Mount Kilimanjaro is a perfectly shaped volcano still active rising sheer from the plains. At 5895m it is the highest in Africa and can be climbed any time of the year. At the lower levels, you will pass through cultivated farmlands rising through tropical rain forest onto alpine meadows and finally the barren landscape leading to the snow and ice capped summit.
We've designed our mountain treks to give the very best chance of reaching the summits, maximum appreciation of the spectacular scenery and wildlife, and an insight into the natural history and cultures of the environments and peoples we meet. Moreover our travel arrangements are based on fair-traded principles to ensure that significant benefits from our visits remain with local people.
The Machame Route is one of the best and most affordable climbing routes on Mount Kilimanjaro and is a popular route for trekkers who want to take their time and enjoy sleeping outdoors and watching the sunrise and set over the Great Rift Valley. It's less crowded, an easier climb, much more scenic and you have a better than 95% chance of making the summit.
Welcome to Tanzania! On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you will proceed through customs and immigration (Visa on Arrival Fee: $100 USD per person - payable in US dollars - Cash). After clearing customs you will be met in the arrivals hall by our local representative (he will be holding a sign with your name on it) and transferred to your accommodations in Arusha (approximately 1 hour driving distance).
This evening you'll meet with your expert guide for an exciting pre-trek briefing!
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge this morning, before you are met by your guide and porters to begin your Kilimanjaro Trek Adventure! Your journey kicks off with a drive to the entry gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. Here, you will need to complete the registration formalities in order to gain access into the Park. Your initial trek today will wind through heavily rooted forest areas, parallel to picturesque flowing streams. You will stop for a rest and to eat lunch along the way. By the mid-afternoon, you will reach your first camp of the trip. Get settled and savor your first evening beneath the stars.
Hike: 8.2 km 1840m-3022m 5-6 hours
Prepare yourself for a steep, rocky and dusty journey today, as you leave behind the grasslands and enter into the more barren landscape of the mountainscape. Your trek will lead you slowly upward, as a backdrop of the Giant Senecias is revealed. Today's hike is a great introduction to acclimatization, as you ascend up, down and over the seemingly endless ridges. Keep a steady pace and enjoy the views.
Hike: 5 km 3022m-3830m 5-6 hours
You will start off this morning with a leisurely and gentle hike. Enjoy it while you can, before encountering the rocks and boulders that are sure to keep you on your toes! By lunchtime, you will reach Lava Tower (3830m). Give your feet a rest, while you refuel yourself and admire the views. After lunch, those who are feeling up for the adventure, may opt to ascend Lava Tower. From the top, you are rewarded with incredible panoramic views. Everyone will then continue onto the camp setting, for a well deserved night's rest.
Hike: 10.4 km 3830m-3900m 8-9 hours
Following breakfast this morning, your challenge of the day will be to climb Barranco Wall! This is a steep, but pleasant trek culminating in views of the Kibo massif and the surrounding glacier. This view will be worth every step of the journey! As you look across the valley, you should be able to spot a steady line of porters on their way to their next camp, behind your group. Today is an important day for acclimitization, and you should reach Karangu Camp in time to enjoy lunch. This afternoon will be available to spend as you wish, either headin off on short treks in the area, or relaxing at the campsite in preparation for the summit push!
Hike: 5.5 km 3900m-4040m 4-5 hours
Today's trek offers a short, but steep uphill climb. You will continue pushing across a barren landscape scattered with boulders and shattered rocks. This setting will be very quiet and peaceful and that extra day of acclimitization, will come especially in handy at this point. Throughout your climb, the Decken Glacier will always be present to your left. Marvel at the views around you, as you reach a rocky section for some more scrambling. At last, your hard work pays off as you reach your campsite amidst large rocks with sheer cliff-faces. Tonight, you will want to head to bed very early, by 7:00 PM, as your next wake-up call will be at 11:00 PM! Most climbers won't sleep much - but as long as you are able to close your eyes and relax, the rest will be worth it!
Hike: 3.5 km 4040m - 4330m 4-5 hours
This is it...you have made it to the summit day! The culmination of five long days of climbing, your climactic adventure awaits. Be ready around midnight, in time for a quick snack, before departing for the summit. Although your trek starts out on rocky ground, it will soon turn to snow the closer you get to the Crater rim. Slowly, but surely, you will trudge upwards. This is when fatigue will truly begin to set in for the first time, especially as you enter the volcanic scree area. Every step slides backwards as you push towards the summit, so it is no easy feat! Eventually, you will reach the rim at Stella Point around sunrise, from where you continue on to the Summit at Uhuru Peak, just a short distance away. You've done it!! Spend only a few minutes at the peak, celebrating, snapping photos and soaking in the moment, before you must proceed on the return journey. Continue down the steep track, where a hearty brunch will be waiting with a very well deserved rest back at Barafu Camp. Afterwards, you can enjoy a comfortable, but dusty walk back down to Mweka.
Hike: 17.4 km 4330m-5895m-3075m 13-15 hours
On a clear morning, you may wake up to the spectacular peak of Kibo in the background of the camp. A picture perfect opportunity, this will be a great reminder of yesterdays Summit push. Today, you can look forward to a fun morning filled with singing and enjoying the final memories with your ‘Kili’ team, before it is time to head back down through the steep forest to the National Park gate. At the gate, you will need to complete the signing out formalities. Unfortunately, from there the goodbyes begin, as you board the transfer vehicle en route to Arusha. Although your Kilimanjaro Trek is at an end, you will be leaving with new friends, epic memories and the story of a lifetime!
Hike: 8.8km 3075m-1645m 3-4 hours
After breakfast check-out. END OF SERVICES
*We can arrange the following services for you upon request (at an additional cost, please ask us for more details):
-Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure flight
-Private Northern Circuit Safari
-Join Group Departure 7 Day Northern Circuit Safari (this begins every other Sunday with day 1 in Arusha)
-Day activities in Arusha region: Momella Lake Canoeing; Meru Coffee & Lake Dulti; Arusha National Park Day Safari etc.
Karama Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge located in Arusha, Tanzania and is the perfect home base for a Tanzania Safari or a restful night's sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The lodge itself consists of twenty-two unique en-suite cabins on stilts to ensure privacy and spectacular views of the landscape below and beyond. All cabins have a verandah with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Situated at the top of the lush and serene Suye Hill, Karama Lodge is a unique lodge with a rustic, yet comfortable, ambience providing a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere. It is a peaceful secluded respite where you can enjoy the beauty around you to the sounds of the surrounding forest.
Camping on Mt Kilimanjaro is an experience like no other. Meet and become friends with the porters and cooks that will support your journey to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. While walking all you need to carry is a daypack. Your luggage is carried by the porters, your tents are put up for you and your food is prepared for you. All you have to do is shoulder your daypack and enjoy the scenery. Tents are new and sturdy and can fit up to two people each. Nothing beats waking to the smell of breakfast and stepping out of your tent to spectacular panoramic views of Kilimanjaro.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.