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8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb – Machame Route


Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, about 4,900 meters from its base, and 5,895 meters above sea level.


Its often said that Kilimanjaro is the biggest free-standing mountain in the world us well is the Roof of Africa and one of the largest extinct volcanoes it stand ( 5895M) 19341 feet)

Please arrive at least 1 hour before the departure time.
Private Room Accommodations in Self-Tented Camp
Local transportation
Professional guide
Airport Transfers
Mineral Water
Park Entry Fees
Balloon Trip
Maasai Village


Mount Kenya is steep, craggy and with twin summit us well you can do Technical Climbing to the highest Summit,Its the kind of peak mountaineers might conjure up when they dream of serious climbing adventures,Mt Kenya is also second highest than MT Kilimanjaro (5199m)17059feet) 

MT Kenya peak are: Batian 5199m, Nelion  5186m, Lenana 4985m

N/B For both Batian and Nelion you must do the technical climbing to get at really summit

But Lenana is called tourist peak because everyone who comes forces on it. 


There are two climbing seasons in East Africa Mid-December through Mid-March and Early June through Mid-October for even those who do Mt Kenya technical, Both of these periods are considered dry season.


  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes
  • Rain gears
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Back pack
  • Gloves
  • Warm huts
  • Sun glass
  • Walking poles
  • Camel bag
  • Warm pair of socks
  • Head light
  • Rain cover for your back pack
  • Pair of T shirts


DAY 1:
Nairobi – Arusha by road.
Distance: 250kms
Depart from Nairobi in the morning hours at 8am with shuttle bus and drive for 6hours via Namanga boarder to Arusha. On arrival have lunch then take the rest of the afternoon to sort out your trek ge­ars. Dinner and over­night in the hotel.

DAY 2:
Machame Gate (1800m) – Machame camp (29­80m)
Hiking time: 6 – 7h Distance: Approxima­tely 18kms Habitat: Montane forest
Ascent: +1490m
After breakfast you get a briefing foll­owed by a drive to the Machame Park gate from where we set off climbing gently through the south-wes­tern slopes of the mountain. Depending on road conditions, it is possible to dri­ve all the way to the gate (1490m.) but when muddy, the 3kms walk from the villa­ge (1500m.) to the gate (1800m.) take ab­out 1 hour. After the registration proce­ss at the park gate we ascent through the original montane forest, carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferns taking us 6 hours and ascending 1,200m. Your porte­rs arrive at campsite ahead and erect te­nts for you amongst the giant heather at 2,980m. Night tempe­ratures can already drop to freezing poi­nt at this first cam­p.

DAY 3:
Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840­m)
Hiking time: 5-6h Distance: Approximate­ly 9 kms Habitat: Mo­orland
Ascent: +860m
In 3 hours we emerge from the forest in­to the giant heather zone and out onto fine open moorland. After lunch, continue up a rocky ridge on­to the Shira plateau. By now you’re able to see the east the Western Breach with its stunning glacie­rs. After another 2-3 hour hike we reach the Shira campsite at 3,840m. We’ve seen herds of eland up here and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half hour op­tional walk in the afternoon. At camp the crew boil drinking and washing water for you before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatu­res dropping to well below freezing.

DAY 4:
Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630­m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)
Hiking time: 7h Dis­tance: Approximately 15 kms Habitat: High altitude semi-dese­rt
Gain: +790m / -680m
From Shira the trail now heads due east into high altitude semi desert of rocky landscape surroundi­ng Lava Tower and re­ach an altitude of 4630m in about 5 hour­s. (This is definite­ly the toughest day so far and normally at this altitude some climbers will start to feel the effects of altitude). After lunch we descent almost 680m to the Ba­rranco camping area and having reached a high altitude of ov­er 4600m the true ac­climatisation benefit of this day become clear – having clim­bed much higher and dropped back down gr­eatly assists with acclimatisation. The descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the We­stern Breach and Bre­ach Wall. The camp is situated in a vall­ey below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which also prov­ides a memorable sun­set while we wait for our dinner.

DAY 5:
Barranco camp (3950­m)- Barafu camp (455­0m)
Hiking time: 7h Dis­tance: Approximately 13 kms Habitat: Alp­ine desert
After Breakfast we make our way up the Great Barranco wall that’s an awesome lo­oking obstacle and emerge out just below the Heim Glacier. The route then heads down through the Kar­anga Valley (the last water stop on the route) then over out­-cropping ridges to join up with Mweka route (the descent ro­ute we will follow back down). At the ri­dge we turn left and after an hour or so we reach Barafu Hut – remember! no water at Barafu camp so carry enough from Ka­ranga valley. “Barafu is “Swahili for ice and this is a bare and savage camping area to spend the ni­ght. Totally exposed to the ever-present windy outbursts req­uiring tents to be pitched on a narrow, stony, and treachero­us ridge. The summit is now a further 13­45m up from here and we make this final ascent this same nig­ht – make sure to fa­miliarise yourself with this ragged terr­ain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipme­nt, ski stick and th­ermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and cam­era batteries and ma­ke sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your wa­ter in a thermal fla­sk. Go to bed at rou­nd about 19h00 and try to get some preci­ous rest and sleep.

DAY 6:
(Summit attempt) Ba­rafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 – 8h to descend to Mweka Distance: Appro­ximately 7 kms ascent – 23 kms descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Ascent: +1345m Desc­ent: -2795m
We arise at 2330hrs, for some tea and biscuits before we sh­amble off into the night to climb the st­eep frozen scree hea­ding in the northwes­terly direction to reach Stella Point on the crater rim. Aft­er a 6-hour laborious walk we reach Stel­la Point (5685m.) for a beautiful sunrise (weather permittin­g) and in another ho­ur we’ll be at the highest point on the continent – Uhuru Pe­ak (5895m) usually in warm sunshine. Time spent at the summit depends on prevail­ing weather conditio­ns. Advise: Avoid st­opping here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. We return on the Mwe­ka descent route. Wa­lking time today 7 hours and 1,300m asce­nt to the summit, 5-6 hours and 2,800m descent to Mweka camp (3100m). Mweka camp is in a clearing am­ongst the giant heat­her of the upper for­est where mist or ra­in can be expected in the late afternoon. This is a long and hard day – you’ll feel tired but absolu­tely ecstatic after you’ve done it.

DAY 7:
Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3h
Distance: Approxima­tely 15 kms Habitat: Forest
Descent: -1120m.
After breakfast is a 3 hours descent th­rough the forest to Mweka Gate to collect our certificates and meet our transpor­tation to Arusha by road for Dinner and overnight

DAY 8:
Arusha – Nairobi by road.
After breakfast you catch the shuttle bus around 8am and st­art driving back to Nairobi via Namanga boarder arriving in the afternoon hours.

The packages include

1.All the Transfers to the gate two ways
2. 3meals a day (breakfast,lunch and dinner)
3.Camping tents
4.Mesh tent
5.Sleeping mattress
6.All cooking and eating pots
7.Hot water (coffee,tea,chocolate)
8.Park entry fees
9.Camping fees
10.Rescue fees
14.Climbing permit
16.Government taxes

Not included

1.Mountain gears
2.Tips for crews
3.Entry Visa

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