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Mt Kilimanjaro Trek-Machame 9-Day Route

9 Days, Moshi to Moshi
Mt Kilimanjaro Trek-Machame 9-Day Route

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Experience the splendour of Kili with an extra day on your trek to acclimatize to the summit of Africa's highest peak. Considered by many to be the most scenic pa read more...

    • Want to physically engage with your environment
    • Are looking beyond a mere vacation as you hike, bike and kayak
    • Like exploring the world's greatest vantage points
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 08 nights accommodation with breakfast (Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service alpine camping (6 nts)).
  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners.

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private minibus, trekking.)
  • Guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Machame Route with local guides, cooks, porters.
  • Additional acclimatization day during ascent.
  • All permits and fees.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) mountain guide throughout the tour, local representative, cook, porters.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 12 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.
Day 1 Arrive Moshi
Day 2 Moshi/Machame camp
Day 3 Machame camp/Shira 2 Camp
Day 4 Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp
Day 5 Barranco Camp/Karanga Camp
Day 6 Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp
Day 7 Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp
Day 8 Mweka/Moshi
Day 9 Depart Moshi
  • Jan
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Dec
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 06 Jan '18
  • Sun, 14 Jan '18
  • Sat, 10 Feb '18
  • Sun, 18 Feb '18
  • Sat, 24 Feb '18
  • Sun, 04 Mar '18
  • Sat, 26 May '18
  • Sun, 03 Jun '18
  • Sat, 23 Jun '18
  • Sun, 01 Jul '18
  • Sat, 14 Jul '18
  • Sun, 22 Jul '18
  • Sat, 11 Aug '18
  • Sun, 19 Aug '18
  • Sat, 08 Sep '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Sat, 01 Dec '18
  • Sun, 09 Dec '18
  • Wed, 26 Dec '18
  • Thu, 03 Jan '19

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Places Visited
  • Moshi
  • Machame Camp
  • Shira 2 Camp
  • Barranco Camp
  • Karanga Camp
  • Barafu Camp
  • Mweka Camp
  • DAY 1 Arrive Moshi

    Arrive at any time.

    Arrive in Moshi and go to the hotel. Attend a pre-departure meeting with your guide scheduled for the evening.

    Arrival Day
    Begin your adventure today. There are no planned activities so feel free to explore or rest up for the excitement ahead. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Moshi/Machame camp

    Hike the lower slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro to Machame Camp.

    Private Vehicle
    Moshi - Machame 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Machame Gate to Machame Camp
    Machame Gate - Machame camp 11km
    Start at the Machame Gate where the group will register and begin hiking. The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a rainforest zone, so trails can be wet and muddy. Keep a look-out for black and white colobus monkeys and exotic birds. On the first day of hiking the group covers a long distance with a gradual gradient. End the day at the Machame Campsite above the rainforest. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Machame camp/Shira 2 Camp

    Hike through lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp and observe the spectacular views of Kibo Peak.

    Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp
    Machame camp - Shira 2 Camp 5km
    Start with a steep ascent towards the edge of the forest. Climb the steep ridge and stop for a break. Before reaching camp, continue hiking to Shira Cathedral and enjoy the view of the peaks. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp

    Hike to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. Enjoy the fantastic view of Western Breach and Breach Wall.

    Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
    Shira 2 Camp - Lava Tower 7km
    Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly- "pole pole" as they say in Swahili-to avoid exasperating the symptoms.

    Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
    Lava Tower - Barranco Camp 3km
    Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day's difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Barranco Camp/Karanga Camp

    Hike to Karanga camp via the Great Barranco Wall and the vast alpine desert of Karanga Valley.

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
    Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp 5km
    Start the steady hike up the eastern side of the Great Barranco Wall. On the way to the Karanga Camp (4100m, 13,451 ft), pass below the Heim Glacier and through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Depending on the weather, enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Heim Glacier. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp

    Make the short trek to Barafu Camp. Prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit.

    Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
    Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp 4km
    Trek through the Karanga Valley to the Barafu Camp at 4600m (15,092ft). The trail through the alpine desert is dry, barren, and temperatures will get colder after leaving the valley camp. The Barafu Camp is on a narrow ridge with no barriers from the wind, but with a beautiful view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Take some time before dark to get familiar with the camp area to avoid any accidents later. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp

    Night hike to the summit via Stella Point. Appreciate the beautiful sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp.

    The route from Barafu Camp to the summit is mentally and physically, the longest, most challenging day of the entire trek. Despite the difficulty, the memory of conquering Mt Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever.

    Barafu Camp to Stella Point
    Barafu Camp - Stella Point 4km
    Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point.

    Stella Point to Summit
    Stella Point - Uhuru 1km
    Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23degree C (-9degreef) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.

    Summit to Mweka Camp
    Uhuru - Mweka Camp 12km
    Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Mweka/Moshi

    Continue the descent through forested, lower slopes to Moshi.

    Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro!

    Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
    Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate 10km
    Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage.

    Private Vehicle
    Mweka - Moshi 30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Depart Moshi

    Depart at any time.
    Today is departure day, and you are free to leave at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 12 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  2. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  3. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  4. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  5. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  6. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  7. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  8. Once the park fees are paid Kilimanjaro International Park is not able to provide refunds for any unused days.

  9. Please note: passengers should be aware that, for any reason, they are unable to make the trek to the summit, then any additional cost will be at their own expense.

  10. LUGGAGE COMPLICATIONS FLYING INTO KILIMANJARO: It occasionally happens that luggage on international flights into Kilimanjaro does not arrive. Please be aware that this may happen, especially if you have a tight connection, are flying with different airlines with a connection, have a last minute flight change or re-route, or fly from or connect through another African centre. Please be prepared and keep all important documentation and valuables on your person. As well we recommend a change of clothes in your hand luggage. If unfortunately this does happen, and your luggage does not arrive, you should be entitled to a limited initial compensation from your airline. In Kilimanjaro, the arrival of lost luggage normally takes between 48 and 72 hours after the initial plane's arrival. The airlines technically should be responsible to forward your luggage to you, to your hotel or elsewhere in Tanzania. You may find that you will be needed to start your trek and you still have not received your luggage. Considering that the customer service standards in Tanzania are different from home, and that we find that the airlines are not always pro-active in helping luggage in its care be reunited with its owner, it is recommended that you purchase or hire locally the needed items, and speak to your G Adventures representative at your hotel to persist with your airline to retrieve your luggage. Once your luggage is retrieved, it should be able to be forwarded to you - depending where you are. Please note that any costs that you may incur for luggage retrieval or sending luggage are not the responsibility of G Adventures, though we will always strive to assist you in any way possible. You should always keep all receipts and documentation, and contact your airline or insurance provider for reimbursement.

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