Kilimanjaro Machame Route Tour

Kilimanjaro Machame Route Tour

Package Duration
8 Days / 7 Nights
Destination Covered
Mt. Kilimanjaro

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  • Description :
    Climbing Kilimanjaro via Machame route in 7days/6 nights
    Package Includes :
    • Park fees & permits.
    • Accommodations as indicated on the program
    • Services of guiding staff and porters.
    • Food on trek - this is with a cook to accompany the trip and prepare the meals.
    • Tents with sleeping mattresses are provided for the treks
    • Transfers when on trek to and from park gates from the hotel, return.
    Package Excludes :
    • International flights
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal equipment (a detailed equipment list and pre departure information is given at the time of booking)
    • Personal spending
    • Visa costs
    • Tips (highly recommended)

  • Day 1: Arrival

    Meals: Dinner

    Arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where our representative will meet you and drive you to PLANET LODGE for your overnight B/B.

    Day 2: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (m): 1800m to 3000m, Distance: 11km, Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Mountain Forest.

    Drive from your lodge to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. Once you reach the park gate, you will sign in at the Park office and make your final preparations to start the climb. Our path takes us through rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge to Machame Camp where we will camp overnight.

    Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (m): 3000m to 3850m, Distance: 9km, Time: 4-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland.

    After breakfast, we start walking, leaving the Rainforest behind, and continue our ascent, crossing a small valley and up to a steep rocky ridge, covered with heath. Our route now turns west onto a river gorge. Dinner and overnight at Shira campsite.

    Day 4: Shira Camp via Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (m): 3850m to 4600m to 3950m, Distance: 12 km, Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert.

    This is a very important day for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. This will be our toughest day so far and you may start to feel the symptoms of altitude. We will ascend to Lava Tower at 4600m and take our lunch there to acclimatize. Following this we descend to spend the night at Barranco campsite. This offers great photographic opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which will provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner.

    Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m, Distance: 7 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

    Today starts with a short, but fun, scramble, to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the ice falls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will overnight at Karanga campsite.

    Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m, Distance: 6kms, Hiking Time: 3 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert

    We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent Trail. From here we continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.

    Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m), Distance: 7km ascent/23km descent, Time: 6-8 hours ascent/6-7 hours descent, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit/Alpine desert.

    You will be woken at 23:30 with some quick tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers. We will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). At Uhuru Peak (5895m), we will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. From the summit, we descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose gravel going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    Day 8: Mweka Camp To Planet Lodge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest.

    We descend 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 be suitable (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

  • Package Terms & Conditions :

      Reservations can be made by contacting Congema Safaris, hereafter called Congema Tours & Safaris through our main reservation office located in Arusha, Tanzania.

      Safaris are booked and confirmed only on receipt of a 65% deposit of the total cost of the basic program package and the acknowledgement of the same. When Congema Tours & Safaris receives the deposit a booking packet and invoice will be mailed to you. 

      Payment of the balance is due no later than thirty days prior to the commencement of our tours and safaris. If the balance has not been received by that date, Congema Tours & Safaris shall be entitled at its discretion to treat your reservation as cancelled and consequently you shall forfeit such part of the deposit as determined.
      (Below see cancellation and refunds regarding 31-60 days cancellation charges). 
      We will hold your booking for 7 days from the time we have confirmed a tour, before the cancellation rules apply. If you need longer time please let us know.


      Land costs are based on double occupancy and are priced per person. Where possible, rooms with private baths are provided. Single supplements apply to anyone wishing to have their own room but these are available at an additional cost but cannot be guaranteed. 
      Hotels/Lodges are named as an indication of category and rooms can be reserved at similar hotels/Lodges. If a tour or hotel is fully booked we will try to offer you a similar option.


      • When you make a reservation, all necessary information will be provided in email.

      Cash payments are accepted in Dollars or Euros. N.B. Kindly don't bring the old US$ notes they are not accepted here. Cash can be paid on the day the tour starts.
      Travelers Cheque payments are accepted (surcharges may apply for Travellers Cheque). If payments have not been received in time, we reserve the right to cancel your booking. 
      (Unfortunately, we don't accept credit cards yet)


      All costs and prices indicated are for land services and do not include international air fare. 
      All prices are subject to change at any time due to currency fluctuations and exchange rate at any particular time, or other circumstances beyond Congema Safaris control. 
      Most safaris operate with a minimum of two participants. When a safari requires four or more to guarantee departure, we have attempted to indicate this. Please check with us for minimums and availability.

      Prices are quoted in US Dollars and Euros on costs at the time of publication. We reserve the right to change the prices at any time before your booking is confirmed. If there are any changes we will confirm to you in writing together with your confirmation of your booking.


