6 Days Private Trekking tour itinerary for Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro & Serengeti National Park: Climbing Expedition Machame Route
Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park
The most popular route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route has been a choice for many people as it offers impressive views and a variety of habitats. Also famous as Whiskey route, it has a strong reputation for being a tough climb, unlike the gradual inclines. The expedition has long steep trails and no huts- which means one has to sleep in tents.
Machame gate to Machame Camp, 11 km, 5-6 hrs
Drive from Moshi to Kilimanjaro National Park gates, this takes 50 minutes. The journey passes through the villages of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the main forest on winding trails up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can muddy and slippery gaiters and poles are good ideas here.
Machame Camp to Shira, 5 km, 4-6 hrs
After the breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rock ridge, covered with heather until the ridge ends.
The route now turns west onto river gorge.
Time for rest dinner and overnight at the Shira campsite.
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp, 10 km, 6-8 hrs
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo.
As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 ft.
We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight.
Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp, 9 km, 8 to 10 hrs
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.
Then we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.
Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut, 17 km, 11-14 hrs
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Mweka Camp to Moshi, 10 km, 3-4 hrs
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.
Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village.
A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi.
Food (3 meals per day).
Salaries (guide, cooks, porters).
Transport to and from the mountain for yourselves and the crew.
Lunch box for the first day.
Crew park fees.
Certificates of achievement.
Sleeping tent, mess tent, camping chairs and table.
Airport transfer 2 ways complimentary.
Visa for Tanzania.
Maasai Boma entrance fee.
Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear and other things like clothing.
Tips for guide and personal expenses such as laundry and communications.
Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park
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This tour is offered throughout the year.
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