Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9 Day Small Group Adventure from Marangu to Marangu with Intrepid

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Intrepid's 9 Day Kilimanjaro: Machame Route. Embark on a nine-day Lonely Planet Experience trekking the challenging Machame Route to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Africa's highest point. At high altitude, it's an epic journey through varied terrain of lowland forest and dry mountain...read more

Our Price From:
$ 4,728
Per Person ($AU)
Save This Month:
$ 212
Per Person ($AU)
Small Group Adventure Starts In
Starts In
Marangu
Small Group Adventure Ends In
Ends In
Marangu
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
12
Max Group Size
12
Tough
Trip Pace
Tough
Countries Explored:
Tanzania
Trip Operated By:
Intrepid
Intrepid
67 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
No Reviews
Trip Code:
YKXA

Itinerary

Expand All
1 Marangu
Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. Your hike begins in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Marangu. The hotel is a short walk from the village's bustling market and some excellent coffee shops, if you arrive early, perhaps check out the beautiful waterfalls and ancient Chagga caves located nearby. Please make sure that you're at the hotel by early evening, as your trip starts with a full briefing and kit inspection by an experienced Kilimanjaro climber. After the meeting, fuel up on a hearty dinner and get a good night's rest ready to start your climb tomorrow. (D)
2 Machame Camp
Meet your guides and porters after breakfast and take the opportunity to organise your gear before setting off on a 1-hour transfer by road to the Machame Gate – the south western entrance to the Mt Kilimanjaro National Park. On the way, stop into one of the clothes lending offices of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Projects and learn how their program, supported by the Intrepid Foundation, is assisting porters. Begin your hike around lunch time, starting with a pleasant stroll through the rainforest, where many species of brightly coloured birds can be seen. Set up camp at Machame in the mid-afternoon ready for your first night on Kilimanjaro. The huts fell into disrepair some years ago, so with the help of the porters you will set up tents for the night. Enjoy an evening meal prepared by the porters and savour the first night of sleeping outdoors. (B/L/D)
3 Shira Camp
Your second day on the mountain takes you out of the rainforest and up a steep ridge into moor land. Watch as the vegetation grows sparser as you ascend along the path to the Shira Plateau – soon, several distinct species, including the giant groundsel and lobelia, will be the only plants dominating the harsh landscape. Spend the night camping on the edge of the plateau and be treated to a golden sunset over the snow-dusted peaks of Kibo. (B/L/D)
4 Barranco Camp
Enjoy a fantastic walk as you continue through the rolling landscape and deep river valleys. The undulating landscape offers a great chance to acclimatise and as you ascend to the more rugged areas of the mountain, there are great views of the Kibo Massif and its magnificent surrounds. Tonight is spent at Barranco Camp. (B/L/D)
5 Karanga Valley
Today is an important acclimatisation day as you're only going to be walking during the morning. First, climb the Barranco Wall (not a technical climb) and then follow the Kibo South Circuit. If the weather is clear, you can expect to have some magnificent views of Kibo's southern glaciers. Arrive at your camp around lunchtime and rest your legs as you enjoy great views by the river in the Karanga Valley. (B/L/D)
6 Barafu Camp / Uhuru Peak
From Karanga, head up to the intersection of the South Circuit and the Mweka route where you'll start climbing up a ridge to Barafu Hut. Barafu is Swahili for ‘ice' – it can be very cold here at night! You should arrive at Barafu around late lunchtime, allowing plenty of time to rest before the final summit attempt very early tomorrow morning. (B/L/D)
7 Uhuru Peak / Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp
At around midnight you'll be woken by the guides with some hot tea and biscuits to give you energy before the long, difficult ascent up scree, and sometimes snow, to Stella Point (5780 metres). Pass the giant Rebmann Glacier en route and hopefully arrive at Stella Point in time for sunrise and superb views of the crater, the glacier glistening in the morning sun. From Stella it's a further 1-hour hike along the rim of the crater to Uhuru Peak (5896 metres), the highest point in Africa. From the summit, take in unforgettable views of the crater, the ice fields and the vast and distant East African plains below. After photos and back-patting, begin your descent. Back at Barafu Camp, enjoy a well-earned lunch and much thicker air! After lunch, continue on to Mweka Camp for the night and have a well-deserved rest. (B/L/D)
8 Marangu
Today you'll continue to descend the mountain, traversing alpine meadows and rainforest to the Mweka park gate. From Mweka Camp to the Mweka gate, trek for 10 kilometres (approximately 3–4 hours) descending a total of 1300 metres (4300 feet). Enjoy some lunch after checking out of the park and then transport back to the hotel for a relaxing shower – a real treat after the physical exertions of the last few days! Tonight, gather with your trekking companions for a meal, sharing your experiences of the past six days on the mountain. (B/L/D)
9 Marangu
With no activities or trekking planned for today, you are free to depart at any time. Transfers to Kilimanjaro Airport or a shuttle to Nairobi can be arranged locally – please speak to your leader at your welcome meeting if you wish to organise this. (B)

