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Climb Kilimanjaro: Machame Route – 7 Days

Climb Kilimanjaro

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Climb Kilimanjaro! This expedition will take you on a once in a lifetime journey to the roof of Africa, the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Join our team as we take on this challenge on the 7-days Machame trail, the most successful and safest Kilimanjaro trails! The spectacularly scenic trail starts on the southern side of Kilimanjaro, the trail includes a combination of longer and shorter days to allow for acclimatisation. The descent takes trekkers along the Mweka trail further East.

The trek includes seven nights camping on the mountain trail with one night pre-walk and one night post-walk relaxation time in deluxe accommodation in Moshi. Accommodation in Moshi includes comfortable beds, swimming pool, spacious garden and beautiful scenery, the perfect place to relax before and after completing this challenge. The camps are set up by the porters each evening, with two people per tent as standard and a separate tent where dinner will be prepared and served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the ideal environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

Our team have over 10 years experience organising expeditions all over the world in keeping with European standards and have carefully selected our Kilimanjaro partner for their quality and expertise. Naturally, taking on the highest mountain in Africa may sound a little daunting but the trek is accessible to any active walker and our guides will be there to help you make it a reality.

PS: As there is only a very limited number of single rooms, we will match people with gender and age a week before departure. In the ‘Price’ section. Please use single if you are alone and want to share. select ‘double/twin’ if you are a couple and want to share together.

Read our blog post: Getting ready to climb Kilimanjaro.

*If you are interested in organising a private group or would like to travel on different dates, contact our travel specialists.

Extend your trip and join one of our Safaris!

  • 3 days/2N Safari – Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater are the most popular National Parks of Northern Tanzania.

Day 1: After your Night in Moshi, we transfer to Lake Manyara National Park, the Rift Valley. Monkeysleap from branch to branch, elephants stand in the shade, zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Overnight at Highview Hotel or Ngorongoro wild camp.

Days 2: Ngorongoro Crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as the prides of lion that includes the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingoes and a variety of water birds. Other game that you may see includes leopard, cheetah, and hyena. Other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. Return to the Highview Hotel or Ngorongoro wild camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: The drive from the High view Hotel to Tarangire National Parktakes two hours. This park is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants,elands and Oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rain when they migrate again to good grazing areas. Late in the afternoon, drive back to Moshi for dinner and overnight.

  • 5 Days/4N Safari – A trip to Africa is not complete without a visit to view the wildlife in the famous national parks: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire. On safari, you can see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elephants, hippos, and a large variety of birds. Among the more rare treats are rhinos, leopards, cheetah, or a lion kill.

Day 1: The drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park takes about 4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Overnight at the Highview Hotel. Full Board. FB

Day 2: The drive to Serengeti National Park via Oldupai Gorge takes 3 to 4 hours.
Olduvai Gorge is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, in which early human fossils were first discovered. It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the same tectonic forces that created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. Then, in the late evening drive to and overnight at the Serengeti Wild Camp or Ikoma Wild Camp and Cottages – full board.

Day 3: After breakfast, venture into the Serengeti’s wilderness corners for a full day of game viewing in the park. With a picnic lunch beside you, take your leisure while exploring this world heritage site, where earth’s largest concentration of plain game still roams free! In the late evening, go to the Serengeti Wild Camp or Ikoma Wild Camp and Cottages for rest, dinner, and overnight.

Day 4: After breakfast, Drive to Ngorongoro Crater for game drives. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingos and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. In the late afternoon. Drive to the Highview Hotel for overnight. Full Board. FB

Day 5: After breakfast, Morning hike in the Southern Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the elephant cave and waterfall. In the afternoon visiting the Iraqw tribe cultural centre in Karatu to learn how the tribe protected their cattle from Masai incursions using underground settlements. In the late afternoon, drive back to the hotel in Moshi.

  • 7 Days/6N Safari – A trip to Africa is not complete without a visit to view the wildlife in the famous national parks: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire. On safari, you can see giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, elephants, hippos, and a large variety of birds. Among the more rare treats are rhinos, leopards, cheetah, or a lion kill.

Day 1: The drive from Moshi to Lake Manyara National Park takes about 4 hours. After having a picnic lunch in Manyara, you start a late afternoon game drive, which is the best time to view animals in this park. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. In the tall trees of the ground water forest, monkeys leap from branch to branch, and on the escarpment, elephants stand in the shade. Other animals frequently seen are zebras, impalas, monkeys, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, and others. Overnight at the Highview Hotel – full board.

