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KILIMANJARO MACHAME TREK

KILIMANJARO MACHAME TREK

Trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro – the world’s highest freestanding mountain

Highlights

  • The Machame route; gorgeous rain forest start
  • Witness the sunrise over the earth’s curvature
  • Trek through 5 climatic zones from rain forest to alpine glacier
  • Options to extend to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar

Imagine yourself on the summit of Kilimanjaro because at that moment in time, there will be no-one on the entire African continent standing higher than you, and very few people in the world either!

Having spent a night in Moshi on arrival, your trek begins and for the first few days, the scenery will change from dense rain forest (with monkeys!), to moorland through to alpine desert. This vast expanse that was once a volcano will become apparent as you circle on the south side of this huge mountain, acclimatising as you go. The fantastic ascent up the infamous Barranco Wall is unexpected with great views of Mt Meru.

The trek to this incredible 5895m (19,305’) summit is what you came for. You will be prepared for a potentially cold, dark, 6 – 7 hr climb, initially to Stella Point (on the rim of the Kibo crater) and then onto the summit itself (marked by the Uhuru signpost). Savour the moment, watch that sun rise, take in your surroundings (get that photo!) as you won’t want to hang around at this altitude (and low temperatures) for very long!

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2850
Land Only, from £2150
Trip Duartion 11 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 7 Days
Max Altitude 5895m
Grading
Accommodation Hotel, tents
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro – the world’s highest freestanding mountain

Highlights

  • The Machame route; gorgeous rain forest start
  • Witness the sunrise over the earth’s curvature
  • Trek through 5 climatic zones from rain forest to alpine glacier
  • Options to extend to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar

Having spent a night in Moshi on arrival, your trek begins and for the first few days, the scenery will change from dense rain forest (with monkeys!), to moorland through to alpine desert. You’ll skip up the seemingly vertical face of the infamous Barranco Wall and within 2 days you will on your way to the summit.

It is an incredible feat to reach this 5895m (19,305’) summit. The 6 – 7 hr climb will be cold and dark. Savour the moment, watch that sun rise, take in your surroundings (get that photo!) as you won’t want to hang around at this altitude (and low temperatures) for very long!

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2850
Land Only, from £2150
Trip Duartion 11 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 7 Days
Max Altitude 5895m
Grading
Accommodation Hotel, tents
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

One of the 7 Summits on the 7 Continents

All Meals & Water On Trek

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Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1. Depart UK

Day 2. Arrive Tanzania

Day 3. Moshi – Machame Gate (1640m) – Machame Camp (2850m)

Day 4. Machame Camp – Shira 2 Camp (3810m)

Day 5. Shira Cave via the Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco (3970m)

Day 6. Barranco – Karanga (3990m)

Day 7. Karanga – Barafu (4650m)

Day 8. Barafu – summit (5895m) – Mweka Hut (3100m)

Day 9. Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate – Hotel

Day 10. Depart

Day 11. Arrive London

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Day 1. Depart UK
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival at the group hotel in Moshi.
Fly from London bound for Kilimanjaro.

Day 2. Arrive Tanzania
You will be collected by our Staff at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Your Guide will be there to meet you and brief you on the timings for tomorrow and offer any further assistance.
You are then free to settle in and prepare for the trek the following day. Our friendly hotel staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance.

Day 3. Moshi – Machame Gate (1640m) – Machame Camp (2850m)
Your Guide will meet you at the hotel and after breakfast, drive to the Machame Gate, which is less than an hour from the hotel.
After registering at the gate (compulsory), meet your porters and begin this fantastic trek.
This first day slowly ascends through the wonderful dense rain forest and keep your eyes open for the monkeys! BLD

Day 4. Machame Camp – Shira 2 Camp (3810m)
Continue your trek up through the rain forest, stopping for lunch en route.
It won’t be too long before you begin to emerge from the forest onto the high moor with some interesting flora and fauna.
By the time you get to the Caves (or close), you will be up onto the Plateau for real and enjoying the wider views. BLD

Day 5. Shira Cave via the Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco (3970m)
A good acclimatisation day as we ascend to the well known Lava Tower for lunch (4590m, approx 4 hrs of trekking). Cracking views of where you have come from.
The second half of the day is a descent back down to 3950m, where you will camp at Barranco. Right in front of you is the wonderful Barranco Wall, the first thing you will go up in the morning. 6 hrs, BLD

Day 6. Barranco – Karanga (3990m)
This is another trek high, sleep low day with the first hour and a half ascending up through the Barranco wall. Some fantastic views once you get onto the top of this.
After a short break you will walk along the old original Machame Route, descending until you arrive in the Karanga valley.
It is a relatively short day but all geared to your acclimatsation. Never be tempted to skip this day and move on to Barafu. 3 – 4 hrs, BLD

