group departure dates, Machame route 7 days/6 nights

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(any date of your choice minimum 2people sharing)


Day 1

Arrange your flights so that you can arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha on or before this day. A One World representative will greet you upon arrival and transport you to your lodge. This will be your rest, relaxation and acclimatization day. Those who arrive earlier in the day or prior to this day will have the opportunity to add a cultural excursion such as a visit to a Maasai village or waterfall hike to their trip or just enjoy a relaxing day at the lodge pool. In the late afternoon or evening (time to be arranged), meet your One World Safari Tours Team of Mountain Guides to ensure you have all of your personal gear required for the climb (a full packing list will be sent out well in advance). If you are missing anything – gloves, gators, sunglasses, rain gear, etc. you will be able to rent these items from the One World office.

Day 2
Machame Gate (1800 m) to Machame Hut (3050m)
Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters

Hiking Time: 5 to 6 hours

You set off from the Machame Gate (1800m), around 11:00, climbing through rainforest with giant ferns and moss covered trees, to the first campsite. The Machame camp, like all campsites on this route, is a shared campsite open to all registered climbers. Basic facilities include pit toilets and ground pump water. Dinner and Overnight at Machame Hut Campsite.

Day 3
Machame Hut (3050m) to Shira Hut (3800m)
Elevation Gain: 840 meters

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

After an early breakfast and tea, you head on a steep and twisting path into sparser terrain. At the en route lunch stop, you are treated to fantastic views of the eroded peaks of Shira thrusting the moorland ridges into the wispy cloudline. At the top of the Shira ridge the highest point for the day is reached (3840m), before you take a slight descent to Shira camp. Shira Cave Campsite offers fantastic views in every direction; the soft light of the sunset reveals Shira’s peaks and plateau, Mt. Meru in the distance floating in a golden sea of clouds, and shimmering reflections off Kibo’s ice fields. Dinner and overnight at Shira Hut Campsite.
Day 4

Shira Camp (3,840m) to Barranco Camp (3,900m)
Elevation Gain: 690 meters

Elevation Loss: 580 meters

Hiking Time: 7 to 8 hours

After breakfast at Shira Camp, you start the day climb walking directly towards Kibo up a broad rocky ridge. The barren looking Shira plateau stretches out to your left and the snow-capped summit looks noticeably closer. Vegetation disappears as you climb over 4000m into the desert zone. The highest point of the day is reached at Lava Tower, a 50m high mound of solidified lava sticking up from the rolling ridges around the summit cone. From the tower you take a gentle descent to the Barranco Hut Campsite. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Hut.
Day 5
Barranco Camp 12,976 FEET (3,900m) to Barafu 15,125 FEET (4,610m)

Hiking Time: 6 to 7 hours

Start the morning with a fun and challenging climb up the Barranco Wall. This steep, but rewarding climb will be the most technical of your trek. Once you reach the top, take a moment to enjoy the view and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Then take the rest of the short hike out of the valleys and up a steep boulder strewn path to Barafu Ridge. Arrive at Barafu Hut Camp mid-afternoon. The leisurely day at camp will give you time to acclimate and will give your body time to rest for the final push early tomorrow. The cloud shawl around Kibo and Mawenzi peaks usually clears by mid-afternoon, revealing spectacular views in all directions. An early dinner is prepared at 5pm, after which you can retire to get some sleep before your wakeup call at 11pm. Wake up arrives with tea. Pre-summit rest at Barafu Hut Campsite


Barafu Camp 15,125 FEET (4,610m) to Uhuru Peak 19,341 FEET(5,895m) to Mweka Camp 10,171 FEET(3,100m)

Hiking Time: 11-12 hours

The Summit climb starts at midnight, under a ceiling of stars. The first goal is Stella Point at 5794m, about a 6 hour hike. The pace will be slow and measured, with short breaks about every hour to help with acclimatization and cut off before the below-freezing cold creeps in.

