East African Mountains
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Type of Trip
Come summit the highest mountain in the African continent with this 9-day Kilimanjaro guided ascent via Machame route!
Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 m) is a dormant volcano located in Tanzania, in the east of Africa. It lies inside the Kilimanjaro National Park and is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the continent, because it belongs to the privileged group of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains of each continent).
The mountain has three craters –Shira (3962 m), Mawenzi (5149 m) and Kibo or higher Uhuru (5895 m)– and on this program we’ll be aiming for the highest one. We’ll go through the Machame route, which is a bit more demanding than the other routes, but much more quieter.
We’ll start our trip in Moshi, a small town located 536 km northwest of Dar Es Salaam. From here we’ll take a transfer to the Machame Gate, where the real adventure will begin.
First we’ll go across a deep green rainforest, then we’ll climb along the western side of the massif to get to the plateau of Shira, and finally we’ll conquer the highest summit in Africa!
This is a once in a lifetime adventure, so don’t hesitate and send me a request to book this 9-day Kilimanjaro guided ascent via Machame route!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Arrival to Moshi. Transfer to the hotel.
Moshi - Machame Gate (1830 m) – Machame Camp (3030 m)
Morning transfer to Machame Park gate. Set off climbing gently through the south-western slopes of the mountain. This is original mountain forest, carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3.000m. From 5 to 6 hours and 1200 meters. Camp. (B, L, D).
Machame Camp (3030 m) – Shira Camp (3850 m)
Emerging from the forest into the giant heather zone and out onto fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. You’ll see herds of eland up here and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half hour optional walk in the afternoon. From 4 to 5 hours and 820 meters. Camp. (B, L, D).
Shira Camp (3850 m) – Barranco Camp (3985 m)
From Shira climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way camp at 3,950m. 5-7 hours walking but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization. From 6 to 7 hours, 790 meters up and 650 meters down. Camp. (B, L, D).
Barranco Camp (3985 m) – Barafu Camp (4680 m)
Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley. This is a short walking day, 3-4 hours, with an optional acclimatization hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers. From 7 to 8 hours and 830 meters. Camp. (B, L, D).
Barafu Camp (4680 m) – Kilimanjaro summit (5895 m) – Mweka hut (3180 m)
Just after midnight we’ll start off a challenging trek. The hike will pass between the Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers to the rim at Stella Point. As dawn nears, we’ll summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895 m. Then we’ll descend back to Barafu Camp, resting for a while before continuing the descent for 3-4 hours to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.
Mweka hut (3180 m) – Mweka Gate (2100 m) - Moshi
We’ll make the final descent to the park gate, a walk of about 3 or 4 hours. Then we’ll drive back to Moshi for overnight.
Free day in Moshi.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport and flight to home.
Hotels in Moshi and tent in the mountain.
This trip is expandable to to make a three-day safari in the Masai Mara Reserve.
About the Guide
Xavi (Terrassa, Catalonia, 1963). Actually I’m living in Prullans.
During several years I have been practicing my two big passions, mountaineering and photography as hobbies. Actually I’m a High Mountain Guide and photographer in outdoor BTT races, mountaineering marathons or climbing competitions.
In 1982 I did became a member of Servei General d'Informació de Muntanya, a specialized mountain library. And from 1998 I’m working as High Mountain Guide for NKBV (Alpine dutch team).
After working 6 winters as a lifeguard patrol in a Catalan ski resort, I spent a few seasons of the southern summer working as a High Mountain Guide for Azimut 360 and Chilemontaña, two agencies located in Chile, leading clients through the Patagonia and into America's highest peak, the Aconcagua.
Since 2005 I lead my own clients around the world as a freelancer Mountain Guide. From September 2007 I manage the Companhia de Guies de Montanha web, bound to Carros de Foc. I have take part in many expeditions to Andes in South America and Himalaya, Karakorum and Hindu Kush in Asia.
I’ll like to show you “my” mountains, “my” Pyrenees and of course, other mountains around the world. I’ll like to guide you till de top of Aconcagua, Ararat, skiing down from Elbrus, or Kola’s peninsula in Russia.
I propose here few activities, but not all what I can show you!
Contact with me and go together to your dream!