Join on this Kilimanjaro trek via Machame Route – 7 days, a physically demanding 7-day Kilimanjaro trek, promises an incredible journey through diverse landscapes.
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our transfer driver will welcome you and transport you to Meru View Lodge in Usa River, near Arusha. You’ll have the rest of the day to relax or explore the town of Arusha. In the late afternoon, one of our Kilimanjaro team members will provide a briefing about your upcoming trek. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Meru View Lodge.
Day 2: Arusha to Machame Camp (1,790m to 3,010m)
After breakfast, you’ll depart from your lodge and head to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. This is where your Kilimanjaro trek begins. As you journey through the lush rainforest, you’ll encounter ancient trees, primeval ferns, and unique flora like the Impatiens Kilimanjaro. Keep an eye out for black and white colobus monkeys. Upon reaching the campsite, relax, stretch, and savor a hearty meal before retiring to your tent for the night.
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,010m to 3,845m)
This leg of the journey involves a relatively early start, not for its length, but to ensure you arrive at Shira Camp in the mid-afternoon. As you ascend, you’ll witness the dramatic shift from lush rainforest to dry moor and heathland. The campsite provides a breathtaking view of the mountain range as Kibo’s glaciers glisten in the setting sun. Enjoy a well-prepared meal and retire to your tent.
Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,845m to 3,960m)
Today focuses on acclimatization. The climb covers about 800 meters but the overnight camp is not significantly higher than the previous night. Starting from Shira Plateau, you’ll make your way to Lava Tower, where you’ll take a break before continuing through the Barranco Valley to Barranco Camp. The trek offers approximately 6 to 7 hours of adventure through the alpine desert and the Barranco Valley, adorned with lobelia plants and giant senecios. Enjoy a well-deserved dinner and rest at Barranco Camp.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (3,960m to 4,035m)
Today, you’ll face the Barranco Wall, with your guide offering support every step of the way. The route involves numerous ascents and descents, further aiding acclimatization. The path leads you to the mountain ridge, offering scenic vistas of the desert and vegetation contrasts. Eventually, you’ll reach Karanga Camp after a 3- to 4-hour trek. Enjoy your evening meal and an overnight stay at Karanga Camp.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,035m to 4,640m)
Awaken to the sunlight on Kibo Summit, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and set out for Barafu Camp, your destination for the day. Most of your journey will take you through dry, desert-like terrain with Kibo on your left. After 3 to 4 hours, you’ll reach Barafu Camp. Here, you’ll have an early dinner as the highlight of your trip, the final ascent, is only hours away.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp (4,640m to 5,895m to 3,080m)
Around midnight, your guide will wake you with tea and biscuits to prepare for the final ascent. Capture the incredible views and your achievement on film. Afterward, begin your descent back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits with snacks and refreshments. From there, continue to Mweka Camp, your last night on Africa’s highest mountain.
Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha (3,080m to 1,630m)
After a delicious breakfast, enjoy a traditional farewell ceremony from your mountain crew before your final descent. You’ll trek through the rainforest, providing another opportunity to spot colobus monkeys. Your journey concludes at Mweka Gate, and you’ll be taken back to Meru View Lodge for relaxation and an evening by the pool. Dinner and overnight stay at Meru View Lodge.
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transported to Kilimanjaro Airport, or if you wish, you can extend your trip with a safari or a beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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Marangu Route 5 Days – Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca-Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every campsite with solar lights and comfortable beds.
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