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Mount Kilimanjaro Bamba Trek (Machame Route) 9D/8N
Start: Moshi / Finish: Moshi
Category: Private Tour
$2,426 USD

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   WHAT'S INCLUDED
Moshi Bus Station Pick-Up & Drop-Off

Transportation to Starting Point of Trek

Transportation from Ending Point of Trek

8 Nights Accommodation:
- 2N Moshi
- 6N Camping (Including All Camping Equipment, Sleeping Bags, and Sleeping Tents)

Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners

Purified Drinking Water During Trek

Park Fees, Camping Fees, & Rescue Fees

English Speaking Driver

Professional Mountain Guides, Cooks, & Porters

Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
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   WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare

Airport Transfers

Other Meals & Drinks

Tips and Gratitude

Personal Expenses

Optional Activities

Travelers Insurance (Available for purchase)

Portable Flush Toilet with a Toilet Tent (Costs an Extra US$150 per Toilet + Toilet Tent)

Airport Departure Tax

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This 9-day hiking adventure takes you up the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, conquering the highest peak in Africa! Travel with experienced guides via the scenic Machame Route, the second most popular route on the mountain with picturesque and stunning views of nearby Meru and Kilimanjaro landscapes. Trek along physically demanding routes and camp under the stars on the mountain on the way to the top. 

Highlights:

  • Climb up the highest freestanding mountain in the world
  • View the impressive Lava Tower
  • Enjoy unforgettable views and sunrises
  • Experience landscapes from rainforests, high moorlands to alpine deserts
   GENERAL

*The best time for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is January to February and September.

 

Overview:

You will be picked up at the Moshi bus station and transferred to your Moshi accommodation on Day 1. Begin your trek on Day 2 as you trek to Machame Camp (3,010m). Trek to Shira Camp (3,845m) on Day 3 and Barranco Camp (3,960) via Lava Tower (4,640) on Day 4. Arrive to Karanga Camp (4,035m) on Day 5 and then Barafu Camp (4,600m) on Day 6. On Day 7 you will trek to Millennium Camp (3,790m) via Uhuru Peak and then trek down to Mweka Gate (1,790m) on Day 8 for your transfer to Moshi. End your trip on Day 9 with a Moshi bus station drop-off.

 

Day by Day Itinerary:

*Please note that depending on circumstances outside our control, the order of this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

Day 1: Moshi Bus Station Pick-Up (D)

Pick up at bus station and transfer to your accommodation in Moshi. Catch your first glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro, rising high above the East African plains, while you wander about the town making last minute arrangements for your big trek ahead. Tonight, you will get briefed on your upcoming trek. Overnight in Moshi.

*Note: Airport pick-up available for an additional cost

 

Day 2: Transfer to Machame Gate (1,790m) & Trek to Machame Camp (3,010m) (B/L/D)

Drive to the Machame Gate at the Kilimanjaro National Park where you will start your trek. After park entrance formalities, you will begin your ascent and enter the rainforest almost immediately. Watch for black and white Columbus monkeys and other native flora and fauna of the forest. After about 6 hours of hiking you will reach Machame Camp [3,000m] where you will have time to relax and enjoy a hearty evening meal before snuggling into your tent for the night. Overnight at Machame Camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Inclusions: Transfer to Machame Gate, Trek to Machame Camp (Approx. 10.8Kms/ 5-7hrs), 1N Camping, Meals: 1B/1L/1D.

 

Day 3: Trek to Shira Camp (3,845m) (B/L/D)

Get up early and observe dramatic changes in the landscape as you start climbing along a steep path towards Shira Camp [3,845m]. The lush, green forest quickly turns into dry moorlands and then the ascent becomes more gentle. Admire the beautiful wild alpine flowers and the unique giant lobelia and groundsel plants. Enjoy a short lunch before continuing up a rocky ridge to the Shira Plateau, where you have your first views of the Kibo massif and its stunning glaciers. Have a delicious evening meal and overnight at Shira Camp [3,845m]. Temperatures can fall well below zero, so be prepared to snuggle into your sleeping bag and warm clothes tonight! Overnight at Shira Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro

Inclusions: Trek to Shira Camp (Approx. 5.4Kms/ 5-7hrs), 1N Camping, Meals: 1B/1L/1D.

 

Day 4: Trek to Barranco Camp (3,960) via Lava Tower (4,640) (B/L/D)

Today will be an acclimatization day so your body can adjust to the altitude, which will greatly improve your chances of reaching the summit. Have a relaxing breakfast and then set off on a 6-7 hour trek from Shira Camp to the Lava Tower [4,640m] where you can take a minute to rest and enjoy the views, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to Barranco Camp [3,960m]. Admire a memorable sunset and then have a fulfilling evening meal before overnighting at Barranco Camp.Overnight at Barranco Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro

Inclusions: Trek to Barranco Camp (Approx. 12Kms/ 5-7hrs), 1N Camping, Meals: 1B/1L/1D.

 

Day 5: Trek to Karanga Camp (4,035m) (B/L/D)

Begin the day climbing up the imposing Great Barranco Wall to its top with your guide by your side to help you along. The route allows for an additional day of acclimatization as you ascend and descent before reaching the mountain ridge. Take in the beautiful landscapes and stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation of Mount Kilimanjaro on this short 3-4 hour hike before reaching Karanga Camp [4,035m]. Overnight at Karanga Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro

Inclusions: Trek to Barranco Camp (Approx. 5.5Kms/ 4-5hrs), 1N Camping, Meals: 1B/1L/1D.

