overland tours

8 Day Kilimanjaro Machame Trek

Take up the challenge of summiting Africa’s highest peak and the highest free standing mountain in the world. Treking up Mount Kilimanjaro is a truly life changing experience and the great thing is, anyone with moderate fitness can make the top!

The Machame route is highly recommended as it is the route with the highest success rate with lots of walk high and sleep low opportunities. The route is a challenging trek but offers stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones. So if you’re looking for a true African Adventure look no further than Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro!

Full Course Details

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Project Type: Overland Tour, Trek – 8 Days.

Location: Kilimanjaro, Moshi Tanzania.

Pick Up Point: Moshi, Tanzania.

Duration: 8 Days.

Price: from £1,219 per person sharing (Includes all local payments).

Start Dates: All year round, please contact us for exact departure dates.

Accommodation: Camping in tents whilst on trek.

Meals: As detailed in itinerary.

Age Range: N/A.

FURTHER INFO

Day 1 – Tanzania – Moshi

Moshi is the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro and the meeting place for trekking expeditions. Today you are met and briefed about the climb and if the weather is favourable, catch a glimpse of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain (5 895m). If you are making your own way to Moshi, please advise of your estimated time of arrival in order to organise the briefing.

Meals Included – Dinner

Day 2 – Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame Camp (3010M)

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and after a 45 minute road transfer, you will arrive at the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park, Machame Gate is at 1790m. You will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest. With a little luck, you may glimpse and hear the beautiful black and white thumb less Colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5-7 hours, you will reach your destination – The Machame Camp situated just below the tree line at 3010m. Here at the base of The Kilimanjaro, you will have dinner and overnight at the Camp.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 3 – Kilimanjaro National Park – Shira Camp (3845m)

After an early morning start, we leave the Machame Camp and the timberline behind. The path gets steeper and the landscape turns into a moor and heath land, allowing you to take in the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the last one and by mid-afternoon, we arrive at the New Shira Campsite at the Shira Plateau. The Camp offers a breath-taking view of the mountain, especially at sunset.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 4 – Kilimanjaro National Park – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Today we climb approx. 800m but we camp at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow us to acclimatise as a height of over 4600m will be reached the next two days before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m). After 6-7 Hours, we arrive at the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro – The Barranco Camp.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5 – Kilimanjaro National Park – Barafu Camp (4640m)

The trek of today starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and you will be secured where necessary along this route. Following the ridge as it wanders up and down, it offers splendid views of the South glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch in preparation for the 2-3hrs climb to Barafu Camp (4640m). Once at camp you will have dinner and take an early night in preparation for the next day.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 6 – Kilimanjaro National Park – Uhuru Peak (Summit 5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

The Guide will wake you at 11h30pm and the climb begins just after midnight. Climbing the steps of the Kibo you will arrive at Stella Point after 5-7hours of hard trekking. This is the crater rim of Kilimanjaro, from which we continue for another 1-2 hours along the edge to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the summit. The comparatively simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, we arrive at Camp Barafu. After a well-deserved break of 1-2 hours, we are on the way to Camp Mweka (3080m) where an evening meal and a good night’s sleep awaits you.

Meals Included – Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner.

Day 7 – Kilimanjaro National Park – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Moshi

The Final leg of this amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then a gentle 2 and a half hour descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where the driver takes us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Meals Included – Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 8 – Moshi

After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans; please let us know if you require further transportation or accommodation.

Meals Included – Breakfast.

Location
Where You'll Stay

ACCOMMODATION

Malaria
Malaria Prophylactics are required.

What’s Included
Meals as per itinerary, accommodation, registered guides, and transport as per itinerary.

Excluded
All items of a personal nature.
All Alcoholic Beverages.
Snacks.
Souvenirs.
Tips.
Optional Activities.

Health
Please inform of any pre-existing medical conditions ie. Diabetes / Asthma.
Please inform about any food allergies or physical disability that you or your client may have.

Insurance
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance.

Visa’s
These are your responsibility, most nationalities require visas for East African Countries.
Although most nationalities can obtain their visa on the boarder it is highly suggested that you obtain it before arrival to save time.

Climate
Due to the African Sun being very strong, please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat.
During winter months it can also get very cold so must dress very warm.

Currency
USD is the best Currency for East Africa.
Traveller’s cheques are not considered as they can take very long to clear and often cause unreasonable problems and charges.
Credit cards cannot always be processed especially in remote areas.
It is advised to only have new USD notes and not the old style notes, as they won’t be accepted. Many places won’t accept USD 100 notes, so make sure to bring lots of USD 1, USD 5 and USD 10 notes for tips and craft markets.
USD 20 and USD 50 notes are good to change into local currency.

Vaccinations
A Yellow fever Certificate is required for this tour.

Pre and Post tour Accommodation
If you require accommodation, before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers.

Arrival
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your transfer is due to depart for tour. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

Departure
Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

Tipping on Tour
After the climb, it is customary to give tips to all the members of the mountaineering crew. Below are guidelines based upon a group (not per person).

Guides – $12-$18 per day.
Assistant Guide – $8 – $12 per day.
Cook – $8 – $10 Per Day.
Waiter – $7 – $9 Per day.
Porter – $6 – $7 Per Day.

Tips make up a large proportion of the income of the mountaineering crew. If you are happy with the work that they have done, naturally you can give a little more.

People on Tour
Our tours are for everybody as adventure travel isn’t limited to certain ages as in the past. It comes down to the individuals’ ability to join in and communicate with the other members of the group. That being said, from experience we can say that the broad average age of people on tour are from 20 – 35 years, although if you have to narrow this down it would be between 22 –25 years.

DESTINATION

During your Kilimanjaro trek you will be accommodated for 2 nights in shared back-packer type accommodation, which is based yet comfortable. The 5 nights spent on trek you will be camping in twin sharing tents. Please note that not all camp sites have full bathroom facilities and all clients on camping tours are expected to bring their own sleeping bags and towel, a foam covered mattress is provided.

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RATES

From £1,219 per person sharing. (Includes all local payments)

PAYMENT

£200 deposit to secure placement at time of booking, final balance due 8 weeks prior to departure.

INCLUDED

Meals as indicated on the itinerary, accommodation, registered guide and transport.

NOT INCLUDED

All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

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