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KILIMANJARO MACHAME ROUTE

Strenuous Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Machame Route

A JOURNEY TO ROOF OF AFRICA AND ONE OF THE 7 SUMMITS OF THE WORLD.

The tallest mountain in Africa, glaciers on the equator, a sunrise from the summit unrivaled by anything we’ve ever experienced in the world and a local culture that makes you fall in love with everything about this place. It’s little wonder Kilimanjaro is our most popular trekking adventure. You don’t have to be an athlete to make this possible for yourself. The only pre-requisite to this experience is wanting it. Everything else is detail.

Trekking

TRIP TYPE

Trekking, Summit

Trip duration

DURATION

9 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Tanzania

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tent

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It’s the highest mountain in Africa and one of the 7 summits

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African vibes meet alpine expedition. That’s what makes this experience so unique.

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From rainforest to glaciers, this trail passes through 5 eco-systems.

Itinerary

This adventure is for everyone from the first-time explorer to the experienced and seasoned trekker alike. Kilimanjaro is a formidable physical and mental challenge that’ll push your boundaries. We recommend picking up a dedicated exercise routine to help prepare for it.

DAY 1: ARRIVING TO KILIMANJARO

We’ll be received at the airport and transferred to the hotel by the LHO team leader. Early arrivals can explore the vibrant town of Moshi at the foot of Kilimanjaro. We highly recommend the Union Coffee Shop in town for those of us who like great coffee and ever better pies. A team briefing and dinner will be held for everyone on our first night together at a trendy Moshi restaurant. This will be the first opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and hear the details about the days to come. Bag checks will be conducted upon returning to the hotel.

DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP

Our first day on the trail starts later than usual. We’ll depart from the hotel at 9am in the direction of the Machame gate. The drive takes a little under one hour. Once at the gate we’ll perform the check in procedures. This can take a while so we’ll be having lunch at the gate before departing for the trail. The first section of the trail is fully in the deep rain forest. It’s an opportunity to see monkeys and other wildlife. This section boasts the most beautiful flora of the trail and we’ll have a lot of time to stop and take pictures. We expect to arrive at Machame camp (3,000 meters) by sunset where dinner will be waiting.

DAY 3: SHIRA

Our second day on the trail starts early as we make our way out of the rainforest into the short grass vegetation zone. The look and feel changes from jungle to alpine vegetation as we make our way to 3,900 meters before descending to Shira camp at 3,700 meters. Lunch on this day will be at Shira camp because we usually arrive early. The afternoon will be spent relaxing and taking pictures of the epic views we get of Mount Meru on the horizon. Dinner will also be at Shira camp.

DAY 4: LAVA TOWER

The trek to Lava Tower is the first real taste of the high altitude environment as we reach almost 4,600 meters of altitude before descending to Baranco at 3,900 meters. We purposely choose the high route to Baranco to enable our bodies to acclimatize. This is also the first full day on the trail. We’ll be having a packed lunch on this day at the Lava Tower before descending to Baranco for our hot dinner. The environment shifts into an alpine desert as we weave our way past dramatic rock formations. It is common to find snow at the higher altitude.

DAY 5: THE BARANCO WALL

The Baranco Wall is a 300-meter-high wall that flanks our camp. From far it appears like a challenging rock climb but as we approach it the trail becomes clear. After a short walk from the camp we’ll begin our ascent. This is traditionally the most exciting day of the trek with plenty of photo opportunities. Once we reach the top there is a gradual trek over fairly well marked terrain. The last section before the camp is an ascent that usually takes around 45 minutes and we intend to reach Karranga camp in time for a hot lunch. The rest of the day will be spent recovering and acclimatizing before dinner later in the evening.

DAY 6: BARAFU SUMMIT BASE CAMP

This is the shortest day on the mountain. The three hour walk to Barafu (4,600 meters) is a beautiful one with the summit ridge of Kilimanjaro clearly visible above us throughout the day. On this day we’ll be running the walk as we do on the summit night. This means that breaks will be short and the pace will be slow but consistent. After arriving at Barafu we’ll have lunch and dedicate the rest of the day to much needed rest. Dinner will be early at 5pm where a full briefing will take place for the summit push. We’ll be woken up at 11pm to prepare to make our move to the top at midnight.

DAY 7: SUMMIT

At midnight, after having some tea and biscuits, we’ll depart the camp in the direction of the summit. The first section to a region known as Kosovo is a little rocky but very manageable. Once at Kosovo the trail eases onto a flat section before starting a section known as the switchbacks. This is where the biggest altitude gain on the trail takes place as we weave our way to reach the crater ridge at Stella Point. From Stella Point the summit becomes visible and it’s a 40 minute easy ascent to Uhuru peak. After taking our pictures we’ll make a direct descent back to Barafu where we’ll rest and have lunch. After lunch we’ll continue down the mountain to Mweika camp at the edge of the rainforest.

DAY 8: MWEIKA

From Mweika we’ll descend the three last hours of the trail to the gate of Kilimanjaro and return to the hotel. A BBQ dinner will be our last event together!

DAY 9: HAKUNA MATTATA!

The final day is dedicated to airport transfers. Breakfast is included at the Chanya Lodge. Team members will be shuttled to the airport depending on flight schedules.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters, Chef & Permits
  • Indicated Camping Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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Hear From Our Community

Just did the Feb/Mar Kilimanjaro trip with LHO and it was one of the best experiences! Every detail was thought of, the experience was managed extremely well but most importantly the team did not operate like a tour/adventure agency, they were part of us and that made all the difference! Thank you Rami and team!

Farah Moumneh

Awesome experience climbing Kilimanjaro with these guys! Everything was incredible down to the last detail, will be back for more soon.