 

Day 6: Trek to Barafu Camp (4,600m) (B/L/D)

Awaken to the sunrise reflecting off Mount Kibo summit today and enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out on your 3-4 hour hike through dry deserted terrain to reach Barafu Camp [4,600m] situated on a narrow ridge. The giant Kibo and Mawenzi peaks can be viewed from the camp. Go to sleep early and get some precious rest before your summit attempt. Overnight at Barafu Camp on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Inclusions: Trek to Barranco Camp (Approx. 4Kms/ 3-4hrs), 1N Camping, Meals: 1B/1L/1D.

 

Day 7: Trek to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) & to Millennium Camp (3,790m) (B/L/D)

Today is the big “summit day!” You will be woken in the middle of the night around 12:00 - 1:00 am and begin your trek towards Stella Point [4,685m] reaching the crater rim in about 5-7 hours. Trek for another 1-2 hours to Uhuru Peak [5,895m] where you can enjoy the sunrise over the great African landscape. Admire the reflection of the sunrise over the snowy peaks and the surrounding glaciers. Take photos and video of your great achievement before descending along the same route back to Barafu Camp where you will be rewarded with snacks and refreshments. Rest up for a while and then trek back down to Millennium Camp [3,790m]. After a very long hiking day of about 14 hours, get some well-deserved sleep. Overnight at Millennium Camp.

Inclusions: Trek to Millennium Camp (Approx. 13.5Kms/ 12-15hrs), 1N Camping, Meals: 1B/1L/1D.

 

Day 8: Trek to Mweka Gate (1,630m) & Transfer to Moshi (B)

Have breakfast this morning and bid farewell to your mountain crew. Descend back down through the rainforest on a walk to reach the Mweka Gate. Get your Kilimanjaro trekking certificate and then meet your driver who will take you back to Moshi where you will be able to take a long and rewarding warm shower. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax, celebrate your big achievement and share photos with the rest of your group. Overnight in Moshi.  

Inclusions: Trek to Mweka Gate (Approx. 12.1Kms/ 6hrs), Transfer to Moshi, 1N Moshi, Meals: 1B/1L.

 

Day 9: Moshi Bus Station Drop-Off (B)

Today your trip comes to an end with a Moshi bus station drop-off for your departure. You will leave with amazing memories and remember this trip for the rest of your life!

 

About Machame Route:

The Machame Route, known as the whisky route of Mount Kilimanjaro, is more physically demanding than the Marangu one but there is less traffic and it is considered to be the most scenic route to the summit. The trek offers you an extra day to acclimatise to high altitude during your trek, increasing your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak. The overnights on Mount Kilimanjaro are spent camping in tents, which are carried and pitched by the accompanying porters.

 

Additional Information:

Physical Demand: Machame Route is physically demanding and requires people with some trekking experience as tracks are strenuous.

Age Restrictions: Children under the age of 10 are not allowed.
 
 
Essential Packing List:

The below information is seen as an essential list of what you should take with you on the mountain. Certain Equipment and Clothing is available to hire at an extra cost, but other items can be extremely hard to source in Tanzania. Please also note that this list should be used to check off items that you have. We will also check over your kit in the pre-climb briefing to make sure you are ready for a climb.

Please try and keep your total weight of equipment on the mountain to around 10kg in your porter's bag (duffel/soft bag/rucksack) knowing that you will be carrying extra 5kg in your day pack/small rucksack. Please advise us if you will be bringing more.

Equipment: (All available to hire at extra cost)

Sleeping bag (3 Seasons), Large soft-sided duffel bag (70L to 90L), Small day pack (25L to 35L), Walking Poles, Head Torch, Water bottles/Camelbacks (enough to hold 3L of water), Sunglasses


Clothing: (All available to hire at extra cost*)

Windproof, waterproof mountain jacket, Long sleeved shirts, T-shirts, Thermal long sleeved top, Thick long-johns/thick tights, Warm sweaters or fleeces, Walking trousers (lightweight cargo trousers), Waterproof walking trousers, Thin outer rain jacket, Underwear (*not available for hire), Thick wool hiking socks (multiple pairs), Proper hiking boots (waterproof with good ankle support), Trainers (for wearing around the camp in the evenings), Pair of warm gloves, Balaclava, Gaiters, Sunhat (cap or wide brimmed), Warm hat.


Personal Items:

Toiletries, Sunscreen (Minimum 30 SPF) & SPF Lip balm, Personal First Aid Kit (*Guide carries a group first aid kit), Insect Repellent, Hand Sanitizer, Wet Wipes (optional), Snacks such as protein bars (optional), Passport (A photocopy is enough), Travel Insurance (please bring a copy of your insurance certificate with the 24hr emergency contact number), Cash (just bring enough for tipping and buying souvenirs), Water Purification Tablets (*Water on the mountain is filtered using Katadyn Filters hence it is safe for drinking but purification tablets are still recommended)

   SIMILAR TRIPS

Want a shorter and easier route? Try Mount Kilimanjaro Trek (Marangu Route) 8D/7N

   DETAILS
Departure Times
Everyday
09:00

Duration
9 days.

Departure Point
Moshi Bus Station Pick-Up

Arrival Point
Moshi Bus Station Drop-Off

Special Instructions
Please contact Bamba Experience at gobamba@bambaexperience.com to receive your trip details at least 1 week prior to your day of departure.

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