point, and from trip ending point back to your home city

Tips and gratuities for trip guides and trip support team members

Travel insurance





December 20-31, 2008

January 2-16, 2009

January 11-22, 2009

January 20-31, 2009

January 29-February 9, 2009

February 7-February 18, 2009


Call 713-492-0179 for availability.