Day 2: Drive from the Highview Hotel to Lake Eyasi. You will see great birdlife along the shore, and location alone makes it a great place to spend a couple of nights. Also the meadows along the lake shores and forest are home to a wide variety of wildlife including leopard, hippos, a variety of monkeys, various birds, greater and lesser flamingos, storks, and pelicans. Several pleasant, private campsites are located in forest clearings by the lake, and these provide grassy tent spaces and shower facilities made mostly from local materials. Drive back to the Highview Hotel for overnight – full board

Day 3:After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Crater for a half day game drive inside the crater. This is the best place in Tanzania to see black rhino as well as prides of lion that include the magnificent black-manned males. There are lots of colorful flamingos and a variety of water birds. Other game that you can see includes leopard, cheetah, hyena, other members of the antelope family, and small mammals. Late Afternoon drive to Serengeti, dinner and overnight at Serengeti Wild Camp or Ikoma Wild Camp and Cottages. FB

Day 4: Full day tour in Serengeti National Park, It has an amazing landscape that resulted from the same tectonic forces that created the Great Rift Valley millions of years ago. Then, in the late evening drive to and overnight at the Serengeti Wild Camp or Ikoma Wild Camp and Cottages – full board.

Day 5: After breakfast, continue game drive into the Serengeti’s wilderness corners for a full day game viewing in the park. With a picnic lunch beside you, you can also drive to IKOMA and do Nature walking tour along Grumeti River. In the late evening, go to the  Ikoma Wild Camp and Cottages for rest, dinner, and overnight. FB

Day 6: After breakfast, venture into the Serengeti’s wilderness corners for a full day of game viewing in the park. With a picnic lunch beside you, take your leisure while exploring this world heritage site, where earth’s largest concentration of plain game still roams free! In the late evening, go to the Serengeti Wild Camp or Ikoma Wild Camp and Cottages for rest, dinner, and overnight.  Full Board. (FB)

Day 7: After breakfast, morning game drives en-route in Serengeti National Park, then drive  through Ngorongoro area via Olduvai Gorge, back to hotel in Moshi. Full Board

Price includes:

  • All park fees
  • Transportation with driver-guide during safari (All vehicles are 4×4 with viewing roofs)
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee
  • Lake Manyara supplement fee

Price excludes:

  • Tips for your driver-guide during safari
  • Transfer to/from airport
  • Any personal expenses

Trip highlights

  • Conquer Africa's highest mountain
  • Watch the sunrise from Uhuru peak
  • Experience the wonders of African culture
  • Hike up one of the seven tallest mountains on the planet

1 Night in Moshi

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You will be collected from Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. On your first night in Moshi you and your group will treated to a welcome dinner and drinks with a briefing before you set off on your big adventure. Tomorrow you’ll be all set to climb Kilimanjaro!

PS: Flight option can arrange. please ask us.

2 Machame Gate to Machame Camp - 11km

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5h | Altitude: 1800m to 3000m

First port-of-call today is getting registered at the Kilimanjaro National Park. After registering at the gate you’ll take your first step toward your goal – the roof of Africa. You’ll be hiking through the montane forest, a lush, biodiverse zone, and home to the endemic flower Impatiens Kilimanjari. Keep an eye out for blue and colobus monkeys and listen to the birdsong, this area is home to hundreds of species of colourful birds. The trail has some steep sections as you climb higher but you may be rewarded with a glimpse of the summit through the trees before arriving at your first camp on the edge of the forest zone.

3 Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp - 9km

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6-7h | Altitude: 3000m to 3850m

Today you’ll be hiking through the heathland, the land of giant heathers taking in some magnificent views over the plains. A steep ascent awaits you on the way to Mount Meru, Kili’s little sister poking out through the clouds. The heathland gives way to the moorland zone as you approach the lush Shira plateau. From the plateau its a short walk to camp. In the afternoon you can choose for your guide to take you for a short walk over to Shira Hut for views over the vast Shira plateau or if you prefer you can stay and relax at the camp.

4 Shira Camp to Barranco Camp - 12km

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8h | Altitude: 3850m to 3950m via 4600m

Today is a slightly longer day today giving trekkers the perfect opportunity to become acclimatised on the way to Lava Tower. The pace today will be steady allowing you to take your time and also the magnificent scenery. The trail joins up with the Lemosho route before passing Lava Tower, a 60m high basaltic plug. The high point today will take in views of the Western Breach. The trail then descends down into the magical Barranco valley, an area abundant in plant wildlife.

5 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp - 7km

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4h | Altitude: 3950m to 4050m

The morning climb today is one of treks highlights; scaling the Barranco wall. It can look daunting from camp, but it really isn’t as difficult as it looks and your experienced guides will be there to help you! Upon reaching the top you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable view of the Kibo massif. From here it’s an undulating trail all the way to the Karanga valley and onto the Karanga camp. On a clear day, you’ll enjoy great views over the plains and of Kibo itself.

