Climb Africa’s highest peak!
5 nights 6 days trek
Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route
Trek to the summit of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route, the most popular trail today. Adventurous explorers and experienced backpackers will enjoy this difficult level trail not only because it offers the adrenaline rush you so desire but also because it guarantees a varied and stunning scenery.
Whether you opt to take the 5N6D or the 6N7D package with Napanda, your journey to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro is guaranteed to be comfortable and exciting.
We’re committed to helping create moments of discovery as you embark on a trip with us. Our talented guides are not only well equipped to show you around but are more than capable of explaining the experience as you go through it. They are there to help you fully immerse yourself in the moment. Feel free to approach the guide to talk about the trip during your breaks. They would be more than happy to help you make the most out of special moment you’ve discovered. So what are you waiting for? Come and create special moments of discovery with Napanda Tours and Safaris!
- All accommodations and meals as per personalized itinerary
- Airport/hotel transfers, park fees & applicable regional flights
- Private use of a specially outfitted 4WD vehicle and binoculars
- Expert guide and driver (all are fluent in English)
- Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks and bush snacks
- Laundry, beer, wine and spirits are included at select lodges and camps
- Comprehensive support from our operational office in Arusha, Tanzania
- International Airfare to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Laundry, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits not specified above
- Travel Insurance, gratuities, souvenirs, and Items of a personal nature
Arrival at Kilimanjaro
Upon arrival at JRO, Napanda Safaris staff will meet and greet you and then chaperone you to Arusha for briefing. Climber’s kit will then be checked to make sure all required gears are complete. Dinner will be served at Tulia Hotel & Spa or Point Zone Resort, where you will also spend the night.
Machame Hut Camp (10,000′)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be escorted to Machame gate for registration and meeting with the rest of the crew. Once everyone is ready, we will start the climb through the rainforest and giant heathers for 6 hours until we make it to our first overnight camp.
Shira Camp (12,480′)
Breakfast will be served at the camp before the trek. It’s going to be a short day but we will go over steep, rocky and dusty trails. It’s a slow hike with plenty of breaks and enough time to acclimatize. Most of the route is rather bare of vegetation, providing little shade from heat. Lunch will be in a form of a picnic and dinner will be at the Shira Camp where we will spend the night.
Barranco Camp (13,000′)
After breakfast at the Camp, start with climbing over boulders and very few rocks, then steady uphill climb to Lava tower. Rest stop will be made for lunch. For those interested, we may climb up the Lava tower which is 14850ft. Be warned though, you may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change. From Lava tower we will go down for about 2 hrs through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000ft.
Barafu Hut Camp (14,200′)
Breakfast at the Camp before continuing with the trek which is going to be short but steep across a barren landscape with lots of boulders and shattered rocks. On the left, you will see the Decken glaciers. We will keep going a very steep ridge until we reach a rocky section for more scrambling for about an hour and a half. Our next camp will be on large rocks with very steep cliff faces. We will go to bed very early because we will have to wake up at 11:00p.m for the summit.
Summit Day and Mweka Hut (10,500′)
We will start the climb at around midnight. We will start with very steep rocks for 1 hour then we’ll enter a snow-covered area where you can see glaciers above. If it’s a moonlight night, you may turn off your headlamp and walk in the moonlight, it is a wonderful experience. The next 2 hours will be towards Stella Point, where lava fields are like loose sand. We will take a break every 15 minutes as the struggle gets more mentally and physically challenging. It’s very funny and frustrating because you will take a step up and slide back gaining 0 distances and if not careful slide back 2 steps and gain negative 2 steps. After breakfast, we will climb to UHURU PEAK for 1 hr just as the sun appears over the Mawenzi peaks. We will be at UHURU PEAK (19370ft) around 6.00 or 7:00am. We will start our descent which is steep and rigorous via Stella Point to Barafu hut Camp. We will stop at Barafu Camp for lunch and for a good rest before we proceed down to Millennium camp, a very comfortable hike, but very dusty (in dry season) and long.
After breakfast at the camp, we will start our hike back to the park gate which is a 4,500-feet descent. This hike will take about 4 to 5 hours. When we reach the gate, we will check out and receive Kilimanjaro climbing certificate at the office. Hot Lunch will be served at the gate. This will be followed by farewell/goodbye to your mountain crew. After lunch, you will drive through very beautiful coffee plantations and small villages of the Chagga people to Arusha. Dinner will then be at Tulia Hotel and Spa or Point Zone Resort in Arusha where you will spend your night. This marks the end of your tour.