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Climb Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route 2018


9 Days from $6,895

Limited to 12 guests

View highland montane, volcanic lava landscapes and breathtaking canyons as you ascend Mount Kilimanjaro with an excellent summit rate thanks to more days to acclimatize and your A&K team.

A&K Advantages

Climb in confidence with A&K, the company with a successful Kilimanjaro summit rate of 97% - far above the industry average of 60-70%

Trust in A&K's deep experience, which spans more than 50 years in Tanzania and 30 years trekking Mount Kilimanjaro

Rely on A&K to ensure the quality of every trek by directly employing all of our chefs, porters and guides, the last of which are also certified Wilderness First Responders

Benefit from more time to acclimatize - a key component to a successful summit - with three more days on the itinerary than most other companies provide

Utilize top-of-the-line camping gear and safety equipment, owned and maintained by A&K

Stay in the largest and most comfortable sleeping tents on the mountain, while also enjoying private toilet facilities

Carry only a daypack, as porters transport your luggage and equipment throughout the climb and descent

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
DAY 2
Arusha | Scenic Parkland
DAY 3
Mount Kilimanjaro | 10,000 Feet
DAY 4
Mount Kilimanjaro | 12,500 Feet
DAY 5
Mount Kilimanjaro | 13,000 Feet
DAY 6
Mount Kilimanjaro | Acclimatization Day
DAY 7
Mount Kilimanjaro | Preparing for the Summit
DAY 8
Mount Kilimanjaro | Summit Day
DAY 9
Depart Arusha

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DAY 1
Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive in Arusha and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a good night’s rest as one of only 12 guests on this epic journey.

Mount Meru Hotel (dayroom)
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DAY 2
Arusha | Scenic Parkland

In preparation for the climb ahead, acclimatize as you walk through Arusha National Park. Situated between the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this scenic park houses a wide range of habitats, from its string of crater lakes populated by waterfowl, to its highland montane forest and imposing summit views. The forest harbors a wealth of wildlife, including frolicking black-and-white colobus monkeys and regal bushbucks. This evening, sit down to a welcome dinner with fellow guests.

Mount Meru Hotel (dayroom)
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
Mount Kilimanjaro | 10,000 Feet

Drive from Arusha to the Machame village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to begin your climb along the challenging and scenic Machame Route. Hike for about six hours through dense rubber-tree and giant fig forests to your camp, set up near huts once used for shelter. As you make your way up through the forested terrain, keep an eye out for elephants. Settle into your first camp, poised at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Machame Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
Mount Kilimanjaro | 12,500 Feet

Awake early to a piping-hot cup of coffee or tea. As you leave camp, absorb the commanding view of Uhuru Peak. Trek out of the forest up to the Hagenia zone, through a savanna of tall grasses and haunting volcanic lava landscapes. After a six-hour hike, arrive at the Shira Plateau and your camp. At 12,500 feet, it boasts sweeping views across the Masai Steppe to distant Mount Meru and the Shira Needles.

Shira Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Mount Kilimanjaro | 13,000 Feet

During a six-hour hike, skirt the Shira Plateau toward the Kibo Massif, continuing upward to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 feet). Descend toward Barranco Camp through the immense, waterfall-punctuated Grand Barranco canyon, which is fed by streams from the Umbwe River. Today’s camp is situated at an elevation of 13,000 feet.

Barranco Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Mount Kilimanjaro | Acclimatization Day

Hike for about six hours along the Barranco Cliff with no increase in elevation. This allows you time to rest and adjust to the increasingly higher altitudes. In the afternoon, you may hike in the Karanga Valley set beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Decken and Kersten glaciers.

Karanga Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
Mount Kilimanjaro | Preparing for the Summit

Take a four- to five-hour trek on another day of acclimatization as you near the mountain’s peak, stopping at Barafu Camp (15,200 feet) on a moraine, with views of majestic Mawenzi Peak to the right and looming Kibo Peak overhead. The surrounding, scenic alpine desert terrain is largely mineral and features some lichens and moss. Turn in early this evening — tomorrow, you make an early start for the summit.

Barafu Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
Mount Kilimanjaro | Summit Day

Rise very early to a hot cup of coffee or tea, before setting out on the final ascent to soaring Stella Point, at 18,630 feet on the rim of Kibo Crater. Start about 13 hours of trekking today by making your way up a winding path flanked by the towering Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. As the sun rises, continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,341 feet), where the air is rarefied. Should all go as planned, you will stand at the highest point in Africa in about seven hours’ time. Savor your achievement, and then descend to your last campsite (10,200 feet).

Mweka Camp
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
Depart Arusha

Continue your descent to the base of the mountain, where your A&K driver greets and transports you back to Arusha. During a farewell lunch, enjoy basking in your accomplishments with fellow guests. Comfortable dayrooms are provided until your departure flight.

Mount Meru Hotel (dayroom)
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Breakfast

Post-Tour Extension: Tanzania Safari

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5 Days from $3,195

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Internal Air Routing: Serengeti/Arusha

DAY 1:

Drive to Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, and your lodge on the caldera’s rim.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:

Descend into the crater where you discover a sanctuary for lions, hyenas, elephants, wildebeests and endangered black rhinos. Later, visit a Maasai village and meet with a village elder.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 3-4:

Continue to Serengeti National Park, pausing en route for a tour of Olduvai Gorge. Take a game drive after settling into your rondavel (round hut). Spend the next day on game drives in the Serengeti, before gathering for a dinner.

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:

Fly to Arusha, where you may relax in your dayroom before your flight home.

Mount Meru Hotel (dayroom)
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Meals: Breakfast


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Journey Details

This journey is strenuous with steep ascents and high altitudes, however novice climbers are welcome.

Minimum age is 16 years.

Each guest on this journey will receive an A&K Safari Duffel.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell lunch at 1:30 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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