7 Day Climb, Machame Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

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TRIP INFORMATION

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS:

Destination                     Accommodation (Link)                        Room Type               Details

Arusha town                       Ilboru Safari Lodge                                Standard rooms         2 x O/B/D

Mt. Kilimanjaro                    tents accommodation                               tents                      6 x O/B/L/D

Itinerary Briefing

Kilimanjaro Climb-7 days Machame Route Itinerary

Duration: 7 days 6 nights on trekking

See all of the major highlights of Tanzania! Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (the roof of Africa), on Mt. Kilimanjaro you’ll climb on the Machame route, considered the second most popular, but the most beautiful. With the gradual ascend up Uhuru peak; you’ll emerge through the diversly vegetated forest to see wide views of the moorland on Shira plateau, Kibo and Western Breach.

Itinerary Day Description

Day 1: ARRIVAL in Arusha at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), your driver guide will meet you and drive to your hotel in Arusha town there you will be meet by our Kilimanjaro expert, who will provide you with a trekking briefing.

Enjoy great views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped Uhuru Peak; while you settle in over dinner have a good rest.

Standard Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge  or similar (meals on half board basis)

Day 2: Arusha – Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers
  • Habitat: Montane forest
  • To the Mountain

After breakfast you’ll head to the Machame Park Gate (5,870 ft./ 1,790 mt.), where you’ll register with the park authority and begin the climb through the lush forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above, and may even see black & white colobus monkeys, as well as sykes monkeys as they hike along the knotted roots. After 5-7 hours of walking you’ll stop for the night at Machame Camp (9,875 feet), just above the forest zone. The trek is quite long, but not steep.

Standard Accommodation: tent at Machame camp (all meals included).

Day 3: Machame Camp (2980m) – Shira Camp (3840m)

  • Hiking time: 6 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Magnificent Views of Uhuru Peak

Today’s segment of the ascent will continue across beautiful heathland and afro-alpine moorland with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro Peak. You’ll begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of Giant Heather and Erica. Scrambling around large boulders, you’ll enter the moorland zone, marked by lobelia and senecia plants, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. Tonight will then be spent at Shira Camp (12,615 feet, 4-5 hours of walking).

Standard Accommodation: tent at Shira camp all meals included.

Day 4: Shira (at 3840m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco camp (at 3950m)

  • Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • The Route to the Great Barranco Valley

Drawing nearer the peak, the trek becomes a bit more strenuous. The trail steepens on the approach to the Lava Tower, a 300 foot tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet. In the afternoon, you’ll descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides by steep valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants, such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjaro), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Then we slowly ascent to our overnight stop at Barranco Camp (12,990 feet, 5-6 hours of walking)

Standard Accommodation: tent at Barranco camp all meals included.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
  • Habitat: Alpine desert
  • The Equatorial Anomaly

After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

Day 6:  Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)

  • Hiking time: 2-3 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Day 7:  Barafu Hut (Camp) – Summit Attempt – Mweka Camp

  • Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
  • Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
  • Distance: Approximately 7 kilometer ascent and 23 kilometer descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 8:  Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m) – Arusha town

  • Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Back to the Bottom

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate.

The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Standard Accommodation: Ilboru Safari Lodge  or similar, (meals on half board basis)

Day 9:  Depart Arusha – Kilimanjaro International Airport

You Can Leave Tanzania, but Tanzania Will Never Leave You!

After breakfast it’ll be time to begin saying goodbye to Tanzania, as you drive from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your international flight. Farewell and welcome back to Tanzania!

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Included Services

  • All Road transfer as per trip itinerary including airport pick up and drop off transfers.
  • 05 days, 4 nights private trip package
  • Transport and wildlife drives in modified 4WD Land Cruiser with photographic roof hatch
  • Services of a professional English-speaking safari guide
  • All wildlife reserve entry fees as per trip itinerary
  • All game drives as mentioned
  • All accommodation during safari
  • 2 ltr mineral waters per person / day during game drives
  • Domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar ONE WAY
 

Excluded Services

  • International Flights & All items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for safari guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari in Serengeti
  • Laundry
  • Accommodation on Zanzibar

COVID-19 SAFETY AND SANITARY MEASURES NOTICE

Covid-19 Travel Requirements

Traveling to and from Tanzania during Covid-19

The information on this page will be updated regularly as requirements and protocols change. Date of last update: 25/Oct/2021. The information found in the government Travel Advisory No. 8 of 14 Sept 2021 is summarized below:

[ All our Moak Tanzania safari guides have been vaccinated against Covid-19] in brackets

Leaving Home

Your international airline may have pre-boarding testing requirements. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Most of our guests travel through Amsterdam and currently if you have a transfer in Amsterdam you do not need to show a negative NAAT (PCR) test result or rapid test result on arrival in the Netherlands. A transfer is when you change planes and continue your journey within a few hours, and in any case within 1 day without leaving the airport where you transfer. Please make sure to check the entry requirements of your final destination.

Arriving into Tanzania

Tanzania recommends all travelers to fill out a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours prior to arrival. Follow this link: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ to get the form.  Once completed the traveler will receive a completion notification from the Ministry of health containing their Unique Health Code (UHC) which they will show upon arriving. 

