8 days from £2910pp plus international flights.
Your chance to conquer Kilimanjaro - the highest mountain in Africa! The Machame Route gives you the best chance to make it to the summit and is a good all rounder in terms of value for money and length of the trek.
It is also a particularly scenic route as you ascend from the western side of Kilimanjaro and descend down the south face. Tribes has a very high success record for Kilimanjaro climb on this route.
The guides and crew that we use are excellent. Some of the local guides have climbed and been trained in the USA and on Everest and have years of experience on all the major routes. Some of the guides have summit-ed over 400 times! They are key to your success, as they will motivate you and look after your every need, giving you the very best chance to get to the top. The high guide & porter to client ratio ensures a safe climb.
There's no getting away from the fact that it's a tough climb, but it's not technical (you don't need climbing tackle and ropes and so on). All you have to do is walk slowly so the altitude doesn't get you too much as you go higher, keep focused on your goal and keep positive. And of course you'll be walking through some incredible, awe-inspiring scenery, with the support of your excellent guides and porters who have done this many many times before. They will definitely keep you going, and look after you by putting up your tents and feeding you good energy meals each day. With you own effort and their help, you have every chance of making it to the top!
Africa consultant Tracy Edwards was the last person to climb Kilimanjaro within our office. She did it in mid-2012, and made it to the top! So, if you want to talk to someone who's been through the pain and lived to tell the tale, call and have a word with Tracy!
When you arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met, and driven to Arusha where your base hotel is. Overnight at Outpost Lodge. There will be an evening briefing on the climb. You will be able to sort your bags today and prepare for the challenge to come. Dinner.
You'll set off from Arusha for the Machame Gate at around 8am, it's a drive of 1.5 hours. After permit formalities, you'll begin the walk on a 4x4 track into the forest for about an hour. You'll then continue along a trail through verdant forest. It's a long trek of about 20km taking 5-7 hours to reach Machame Camp, just above the forest zone, in the heather zone at 3,000m. Full board.
An early start with a cup of coffee and breakfast to set you up, you'll begin the hike up a steep track through tall grass and giant heather and erica trees. When the clouds clear you will have a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the glaciers. Scramble around large boulders to the moorland zone. You'll reach camp after a small descent into a valley, crossing a brook and then ascending the Shira Ridge. Today will be around 4 to 5 hours trekking. Full board.
Today's trek is a steady walk upwards over long ridge lines for about four hours. You'll break for lunch at around 4,420m. Afterwards you'll continue to Lava Tower and then begin the descent down a steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a flat area enclosed and protected on three sides. Hanging glaciers can be seen shimmering in the sunlight. Total trekking time is around 6 to 7 hours and you'll be spending the night at 3950m. Full Board.
The day begins with a steep scramble up Barranco Wall followed by a 3 to 4 hour trek before you stop for lunch in the Karanga Valley. Afterwards you continue on your quest with a steady uphill. It's starting to get colder now and the landscape becomes more sparse. You'll reach Barafu Camp at 4,630m and this willl act as base camp where you will prepare yourself for the summit. You'll be leaving at midnight so eat and drink as much as you can and get plenty of rest. Full board.
You will wake at about midnight for the torchlight climb to Stella Point, which will take approx. 7 hours with rest stops. The path is winding, with seemingly endless switchbacks, it's hard going and cold, but the end is in sight. Stella Point marks the end of the steep track, and from here it's a gentle slope upwards to your goal - Uhuru Peak. Spend a brief time here, celebrate and enjoy the fantastic views of glaciers and plains far below. Descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp, where you can take a break before continuing on to Mweka Camp where you'll spend the night at 3110m. Full board.
A descent of 2 to 3 hours takes you to the gate where you'll have lunch and receive your well-earned climbing certificates. You'll be transferred back to your hotel in Arusha where you can take a hot shower and enjoy a delicious dinner, it's time to celebrate your achievement. Full Board
You might fancy a few days on safari or at the beach to add to your African experience in which case, we'll be glad to arrange this for you. Or, we can make arrangements for a transfer back to Kilimanjaro Airport today in time for your flight home. Breakfast.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2910 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2019 guide price pp sharing: £2910. Price based on a scheduled group trek of 3 – 12 people. Three or more trekkers are needed to guarantee the departure. We can guarantee a trek with just two people with a small group supplement of $250 per person.
Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, 2 nights accommodation at the base hotel, all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on last day, park and climb fees, guides, porters, all camping equipment except sleeping bags, standard mountain rescue fee.
Flights and taxes, drinks, personal expenses, visas, travel insurance, tips. (Note: tips can be a significant extra cost on all Kili climbs, no matter which company you climb with. Tips of about $500 per climber, for 2 people trekking together, are suggested, to be shared amongst all the climbing guides and porters of which there is a very large team to support you).
It is best to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Flights will cost from £700-950 depending on season and availability.
Set departure dates for 2019: 9-15 Feb, Mon 4-10 Mar, 17-23 Jun, 30 Jun-6 Jul, 11-17 Aug, 31 Aug–6 Sept, 29 Sept–05 Oct
We can arrange Kili climbs at any time of year for parties of two upwards. Solo climbs are possible throughout the year, though there is an extra cost attached to a solo climb.
We often arrange climbs for groups (small or large) whether it is a private group, or perhaps a group raising money for charity. Simply talk to us about when you'd like to consider climbing and we'll start helping you plan your challenge!
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