In the darkness you will pass Rebman Glacier and Mawebzi Peak. At Stella Peak you will be rewarded with awesome view of the extinct volcanoe’s huge crater with the ash pit rising up in the center. As the sun rises over an endless sea of clouds, its light reaching in all directions around you and broken only by the smaller peak of Mt. Meru in the distance, you begin the final hour ascent around the gently sloped crater rim towards Uhuru Peak. Upon reaching the highest point of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, at 5,895 meters, you can finally say that you are on the “Roof of Africa”. You breathe in with satisfaction, sign the elite summit log, capture the feat with some pictures, and soon begin your descent, as the cold and high altitude take their toll. The whole eastern sky is lit by a golden, fiery glow.

The horizon is visible so far in either direction that the curve of the earth can be clearly seen. Physical relief comes as high altitude discomfort is soon dispelled by the quick 2 to 3 hour descent to Barafu and the air is warmed by the exposed sun. There you are rewarded with a short nap and a hearty lunch, before you continue your descent to Mweka Hut Campsite (3100m), approximately 3 hours. This comfortable altitude around the cloudline will allow you to get some much deserved rest. Dinner and Overnight: Mweka Hut Campsite.
Day 7

Mweka Hut (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1800m) (Approx. 4 hour walk)

On your final morning on the mountain, after breakfast, start to descend from the camp. Discretional tipping of your guide, cook, and porters is customary at this time. Descend through the rain forest. Our One World Safari Tours Team will be at the gate to greet you with celebratory libations, your elite climbing medals, and loads of congratulations. After your short celebration, sign out at the park office and receive your summit certificates. A shuttle will be waiting to take you back to your lodge in Arusha for showers, rest and later in the evening heading to JRO international Airport for your flight back home.

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The balmy atmosphere will thin out to crisp, cool air as you ascend, taking a toll on your body and challenging you to summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Your climb will not only leave your footprints on the mountain, but on the local communities as well.

Public campsite:
Camp in sturdy and cozy mountain tents in dramatic settings on your Kilimanjaro journey.

A sample menu
Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Toast, Biscuits with margarine, jam, peanut butter
Eggs, meat, sausage
Fresh fruits: mango, banana, avocado, watermelon, oranges

Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Chicken or Vegetable Soup
Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with jam, peanut butter
Sandwich with meat or cheese, boiled egg
Snack: Peanuts, popcorn, cake, cookies
Fresh fruits and vegetables, or fruit salad: tomato, cucumber, onion, carrots 


Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate
Chicken or Vegetable Soup
Bread, Biscuits or Pancakes with jam, peanut butter
Roasted chicken, beef or fish
Potatoes, rice, or pasta
Fresh Vegetables: carrots, peas, tomato, beans

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • All national park, climbing and camping Fees
  • Mandatory mountain rescue fee
  • Accommodations (2 nights safari lodge, 5 nights tent camping)
  • All meals and water
  • Private mountain guide, cook, and park ranger while on mountain
  • 2-3 porters per person (required)
  • All camping equipment, including mountain tents, subzero sleeping bags, deluxe sleeping mats, camp pillows, etc.
  • Transportation to and from mountain
  • Summit completion certificate
  • Climbing medal
  • Champagne toast upon descent
  • Celebratory dinner after climb
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Single supplement
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel or baggage insurance (recommended)
  • Meals or drinks not specified by itinerary
  • Any costs not specified as included
  • Sodas, alcohol or other drinks at lodge
  • Laundry services
  • Personal clothing and gear, i.e. backpack
  • Additional cultural excursions, safaris, or beach holidays prior to or after climb
  • Safari after the climb - Ask in advance
  • Zanzibar beach holiday after the clymb - Ask in advance
  • Waterfall hike $95
  • Coffee plantation tour $50
  • Day with Maasai $150
  • Tribal excursion (overnight) $250
  • Mto wa Mbu cultural walk $50
  • Biking tour Lake Manyara area $75

  • Night game drive in Serengeti $40
  • Balloon with breakfast $550
  • Zanzibar extension ASK

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