Machame Trail, Tanzania

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Duration

6 days

Start Time

08:30 AM

Pick up not included

Language

English , German , French , Italian

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Hi, I'm Dodo Group Tanzania

Hello. Dodo Group is a tour company which is based in Moshi, Tanzania where the majestic Pride of Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro) is located. Being in the market for quite some time, we believe we have the experience, the knowledge, and enthusiasm to make your tour a pleasant one. We have reasonable prices, state of the art camping equipment, excellent tour guides (who are highly proficient in English to make you feel totally at home), and organized trips. SAFETY & QUALITY types of equipment Our clients’ safety is our main goal, we follow strict working procedures and rules. ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAY An archipelago off the coast of Mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar is the perfect beginning (or ending) to a Tanzanian adventure. You can enjoy the waters and the sunshine while lounging in the white sands. HELICOPTER TOUR DODO GROUP introduces an exclusive and luxury hero flight service in Tanzania to quickly fly down tourists from the summit to their designated area. Who wouldn’t want to get a shower after spending days on the mountain? 24/7 ON-SAFARI SUPPORT We do our utmost to ensure that your holiday runs as smoothly as it possibly can. OUR BEST PRICE PROMISE & VALUE You will always get the best value with us, in one complete tailor-made itinerary.
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Customised Tour

If you have requested changes to the original itinerary, the Tour host will confirm your changes and send you a custom offer if the price is affected.

Group Rates

If you are booking for a group of 3 or more people, please specify this in your “Request to Book”. Tour Hosts might be able to offer a group discount.

Overview

Also Known as the Whisky Route, this is one of the most scenics and therefore popular routes on the mountain and offers adventurous climbers stunning scenic outlooks. 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 can be done over longer periods and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of the summit. Extra additional day additional cost of $275 will be applied

Pick Up Point

At guest hotel

Day 1 of Tour

Arrival

Our Driver will Pick you from the Airport (KIA), Drive to the preferred Hotel in Moshi for Briefing, Orientation, Equipment Check, Dinner, and Overnight.

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park Fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Machame Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Machame Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 2 of Tour

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park Fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Shira Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Shira Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 3 of Tour

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park Fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Barranco Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Barranco Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 4 of Tour

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park Fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Barafu Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Barafu Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 5 of Tour

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park Fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Mweka Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Mweka Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 6 of Tour

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Moshi

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi.

Departure

This day left for your next destination. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for a celebration. Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania. If you have a safari, then might be used to begin your safari or fly to beaches in Zanzibar so as we can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region. If you fly back home our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch

Tickets

All Entrance and Park Fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Hotel

Name

Patmos Hotel

Rating

Address

Soweto Moshi

Website

Notes

Hotel with Ace, Hot shower, Bar, Restaurant, and garden

Good to know

Technical Clothing 1 -Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood 1 -Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down, warm 1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell 3 -Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric 1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric 1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper recommended) 2 -Hiking Pants 1 – Fleece Pants 1 – Shorts (optional) 1 – Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric 4 – Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended 3 – Sports Bra (women) Headwear 1 -Brimmed Hat, for sun protection 1 – Knit Hat, for warmth 1 – Balaclava or Buff (recommended) Handwear 1 -Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended) 1 – Gloves, light Footwear 1 -Hiking Boots or Shoes, warm, waterproof 4 -Socks, wool or synthetic 1 -Gaiters, waterproof (optional) Accessories 1 -SunglassesSunglasses or Goggles 1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional) 1 -Water Bottle(Nalgene, 32 oz.) 1 – Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters) 1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional) 1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended) Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or “Ziploc”-Type Plastic Bags, to keep gear dry and separate. Note that there is a general ban on plastic bags in Tanzania, however, Ziploc-type bags for toiletries are permitted for tourists. Paperwork Trip Receipt Passport Visa (available at JRO) Immunization Papers Insurance Documents Equipment 1 -Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons* 1 – Camp Pillow, inflatable (optional) 1 -Trekking Poles, collapsable (highly recommended)* 1 -Head Lamp, with extra batteries 1 -Duffel Bag, 70L-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment 1 -Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear *maybe rented on location Other Toiletries Prescriptions Sunscreen Lip Balm Insect Repellent, containing DEET First Aid Kit Hand Sanitizer Toilet Paper Wet Wipes (recommended) Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional) Electrolytes, powder, or tablets (optional) Camera, with extra batteries (optional) The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear. Be selective in what you take with you. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kgs) of your personal belongings. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag, including the sleeping bag, but it is OK to pack the sleeping bag separately if necessary. If you rent a sleeping bag from us, note that the bag weighs 5 lbs 6 oz. and this weight does count against the 33 lb limit. Our porters will place your duffel bag and sleeping bag into a large, sturdy, waterproof bag with a roll-top closure. If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter. It is rare to require an extra porter and should happen only in special cases, such as for carrying extensive photography equipment. You are expected to bring everything you need, though we do rent warm sleeping bags and trekking poles on location. All extra luggage, items you will not use on your climbs, such as safari clothing, gear, and equipment, can also be safely stored at the hotel. Plastic, recyclable water bottles are not allowed in the park, due to past problems with litter. So water should be carried in Nalgene bottles, water bladders, or similar devices. You should be able to carry 3-4 liters of water with you at all times. Please do not bring alcohol. It is illegal to have alcohol in the park. Our staff will not carry it for you. Besides, drinking and high altitude do not mix well. Checked luggage on airplanes can get lost or delayed on the way to Tanzania. You should prepare for this possibility by wearing or carrying on the items that are essential to your Kilimanjaro climb. While most clothing, gear, and equipment can be replaced in Tanzania prior to your climb, there are some things that you should not replace. Dodo Group Tanzania Limited, recommends that you wear one complete hiking outfit on the plane, including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, socks, and hiking boots. In your carry on baggage, you should bring your backpack, waterproof jacket and pants, insulated jacket, fleece pants, snacks, toiletries, medications, camera, and all paperwork. Airline regulations do not allow you to carry trekking poles on the plane. Make sure you do wear/carry your hiking boots; wearing a different pair of boots on your climb will likely cause blistering. If your baggage is lost or delayed, please notify us immediately upon your arrival so we can assist you in assembling the necessary gear. We will take you to local, independently owned rental gear shops in Moshi. Note that these shops generally carry second-hand items that may not be up to Western standards. Dodo Group Tanzania Limited, cannot guarantee the fit, quality, or functionality of items found in local shops. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to carry on the most important pieces of gear as noted above. We will make reasonable attempts to deliver delayed luggage to you on the mountain. All additional expenses that are incurred by us while resolving lost or delayed luggage problems must be reimbursed locally.

Important Information

Minimum age

9-90

Activity level

Extreme

Additional requirements

Cost Covers: Pre & Post Trek accommodation Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters Transportation to & from the mountain gate Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees 18% VAT on tour fees & services Double layered Sleeping Mats 3 meals daily while on the mountain Filtered water throughout the trek Portable toilets and toilets tents Hot Water For Washing Purpose Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport. Cost does not Cover: International flights Tips to mountain crew Cost of Visas. Insurance fees Bank transfer charges & card payments processing fee. Expenses belong to person nature e.g Drinks not included on the meal plans, personal purchases, Laundry, etc.

Cancellation Policy

Moderate

Cancel up to 14 days before Tour Starting time and get 50% refund

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