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Tour/ Mountain Climbing/ Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing/ 6 DAYS MOUNT KILIMANJARO - MACHAME ROUTE

ELIDA 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS Kilimanjaro Machame route

Day 1: Arrive, Orientation/Gear check
Day 2: Machame hut 
Day 3: Shira hut
Day 4: Barranco camp 
Day 5: Barafu camp
Day 6: Mweka hut
Day 7: Moshi 
Day 8: Depart
Machame route is arguably the most scenic and probably the most beautiful route by which to ascend the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek begins in the south-west area of the mountain at Machame Gate and descends down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain thus offering climbers the most varied scenary of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame has stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower. Machame route is known as the “Whiskey Route” in comparison to Marangu because it is a more difficult route and trekkers sleep in camping tents as opposed to huts. Machame is the second most popular route on the mountain. 
Nights are spent in ‘mountain tents’ sleeping two persons per tent (3 man tents, so there is space for your luggage). All your supplies and camping equipment are carried by porters and your meals are prepared. 
Machame is ideal for those who want a more difficult climb, and are confident in their ability to hike for long periods of time over somewhat steep terrain. The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended to increase the chances of summiting. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain.

Arrive Moshi

Upon arrival at KILIMANJARO AIRPORT you will be met by an Elida Tours & Safaris representative for a transfer to Moshi hotel. Meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Stay overnight at the Key hotel in Moshi. (BB). 

Day 1: Machame Gate – Machame Huts

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Moshi. The morning begins with a drive to Machame Gate (5942 ft). Your journey heads to Machame Huts (9911 ft). 
07h00: After breakfast leave the lodge for the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame for entry registration then start the trek to Machame hut through thick rain forest. 
12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. 
19h00: Dinner and retire for the day at Machame hut. 
Day 2: Machame Huts – Shira Caves 

Machame Huts (9911 ft) to Shira Caves (12595 ft).

08h00: After breakfast, ascend past the Shira and through ridges and valleys heading to the next night stop at Shira hut. 
12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. 
19h00: Dinner and retire for the day at Shira hut. 

Day 3: Shira Caves Campsite – Barranco Huts

Shira Caves Campsite (12595 ft) to Barranco Huts (13077 ft) via Lava Tower (15180 ft). 
08h00: Head eastward to a junction where we continue to Lava Tower Campsite (14,760ft/4500m), then descend to Barranco camp thus allowing your body to adjust to altitude change. 
12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. 
19h00: Dinner and overnight at Barranco camp. 

Day 4: Barranco Huts – Barafu Huts

Barranco Huts (13077 ft) to Barafu Huts (15295 ft) via Karanga Valley (13235 ft). 
08h00: After breakfast, hike the great Barranco wall then across the Karanga Valley and ascend to Karanga campsite for lunch. 
12h30: Hot lunch at the Karanga campsite. 
13h30: Afternoon hike to Barafu camp. 
17h00: Have dinner and take the day’s rest ready for the hike to the summit. 
Note: An extra day for acclimatization can be added by staying overnight at Karanga camp then proceed to Barafu camp the next day. 

Day 5: Barafu Huts – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Huts

Barafu Huts (15295ft) to Uhuru Peak (19341ft). Followed by descent via Barafu Huts to Mweka Huts (10190ft). 
00h00: Have a cup of coffee/tea and start the midnight trek to the summit via Stella Point. 
06h00: Reach the summit, Uhuru peak, have a short period of photo taking then descend to Barafu camp for breakfast/Brunch and a little rest. 
12h00: Continue down to Mweka hut for the days and night’s rest. 

Day 6: Mweka Huts – Mweka Gate

Mweka Huts (10190 ft) to Mweka Gate (5358 ft). 
08h00: Walk down to the park gate where we say bye to the guides and porters, have packed lunches on the way to the Keys Hotel for a well deserved hot shower. 
Afternoon spent at leisure relaxing by the pool. 
19h00: Overnight at the Keys Hotel BB


Included in this Tour:

  • Return transport from Nairobi to the Mountain
  • Use of our professional Mountain Guide/potters
  • Accommodation in Mountain Huts/tents where applicable
  • Three meals a day while on the mountain
  • All park entrance fees and Taxes

Excluded in this Tour:

  • All your climbing gears
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for guide, potter and cook.

