KC 131: Machame route – 8 Days-from Nairobi

One day long in trek, climbing a natural, rather than manmade path, the Machame Route is a more demanding but much quieter and scenic route up the mountain. Overnights are spent camping in tents, which are carried and pitched by the accompanying porters. Highlights of this Route are the Shira plateau, Barranco wall and the Karanga Valley reaching the summit Stella.

Day 1: Nairobi-Moshi
Depart Nairobi to Moshi on the Shuttle Bus and arrive at Mountain Inn in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Machame Campsite
After breakfast, drive to Kilimanjaro National park Gate at Machame for the first section of the climb through the mountain forest to Machame campsite at 10000ft/3000m for overnight camp taking 5-7hours. Dinner and overnight at Machame Campsite-BLD

Day 3: Shira Campsite
Following the steep ridge and across heath and moorland to ‘pick rock’ and the Shira Plateau, to Shira Campsite at 12500ft/3800m for overnight camp taking 5-7hours. Overnight Shira campsite on full board basis-BLD

Day 4: Barranco Camp
Heading towards Kibo, you cross a broad valley and climb to the ridge crest, crossing scree slopes and a river valley to reach Barranco Campsite at 13000ft/3900m for overnight camping taking 5-7hours. The night is spent at the Barranco Camp on full board basis-BLD

Day 5: Barafu Campsite
Cross the floor of the Great Barranco Valley, up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga River-the last water point on this route. It’s a steep climb over rocky slabs to Barafu Campsite at 15500ft/4600m for overnight camp taking 8 to 9 hours. Overnight Barafu Campsite with meals-BLD

Day 6: Mweka camp
An early morning start for the summit – Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft/5896m taking 6 to 7 hours. Descend via Barafu Campsite through the forest to Mweka Campsite at 10000ft/4600m for overnight camp – taking 6 to 7 hours. Overnight Mweka Camp with meals-BLD

Day 7: Mountain Inn
Descend through the forest to the Park Gate at Mweka Wildlife College taking 3 to 4 Hours to met and transferred to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay-BLD

Day 8: Nairobi
Breakfast at the Mountain Inn then transfer by Shuttle back to Nairobi arriving in the late afternoon

Prices: from USD 1590 per person 
Prices valid until 22nd Dec 2015
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