Day 7. Karanga – Barafu (4650m)
Another short day but a very important one.
The ascend to the Barafu should be taken slowly and when you do arrive, take your time to rest, drink and take an early dinner in preparation for the overnight ascent to the summit.
Ensure that all of your kit is ready for the climb; snacks, water, torch, batteries, etc… Check, check and check again. 3 hrs, BLD

Day 8. Barafu – summit (5895m) – Mweka Hut (3100m)
Summit day; this is the day you have been waiting for!
At approx midnight you will begin the ascent. You are likely to see lots of lights ahead of you and behind you. It is not a race, take your time to get into the climb.
The initial target is Stella Point (5730m) with the summit (Uhuru) just another 40 mins away. You should reach this by sunrise.
Get up to Uhuru and enjoy the view, enjoy the moment for just then, there is no human on the African Continent standing higher than you!
The descent is much faster and in daylight, you will see why. The upper reaches of the mountain is made of soft ash, perfect for scree running!
Once you have descended back down to Barafu, rest a little, eat, drink and then continue the long descent to Mweka Camp. Total trek time today is up to 15 hrs with a 1300m ascent. BLD

Day 9. Mweka Hut – Mweka Gate – Hotel
From here, it’s just a 3hr trek down through the rain forest to exit the park at the Mweka Gate, where you will be presented with your Certificate.
Your transport will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel for a well earned rest and shower. BL

Day 10. Depart
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the aiport for your flight back to London. Depending on flight schedules, it is possible that you will arrive UK same day. B

Day 11. Arrive London

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
6 - 16 Jun 2018 £2850 £2150
25 Oct - 4 Nov 2018 £2850 £2150
16 - 26 Jan 2019 £2850 £2150

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What The Price Includes

  • Return International flights London – Kilimanjaro International airport
  • Return international airport transfers from Kilimanjaro’s international airport
  • Hotel accommodation in Moshi, total 2 nights on a twin share, B&B basis
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek, including thick foam sleeping mats
  • All meals and boiled drinking water on trek
  • A dining tent (complete with dining table and chairs), kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • All National Park, Camping fees and internal Park rescue fee
  • Services of an English speaking Guide throughout the trek
  • Porterage
  • Comprehensive Trip Dossier and other associated documentation

What The Price Does Not Include

  • Tanzanian Tourist visa
  • Staff tips (advice can be given if required)
  • Personal spending
  • Personal travel insurance

What The Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in Moshi, total 2 nights on a twin share, B&B basis
  • Tented accommodation throughout the trek, including thick foam sleeping mats
  • All meals and boiled drinking water on trek
  • A dining tent (complete with dining table and chairs), kitchen tent, toilet tent
  • All National Park, Camping fees and internal Park rescue fee
  • Services of an English speaking Guide throughout the trek
  • Porterage
  • Comprehensive Trip Dossier and other associated documentation

What The Price Does Not Include

  • Tanzanian Tourist visa
  • Staff tips (advice can be given if required)
  • Personal spending
  • Personal travel insurance

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £99.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
2 hotel nights in Moshi
7 nights tent

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Tanzania.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Tanzania. The above link will tell you the methods to obtain your visa (prior to departing or at the airport on arrival).

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will be walking between 4 – 7 hours per day. The exception is summit day. Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

The preamble trek around the mountains southern circuit is not massively physical at all. That element is all about acclimatisation. The summit trek is a different kettle of fish; it’s a beast. It’s 1400m, through the night (cold and dark) and the underfoot conditions can be extremely soft, especially near the top. When combined with the descent, you’ll be on your feet for over 12 hrs; it’s a very long day.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C. As soon as the sun drops, the temperatures will fall and the night temperatures will drop to below zero most of the time. You need a sleeping bag that will take you comfortably down to -10°C.

Kili is all about that final climb. Adrenaline and sheer determination will get you there provided the altitude is kind to you. When training, work on those legs for they will carry you up, up and up to the highest place Africa can offer.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you have a good foundation for completing this trek.

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Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek (including drinking water, boiled).
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, spreads, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunches are packed meals, made up at b’fast.
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal is at least two courses; rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, etc.. + desert (usually tinned fruit). Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £99 (hotel only, see ‘Sole Occupation’ tab above).

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to JRO from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Tanzania’s currency is the Tanzanian Schilling. The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival. Their second currency is the US$. If you deal in US$, you will pay considerably more than you would using local currency.

You can change your cash at the local banks or use the local ATMs.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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