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6 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE KILIMANJARO CLIMB

6 Days

Overview

Embark on an epic 6-day odyssey as you conquer the demanding Machame Route, ascending the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. This extraordinary adventure guarantees not only the exhilaration of reaching Africa’s tallest peak but also an immersive journey through a spectrum of ecosystems, encompassing verdant rainforests and windswept alpine deserts. With seasoned guides, awe-inspiring vistas, and comfortable camp facilities, this expedition provides an unforgettable opportunity to push your boundaries and accomplish the remarkable feat of standing atop the “Roof of Africa.” Join us for a grand trek along one of Kilimanjaro’s most picturesque and challenging paths.

Itinerary

First, you'll receive a comprehensive briefing outlining the trek's particulars, followed by a gear check by our guides prior to our departure. The adventure kicks off with a one-hour drive, passing through Machame village nestled on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our destination is the Machame Gate, where we complete registration and commence our ascent.

Our journey unfolds as we step into the enchanting rainforest, navigating a winding trail along a ridge. With each step, the forest gradually thins, giving way to towering grasses and vibrant wildflowers. At lower altitudes, expect the trail to be occasionally muddy and slippery, making gaiters and trekking poles highly recommended. We push onward until we reach the Machame Camp, perched at an elevation of 3,000 meters.

Following breakfast, we bid farewell to the rainforest's lush canopies and press on along an ascending trail, traversing the valley via a steep, rocky ridge. Keep an eye out for the shifting vegetation as you ascend. The path now veers westward into a river gorge until we reach the Shira campsite, situated at an elevation of 3,840 meters. Here, we pause for lunch, and the remainder of the day is dedicated to relaxation and acclimatization. For those who are interested, there's the option of embarking on a hike up to the Shira Crater, where the remnants of Kibo's lava flow have sculpted the Shira Crater's landscape.

From the Shira Plateau, we persist in an easterly direction, ascending along a ridge. Along the way, we pass the junction leading to Kibo's peak, characterized by its barren terrain. Continuing our journey, we shift our course to the southeast, aiming for the Lava Tower, often referred to as the "Shark's Tooth," situated at an altitude of 4,650 meters. Shortly after the Lava Tower, we veer onto the path toward the Arrow Glacier.

Our descent takes us to the Barranco Camp, positioned at an elevation of 3,950 meters, where we enjoy our dinner and settle in for the night. Despite only gaining 110 meters in altitude for the day, this stage is crucial for acclimatization, priming your body for the challenges of summit day.

Leaving the Barranco Camp in our wake, we embark on a challenging ascent along a steep ridge, scaling the Barranco Wall at an elevation of 4,250 meters. This demanding climb requires approximately 1.5 hours to reach the wall's summit. Once atop the wall, the terrain levels out, and we proceed onward, making our way to the steep descent into the Karanga Valley at 4,050 meters. It's at this point that we encounter a junction, connecting with the Mweka Trail. Our journey continues, leading us to the Barafu Camp, marking the completion of the South Circuit. This circuit offers unique perspectives of the summit and its glaciers from various angles. At the Barafu Camp, we establish our campsite with views of the distant summit.

Around midnight, at approximately 2 a.m., we press on toward the Uhuru Peak, situated between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. This leg of the journey unfolds under the cover of darkness, necessitating the use of headlamps. As you ascend, you'll traverse challenging scree terrain en route to Stella Point on the crater rim. This stretch represents the most mentally and physically demanding segment of the trek.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow during your one-hour ascent to the summit. Upon reaching Uhuru Peak, towering at an elevation of 5,895 meters, you have conquered Kilimanjaro's highest point, marking your achievement as the pinnacle of both the mountain and the African continent.

To begin our descent from the summit, we proceed straight down, making our way to the Mweka Camp, with a brief stop at Barafu for lunch. As you navigate the loose gravel on the descent, gaiters and trekking poles can prove quite useful. We eventually reach the Mweka Camp, where we savor our final evening on the mountain.

Following breakfast at an elevation of 3,090 meters, we commence our descent toward the Mweka Park Gate, where you will receive your well-deserved summit certificates. Upon reaching the Mweka Gate, our vehicle will be ready to transport you back to your hotel.

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6 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE KILIMANJARO CLIMB
From € 1551
/ Adult
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