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8 DAYS KILIMANJARO CLIMB VIA MACHAME ROUTE

For those who only have six days to climb Kilimanjaro, Machame route is the best choice because of its acclimatization profile. Compared to other six day routes, the Machame route exposes the climber to higher elevations quicker (day three) which kick starts the body's adaptation to altitude. However, this route requires that a person be in good shape to be able to tackle the challenging elevation gains and losses.

In the last day Machame 6 days route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.

Day 1

We will meet and drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your hotel in Moshi and rest for a while. Afterward, you will meet your guide for gear checking and briefing about the mountain. Also, your guide will go through your group camping gear and demonstrate the use and operation of all equipment, especially emergency oxygen cylinder and pulse ox meter and explain signs and symptoms of various mountain sicknesses which might happen while trekking.

DAY 2

•Machame Gate to Machame Camp •Elevation : 1800m to 2835m •Distance: 11 km •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest

The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

DAY 3

•Machame Camp to Shira Camp •Elevation: 2835m to 3750m •Distance: 5 km •Hiking Time: 4-6 hours •Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

DAY 4

•Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Baranco Camp •Elevation :3750m to 3940m •Distance: 10 km •Hiking Time: 6-8hours •Habitat: Semi Desert

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." for lunch, After we descend to Baranco for rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day in almost same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

DAY 5

Baranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

•Elevation : 3940m to 4673m •Distance: 9km•Hiking Time: 8-10 hours •Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Baranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Baranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

DAY 6

•Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

•Elevation: 4673m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent •Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (5756m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak (5895m), you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 7

Today after breakfast you will descend for 10km crossing the rain forest to Mweka gate 1640m, sign out and our guide will collect your summit certificate and drive to your hotel in Moshi for hot shower, beer and overnight.

DAY 8

Pick from from your hotel in Moshi and drive you back to Kilimanjaro international airport for departures.

Food: Included
Country: Tanzania
Transfer: Included
Best Deal:
Yes
Airport: Kilimanjaro international airport ( JRO)
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Yes
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): Yes
Link to reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g317084-d12239510-Reviews-Eastland_Adventures-Moshi_Kilimanjaro_Region.html
Guide Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Eastland Adventures
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 50
Duration: 8
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: 3 daily meals, 7 nights’ accommodation, All government taxes, Camping equipment such as tents, chairs, tables, and mattresses, Kilimanjaro entrance, camping, and rescue fees, Private mobile toilet, Pulse ox meter and emergency oxygen cylinder, Services of an English-speaking guide, cook, and porters, Supply of potable water, Transfer from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Transfer from and to Moshi, Trek on Mount Kilimanjaro
Not included in Service: Airfare, Any additional activities or services, Immunization costs (yellow fever is recommended), Personal expenses, Kilimanjaro crew Tips, Travel insurance, Trekking gear rental, Visa fees (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for others)
Equipment to bring: • Sunhat • Water bottle • Trainers for relaxing • High factor sunscreen & lip salve • Waterproof walking boots (well broken in) • Warm sleeping bag (3/4-season) and liner • Warm hat, gloves and thermal underwear • Warm mid layer i.e. fleece • Waterproof thigh-length jacket (Gore-Tex or similar) • Trekking pole(s) • Head torch + spare batteries • Wet wipes (Biodegradable) • Water bottle(s) - minimum three liters capacity - Camelback hydration packs carried in your day packs can be useful for the first few days but are likely to freeze higher up, so should be supplemented by a couple of water bottles. • Glacier glasses (or good quality sunglasses - preferably with side shields)
Recommended Season:
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Guaranteed departure dates: Daliy depatures
Remarks: Climb Kilimanjaro safe and successfull with us, meet local people and explore cultures, our summit success rate is 100%
Terms and Conditions: Reservation A per person deposit of 20% of the tour price is required twelve weeks before the tour. We will send you a signed form by E-Mail confirming the advance payment immediately after receiving your payment. Cancellation Cancellations 5 weeks or earlier before the planned tour date are free. For later cancellations we keep a fee of 10 percent of the tour price. The rest of your advance payment will be refunded. Pricing Quoted tour prices include planning, handling and operational charges and are based on the current rate of exchange and tariffs. In the event of a marked change in foreign exchange rates, fuel costs or tariff rates and government Tax, tour costs are subject to revision. Such increases will be added to the client final billing. Eastland Adventures reserves the right to vary itineraries and prices, and to substitute facilities and hotels of equal or better quality if necessary. Travel Insurance Travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travelers to obtain coverage for themselves, travel companions, and family members to cover unforeseen travel issues such as cancellations, interruptions, delays, lost/stolen/damaged travel documents and personal property, medical expenses, and emergency transportation. Our Responsibility These tour programs are operated by Eastland Adventures. For certain services like transportation and hotels we contract with other companies. Eastland Adventures is not responsible for any losses or damages of personal property, injuries or unforeseen expenses incurred by any tour member. Complaints If you are not satisfied with the services provided by us or our partner companies please inform us as soon as possible during the tour or after the tour. When we learn about problems soon we are more likely to be able to fix them in a satisfying way. Health and Safety All travelers or tour member should be contact the government travel bureau for your respective country for information concerning possible dangers in Tanzania or East Africa. During the tour it is vital that you follow the advice of your guide(s). Do not attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or mount Meru when you are sick. If you contract a minor illness like the common cold shortly before your climb we recommend to change plans and for example do a safari instead.
Listing created Jun 16, 2017

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