6 Days/5 Nights
6 Days Hiking Tanzania: Kilimanjaro/Machame route.
Day 1. Arrive and check into Hotel
Arrive in Moshi and check into comfortable Hotel.
From Moshi drive to the Machame route gate often called the "whisky route" from Machame Park gate is a gentle climb up through the original Montane Forest, captured with unique-busylizzie-flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the Giant Heather at 3,000m. Ascent of 1,200m and 5 - 6 hours walking.
Emerge from the Giant Heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. Herds of Eland up there (and occasional Lions!) and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. Ascend 840m and 4 - 5 hours walking.
From Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western breach. Descend into the sheltered Barranco valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 6 - 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatisation.
Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karango Valley, where you take a break for a well deserved lunch. After lunch hike on Barafu Hut 4,600m, having hiked a total of 7- 8 hour ascended 650m. You have fantastic vies across to Mawenzi Peak from the camp, after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following morning.
A bracing 1:00am start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavailable on any route but we aim to go past Gillmans Point to reach Stella's Point, on the crater rim for sunrise another 40minutes and you are at the highest point on the continent (Kibo: 5,900m), usually in warm sunshine. Return on the Mweko descent route. Ascent of 1,300m and about 7hours trek to the summit, 2,600m descent and 6 - 7 hours trek to the Mweka campsite (3,400m) above Mweka gate. This is a long hard day but you feel absolutely ecstatic when you have done it.
From Mweka campsite it is a 4 - 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. return to Moshi for the night.
Trip ends, depart for optional safari or your flight home.
All transport by private vehicle to and from the mountain. Accommodation as detailed on itinerary, services of a private mountain guide, a cook, porters, national park entrance, accommodation, camping fee's, all food and catering equipment - breakfast, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals prepared by our own cook. Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra cost. Certificate of achievement/appreciation from us.
Departure dates: Anytime with a minimum of 2 people!
Season: The best times are January to March and June to December.