Booking Terms And Conditions


The Booking Terms:
A minimum of 40 % of the total cost of the tour has to be paid at the time of booking confirmation and the balance is payable at/or before the start of the safari.
Any tour and safari deposit paid shall be refunded less the cost of cancellation fees levied by hotels and administrative costs as follow.

No. of days Percentage forfeited of tour price.
More than 40 days full refund less 5% of the administration fee
14-40 days 20% of tour price
6-14 days 30% of the tour price
Less than 5 days and now show No refunds.

Please note that refunds will be done within 30 days after cancellation of the tour/safari.
Modification of tour
If you choose to modify the arrangements after the commencement of the tour i.e. change accommodation or the duration of your stay, the company shall accept no liability for any loss or additional expense and no refunds will be made.

Rates/ Prices
Tour prices include: 
– All expenses for drivers and vehicles appropriate for the itinerary as set out. i.e. for transfers, game drives, drivers allowances unless otherwise stated in the itinerary. 
– Government hotel taxes, training levy and service charges, all park entry fees except where specifically indicated separately. 
Tour price exclude: 
– Personal insurance, 
– Airport taxes, landing fees for charters and visas, 
– Gratuities to drivers and porters (other than hotel service charge), 
– Beverages (unless otherwise indicated), 
– Laundry, other personal expenses of tour members (i.e. telephone calls etc), 
– Any other tour services requested that do not appear in the itinerary.

Safari booking and accommodation.
– Our safari package are based on two persons sharing in a twin room tent. 
– Single rooms are provided at an additional cost (single room supplement – (SRS). 
– Hotels/lodges/tented camps are named as an indication of the category of accommodation and if the need arises may be reserved at same standard of hotel/lodges/tented camps. In the event that this happens we undertake to notify you of any changes to your safari accommodation in advance.

i. The Company is insured against legal liability arising from injuries that might be received by passengers while inside vehicles. 
ii. The Company and its agents act only as agents of the passenger in all the matters relating to hotel accommodation, sightseeing, tour and transport whether by aircraft, rail, motor vehicle, boat or any matter howsoever except when the passenger is being carried in transport owned by the Company. 
iii. The Company’s obligations apply to those services, which they agree to provide on your behalf. We cannot be held liable for any third party arrangements you arrange in conjunction on your own. For instance, the Company will not be held liable if you miss your tour departure because you fail to arrive at the departure point at the agreed time. 
iv. The Company’s liability to passengers carried in its own vehicles is governed by the laws of the respective country in which services are provided and no other country, and all the claims are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the respective country in which the services were provided. 
v. The company reserves the right to employ subcontractors to carry out all or part of the services agreed to be supplied and in the event of such right the terms to the clause iii relating to the company’s liability shall apply 
vi. Whilst every care is taken, the company cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of baggage. It is therefore advisable to effect separate baggage insurance. 
vii. In the event that a claim is made against the travel agent or the tour operator in respect of any loss or damage occasioned by the breach of contracts, negligence or other fault of the company, the Company shall be liable to indemnify the tour operator (as the case may be) in the courts of the country in which services were provided if the Tour Operator (as the case may be) had submitted jurisdiction in the said courts. 
viii. In respect of any such claim mentioned in sub clause (ix) of this clause, the Company shall be under no liability expressly assumed in this clause. 
ix. For the purpose of this clause, the Company shall be deemed to include its servants and agents and shall be deemed to contract on behalf of such servant and agent.

Passports and Visas
The client is required to ensure that their passport and travel documentation is in order and that they have obtained the necessary visas for their journey. 

Travel Insurance
It is a condition of booking one of our tours that the traveler is adequately insured for the full duration of the tour in respect of illness, injury, death, loss of baggage and personal items, cancellation and curtailment. The choice of insurer is the sole discretion of the client.