Machame Climb (Highlights)

9 days from $5,706 per person*
  • Climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with a team of specially trained excursion guides.
  • Overnight camps set up each night for your comfort.
  • Featuring a charming lodge pre and post-climb in Arusha.
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Dawn arrives in shades of orange and blue; you will your legs to take one more step, one more; and then you see it, a simple sign with the word “Congratulations.” As you look upon the quilted land far below you, a profound peace settles over your tired body; you’ve done it, you have climbed Kilimanjaro.

Feel the exhilaration as you become a member of an elite group, those who have stood on the highest point in all of Africa. The Machame route is challenging but the rewards are great, with sweeping views and a variety of striking habitats that stimulate your senses as you climb. Dirt trails snake through lush pine forests; moorlands give way to semi-deserts which give way to alpine deserts which, finally, give way to a rocky, ice-capped summit. Evenings on Kilimanjaro are meant for contemplation and star gazing, and you’ll do both from your pup tent. ... Show More »

You’ll slowly begin to ascend from the forest zone into the heath zone, allowing your body to acclimatize. As you make your way to the first camp, you’ll bear witness to events some 60,000 years ago when a large section of the mountain collapsed. Continuing on, ascending into alpine desert, where the only green you’ll see are tussock grasses and curious moss balls, you’ll enjoy splendid views of Mawenzi peak. Depart just before midnight for the final summit bid so you reach the top as the first rays of dawn make their glorious appearance. Be sure to snap plenty of pictures so you can show the world what you’ve accomplished!

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Day 1: Arusha

You will be greeted by a private English-speaking guide in the public waiting area of Kilimanjaro International Airport after passing through baggage claim. This guide will transfer you to your hotel and assist with check-in.

Before departing on your first day of activities, a trip representative will meet you at your hotel to discuss the details of your trips and answer any questions you may have.

While in our care, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all guests are provided with a “Flying Doctors” insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment, however, does not cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.

Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel

Situated near the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, Mount Meru Hotel lies on an expansive property that is surrounded by some of Africa’s most breath-taking vistas and is rich with a diverse array of wildlife. Mount Meru Hotel, its management and staff members have made every endeavor to ensure that your stay is a rejuvenating and refreshing experience highlighted by well-appointed guest rooms, tasty cuisine and sparkling water gardens. The hotel offers complimentary Wi Fi throughout the property, dining is available at three restaurants, an excellent cocktail bar serves drinks daily, and the outdoor swimming pool is also a favorite among guests.

Day 2: Arusha - Kilimanjaro

After breakfast you'll depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro.

Every excursion team is equipped with a fully operational safety kit. The kit includes a portable altitude chamber (on crater ascents), first aid kids, pulse oximeters, oxygen with regulator & mask, neck brace, mobile phone, satelite phone (on shira & crater), water filter, stethascope, portable stretcher, guest & crew AMS monitoring sheets.

Excursion guides and crews are specifically trained and instructed to ensure, wherever possible, that our guests can walk off the mountain, unaided, themselves. They are also trained extensively on monitoring systems and also management of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), and more advanced forms of mountain sickness such as HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema).

After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate, your crew finalize packing and after finishing with formalities you start of from Machame gate. Today's hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to the Machame Camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones!

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)

An overnight camp area will be set up in a flat clearing on the trail. Clients must provide their own sleeping bag, however clients will be provided with:

Client Tent: a lightweight 2-person "pup" tent used for 2 people (unless specifically booked for single occupancy), as well as a foam pad for sleeping. Tent is 52" high, 92" front to back, 82" across. Floor area: 48 sq. ft.

Mess Tent: communal lightweight mess tent, lightweight table and stools.

Cooks will be on site to provide meals.

Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hiking Kilimanjaro
Hiking Kilimanjaro
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Trail Camp
Trail Camp

Day 3: Kilimanjaro

From Machame Camp you hike to Shira Camp today. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on the trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  On the Ascent
On the Ascent

Day 4: Kilimanjaro

Today is a walk-high sleep-low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to the Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on - great acclimatisation day!

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Barranco Trail
Barranco Trail

Day 5: Kilimanjaro

From Barranco camp, famous for its' giant groundsels (Dendrosenecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pushing On
Pushing On

Day 6: Kilimanjaro

From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Dendrosenecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to the Karanga Camp. Lunch is taken at Karanga valley before heading to Barafu in the afternoon. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Approaching Mawenzi Peak
Approaching Mawenzi Peak

Day 7: Kilimanjaro

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp before dusk.

Accommodation: Lightweight Tent (B,L,D)
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Summit / Uhuru Peak
Summit / Uhuru Peak

Day 8: Kilimanjaro - Arusha

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest.

Around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and will transfer to your accommodation in Arusha.

Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tanzania Elephant
Tanzania Elephant
Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mount Meru Hotel
Mount Meru Hotel

Day 9: Arusha

Enjoy a private airport transfer between Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport alongside an English-speaking driver.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Mount Meru Hotel: Arusha

Situated near the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, Mount Meru Hotel lies on an expansive property that is surrounded by some of Africa’s most breath-taking vistas and is rich with a diverse array of wildlife. Mount Meru Hotel, its management and staff members have made every endeavor to ensure that your stay is a rejuvenating and refreshing experience highlighted by well-appointed guest rooms, tasty cuisine and sparkling water gardens. The hotel offers complimentary Wi Fi throughout the property, dining is available at three restaurants, an excellent cocktail bar serves drinks daily, and the outdoor swimming pool is also a favorite among guests.

Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mount Meru Hotel
Mount Meru Hotel

Lightweight Tent (B,L,D): Kilimanjaro

An overnight camp area will be set up in a flat clearing on the trail. Clients must provide their own sleeping bag, however clients will be provided with:

Client Tent: a lightweight 2-person "pup" tent used for 2 people (unless specifically booked for single occupancy), as well as a foam pad for sleeping. Tent is 52" high, 92" front to back, 82" across. Floor area: 48 sq. ft.

Mess Tent: communal lightweight mess tent, lightweight table and stools.

Cooks will be on site to provide meals.

Machame Climb (Highlights) Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Trail Camp
Trail Camp

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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