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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike in Tanzania via Machame Route

This ultimate safari takes you to hike Mount Kilimanjaro the tallest mountain in Africa located in Tanzania. The tour will include hiking through different trails that offer great scenery such as the alpine desert, rainforest, glaciers, sunset moments, birds and mammals among others. The hike will involve a picnic lunch in the wild as you enjoy nature. This tour is great and ideal for people who love hiking, nature and photography and have plenty of time in Africa. On your last day, be rewarded with a certificate to commemorate your visit and hike this great mountain in Africa.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha to Machame Camp

Meet your driver guide and transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park at Machame gate for a briefing with fellow crew trekkers. Sign in, hire some porters to help you carry extra luggage, pack the food you will use during the hike and after, begin the hike following the park ranger’s instructions. Begin the hike as you pass through the Afromontane vegetation cover. There is alot of wildlife species that you will meet such as bird species, mammals including primates not forgetting the plant species. The hike will take about 5-7 hours to reach the Machame Camp which stands at an altitude of 7350m above sea level.

Day 2: Transfer to Shira camp

Proceed to ascend to leaving the rain forested area to Shira camp a hike that lasts for 5 to 6 hours. The vegetation here is a heather zone and it becomes sparse and is characterized by Lobelia plants. Lava tubes and glacial Valleys are always observed here at this point and this can be seen while enjoying the picnic lunch. Enjoy your evening as your tent overlooks a snow-dusted Kibo peak.

Day 3: Transfer to Barranco camp

The hike today is tougher and the distance covered will be 7km taking about 7 to 8 hours. Ascend to the alpine desert towards the main Kibo peak as the western peak becomes more clear and visible. As the previous days, enjoy a picnic lunch on this day and this will be followed by a proceeding hike passing through the giant lobelias in the giant groundsel. Enjoy the Barranco Valley which offers the prettiest moment as you enjoy the beauty. Overnight will be at Barranco camp which stands at 15223m above sea level.

Day 4: Transfer to Karanga camp

Have your breakfast and then proceed with a hike that is going to take about half a day which is 5 to 6 hours. As you will conquer the Barranco wall reach the Karanga camp. The Karanga camp is great ideal as you will enjoy the sunset and sunrise, great photographic points.

Day 5: Transfer to Barafu camp

Enjoy another half-day hike with a picnic at the camp and this will offer you ample time to relax and stretch to prepare for the next day’s hike to the summit. This is an alpine desert area and sometimes, the wind can be experienced at this camp. An early dinner will be served at around 6 to allow plenty of time for sleeping.

Day 6: Transfer to the summit, descend to Mweka camp

This will be a great day that will start early in the morning at around midnight. Determination and patience will be the order of the day to be able to conquer the summit. This trail is the coldest, windiest point of your trekking adventure. Enjoy the sunrise at Stella point which stands at 18652ft. Proceed further to Uhuru peak a short distance from Stella point. The Uhuru peak is the tallest point in Africa and it stands at 19341ft hence the roof of Africa. Take memorable photos. After, ascend through the desert to the rainforest and then find yourself at Mweka camp where you will spend a night.

Day 7: Descend to Mweka gate and transfer to Arusha

Descend more to Mweka gate after your breakfast and on this point, you will have your certificate, hand over all the hired material used during hiking like tents and then meet the driver who will take you to Arusha for your flight marking the end of the tour.

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