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Mount Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

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TRIP ITINERARY

Mount Kilimanjaro Itinerary – MACHAME route

Trip Summary: 6 days on the Mountain

2009 / 2010 / 2011 Scheduled Dates: Arrival (Day 1): Every Wednesday and Friday except April and May

Route Description

This is the second most popular route, and it is considered the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. With a gradual ascend through the forest you emerge to see wide views of the moorland on Shira plateau, Kibo and Western Breach. The different kinds of vegetation found along the route make it the most sceneric route. For a slightly more technical climb on Kilimanjaro, one can conquer Uhuru peak from Arrow Glacier camp, but a less challenging route can be taken from Barranco hut.

Day 1
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to mid-level hotel in Arusha, Jacaranda Hotel.

Day 2
Breakfast, drive from your hotel in Moshi/Arusha to Machame gate (about 45min.). After about an hour of registration and park fees payments, start climbing along a clear trail through plantation and natural forest, thereafter a narrow forest path follows to the Machame Camp (9,900ft), B.L.D.

Day 3
Breakfast, ascending through the forest, steep ridge passing through heather and open moorlands, and crossing a large gorge to Shira Camp (12,600ft).
The distance is about 5-6 hours.

Day 4
After breakfast, we will ascend to Lava tower (15,180ft) with lunch on the way to Baranco, then descend slowly to Baranco Camp (12,850ft) for dinner and overnight, B, L ,D.

Day 5
After breakfast, we leave Baranco hut for Barafu hut (14,910ft). We will pass through the last water drop at Karanga valley on the way up. Overnight Barafu Camp, B, L, D.

Day 6
Wake up at midnight, and after a small snack, start ascending to Uhuru Peak through the Stella point (18,640ft), then after reaching the summit, we will head down to Mweka Camp (10,010ft) for dinner and overnight, B, L, D

Day 7
After breakfast, we will head down to Mweka gate with lunch packet, and the waiting vehicle will take you to Jacaranda Hotel. B.L.

Day 8
Transfer to the airport for your return flight, or proceed with the safari with us!

Price of the Package

YEARS 2011 2012
Prices (in USD) 1650 1700
Cost of adding an extra day of the trek 200 220
Schedule dates for 2011: Wed & Friday of every week except in April & May

For those who think jet lag might affect them and/or prefer to arrive a day earlier, we recommend a day trip to the nearby Arusha national park for game drive and hiking for an extra cost of $180/person including additional night in hotel in Arusha.

Price Includes

  • Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro Airport transfers. Also, free bus shuttle transfer Nairobi-Arusha-Nairobi if flying to/from Nairobi.
  • 2 nights accommodations at a mid-class hotel (Bed & Breakfast) in Arusha, before and after the climb. Upgrade to Ilboru Safari Lodge is available for $40/person for the 2 nights in Arusha. Also, upgrade to Impala Hotel is available, and this will cost $50/person for the 2 nights in Arusha.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts or mountain tents with mattresses We use the highest quality expedition tents of Eureka and The North Face, which are made and imported directly from USA.
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes and all applicable fees and taxes.
  • Services of a Professional leading guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed and English speaking
  • Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s), a skilled cook, and enough numbers of porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a dinning tent.
  • Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.
  • Use of radios/phones to increase your safety.
  • Group average of 4~6 climbers, maximum of 10
  • Discount is available for group of 3 or more, booking together

Price Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, medical evacuation insurance (a 50$ value).
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • International Airfare (unless explicitly stated).
  • Medical Equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, $210/group for an emergency Oxygen cylinder and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.
  • Portable toilets: If you do not want to use public toilets which some of climbers have been complaining about being dirty, then add $110/person (or $180/group) for a portable toilet. Kindly, let us know at the time you make a booking and not afterwards.

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