 

6 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp - 6km

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3-4h | Altitude: 4050m – 4600m

The trek for today will be short and steady allowing you loads of time to acclimatise and take in the scenery, following a mostly steady gradient up to Barafu camp. At camp you’ll be treated to a hot lunch to pack in the energy for tomorrow. Plenty of time to prepare your kit and rest before your dinner and an early night.

7 Barafu Camp to Summit to Millenium Camp - 18km

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7-9h ascent 6-7 hours descent | Altitude: 4600m to 5895m Uhuru Peak – 3830m

Today the group will start the summit climb just after midnight, up the slopes of Kibo to the Uhuru Peak. It is an early start and very challenging day but you will experience the most amazing sunrise over Mawenzi, as well as unforgettable views of the crater and glaciers. Today you will reach Stella Point (5730m).  It’s time for a much needed breather before walking around the top of the crater rim finally reaching Uhuru. Take some time to enjoy the views of the crater and glaciers. Then you’ll retrace  your steps back to Barafu for breakfast and. You’ll then descend down to Millenium camp which will feel oxygen rich after the summit and enjoy a well deserved nights sleep.

8 Milenium Camp to Mweka Gate and night in Moshi - 13km

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5-6h |Altitude 3830m-1800m

Feeling refreshed this morning, you’ll have time to thank your crew after breakfast. Then it’s the final descent down to Mweka Gate. You’ll pass back through the heath and forest zones. Look out for the colobus monkeys!  At the gate your guide will arrange your certificates and our driver will be ready to whisk you away to your hotel.

Congratulations! You’ve completed your Kilimanjaro challenge! Tonight there will be a celebratory dinner and plenty of time for refuelling and basking in the glory of  your achievement before you return home the next day.

9 Moshi - End of the Tour

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It’s time to start making your way home! After a hearty final breakfast you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport.

Moshi - Hotel Moshi

Our accommodation in Moshi is nice premium accommodation with pool, garden, perfect for relaxing time. Night 1 and 10

Machame - Machame Camp

The camps will be set up by the porters each evening, there will generally be two people per tent and a separate tent where dinner will be served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the perfect environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

Shira Cave - Shira Cave Camp

The camps will be set up by the porters each evening, there will generally be two people per tent and a separate tent where dinner will be served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the perfect environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

Barranco - Barranco Camp

The camps will be set up by the porters each evening, there will generally be two people per tent and a separate tent where dinner will be served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the perfect environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

Karanga - Karanga Camp

The camps will be set up by the porters each evening, there will generally be two people per tent and a separate tent where dinner will be served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the perfect environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

Barafu - Barafu Camp

The camps will be set up by the porters each evening, there will generally be two people per tent and a separate tent where dinner will be served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the perfect environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

Millennium - Millennium Camp

The camps will be set up by the porters each evening, there will generally be two people per tent and a separate tent where dinner will be served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the perfect environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

Mweka - Mweka Gate

The camps will be set up by the porters each evening, there will generally be two people per tent and a separate tent where dinner will be served, followed by tea and drinks for socialising, the perfect environment to wind down before you continue your trek the next day.

There are two rainy periods – the long rainy season and the short rainy season. The long rainy season begins in March and ends in May. The short rainy season is during the month of November.

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Flying to Kilimanjaro airport

All major airlines fly to Kilimanjaro airport, including: Ethiopian airlines, Turkish, Emirates, British Airways, Air France, American, Delta etc…

We can organise flights for our clients travelling from Ireland. Flights are available from Dublin to Kilimanjaro with a one night layover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Transfer to/from Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi

Transfers are included to/from Kilimanjaro airport to your accommodation in Moshi.

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • LAND ONLY (8nights). Pickup Kilimanjaro airport 08-Sep-17 to 16-Sep-17.

    As there is only a very limited number of single rooms, we will match people with gender and age a week before departure. In the 'Price' section. Please use single if you are alone and want to share. select 'double/twin' if you are a couple and want to share together.

    Single Room
    €2879
    Double/Twin Room
    €2679
  • FLIGHT INC. (9nights). Dep. from Dublin 07-Sep-17 to 17-Sep-17.

    As there is only a very limited number of single rooms, we will match people with gender and age a week before departure. In the 'Price' section. Please use single if you are alone and want to share. select 'double/twin' if you are a couple and want to share together.

    Single Room
    €3549
    Double/Twin Room
    €3349
  • Open to all groups, from 4 people, year round.

    As there is only a very limited number of single rooms, we will match people with gender and age a week before departure. In the 'Price' section. Please use single if you are alone and want to share. select 'double/twin' if you are a couple and want to share together.

    Single Room
    €2879
    Double/Twin Room
    €2679

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation
  • Airport transfers to/from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Boutique accommodation and celebration group dinner in Moshi
  • Information and preparation advice
  • Experienced Kilimanjaro guides

We also offer

  • Flights from Ireland