Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route - Moshi Start (8 Days)

Tour Code 19KMT8M. Short Safaris & Treks
8 days from
$1'645 USD
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Plus 580 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Minimum 2. Age Group: 12+

Explore the lesser trekked route to the roof of Africa...

At 5895m high, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and the highest free-standing mountain in the world that you can scale without actually climbing, or technical expertise. As a high-altitude mountain close to the equator, there are few other treks in the world that offer rain forest with primates and game, alpine pastures, high moorlands of giant eerie plant life and snowfields at the summit. Once on Uhuru peak, you are rewarded with unforgettable views from the Roof of Africa.

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Day 1. Moshi

Arrival day - arrive any time today and relax at leisure.

Moshi is a pleasant town to explore with colourful markets and great cafe's

Day 2. Moshi to Machame Camp

Leaving our hotel after breakfast and our pre trek briefing, we head towards the park gate.

Depending on road conditions, you may possibly be asked to walk from Machame village to the park gate - on the southern edge of the park.

The route takes us through rain forest and it may be heavy underfoot and hard going.

Day 3. Machame to Shira Camp

After breakfast we leave the cover of the forest. As the vegetation thins out, we emerge onto the moorland before crossing the rocky ridge of the shira plateau to our camp for the night.

Day 4. Shira to Barranco Camp

Heading up the rocky paths to Lava Tower this morning, we subsequently descend down to Barranco Camp. This all assists with our acclimatisation to the altitude.

Day 5. Barranco to Barafu Camp

It's another steep start to the day - up the ridge to the great Barranco Wall and on to the Helm Glacier. We then descend the Karanga Valley before having to ascend again towards Barafu Camp. Here we prepare for the summit attempt tomorrow.

Day 6. Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Highlights. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

We are up in the middle of the night (11pm on Day 5) to start the last slog up the steep scree slopes to the summit, where on a clear day, we try and catch the sun rising over the continent.

Once reaching the summit, we rest for a short while before heading back down and onward to Mweka Camp.

Day 7. Mweka Camp to Moshi

With only a few hours of trekking today, the pace is more leisurely - down through the rain forest to the park gate, from where we say farewell to our porters and transfer back to Moshi and a well deserved celebration.

Day 8. Moshi

After a good nights rest, arrangements end after breakfast.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Springlands Hotel, Moshi

Located on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro near Moshi, the professionally-run Springlands Hotel is set in relaxing tropical gardens with pool and is the ideal base to start/finish mountain treks. The hotel offers regular shuttle bus services into town or you can hire a bike, and there are pleasant walks into the adjacent forest.

Rooms – single, twin, double, triple en suite rooms.

Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, TV lounge, internet, laundry, gym, sauna.

Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Springlands Hotel, Moshi

Located on the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro near Moshi, the professionally-run Springlands Hotel is set in relaxing tropical gardens with pool and is the ideal base to start/finish mountain treks. The hotel offers regular shuttle bus services into town or you can hire a bike, and there are pleasant walks into the adjacent forest.

Rooms – single, twin, double, triple en suite rooms.

Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, TV lounge, internet, laundry, gym, sauna.

Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

The Machame Route
The Machame is beautiful trekking allowing you to experience the southwest and southern sides of the mountain, as the route ascends one way and descends another. The ascent is via the southwestern side of the mountain, past Shira’s peak. This is the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes and its plateau is more eroded. As a result, Shira plateau supports rich vegetation and wildlife and is considered one of the more beautiful areas of the mountain with grassland, heath and moor and wildlife such as eland, buffalo and sometimes even leopard. Ascending into the high valleys nearer the cone, you may see giant lobelia and groundsel growing to over 10 metres in height. At higher altitudes, vegetation is restricted to mosses and lichens able to survive the extreme temperatures above the snowline, as unusual African sight. On descent the route takes a more direct southern route off the mountain.
On trek all equipment and supplies are carried by porters, and a cook prepares all meals. Unlike the Marangu route, where accommodation is in mountain huts, the Machame route is camping with tents pitched by the porters. Meals are taken in the dinner tent or out in the open. This makes Machame better suited to the more experienced trekker. Scenery on the Machame is generally superior to Marangu - from the later afternoon sunsets at Shira to the misty revelations at Kibo’s great Marangu wall, the Machame route offers hikers continuous scenic highlights. As the route is completed a 6 day route, (Marangu is 5 days), the extra day may assist acclimatization.

ACCOMMODATION Pre and post trek – A local hotel with bar, restaurant and swimming pool, twin share rooms with en-suite facilities.
On trek –camping at camp bases on the mountain in 2-person dome tents with basic facilities

TRANSPORT:
Mini bus

MEALS:
Meals included are – Breakfast (B) x7, Lunch (L) x6 Dinner (D) x5
On the mountain, meals are prepared by the trek cook. If you have any dietary requirements, please ensure you tell Acacia when you book.

OPERATOR:
This tour is operated by a respected local tour operator, you will benefit from their extensive local knowledge and enthusiasm as well as helping Acacia support local businesses in Africa.

Meals
7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners

Accommodation
Local hotel with twin-share en suite rooms (2 nights), camping with basic facilities (5 nights)

Includes.
All tour highlights
National Park fees
Camping Rescue fees
Accommodation as indicated
Meals as indicated
Services of mountain guide(s), driver and porters
Excludes.
Flights
Visas
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Water on the first day of the trek
Additional supplements
Items of a personal nature
Tips
Single Supplements apply - please contact Acacia for rates
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Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

580 USD or * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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