Intrepid Inclusions

Expand All
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Size up mighty Mt Kilimanjaro from the lush tropical surrounds of Marangu, as you prepare to ascend the incredible mountain with the help of an experienced climber.
  • Travel with experienced guides and porters. You'll be in great hands – with one guide for every two passengers – so all you'll have to worry about is soaking up the scenery and keeping your footing!
  • Kilimanjaro's changing scenery – magnificent rainforests and high-alpine deserts to ice fields and vast glaciers – is all on display as you tackle the trails to the top of Africa.
  • Catch a dazzling African sunrise from Stella Point on your way to summit Africa's highest mountain peak – definitely a rewarding experience after an early wake-up call!
  • Feel good knowing that you're supporting an official partner of IMEC's Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). This means that all of our climbs have been assessed and scored based on a number of criteria, all of which are designed to ensure the proper treatment of porters.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nights)
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Lonely Planet Extras
  • Free access to the Lonely Planet mobile app for one year
  • 25% discount on all items in the Lonely Planet Shop
Included Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts included
  • 7 Lunches included
  • 8 Dinners included
Read Trip Notes
  • Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your accommodation, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions. View Trip Notes

Prices & Dates

Best Price Guarantee We'll beat any Intrepid quote!
Earn Qantas Points 1,000 Free Qantas points!!
Past Client? Save an additional $100 per booking!
Trip Starts Trip Ends Status Offer Save Now Our Price  
Saturday 10 Oct 2020 Sunday 18 Oct 2020 203per person 4,862per person Enquire
Saturday 24 Oct 2020 Sunday 01 Nov 2020 197per person 4,728per person Enquire
Saturday 26 Dec 2020 Sunday 03 Jan 2021 203per person 4,862per person Enquire
Saturday 06 Feb 2021 Sunday 14 Feb 2021 212per person 5,088per person Enquire
Saturday 05 Jun 2021 Sunday 13 Jun 2021 206per person 4,954per person Enquire
Saturday 10 Jul 2021 Sunday 18 Jul 2021 206per person 4,954per person Enquire
Saturday 21 Aug 2021 Sunday 29 Aug 2021 206per person 4,954per person Enquire
Saturday 04 Sep 2021 Sunday 12 Sep 2021 206per person 4,954per person Enquire
Saturday 09 Oct 2021 Sunday 17 Oct 2021 206per person 4,954per person Enquire
Key
Definite Departure. Minimum numbers reached for this depature to operate.
Available Departure. Minimum numbers not yet reached, so while this depature is expected to operate, it’s not yet a Definite Departure.
Not Available. Places on this departure are unavailable.
Exclusive Global Journeys Sale. Deal Expires 30th June 2020
Note: Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.

Similar Tours

10 Day Essential East Africa (Intrepid)
10 Days Nairobi to Arusha
Operated By: Intrepid
10 Day East Africa Highlights (Intrepid)
10 Days Nairobi to Arusha
Operated By: Intrepid
10 Day Botswana Family Safari with Teenagers (Intrepid)
10 Days Victoria Falls to Johannesburg
Operated By: Intrepid
Trip Notes
Trip prices are per person, and reflect applicable discounts. Discounts are subject to availability, exclusive to Global Journeys and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change by Intrepid. Full terms & conditions are available here.