      Any reservation made within 60 days of commencement of a safari may be accepted provided space is available, payment in full has been received and provided documents can be delivered prior to departure. There is a rush charge of $100 per booking under these circumstances. 

      Congema Safaris will provide travel documents three weeks prior to scheduled departure on bookings made not later than sixty days prior to scheduled departure. For late bookings, however, documents shall be provided within a reasonable time frame.


      Cancellation Policies & fees:

      • More than 90 days a fee off US$ 150,
      • 89 to 40 days before the safari or tour begins 30% off total price,
      • 39 days to 10 days before the safari or tour starts 45 % off total price,
      • 9 days or less 100 % of total costs or No Show.

      In any case all cancellation will apply with US$ 35.00 per person administration charges. 
      Any cancellation of a booking must be in writing and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by Congema Tours & Safaris. Refunds will be made, less the cancellation charges as outlined above. 
      In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a tour for any reason, we, if possible will try to offer the choice of an alternative arrangement, or you will receive a full refund. We will inform you about any cancellations earliest possible at latest 10 days before commencement of our tours and Safari. 
      Different cancellation policies apply at different camps or safaris and may be less or more. 
      On group or custom safaris there may be stricter cancellation policies - please enquire. 

      No refunds are given for lost travel time or substitution of facilities, for itineraries amended after departure or for circumstances arising beyond Congema Safaris control.
      If you do not appear for any accommodation, service, sightseeing, or trip segment; or if you leave your program after it has begun, miss scheduled sightseeing activities, meals, or accommodations there will be no refund.


      We reserve the right to make changes to our brochure and web site details and arrangements both before and after the booking has been made and confirmed. 
      Most changes will be minor, but if we have to do significant changes you will be notified at the earliest possible opportunity. In such cases you will have the opportunity to accept the changes (and maybe the difference in price) or to receive a full refund of your tour price. 

      Congema Safaris reserves the right to alter the arrangement or cancel the operation of a scheduled tour should conditions so necessitate and to pass on to program members any expenditure occasioned by delays or events beyond its control.  

      Congema Tours & Safaris also reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of any tour at any time, in which case an equitable amount will be refunded. 

      Congema Tours & Safaris reserves the right to substitute hotels and services for those mentioned in detailed itineraries when necessary. 

      Prices are based on tariffs, currency exchange rates and other costs prevailing at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.


      It is your responsibility to ensure that passports, visas, travel permits, health certificates, inoculations, international driving license, or other documentation required for the trip are obtained, are valid and are in order. It is your responsibility to meet any additional costs incurred either by yourself (or by Congema Safaris on your behalf) as a result of any failure by you to comply with such requirements.


      All bookings are accepted by Congema Safaris as an independent ground tour operator and also as an agent for hotels, airlines, car hire and bus companies, grounds transportation, boat purveyors or owners, and other independent contractors providing accommodations, transportation and/or other services.

      These services provided by the independent companies are offered subject to the terms and conditions contained in the tickets, exchange orders and/or vouchers issued by them and/or their suppliers.

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      The company's liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles is governed by the laws of the country in which the tour takes place.

      Congema Safaris  does not have the right to control the operations of the independent operators and their suppliers; it will not be held liable and accepts no responsibility for any kind of loss, personal injury, damage, death, accident, delay, irregularity and/or inconvenience which may be occasioned by any defect in any object including a vehicle or local internal charter flight utilized by any supplier for the supply of any service or by an act or omission of any supplier or its servants or agents.

      If you wish to make any claims we need to receive customers claim in writing within 21 days after the end of our services under the contract.

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      Please note our responsibilities and obligations apply only in respect of those services, which we agree to arrange or provide on your behalf. We cannot accept any liability for any services which you arrange on your own.


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      In these circumstances, we shall not be liable for any compensation or otherwise responsible for any expenses or losses the client might incur. If we are forced to cancel, delay, curtail or change the arrangements in any way, or where performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected.


      Should any problem occur, please tell Congema Tours & Safaris driver/guide and the service supplier hotel, lodges, camps etc. in question immediately, as most problems can be solved on the spot. 
      Should you remain dissatisfied, please write to us setting out the complaint in detail within 21 days of the end of our services under the contract. We cannot accept responsibility for any complaints, which are not notified entirely in accordance with this clause. Should any legal dispute arise it must be settled in Arusha Tanzania.


Contact Detail

Congema Tours & Safaris Ltd.

Contact Person :-

Pia Raitio

Address :-

Reczona Street, Makao Mapya Area, Arusha, Tanzania

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