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    9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Using Machame route

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    Climbing Kilimanjaro using this route is known as the most scenic climbing route for Mount Kilimanjaro.  Here you follow a trail around the mountain as you enjoy various spectacular views, for instance, Barranco wall and Maasai Mara plains. Passing the Shira Plateau and the Lava Tower, you will also come close to various wildlife species and get to see how they behave in their natural habitat. We have a team of staff not only giving you company up the mountain, but also offering services and assistance in different ways. These include professional climbing guides, cooks and porters.

    Your pulse rate will be checked daily for health safety purposes even as you go up. Oxygen saturation is also checked to ensure you don’t harm yourself at the expense of leisure. Once we have your booking confirmed, we will send you a comprehensive Packing List for the climb.

    Mount Kilimanjaro National Park provides an amazingly diverse series of habitats as it rises from the pastures and bushlands of the native Maasai people to the boundary of the 1668 sq. kilometer (641 sq. miles) national park at an approximate altitude of 800 meters.

    Here, melt-water streams from the summit nourish a lush belt of tropical forest where some of the healthiest elephant herds in the entire continent roam at will, matriarchs with their attendant daughters, granddaughters, and great-grandchildren, accompanied by enormous, lumbering tuskers over 50 years old, their heads dragged almost to the ground by massive ivory tusks. You may be lucky enough to spot the endangered Abbott’s duiker among a supporting cast of antelopes and primates.

    It is relished and sought after by herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, and elephant. The arid savannahs stretch away above an underground water table supplied by the glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro which, at 5895 meters, is the highest mountain in Africa, and also the tallest free-standing mountain in the entire world. In 1995, J M Grimshaw from Oxford University, N J Cordeiro from Moshi, and C A Foley from Princeton University explored the Kilimanjaro wilderness and wrote a journal called “The mammals of Kilimanjaro” that documented a staggering presence of 154 mammal species.


    Varied terrestrial fauna is present to be seen on your AfricanMecca game driving tour of the western sector of Kilimanjaro National Park, including warthogs, hippos, impalas, dik-diks, zebras, elephants, buffalos, and giraffes as well as less common elands and gazelles. Cheetahs, lions, and leopards are much in evidence as well as jackals, hyenas, monkeys, baboons, and mongooses. But the ecosystem is fragile and vulnerable to overgrazing.

    Where to Stay While Climbing Kilimanjaro Tour

    Shu’mata occupies a private concession within the Maasai homelands where no-one can venture except Shu’mata guests, ensuring absolute privacy for your Kilimanjaro safari tour, and undisturbed communion with the natural world, which can be met with on all sides, since animals roam freely through the grounds, although your safety is assured by watchful warrior guards.

    Stay at Shumata after climbing Kilimanjaro

    Designed to afford Hemingway-style comfort and self-indulgence, there are only 5 opulent permanent guest tents on stone foundations, which combine Colonial elegance with modern practicality, each having an ensuite bathroom where the enamel wash basin and ewer are symbolic of environmental responsibility exemplified by the use of solar power and careful attention to water conservation. Extensive private patios give vistas of the valley as do the central lounge, bar, and restaurant.

    11 Day climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is also an option available at Oltumure

    Accommodation At Kambi Ya Tembo During Climbing Kilimanjaro

    Kambi Ya Tembo has 14 large and airy guest tents set far apart for privacy on a hillside overlooking the plains and mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. All the tented suites have king-size or twin beds, adequate furnishings, a dressing table, and storage space, with fresh, roomy en-suite bathroom areas with solar heated showers (read more on where else to stay in the west of Kilimanjaro National Park).


    Each has a viewing patio with cane or safari chairs where looking towards east on a clear morning, you can watch the sunrise over the Amboseli plains and the Shining Mountain, as Kilimanjaro can be rendered in Swahili, or, facing back to Tanzania, enjoy the sunset over the volcanic ranges of the Great African Rift Valley.

