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Plus Size Kilimanjaro Climb / Slow Hiker Package

Specifically designed for slow hikers

MT. KILIMANJARO MACHAME ROUTE 8 DAY - 7 NIGHT TREK

 

Known as the Whisky Route, this is one of the most scenic and therefore popular routes on the mountain and offers adventurous climbers stunning scenic vistas. With paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to late sunsets at Shira Plateau to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall.

 

It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. Because it is one of the longer routes on Kilimanjaro and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of summit.

 

Duration: 8 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: High

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1:

Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at the Maridadi Hotel Moshi (B&B).

7:30 am you will depart to Materuni Village. The drive will take about 30 minutes. Upon your arrival you will start hiking toward Materuni Waterfall. The hike from Materuni Village to Materuni Waterfall will take about 4 hours from start to finish. 

Following, a 15 minute drive will take you to meet the Exaudi family, to show you step by step how the best class coffee is made in Tanzania. You can support them by purchasing the Aroma coffee from them.

After the coffee experience we will drive back to town for lunch at the Indotaliano Restaurant in Moshi town. 

 

After lunch you will return to the hotel for a climb briefing and gear check with your guide, as well as to arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

DAY 3 :

MACHAME GATE - MACHAME CAMP:

10.75k /7mi | 5-6 hrs | Rainforest

Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft

Altitude gained: 1210m

 

Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through the Village of Machame to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.  We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

 

DAY 4: 

MACHAME CAMP - SHIRA CAMP: 

5.3km/3mi | 4-5hrs | Moorland

Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft

Altitude gained: 818m
 

After a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite. Temperatures begin to drop.

 

DAY 5:

SHIRA CAMP - LAVA TOWER - BARRANCO CAMP:

10.75km/6mi | 5-6hrs | Semi Desert

Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft

Altitude gained: 147m
 

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, south east towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

 

DAY 6:

BARRANCO CAMP - KARANGA CAMP:

5.2km/3mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft

Altitude gained: 48m
 

After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

 

DAY 7:

HIKE KARANGA CAMP - COSOVO CAMP:

3.8km /2.4 mi | 3-4hrs | Alpine Desert

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4870m/15,987ft

Altitude gained: 836m
 

We continue up toward Cosovo Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Cosovo Camp.

 

DAY 8:

COSOVO CAMP - SUMMIT - BARAFU CAMP

4.50km /3mi up | 5-7hrs | - Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

The Summit departs at 4am heading to Uhuru peak, then will continue to Barafu Camp for overnight. Barafu Camp is located 200m from Cosovo Camp.

 

Day 9:

BARAFU CAMP - MWEKA CAMP:

13km /8mi down | 5-6hrs  | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft

Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft

Altitude lost: 2789m

 

Day 10: 

MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE - MOSHI:

9.1km/6mi  |3-4hrs | Rainforest

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft

Altitude lost: 1473m
 

After breakfast a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew takes place. Following we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates.

 

As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles.

Driving from the gate to the office takes about 30 minutes where you will have lunch with your crew and give gratitude to them, you are welcome to bring gifts from your home country to give to your crew also.

Overnight at The Maridadi Hotel Moshi (B&B). 

Day 11: Transfer to JRO Airport for your journey home, safari or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.

Included in the Trekking Package

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary

  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guides 

  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)

  • Pre and Post accommodations (3 nights Bed and Breakfast) 

  • Materuni and Coffee experience with lunch in town 

  • Cosovo Camp fee 

  • Airport Transfers

  • Meals according to the itinerary

  • Drinking water and Full Board meals while on the mountain

  • All National Park & Camping Fees, Crew Permits and VAT

  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages 

  • Gate Transfers

  • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder

  • Portable Private Toilet  and Porter

  • Quality Imported Equipments

Excluded from the Trekking Package

  • Flights

  • Visa fees

  • Travel Insurance (Required)

  • Gamow Bag

  • Medication

  • Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended $600 USD )

  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.

  • Additional lodge nights for acclimatize is $ 150 for one room bed breakfast

TREKKING COSTS

 

Machame Route Package total 10 nights and 11 days:

  $3,600 per person sharing 


Single supplement charge $350

Booking Terms & Conditions

When booking with us please provide: Full names, Passport copy attached, Home address & City, Nationality, Phone number, Gender's, Age, any medical issue for the past 2 years and any food restrictions or fill out our climbers information form here.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

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