Kilimanjaro Climb Machame  Route

This is Kilimanjaro’s longer, more scenic, “whiskey Route.” The typical duration for this trip is 6 days. However, you can also add an extra acclimatization day and make it a 7 – day trek

Duration: 6 days machame route

Persons: min (2)

Accommodation:Camping

Activities: Mountain Climbing

Length: 100 km/62 mi total; 62 km/38 mi to summit; 38 km/24 mi descend from summit

Elevation: 4,405 m/14,450 ft net gain; 3,915 m/12,845 ft descend

Machame Gate (1,490 m/4890 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) and descend to Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft)

Description:

The Machame Route is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on blanket outside. This makes the machame, which is referred to as the “Whiskey Route”, better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it is also rewards you with better views than the Marangu Route. From Late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barrance Wall, the Machame Route offers the spunky hiker a continous scenic slide show. The Machame route is normally completed in 6 days, and this greatly helps your acclimitization. The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) on day 3 then brings you down for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft). This intermediate ascent and descent is the secret to a successful acclimatization, and is the reason that this route has a high success rate.

Machame Route

We recommend you to bring gears like; smaller personal backpack, thick hiking socks, windproof/waterproof pants and jacket, heavy gloves, heavy winter jacket, water bottles, gaiters (covers top of boots and bottom of pants), hiking boots, larger backpack for clothes, cold weather sleeping bags, safari style hat protecting face and neck from sun, headlamp style flashlight, camera of course, dried fruit and energy bars, sun block, malaria pills, water purification tablets, inflatable pillows, your regular clothes.

Note: We do not place groups together. This way you are ensured the full attention of our guide, but with the added knowledge of our guides’ experiences. It also means that we can start the climb on the day you prefer.

Machame Itinerary:

Arrival Day:

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the Airport and transferred to the hotel in Arusha or in Moshi for your overnight and briefing by our mountain guide.

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

– Elevation (m): 1,490m to 2,980m

– Elevation (ft): 4,890ft to 9,780ft

– Distance: 18km

– Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

– Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

– Elevation (m): 2,980m to 3,840m

– Elevation (ft): 9,780ft to 12,600ft

– Distance: 9km

– Walking Time: 4-6 hours

– Habitat: Moorland

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

– Elevation (m): 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,950m

– Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 15,190ft to 12,960ft

– Distance: 15 km

– Walking Time: 5-7 hours

– Habitat: Semi-desert

– Elevation (m): 3950m to 4200m

– Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 13,800ft

– Distance: 7km

– Hiking Time: 4 hours

– Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. There is water at this camp. Then, on Day 5 you will hike from the Karanga Valley Camp to the Barafu Camp, summit on Day 6, and finish your descent on Day 7.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

– Elevation (m): 3,950m to 4,550m

– Elevation (ft): 12,960ft to 14,930ft

– Distance: 13km

– Hiking Time: 8 hours

– Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 05: Summit Day! “Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp”

– Elevation (m): 4,550m to 5,895m (and down to 3,100m)

– Elevation (ft): 14,930ft to 19,340ft (and down to 10,170ft)

– Distance: 7km up / 23km down

– Hiking Time: 6 – 8 hours up / 7 – 8 hours down

– Habitat: Stone scree, seasonal snow and ice-capped summit

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi/Arusha

– Elevation (m): 3,100m to 1,980m to 890m

– Elevation (ft): 10,170ft to 6500ft to 2,920ft

– Distance: 15 km

– Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours

– Habitat: Forest

Price Above Includes:

– Transport to and from mountain gates.

– All parks entry fees.

– All camping fees.

– Rescue fees.

– Guide and porters fees.

– Guide and porters salaries.

– All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day.

– Cook and all kitchen utensils.

Price Above Excludes:

– International and domestic flights (we can arrange on request)

– Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival before climb and on the last day after climb (book with us)

– Airport transfers (book with us)

– Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature

– Hard and soft drinks and tips

– Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on request.

