Ladies Only - Mt Kilimanjaro Machame Route

As you hike through the lush green rainforest from the Machame Gate you realize that you have just embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. Giant tree ferns flourish underneath huge tropical trees decorated with Oldman’s Beard and pretty flowers including a variety of lilies and hibiscus. Colobus and Blue Monkeys may often be seen jumping between these ancient trees with an abundance of birdlife and these forests are never quiet.

As you gain altitude the rainforest is left behind and you head for the Shira Plateau on the second day of the trail. On day three you enter the picturesque alpine desert where the harsh terrain ensures that only the hardiest of plant species can survive. From here the summit beckons – permanently iced she tempts you to reach the highest point in Africa – Uhuru peak. A magnificent feeling.

Continue the hike on the southern slopes of the mountain admiring giant glaciers on the higher peaks along the way. Great photo opportunities unfold with red sunlight playing on the cliffs and ice fields visible from the camp at dusk and dawn. Hikers can expect to wake up above the clouds on the fourth day on the mountain with breath-taking views into the distance below.
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Day 1
Moshi (888 m / 2,913 ft)
  • On arrival you will be met and transferred to Keys Hotel, a basic but comfortable hotel with friendly staff which is an ideal base from which to start your climb.

The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and views of the mountains, andyou can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.

The rooms are equipped with a TV. Some accommodations include a sitting area for your convenience. All rooms include a private bathroom. For your comfort, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer have been added to each room.

There is also a 24-hour front desk and gift shop on the property.

  • A climb briefing is scheduled for today in order to meet your guides and discuss the expedition with you in person.

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Keys Hotel Moshi
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Day 2 - 3
Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft)

Day 2 Walking distance: 11 km/7 miles
Walking time: 5-7 hours
Altitude gain: 1,490 m/4,890 ft

  • After breakfast you will be transferred to the Machame Gate at Kilimanjaro
    National Park from where your hike starts.
  • Today, walk through the beautiful rainforest with dense vegetation, often on a muddy trail, with short sections of steep climbs. The trekking pace is slow and very comfortable, ensuring you have enough time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a photo and nibble
    on your packed lunch that is provided for you.
  • The first campsite, Machame Camp, is on the edge of the dense rainforest, offering your first peek of the mountain in the distance.

Day 3 – Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) – New Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft)
Walking distance: 9 km/5.5 miles
Walking time: 4-6 hours
Altitude gain: 860 m/2,820 ft

  • From Machame Camp the trail continues over steeper terrain interspersed with easy walking. The vegetation changes to increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorland.
  • There are generally plenty of Proteas and Erica flowers en-route as you gain height along the path. Views of Kibo and Uhuru peak with it’s snow-capped summit becomes a regular sight as you near Shira Camp.
  • The camp itself is one of the most scenic as it allows views towards the west with Mt Meru in the distance and offer views of Kibo (the top of Mt Kilimanjaro). You often see the most spectacular sunsets from Shira with the clouds below you and the higher mountain peaks peeking through to catch the last bit of sunshine. Just a short hike from the camp is the Shira Caves. This makes a very nice acclimatisation walk before you enjoy a sumptuous dinner and good night’s rest.

CampingNo WiFiHikingSight Seeing
Machame Camp + New Shira Camp
Full Board
Day 4
New Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) - Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) - Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft)

Walking distance: 15 km/9.3 miles
Walking time: 7-9 hours
Altitude gain: 10 m/360 ft (680 m/2,230 ft to Lava Tower)

  • Today you hike up to 4,630 m (15,190 ft) while crossing a ridge and view the plains far below. Hiking through the alpine desert with boulders scattered around and dust hugging the rocks gives the illusion that you are walking on the moon. At Lava Tower, a big rocky outcrop, you have views of the ancient glacier ice of the Breach Wall on Kibo before descending to Barranco Camp. The path passes the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many of the huge senecio plants as well as lobelia plants. Sunset and sunrise at this camp is breath-taking.
  • The sun paints the rocks in front of camp a dreamy red-yellow colour with the white ice of the high peaks shining bright.
  • Looking towards the south you may see the little town of Moshi far below. You often sleep above the clouds at Barranco Camp.

