Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame 8 Days (before or after your trip)

Please note the Mount Kiliimanjaro Climb takes place before or after your Oasis Overland trip!

Snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, is the highest mountain in Africa and the worlds tallest free-standing mountain, rising 3 miles straight up out of the surrounding game-filled plains. Uhuru peak stands at 5895m (19,340ft), and its name is the Swahili word for freedom.Made up of three extinct volcanoes, Mount Kilimanjaro encapsulates a vast range of ecosystems, so that trekkers experience everything from tropical rainforest and savanna grasslands through to alpine woodland and moorland, culminating with snow fields and the glacial region at the summit. A challenging but doable climb, this trek is attractive because it requires no technical experience and is therefore available to anyone with a reasonable fitness level.

A £600 deposit is required to book this trip, subject to availability

Trips depart daily upon request, and we will contact you upon booking. Once requested your Add On cannot be refunded or exchanged.

Please note that day 1 is an arrival and briefing day, and then day 2 is when you start climbing.
So do bear this in mind when you are working out how many days you would like to be on the mountain. The more days you have on the mountain the better your chances are of acclimatisation. We do also opperate a 7 day Machame package, as well as other route options so please contact africa@oasisoverland.co.uk to find out more.

8 Day Marangu Kilimanjaro Climb:


Travel

Accommodation

Style

Meals

incl

Comments & highlights

Day 1

KIA – MOS

Honey Badger Lodge

Rooms

D

Transfer from KIA to Honey Badger Lodge; relax for the afternoon and Kili Climb briefing

Day 2

MOS – MTK

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Machame Camp

Tents

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 3

Mt Kilimanjaro – Shira Camp

Tents

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 4

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Barranco Camp

Tents

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 5

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Karanga Camp

Tents

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 6

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Barafu Camp

Tents

B, L, D

Trekking

Day 7

Mt. Kilimanjaro –Uhuru Peak

Tents

B, L, D

Trekking including summit of highest point in Africa!

Day 8

MTK – KIA/ARU

B, L

Trek to gate; transfer to KIA or Arusha

Some help with the abbreviations: KIA: Kilimanjaro International Airport; MOS: Moshi; MTK: Mt Kilimanjaro; ARU: Arusha; B: Breakfast; D: Dinner; L: Lunch

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha where our representative will meet you. We’ll transfer to Honey Badger Lodge, Moshi where we will spend the afternoon and evening. Before dinner you will receive your climb briefing.

Day 2

After an early breakfast we will drive to Machame gate where we will start the climb. Your guide will handle your registration before we begin the hike. Today’s hike will take around 6hrs with the majority inside the rain forest. Kibo peak can just be seen from the campsite.

Machame Hut altitude 3000m

Day 3

On departing from the campsite we have a steep uphill climb for most the day as we follow the ridge of a valley. We will be heading to Shira campsite. Shira plateau comes into sight with some spectacular views. It is very common to experience rain in the late afternoon on this route. The path leads to Shira camp which is located on moorland meadows next a cold mountain stream. Today’s hike will take about 4-5 hours. You may have the evening to explore the plateau as your cook finishes making the evening meal.

Shira Camp Altitude 3800m

Day 4

Today’s 6 hour hike will take us past the Lava towers at 4600mtrs before descending down to Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,900 meters. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. This day is very important one for acclimatization as you can see we overnight at around the same altitude as day 3. It is possible that you may start feeling the effects of altitude sickness today.

Barranco Hut 3900m

Day 5

We leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge climbing the Barranco Wall up to Karanga Valley where we set up camp. This is a relatively short hike we should make it to camp by lunch time. In the afternoon we can take some shorter hikes for some great views of the summit. This is another great acclimatization day.

Karanga Camp Altitude 4000m

Day 6

Leaving Karanga camp you have another shortish day but with some steep valleys to negotiate, there is some long hard hiking today as your body may well be struggling with the altitude. Your destination is Barafu hut from where you make your final ascent at midnight. You will have time to walk around the rocky ridge for some spectacular views of Mawenzi peak and Kibo, weather permitting!

Altitude 4600m about 4 hours hiking.

Day 7

Today is our ascent day and we anticipate you reaching Uhuru peak. It is a very cold and steep hike. We have around a 6 hour hike to the top of Africa. 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 however we must go at our own pace. Once we have finished with photos and taken in the view we head straight down. From 5895m altitude to Mweka hut which is at 3100m. It will take you another 5 hours hiking – a long day.

Uhuru Peak at altitude of 5895m

Day 8

Today is our last day on the mountain. After breakfast we head down to Mweka Park Gate, 4 hours hiking down through the forest which can get very slippery as you negotiate the rocks and roots. Once at the park gate you will be presented with your certificates and will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha.

Included:

Excluded:

Tipping

We feel that it is best to inform you of this before you go, as tipping on the trek is very common practice. If you feel that your guide, porters and cook have looked after you well, then a guideline on tips are: $5 per porter per day; $8-$10 per cook per day; $15 per assistant guide per day; $20-$25 per head guide per day

Flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport Tanzania - Airport Transfers

On day 1 of this package we include a transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Honey Badger Lodge, we will just need your flight arrival details to arrange this.