– All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this)

Mount Meru Trekking

Visit Arusha National Park and Ngurdoto Crater and challenge yourself to trek to the summit of Mt. Meru the Tanzania’s second highest mountain and Africa’s fifth highest Meru trekking

Duration: 4 days

Customise: This package can be customised

Persons: min (6)

Accommodation: Camping

Duration: 3, 4, or 5 days trekking from Arusha

Length: 46 km/29 mi round trip

Elevation: 3,065 m/10,056 ft gai Momella Gate (1,500 m/4,921 ft) to Mount Meru (4,565 m/14,977 ft) and return

Description:

At 4,565 m/14,977 ft, Mount Meru is the second highestmountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest in Africa. Meru is the only great isolated stratovolcano in East Africa that is still active. A massive eruption 7,800 years ago shattered Meru’s upper slopes and formed an oblong 8 km/5 mi wide caldera that is open to the east. The main summit is on the caldera’s western edge, perched above a dramatic and still active Ash Cone inside the caldera. Meru is just below the permanent snowline, so there are no glaciers orsnowfields on its slopes. It is best to allow 4 days for climbing Meru, since it involves a large elevation gain, but you can do the trek in 3 or 5 days. There are huts available to climbers on the mountain and firewood is supplied. Your ascent involves hiking through grassland and forest on the mountain’s lower slopes where you can see animals grazing. Higher, you hike and scramble along the breathtaking crater rim to the summit. Aside from being a rewarding and picturesque trek in its own right, Meru is also great acclimatization for a Kilimanjaro climb. You need advance permission from the park warden at Momella Gate before you start your ascent. The best time to climb Meru is between October and February. But also June to September, while it is colder then.

We recommend you to bring gears like; smaller personal backpack, thick hiking socks, windproof/waterproof pants and jacket, heavy gloves, heavy winter jacket, water bottles, gaiters (covers top of boots and bottom of pants), hiking boots, larger backpack for clothes, cold weather sleeping bags, safari style hat protecting face and neck from sun, headlamp style flashlight, camera of course, dried fruit and energy bars, sun block, malaria pills, water purification tablets, inflatable pillows, your regular clothes.

Note:

We do not place groups together. This way you are ensured the full attention of our guide, but with the added knowledge of our guides’ experiences. It also means that we can start the climb on the day you prefer

Mount Meru Itinerary:

Arrival Day:

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the Airport and transferred to the hotel in Arusha for your overnight and briefing by our mountain guide

Day 1: Arusha to Momalla Gate

– Elevation(m): (1,387 m to (1,500 m)

– Elevation(ft): 4,921 ft) to 3,000 ft )

– Distance: 10 km

– Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

– Habitat: Montane Forest.

Transfer from Arusha town to Arusha National Park, check in with park personnel, and in the late morning, walk under the Momella Gate to begin your trek. You soon pass some open grassland where you can view buffalo, warthogs, and elephants. Then, you continue a steady climb through montane forest. You can pause for your lunch at the famous Fig Tree. After lunch you, continue through less dense forest, where you can see birds and monkeys, including the black and white Colobus. By mid afternoon, you have closer views of Meru’s towering cliffs and Ash Cone. The Miriakamba Huts are situated in anidyllic grassy glade, and you will reach it in time to enjoy the afternoon sun and beautiful views over the surrounding plains between Meru and Kilimanjaro. If you are lucky, a giraffe may walk through camp.

Day 2: Miriakamba Huts to Saddle Huts

– Elevation(m): 2,514 m to 3,570 m

– Elevation(ft): 8,250 ft to 11,712 ft

– Distance: 8 km

– Hiking Time: 3-5 hours

– Habitat: Forest and Moorland.

It is often clear in the morning, so if you want a view of Kilimanjaro, get up early. From the Miriakamba Huts, you climb steeply to the crater rim, which is called Elephant Ridge at this point. Then, you follow a steep path through attractive open lush Montane Forest to reach the giant heather in the Moorland near the saddle between Little Meru and Meru. A hot lunch will be ready for you when you arrive at the Saddle Huts. Your afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the views, but energetic trekkers can make the short climb to the nearby summit of Little Meru (3,820 m/12,533 ft) or superb views just before sunset.