[If arriving directly onto Zanzibar, please use this link instead.] In grey background 

[Also, all travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, with the sample tested within 96 hours of departure to Tanzania.] GREEN COLOR

All travelers arriving from countries experiencing variants of concern/interest or who have traveled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of route taken, will be subjected to Rapid tests at their point of entry at their own cost.  The Rapid test cost is $10 per traveler  (or $25 per travel if arriving directly onto Zanzibar). This cost can be pre-paid online when you complete your online Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form.

[We strongly recommended to pre-pay to avoid unnecessary queue upon arrival.] RED COLOR

Traveling in Tanzania

While traveling in Tanzania, standard Covid-19 protocols (masking, social distancing, and sanitizing) will be adhered to by your guide and those working in the tourism industry, while in public settings, airports/airplanes, and the common areas of accommodations. All full time Moak safari guides have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Much of your time on safari, social distance from other travelers and when outside will be our paramount goal. However, if you plan to travel in a more populous area like in city or towns, we suggest you wear a mask when social distancing from other people cannot be maintained.

Departing Tanzania

Prior to departing Tanzania, Covid-19 testing (PCR and/or Rapid Test) will be required for most travelers. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Covid-19 testing costs (PCR Test $50+facility fees pp / PCR Test on Zanzibar $80 pp / Rapid Test $10 pp) are the responsibility of the traveler. 

As your tour operator, we will help coordinate proper test timing, location, and test payment.

PCR Test Procedures (General):

  • PCR Tests should be administered no more than 3 days prior to your scheduled departure. 
  • Your Final Summary Schedule will indicate the date when your test should administered.
  • Testing sites will vary based on your specific travel itinerary
  • Testing Fee Payment (Mainland) – Once your appointment has been made, our staff in Arusha will receive your testing payment Control Number (unique number for each traveler). We will make the payment on your behalf and you will reimburse this cost to your guide ($50 per person – cash). Since test requirements are subject to change, reimbursement on site will be the most accurate approach.
  • Testing Fee Payment (Zanzibar) – Once your appointment has been made we will prepay for the test and then forward your test scheduling confirmation on Zanzibar. The location of the test will be based on where you are staying on the island. There are facilities on the east coast as well as in Stone Town. The cost of the test on Zanzibar is $80 per person.
  • Facility Fee Payment – You will be responsible for the facility fee that will be paid on site. This fee will range from $10-20 per person depending on the testing facility.
  • Testing Procedure (day of) –
    • Masks are required at the testing sites.
    • Have your passport available for check in as well as payment confirmation (provided by your guide).
    • Sample collection will take place in the morning. Test collection hours vary at each site.
    • Please expect the process to take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Results – Once the testing process is complete and the certificate is ready, a notification with your results and certificate will be sent from the National Public Health Laboratory – Tanzania () to the email address used during registration (usually your safari consultant’s email unless otherwise specified). You may also check https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz/#/booking (for mainland / northern safari circuit locations) or  https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz/app/home (for Zanzibar) for updates using your passport number to pull up your results. Please note that once the sample leaves the testing site, the testing site will not receive information about results. Should you have any concerns please ask your guide to contact the Regional Laboratory Technologist at +255 713 819 450 (Warda) or +255 715 361 518(Nangai).
    • For travelers departing JRO, a printed copy of your test result will be given to you in Arusha. We will also email you a PDF of the certificate.
    • For travelers departing DAR or ZNZ,we will email you a PDF of the certificate.

Note for travelers returning to the United States :

Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show one of the following:

If you are fully vaccinated: Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 3 days before travel.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated: A negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

This regulation goes into November 8, 2021. We will inquire as to your vaccination status so that we can help you coordinate your testing accordingly.

 

Rapid Test Procedures (updated August 23, 2021)

  • If you are departing on an airline that requires a Rapid Test prior to boarding you need to arrive at your international airport of departure 5 hours prior to departure.
  • All international airports (JRO, DAR and ZNZ) have Rapid Test capacity.
  • Pre-registration is not required
  • Payment of $10 can be made in cash by depositing into the on-site bank.
  • Results are provided within 15 to 20 minutes of taking the test.
  • UPDATE: currently a Rapid Test is NOT required if you are just transiting through Amsterdam (AMS). You still need to be traveling with a valid NEGATIVE PCR test.

Common PCR Testing Sites in the Northern Circuit

  • Arusha Region
    • Arusha Lutheran Center Referral Hospital – daily
      • $25 USD (cash)
      • You can request to have someone come to you to administer the test (this should be pre-arranged)
    • Mt. Meru Regional Referral Hospital – 8 am – 3:30 pm daily
    • FAME Medical Health Center – 8:30 am – 11:30 am daily
      • $15 USD (cash or credit accepted)
  • Mara Region
    • Seronera Airstrip (Musoma Regional Referral Hospital) – 7:00 – 10:00 am daily
      • 20,000 Tshillings (approx $8.60)
    • Kogatende Airstrip (Musoma Regional Referral Hospital) – 8:00 – 10:00 am daily
      • 20,000 Tshillings (approx $8.60)
  • Zanzibar 
    • Global Hospital (Stone Town) – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm M-Sat, 8 am – 12 pm Sun
    • Testing sites on East Coast of Zanzibar  – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm M-Sat, 8 am – 12 pm Sun
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