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Climb Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route 2021


9 days from $7,395 per person

Limited to 12 guests

Ascend the tallest freestanding mountain in the world alongside the team with the best summit rate on Kilimanjaro, viewing breathtaking lava-forged landscapes en route to achieving a once-in-a-lifetime goal.

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 whom 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
Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more

Customize This Journey

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

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.

Lake Duluti Lodge
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.

Lake Duluti Lodge
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 five 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 approximately 13 hours of trekking today. Should all go as planned, you will stand at the highest point in Africa in about seven hours’ time. Make your way up a winding path flanked by the towering Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers to soaring Stella Point, at 18,630 feet on the rim of Kibo Crater. As the sun rises, continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,341 feet), the highest point in Africa, where the air is rarefied. Savor your achievement of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, and then descend to your last campsite (10,200 feet).

Mweka Camp
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.

Lake Duluti Lodge (dayroom)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more

Customize This Journey

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

Explore Dubai: Stopover Package

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3 days from $1,995 per person

Single Supplement from $1,195 per person

Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to spend two nights in Dubai before or after your journey.

 

Accommodations:

Taj Dubai from $1,995 | Single Supplement from $1,195
Taj Palace Downtown from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai from $2,295 | Single Supplement from $1,595
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach from $2,495 | Single Supplement from $1,695

International air not included.

3 Days

Fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and check in to your luxury hotel. Discover the best of this dazzling city, viewing its remarkable architecture; visiting the Spice Market and the colorful shops at Deira Gold Souk; and ascending the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. On the last day, continue on to your journey or board your flight home.

Taj Dubai
Taj Palace Downtown
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 2); Breakfast (Day 3)


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • 2021
  • Jan 26 - Feb 03
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  • Feb 09 - Feb 17
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  • Jun 15 - Jun 23
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  • Jul 06 - Jul 14
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  • Aug 03 - Aug 11
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  • Sep 14 - Sep 22
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  • Oct 12 - Oct 20
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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.

Complimentary Safari Duffel

Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more

Customize This Journey

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.


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