Pre Trek
To climb Kili before one of our trips you will need to arrive at least eight to nine days before your overland trips departure (this will vary on how much time you would like to give yourself after the trek and your trip starting!). If you are joining either the Coast to Coast or Savanna Dawn trips, you can meet the rest of your group in Arusha/Tanzania and impress them with your tales! Or if you are joining a Grand Adventurer, Gorillas & Game Parks or Apes & Lakes trip, you will need to fly or take the shuttle bus back up to Nairobi to meet your trip there.

Post trek - joining your Oasis trip!

Joining your trip in Tanzania
If you are joining one of our Coast to Coast or Savanna Dawn overland trips - you can easily plan to meet up with them at Meserani Snake Park (www.meseranisnakepark.com). This is approx 25kms out of Arusha town along the Dodoma Rd in the district of Meserani (on the way to the Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti) The group will be there on the afternoon of the 1st day of the trip.

You are more than welcome to stay here prior to your trips arrival, otherwise we recommend getting to camp on the afternoon of the scheduled arrival day (Day 1). It is easy to spend a couple of hours soaking in the overlanding atmosphere of the campsite. They have a lively bar and food available or you could also take a look at the live snake exhibitions, hence the name "Snake Park". Please be sure to inform us if you are planning to join the trip from Snake Park, so that we can let our crew know not to expect you on the departure morning in Nairobi.

Joining your trip in Nairobi
For those of you joining one of our Apes & Lakes, Gorillas & Game Parks or Grand Adventurer trips - you will need to make your way back to Nairobi the day before your trip departs. You can either get a flight from Kilimanjaro airport to Nairobi. Or there are many shuttle bus services (which takes approximately 6 to 7 hours, our experience is they usually take longer!) to Kenya from Moshi. One that we have regularly been recommended is: Riverside Shuttle

Recommended clothing and equipment
Your porters will carry your bag with your clothing in but you will need to carry your water, raincoat, camera, valuables etc in your daypack. Any items not required for the climb can be left at your hotel.

small waterproof rucksack and daypack

water bottle

comfortable walking boots and light walking shoes (for wearing at the huts)

sun glasses, sun hat, sun cream and lip salve

sleeping bag (at least 4 seasons)

personal toiletry requirements & toilet paper

balaclava and woollen hat or scarf

plastic bags

waterproof outer gloves

walking stick/ski pole

thin under gloves

trousers & t-shirts walking

sweaters/jumpers

towel

waterproof, breathable and windproof trousers & jacket

insect repellent

several pairs of socks

Small medical kit (See your pre-departure information from Oasis Overland for an up to datelist of medical items to take & vaccination requirements)

fleece etc.

Remember that in the early days of the climb daytime temperatures can be high, but the higher you get the colder it will get, particularly on the final ascent to the summit. It is better to use a layered, natural fibre approach to dressing. Thermals are useful for the final ascent. If you dont have any of these items it is possible to hire some when youre out there. Do email africa@oasisoverland.co.uk if you have any questions.

Travel Insurance
It is a compulsory requirement that you have adequate travel insurance before you join any Oasis Trip & at the very least are insured for all necessary medical & repatriation costs incurred overseas with a recommended sum insured of £500,000.

We believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. It is a mistake to think that "it will never happen to me". It is also very important that you are covered for all the activities that you may wish to undertake while on our trip.
For further information on the insurance we offer, the activities covered, costs and how to book click here or check out the Insurance section of our website.

When is the best time to trek
Mt. Kilimanjaro can be trekked at all times of the year, but it is worth taking into consideration the seasonal rains and varying weather patterns on the mountain. It is commonly suggested that some of the best months for trekking Kili are:

Responsible Tourism & Oasis Overland
We believe travel should be a rewarding experience for you as well as the people we encounter, and that preserving the natural state and beauty of the areas we pass through is essential. For this reason Oasis supports Tourism Concern, a voluntary and charity based organization. Their aim is to educate travellers on positive and negative effects that tourism has on local communities. Part of your trip payment is donated to Tourism Concern, who use such donations for organizing and facilitating new or current projects here in the UK and abroad.

Many projects that have been highlighted include the establishing of Porters rights in such tourist hubs as The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The organization is also assisting the local Maasai with continuing a traditional way of life after being displaced from their homes in order to make way for the Serengeti National Park. For more information regarding the role of Tourism Concern and its involvement with other projects around the world, please log on to their website www.tourismconcern.org.uk . We feel our membership is part of an important initiative, also supported by other organizations such as Earth Watch, Raleigh International and STA Travel.

Click here for more information on responsible travel and the projects Oasis supports around the world.

All accommodation & airport transfers for trip add ons should be used as a guide only . Prices are dependant on the exchange rate of the day and are subject to change.

Please Note: This Add On is run in conjunction with Oasis Overland and our local operator in Tanzania. It is a supplementary activity organized on your behalf, but not operated by Oasis Overland or its crew /vehicles.

Just add this on to your trip when booking!

Please be aware that up to 2 months before your departure, the cost of the Kilimanjaro climb may change. This may be due to currency fluctuations & /or price increases by the National Park authority.

Please contact africa@oasisoverland.co.uk for any further information