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Barranco Camp
Full Board
Day 5
Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) – Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft)

Walking distance: 9.3 km/5.7 miles
Walking time: 8 hours
Altitude gain: 566 m/1860 ft

  • After breakfast you cross the Great Barranco Wall, topping out at about 4 420 m before dropping to the camp at the Karanga River at about 4040 m. The hike up the Barranco Wall is steep.
  • You pass below the famous Breach Wall, the largest ice and rock face in Africa. The Breach Wall climbing route, known as ‘The Icicle’, was first climbed in the early 1970’s by Reinhold
  • Daytime temperatures can reach up to 26C, while evening temperatures often drop below
    freezing. Continue up and across a rocky zone where very little vegetation can be found on the inhospitable terrain.
  • A field of sedimentary rocks litter the ground. You leave Karanga and hit the junction which
    connects with the Mweka Trail.
  • Continue up to the Barafu Camp. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Amazing views of Kilimanjaro’s two peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo, are to be seen from Barafu Camp. An early dinner will be served in order for you to get the maximum rest before the final ascent starting at around midnight.

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Barafu Camp
Full Board
Day 6
Millennium Camp (3,820 m/12,530 ft) or to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft)
  • Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) – Summit via Stella Point (5,752 m/18,871 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) 

Walking distance: 7 km/4.3 miles ascent + 23 km/14.2 miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 7-8 hours down (the overall walking time may vary between 10-16 hours)
Altitude gain: 1,202 m/3,940 ft (Stella Point) or 1,345 m/4,410 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2,795 m/9,170 ft Mweka Camp

  • Wake up very early to have a quick bite to eat and something warm to drink before setting out in darkness. The hike to Stella Point is a very slow steep walk on volcanic scree for about 5-6 hours. The headlamps on the trail towards the summit almost look like fireflies flying in a long row.
  • As you approach the crater rim you will enjoy the most memorable sunrise you may ever experience – the sunrise over Africa! Often you see the curving of the earth at this high altitude and the sunrise on the horizon just accentuates it. Keep your camera ready at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities along the summit.
  • Once you reach Stella Point on top of the crater rim Uhuru Peak is in sight. Hike along fairly flat terrain for about 40-45 min to reach Uhuru Peak. Spend a few minutes at the top and get that photo of you next to the sign marking the summit – definitely one for your
  • Descend from Uhuru Peak in high spirits as you have just achieved your goal. The trail down from Stella Point on the Mweka route is often enjoyed by hikers sliding down the scree slope, which entails skidding down the loose gravel with big steps and some sideways
    moves. Try it, it is fun! With every step going down your body enjoys having more oxygen to breathe in.
  • Depending on how you feel, you may enjoy a short rest at Barafu Camp before descending
    down to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp. Most of our expeditions overnight at Mweka Camp this evening.

CampingNo WiFiHikingSight Seeing
Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp
Full Board
Day 7 + 8
Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft)

Walking distance: About 15 km, 9.3 mile
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Descend: 1,120m/ 3,670ft

  • Enjoy a slow hike through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. It is not a rare sight to spot Black and White Colobus Monkeys in the trees as well as Blue Monkeys.
  • Take time to enjoy the lush vegetation with the Old Man’s Beard (tree moss) growing on the giant trees as well as some Giant Ferns towering high over the forest bed. The path has many steps leading you down to Mweka Gate where you may find a cold beer or soft-drink to start celebrating your assault of Kilimanjaro.
  • You will be transferred back to Moshi, Keys Hotel, to celebrate!
  • This evening your guides will meet you to hand out your Kilimanjaro Certificates. Option to enjoy a barbeque at the hotel to celebrate your hike (needs to be booked prior to the climb and is for own account).

Day 8 –End

  • The Kilimanjaro Expedition comes to an end.
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home or continue on a safari or relaxing beach holiday

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Keys Hotel Moshi
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