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    Day 1,Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi

    Once you land at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, an Oltumure tour guide will come pick you and take you to your hotel. This specialist will help you settle fast answering some of your introductory questions and at least help you get what it means to say, ‘Hujambo.’ Just relax and get ready for the climb the next morning. In case you would need a second day to rest, let us know so that we plan that for you. We recommend that you have an adequate time to rest- it increases your chances of managing to climb to the summit. Your hotel expenses are catered for, except for the first and last day. These two are left free so as to give you some liberty to explore and have a personal choice on where to be. The itineraries include bed and breakfast (@ $40 per person) on the basic package. In case, you would prefer more luxury, we can get you a more luxurious hotel still in Moshi.

    Day 2,Machame Gate to Machame Camp (Elevation- 1,200m / 3,935ft)

    We will send you a guide who will pick you from your hotel at Moshi in the morning. Your morning drive will end at Machame Gate where your climb will start. Immediately you are done with registration, we set off towards Machame Camp. The first day takes you through green forest in the beauty of nature. This will however change as you move up. The green forest will turn more to heathers as you approach the camp. In about 6 to 7 hours you will find yourself right at the Machame Camp.

    Day 3,Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Elevation - 840 meters/ 2,760 feet)

    Today the distance up is shorter with a whole 360 meters. At the beginning, we will trek up a steep hill up to the Picnic Rock, a semicircular cliff. From here you will be able to enjoy the views of, Shira Plateau, and Kibo, the peak of the mountain. It is where we will have the lunch. After lunch, we continue heading up and we get at Shira Camp in 5 to 6 hours.

    Day 4,Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (Elevation gain- 710m / 2,329 ft, Loss- 700m / 2,296 ft)

    Today, you will ascend eastward up to the Lava Tower. This takes 4 hours. From Lava Tower, you will then descend back down for 1 to 2 hours until you get to the Barranco Valley. This is an important exercise to help your body acclimatize. Found at the feet of the Barranco Wall, this valley is the most beautiful campsite along the route.

    Day 5,Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Elevation- 750m / 2,460 ft)

    The challenge is now getting tougher. In the morning, you take your breakfast and start your up following the Barranco wall direction. Be ready to use your hands if need be as the trek might require that. It is the most adventurous part of the journey- adventure lovers will enjoy the manoeuvre. From the top of Berranco Wall, you will have spectacular views, such as Mount Meru and Kibo. You will now trek around the mountain before starting down through Karanga Valley up to Barafu Camp. Here you will have a clearer view of the mountain peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo. At this point, all you will do is have dinner and relax to head to the summit come next day.

    Day 6,Barafu Camp (4,600 m./ 15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m./ 19,340ft) then to Mweka Camp (3,110 m./ 10,170ft)- Elevation gain: 1,295 m / 4,240 ft, Loss: 2,785 m / 9,170 ft

    This is the final climb; the ascend will start at midnight taking you 6 to 8 hours to get to the mountain peak. Here, the trail is very steep, but the good thing is that you have come to the Stella Point successfully. You now move gradually to Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Kilimanjaro. You made it, Congratulations! This is a time to celebrate your victory, as you watch the sun set from the highest point in Africa. Done with the celebration? We now head down, 6 hours to Mweka Camp. Here you will have a reward in form of a delicious meal.

    Day 7,Mweka Camp (3,110 m./10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate (1,830 m./ 6000 ft) then to Moshi (Elevation loss: 1,280 m / 4,199 ft)

    Today you conclude your climb at Mweka Gate. The journey down starts immediately after breakfast. Through the Kilimanjaro Forest, you are likely to come across monkeys hoping from tree to tree. In 2 to 3 hours, you will be right at Mweka Gate. The climb is officially over! Our driver will transfer you back to Moshi, to your hotel.

    Day 8/9,Moshi to the Airport

    Today, we chose to have nothing programmed for you to give you a good time to relax after the exhaustive adventure up Kilimanjaro. You can do some exploration in Moshi before your departure time in the evening. You can also decide to extend your visit and have a Tanzanian Safari, or you can decide to retreat on one of our beautiful islands, for example Zanzibar Island. If you are ready to go home, our driver will get you safe to the airport for your departure home. Oltumure Tours and Safaris wishes you a safe travel and is ready for you anytime in the future.

    Additional Info

    • Duration : 11 Days
    • Price : $2460

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