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October 7, 2015

Trek Kilimanjaro

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Often called the “Whiskey Route” this is a scenically beautiful trail, longer and much gentler than Umbwe or Marangu (the “Coca Cola Route”). Our itinerary provides valuable acclimatization by having extra, but shorter walking days during the trek to the 19,340 foot summit and return.

Day 1:

Upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by a car and transferred to Dik Dik Hotel a Hotel in nearby Arusha for the night.

Day 2:

Visit Arusha National Park to view wild animals found in typical safaris including buffalo, wildebeests, dik-diks, giraffes, and various primates. Return to Dik Dik Hotel for a late lunch and relaxation. Before dinner meet with your guide to receive briefing of your trek plans and review the packing of your gear.

Day 3:

From Arusha drive to the Machame Park gate, then a gentle climb up through the original montane forest carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferms.   Your first camp will be amongst the giant heather at 3,000m/10,000ft at Machame Camp. The ascent will be 1,200m/3,600 ft and 5-6 hours of walking. Overnight at Machame campground, BLD

Day 4:

Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m/12,650ft. Herds of eland up here (& occasional lion!) Also, there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. The ascent will be 840m/2,500ft and 4-5 hours walking. Overnight at Shira campground

Day 5:

From Shira, climb towards the main peak, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert to 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/12,900ft. This will be 5-7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent – after having climbed high and dropping down low to sleep and assist acclimatization. Overnight at Barranco campground


Day 6:

Climb the steep Barranco Wall which includes some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley at 3,800m/12,700ft. This is a short walking day, 3-4 hours, with an optional acclimatization hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers. Overnight at Karanga campground, BLD

Day 7:

Up to Barafu camp perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,750m/ 15,200ft. Fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak and a bit less to climb tomorrow morning! This is another short walking day, about 4 hours, 950m, with less exertion and a good rest in afternoon immediately before the hard summit day. Overnight at Barafu campground


Day 8:

Around midnight, enjoy breakfast and start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach Stella Point on the crater rim for sunrise – another 40mins and you’re at the highest point on the continent 5,895m/19,340ft, usually in warm sunshine. Return on the Mweka descent route. Ascent of 1,300m/4,000ft over the seven hours trek to the summit. Enjoy standing at the highest point in the African Continent and then descend over 2-3 hours back to Barafu camp for lunch. After lunch continue trek descent 1,750m/ 5,000ft over 3-5 hours to the Mweka camp at 3,000m/10,000ft. This is a long hard day but you will feel absolutely ecstatic when you have finished! Enjoy dinner and a good night’s rest. Overnight at Mweka campground, BLD

Day 9:

A morning descent of 4-5 hours through the forest brings us to Mweka Gate where you collect your certificate and meet the vehicle. We return to Dik Dik Hotel in Arusha for a hot shower and overnight after the climb; or early dinner and transfer to the airport for a flight back home. There is option for safari extension in the next day.


Day 10:

This day, a day room and dinner is provided for you. In the morning go for shopping for goody souvenirs around Arusha noon back to Dik Dik Hotel for lunch and packing your duffle earlier evening dinner and transfer to the airport for home departure.


General: Accommodation is camping throughout in 3 person mountain tents shared by two people. Vehicles or local porters will carry all your gears; you only carry a daypack with personal gear. During camping you will not have to participate in camp chores. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments. We can also arrange extra hotel bookings and airport transfers for before and after your trip.


Group rates, any departure date:


Group Size 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax 7+ Pax             SRS
Kilimanjaro Machame Route $ 3,385 $ 2,975 $ 2,750 $ 2,900 $ 2,825 $ 2,750 $ 2,675 $ 423

Price quoted includes:

  • All transport – 4WD safari vehicles
  • Accommodation as detailed – roomy in hotel and tents when camping
  • Camping equipment, (except sleeping bags and insulation mats)
  • Services of guides, cooks and porters
  • All National Parks entrance and camp site fees
  • All food – breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals
  • High altitude emergency equipments, Garmow Bag, Oxygen tank supplement and pulse oximeter during climbing
  • Private portable flushing chemical toilet and sleeping tents.
  • Katadyn Combi Microfilter, to filter drinking water
  • Flying doctor evacuation service, for emergency


Price quotes exclude:

  • International flights
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
  • Tips
  • Expenditure on alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, personal items
  • Optional excursions/activities not detailed in itinerary
  • Any additional services requested
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City: Arusha
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