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6 Days/ 5 Nights
Availability : All Year Around
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Min Age : 12+

Some people regard this as the most scenic of the trails up Kilimanjaro. The ascent through the forest is gradual until you emerge onto the moorland of Shira Plateau, from which there are superb views of the Kibo Peak and the Great Western Breach. From Machame village, you will walk through the great forest vegetation until you emerge in Machame camp which will take you about 6 hours so an early start is recommended.

From Machame camp, cross the valley and continue up the steep ridge, then West into the gorge and up again to the Shira camp which will take you about five hours.

From Shira camp, you have the option to make this tour either 7 days or 8 days by going through Moir camp and Lava camp or continue to Barranco and then Barafu camp where you will have a pre-summit sleep and rest before attempt the summit which will be during the night and after arriving in Africa’s highest point with great view then you descend down to Mweka camp where you rest before going down to the Mweka gate the next day.

 

Tour Highlights:


 

❖ Tour starts: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ Tour Ends: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

❖ 6 Days guided up to Mt. Kilimanjaro via Machame route with Guides, Cooks and Porters.

❖ Transport includes between destination and to/from included activities.

❖ 2 Nights Accommodation before and after Kilimanjaro climb in Moshi

❖ 3 meals per day during mountain climbing.

❖ Perfect for small groups, couples and family

❖ Physical rating – Challenging

❖ Age requirement – 12+

❖ Service Level – Standard

❖ Travel Style – Active

 

Tour Itinerary


Arrival Day

Once arrived at Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), our driver-guide will pick you up from the airport arrival gate and then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. Once in the Hotel, our Kilimanjaro mountain guide will meet and pre-briefing you about your upcoming trek adventure as well as check if you have all the necessary mountain gears, unless you do not have some of the equipment then you can rent before starting the trek.

 

Day 1

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

 

After your breakfast at the hotel, the driver will be there at 10:30 to drive you to the Machame Gate which will take around 40 mins to reach the starting gate. While your guide is working on park formalities you will have time to prepare and get ready for the hike including having your lunch box. Today you will walk in the rain forest which most of the time is slippery because it always rains most of the time on the side of this mountain. Later you will have lunch and then arrive at Machame camp around 4 pm and get ready for dinner.

Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

Day 2

Machame Camp to Shira Camp

 

Early after breakfast, you continue with the through rain forest and moorlands and later afternoon you will arrive at Shira around 2 pm where you will have a great time exploring the stunning Plateau while observing an incredible marvellous Breach glacier which is close to the camp.

Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,500ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

 

Day 3

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

 

Today after the breakfast we will start the trek through the moorlands then to the semi-desert and rocky scenery which circle the lava tower before descend down to Barranco around 4 pm and rest while observing the sunset and getting ready for your dinner. Today is the best day for acclimation and one of the hardest parts through Machame route to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Semi-Desert

 

Day 4

Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

 

After finish with your breakfast today we will have another adventure through the Barranco breach wall which is not that hard as you may think then later we will trek down the Karanga valley where we will rest and socialize and then later we will departing from Karanga camp then we will have a short trek to our next destination which is Barafu camp and you will have an amazing moment viewing Mawenzi and Kibo peak if the weather will allow, you will have time to prepare your equipment for the summit and then take a pre-summit rest.

Barranco Camp to Barafu
Elevation: 13,000 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 8.5 km/5.3 miles
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

Day 5

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then to Mweka Camp

 

Most people find it difficult to sleep at Barafu Camp, so as you have to start out for the summit very early around 1 am to get to it just before sunrise, it is a good idea to stay awake the evening before but only if you can, otherwise you can always take pre-summit sleep. The mist and cloud close in and obscures the views by 8 am and sometimes earlier. The route over the snow to the summit it sometimes like a technicolour dream if it has not snowed recently. do not attempt to get to the top quickly since ”slowly, slowly” which means “pole pole” in Swahili is our slogan for summit Kilimanjaro. Expert to take five to six hours from Barafu to Uhuru peak d Today is our summit day, The highest point on Africa, once at Uhuru peak where you will be amazed by the breathtaking views and incredible sunrise if the weather permits then later you will descend down after having a short time at the peak and reach Mweka camp where we will get our lunch and then rest.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

Day 6

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

 

After breakfast in the morning then we will descend down to Mweka gate and once arrived you will be presented with the certificates and say goodbye to your porters and guides then your driver will be there to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi or to the airport ready for your flight back home.

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

 

END OF TOUR

 


Tour Includes:

✔ Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

✔ Accommodation in Moshi, before and after trekking Kilimanjaro

✔ Kilimanjaro park fees, Rescue fees, camping/hut fees

✔ Government Tax, 18% VAT on Tours Fees

✔ Hot water for washing

✔ Local and Friendly Certified English-speaking mountain guides

✔ Porters to carry luggage from one camp to another with a maximum weight of 20kg

✔ 3 hot meals per day during a trekking

✔ Transport to/from the hotel to the Gate

✔ Double layered Sleeping Mats

✔ 4 Season Mountain Tents

✔ Emergency First Aid Kit

✔ Treated & filtered drinking water during your trek except on the first day which we provide mineral water

✔ Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters Fair wages as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

 

 

Tour Excludes:

✘ Travel Insurance

✘ A portable flush toilet can be hired at an extra cost $70 for the whole trek

✘ Meals outside the regular tour itinerary (Lunch and dinner at your Hotel in Moshi)

✘ International visa for Tanzania

✘ International Airfares and Airport taxes

✘ Tips for guides and porters and cook

Tipping guide per group per day, not per climber. 

Guides: US$20 per day

Cook: US$15 per day

Porter: US$10 per day

 

 

 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TREK MOUNT KILIMANJARO

 


Kilimanjaro Safety:

It’s not surprising that trekking on this mountain is high on many travellers’ priority list. However, because Mt Kilimanjaro is so easy to reach, and because is not technically difficult, this can create its own set of problems…


Kilimanjaro Trekking Cost:

At Shizi Safaris, we do have a range of trips to Mount Kilimanjaro, all of which include a guide/cook and porters fees, all meals 3 times per day, park entry fees, camping fees, government tax, rescue fees and transport to and from the Kilimanjaro gate to your Hotel accommodation in Moshi…


How is it Like to Scale Mount Kilimanjaro:

You will begin the hiking by walking in the Forest Zone. This is kind of the base of the mountain, even though you will be already out around 6,000 feet. But it’s pretty cool up in the treetops…


Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes:

With a high success rate, incredible scenery and low traffic from trekkers, Lemosho route which approaches Kilimanjaro from the western side offers the best trek to the roof of Africa…


Kilimanjaro Clothing & Equipment:

The summits of Mt Kilimanjaro are covered in glaciers and snow, and the temperature at night often drops to below -10c so you are going to need a good sleeping bag…


Kilimanjaro FAQ:

All our guides are trained and approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (TANAPA) before awarded the certificate and License to carry out the service for mountain guiding…


Learn Useful Swahili Words:

Swahili language (correctly known as Kiswahili) is the official language and is taught in schools throughout Tanzania, but there are many other major tribal languages which include Chagga, Meru, Maasai, Sukuma, Hehe, Zaramo any many other minor tribal languages…


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