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Price

£1335

What's Included
• Two nights bed and breakfast in Moshi, one night before and one night after the climb.
• Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport.
• Transfers from the bed and breakfast to the start point and return.
• Services of experienced and dedicated local guides, porters and cooks, supervised by Samson Lauwo.
• 3 meals a day and drinking water.
• All park fees including park rescue fees.
• Air Ambulance, emergency medical & air evacuation included with AMREF Flying Doctor.
• Quality camping equipment including professional mountain tents

There is NO local payment payable on our Kilimanjaro treks.

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Climb Kilimanjaro 7 day Machame Route
Countries Visited

Tanzania

Safari Overview

The 7 day Machame route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south-west, and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of 'wilderness' once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable, and we make our final ascent to the summit by the stunning Barafu route. The seven day itinerary gives maximum possible acclimatisation, and also gives us plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

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  • Itinerary

    Day 1

     

    After breakfast at your hotel we drive for 45 minutes from Moshi to the Machame gate at 1,490m, where guides and porters prepare and pack your supplies and equipment. The climb starts from Machame Gate (1,800 m.) Shortly after the gate the path follows a ridge through dense montane forest.

     

    This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 96% of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days, and especially in the dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful. It can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently!

    We have lunch at Halfway Clearing, a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000 m.). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. [6-8 hours walking].

    Day 2

    A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here and it is a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau (3840m).

    We camp near Shira Hut (3,840 m.) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro. We are close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and look across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. [4-6 hours walking].

    Day 3

    A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [5-7 hours walking].

    Day 4

    A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the southern ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to Karanga Camp (4,100 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. After lunch at Karanga we head down through the Karanga Valley. [4 hours walking].

    Day 5

    A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views, we then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.). Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night. [3 hours walking]

    Day 6

    We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m.) in about five or six hours.

    We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.

    The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,100 m.) at the edge of Mweka Forest. [11-15 hours walking].

    Day 7

    A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m.) [4-6 hours walking]

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    Budgeting Summary

    7 days Machame Route Budget

    The costs to consider when trekking Kilimanjaro are:

    What's included

    Your Kilimanjaro trek price covers:

    At a glance what you get on the 7 day Machame trek:

    Two nights bed and breakfast in Moshi at Bristol Cottages, one night before and one night after the climb.
    Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro airport.
    Transfers from Bristol Cottages to start point and return.
    Services of experienced and dedicated local guides, porters and cooks, supervised by Samson Lauwo.
    3 meals a day and drinking water.
    All park fees including park rescue fees.
    Air Ambulance, emergency medical & air evacuation included with AMREF Flying Doctor.
    Quality camping equipment including Mountain Mess tent for meals essential for keeping out wind and cold. Kelty and North Face Mountain tents.

    There is NO local payment on our Kilimanjaro treks

    Equipment available for hire. Contact us for further details.

    All transfers to and from Nairobi (either the airport or The Heron Hotel) to Moshi can be arranged.

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    Spending Money

    Spending money is very individual and will mainly depend on what you spend before and after
    your climb on meals, drinks and other personal needs, for example internet.

    There is not a lot to purchase once you head out except a map of the mountain, which can be bought
    at the Park Gate. A suggested budget would be £60 - £180

    It is important to realise too that tipping is expected for good service on the route and can work out between 250 - 300 USD including tips to your guide, cook and porters. Suggested amounts are: for the guide US$12-US$20 per day; cook US$10- $15 per day; porters US$7-US$30 for the trek

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    Visa

    Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 - 9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure as well you have adequate pages in your passport for each country you visit. Up to 2 consecutive blank pages can be required. If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, whilst bringing both is wise as a back up. More information can be found in the different country listings on the FCO website under entry requirements.

    Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their costs. If your passport is not detailed below please dont hesitate to contact us for further details of your requirements.

    Visas for most passport holders including British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Canadian and American passport holders can be arranged in Africa on route. This includes the Kenyan visa which for most passport holders can be easily arranged upon arrival in Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

    Visas can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

    This information is given as a guide only. Visa requirements can change without prior notice. We recommended you also check your personal current visa requirements with the relevant embassies well in advance before you travel.
    VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
    PASSPORT
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    New Zealand $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    South Africa - - - - - - - - - -
    Canadian $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    American $50 - - $100 - - - - - -
    British $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    German $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    Dutch $50 - - $50 - - - - - -
    Irish $50 - - $100 - - - - - -
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    Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

    Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at absaf@absoluteafrica.com or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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    7 days Machame Route

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