Kilimanjaro Machame Route trek
Description of Kilimanjaro Machame Route trek
This Kilimanjaro trek follows the southern Machame Route up to the great summit known locally as Uhuru, Africa’s highest peak at 5,896m. Mount Kilimanjaro actually has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. This is a spectacular trekking route taking seven days to complete, camping along the way at well established Kilimanjaro camps. Your first stop, Machame Camp, is already at 3000m. You are fully supported along the way with local porters and guides. This tour operator works in partnership with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).
On this trekking expedition you will hike through myriad landscapes and ecosystems, starting with montane forest, moving into the barren Shira, where you also camp, and then taking in the collapsed volcanic crater at Shira. As you get into more elevated terrain, the forest becomes more yielding under foot until you then hit glacial landscapes after Barranca Camp.
The final lap of this iconic trek is the crater’s edge at Stella Point and then to the great Uhuru Peak itself. After taking in the mountain’s magnificence, you descend along the Mweka Route, with a hotel and hot shower waiting for you on the last night. An incredible adventure that lives up to all expectations, and more.
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PlanetThe very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
This Kilimanjaro trek is the ultimate challenge for keen trekkers, the chance to conquer the highest free standing peak on Earth and watch the sunrise from the highest point in Africa. Aided throughout the trek by your team of local guides and porters you can be sure that this fantastic trip will not only give you an enormous sense of personal accomplishment, but will also benefit local families and businesses in Tanzania.
Working with our ground agent in Tanzania we recruit all our ground staff from the communities surrounding Kilimanjaro, working to a ratio of one experienced guide to every two climbers, plus a team of assistant guides, porters, cooks and assistant cooks to accompany our trekkers.
Porters will carry your baggage during the trek, with trekkers only expected to carry a day pack. In the interest of porter welfare, you will therefore be required to limit the weight of your baggage on this trip. We ensure that our support are all well cared for when escorting our groups; from having appropriate equipment and clothing, enough food and getting paid a fair wage.
Your support team will encourage you throughout to take steps to make your climb as environmentally responsible as possible. Rubbish and refuse will not be left on the mountain, and our camping areas will be left as we find them. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, even if this means carrying it back down with us. To reduce waste (and limit the amount of weight carried), trekkers should carry refillable water bottles with purification tablets to enable them to remain hydrated, rather than rely on plastic bottles purchased prior to the climb.
PeopleWe are proud to be a partner of Kilimanjaro climb outfitter by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).
KPAP is a project supported by our Foundation meaning that all of our climbs have been assessed and scored based on a number of criteria, all of which are designed to ensure the proper treatment of porters on the Mountain.
Despite the significant efforts of KPAP to improve conditions for porters working on Kili, there is still an astonishing amount of abuse of porters on the Mountain. Receiving this accreditation shows our emphasis on what it means to travel responsibly.
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