Day 3: Summit Day! Saddle Huts to Mount Meru Summit to Miriakamba Huts

– Elevation(m): 3,570 m to 4,565m to 2,514m

– Elevation(ft): 14,977ft to 11,712 ft to 8,250ft

– Distance: 5 km up 13 km down

– Hiking Time: 10 – 12 hours

– Habitat: Alpine Desert Moorland and Montane forest.

Start early at 2 AM and climb steeply for an hour to Phino Point (3,800m/ 12,467ft). In icy conditions or in strong winds it may be unreasonable to progress beyond Rhino Point but sunrise from hereis equally as spectacular as from Cobra Point. If the weather is fine, descend slightly and continue along or near a rough undulating ridge of ash and rock to reach Cobra Point (4,350 m/14,271 ft) near sunrise. The stunning views include the cliffs of the crater rim, the Ash Cone rising from the crater floor, Kilimanjaro floating on the morning clouds, and the Rift Valley. Hike for another hour on a superb but often steep path into the unfolding day to reach the summit of Meru. The view from the top of this steep-sided peak can make you feel quite unique and suspended. Your hike back to Rhino Point in the still sharp morning light between the crater’s sloping outer wall and sheer cliffs of the inner wall is one of the most dramatic and exhilarating walks in Africa. Enjoy brunch and a well-earned rest at the Saddle Huts before continuing your descent to the Miriakamba Huts where you will spend the night if you are on the 4-day itinerary. If you are on a 3-day itinerary, you will descend all the way to Momella Gate on Day 3.

Day 4: Miriakamba Huts to Momella Gate to Arusha

– Elevation(m): 2,514 m to 1,500 m to 1,387 m

– Elevation(ft): 4,921 ft to 8,250 ft to 4,921ft

– Distance: 10 km

– Hiking time: 2-4 hours

– Habitat: Montane Forest

Taking a slightly different route, make a fast descent through open grassland and mixed forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail has excellent views back toward the crater and over the plains of the national park. You will reach Momella Gate by late morning. Remember to tip your guides and porters, since you will be leaving them here. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel in arusha where it is definitely time for celebration

Arusha:

Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris to the Tanzania Nothern Parks such as trips to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park and to Arusha National Park. Also we can arrange trips to Southern Circuit such as trips to Selous game reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.

Extra Day

You can make this a 5-day trek by only descending to the Saddle Huts on Day 3, descending to the Miriakamba Huts on Day 4, and descending to the Momella Gate on day 5. This itinerary makes the long descent much easier and gives you more time to enjoy the mountain.

Extra days on the Mountain: US $172 per person per day

* Discounts available for groups of 4 persons and above

Price Above Includes:

– Transport to and from mountain gates.

– All parks entry fees.

– All camping fees.

– Rescue fees.

– Guide and porters fees.

– Guide and porters salaries.

– All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day.

– Cook and all kitchen utensils.

Price Above Excludes:

– International and domestic flights (we can arrange on request)

– Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival before climb and on the last day after climb (book with us)

– Airport transfers (book with us)

– Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature

– Hard and soft drinks and tips

– Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on request

– All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this)

Oldoinyo Lengai Mountain

Mount Lengai Volcano Trekking

6 days trekking / visit to Oldonyo Lengai, the active volcanic mountain

Duration: 6 daysOl donyo Lengai,

This package can be customised

Persons: min (1) max (5)

Activities: Hiking, Mountain Climbing

Lengai volcano expedition – 6 days

Day 1: Arusha-Lake Natron

– Transfer from Arusha to base camp and ascent of Ol Doinyo Lengai at midnight.

Days 2-4: 3 nights on top of Lengai

Day 5: Descend to Lake Natron

– Go down and have break near Lake Natron and visit the waterfall

– Accommodation: comfortable (private) campsite near lake Natron

Day 6 – Back to Arusha

– Driving day returning back to Arusha. Overnight in Arusha included (two hotel categories for Deluxe and Standard to choose from)

End of Tour

Please note that the prices above are Camping accommodation,

The Prices Includes:

– Full board accommodation

– Transport

– All parks entrance fees

– Ranger and guide fees and allowances

– Activities as per the itineraries

Prices Excludes:

– Accommodation on the first night before safari and last night after safari in Arusha town book with us for the prices listed below

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