Fadi Maktabi

For any beginner who would like to venture out alone like me, know that you will be encouraged and appreciated through out your days with LHO. From simplest to the most important aspect of this climb everything was so perfectly taken care of. They will prepare you, encourage you and leave you with an experience to last for a life time. Rami, Steve and many more amazing people i met thank you a ton for being so supportive.

Vajiha Nisar

I went to Kilimanjaro with LHO team & they made my experience wonderful.Very nice & professional team, very attentive to all details , personalized attention based on each & everyone situation and need, home feel and most importantly they give you encouragement to get the best out of your experience and out of yourself , to enjoy & to create everlasting memories. Thank you LHO team.

Nour Mokdad

I had an epic experience with LHO on the 2019 Kilimanjaro trek - one of those life-changing trips that makes you reassess pretty much everything and just appreciate being in the present. Hugely challenging, massively fun, an incredible team environment, and I am all set to do another trip with them next year! Woop!

Sarah Zakzouk

Best team out there! Definetly the one to go to for your next adventure

Tatiana Mokbel

I went to the summit of Kilimandjaro with Rami from LHO and an amazing team and it was the best experience of my life. LHO has a spirit that fits my believes concerning the respect of nature and how to approach the challenge with humility honesty but also with faith and humanity. I did it thanks to the help of Rami and the team and I will go back again for new adventures with them ! Lots of love and light to you all !!

Katia Mehanneche

LHO is made up of passionate and well-prepared people who make sure that your adventures will be memorable (and safe)! Great job guys!

Mary Vì

Rami is very professional and knowledgeable. I went to kilimanjaro with him and it was an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended

MI Zalzaly

I’ve had my eyes set on climbing Kilimanjaro for the past 10 years & finally with the help of LHO I was able to do it. We did it last week and all I have to say it was the most amazing week of my life! At the beginning I only cared about summiting, but throughout our journey I realized that it’s way more than that! It’s about the experience! The food was so delicious& nutritious, the group was amazing we quickly became a family & bonded together, the porters& guides were so attentive & helpful and Rami was an amazing team leader always motivating us! Reaching the top became just an extra perk! We will always have Kili & I highly recommend anyone to embark on this adventure with LHO, it will be a trip of a lifetime! Can’t thank you enough LHO for helping me live the most amazing week of my life! I can’t wait to go on more trips with you guys!

Ghenwa Tarabai

Went to Kilimanjaro (Machame route) with LHO this past March - fantastic experience! Highly recommend it. The trail offers gorgeous views and unforgettable sunsets. It is demanding, especially summit night, but deeply exhilarating. The team leader, Rami Rasamny, is a mountaineer in the truest and best sense of the term - knowledgeable about the terrain and conditions, strict when he needs to be and very flexible when he can be. Little is left to chance - morning medical checks, balanced, nutritious meals, even day-bag inspections to ensure proper content and weight. Everything is carefully organized around safety, comfort and sheer fun. Also, the local team, led by Asseno, is simply amazing! It is a fantastic experience that I will always treasure! I have been back only a month and I am already looking forward to my next adventure with LHO :)

Nadine Debbas Achkar

I went to Kilimangaro via Machame route during March with LHO team. All the team was so friendly and made my experience extremely nice! very professional team & fun at the same time! we felt like we are one big family during the whole week.

Jinane Daaboul

Done 2 Life Happens Outdoors trips now and both have been amazing. Rami and his team think of everything to ensure you experience a safe, fun and fulfilling trip. I would highly recommend Life Happens Outdoors, whether you are stepping out of your comfort zone or are a seasoned trekker. There are trips for all levels and you will be supported/guided every step of the way.

Kerry Kiel

Just did the Kilimanjaro trip with LHO, and It was the best trip I have ever done.

Vicky Gamil

A 24-hour decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my life so far. I can’t sum it up in couple of words; you need to experience it yourself.

Zeina Safa

This trip was an outstanding experience. Rami, and everyone at LHO, were easy to communicate with and answered all the questions to help me prepare for this trip. From the moment they picked me up at the airport everything was extremely organized and easy. I would not have made it to the summit without the help of the entire guide team. I’m stoked to start planning my next trip with them!

Samuel Ayer

A five stars experience with a five stars organization! People truly capable of inspiring and motivating any level adventurer to achieve their goal. I loved it, and so did everyone on our team. Thanks will be back.

Roberto David

Climbing Kilimanjaro brings you closer to Beauty and Life. Climbing Kilimanjaro with Life Happens Outdoors is a whole other story. Being with such inspiring and beautiful people inside out brings more sweetness, joy and love to the experience. In an intense journey, it is wonderful to be surrounded by such caring and loving people.

Lamia Farhat

Our trip to the Kilimanjaro top was one of the best experience I had. The team of Life happens outdoors is on every aspect top of the line . Pro, friendly, psychological, equipped and again friendly! Leaders, guides, cooks, porters all know what to do and are doing more. We felt pampered and thanks to the experience of the team we all joined the top of Africa. You gave us the feeling of family style hike with the strength of international corporation behind us. Thanks again Pascal

Pascal Streit

Hello, All around great trip with super attentive and caring hosts Anthony and Elie. The guides and porters are gems and an integral part of the trip’s comfort and satisfaction. The tents are comfortable and the mat essential. The food is also adequate and in some cases excellent given how remote the campsites are. In terms of constructive feedback, I would advise future guests that they are very likely to get sick and tired due to the altitude. Had I known, I would’ve brought more medication and painkillers like panadol to take the edge off the headaches. I really appreciated Elie’s attention to detail. He was able to pay attention and follow up with a very demanding group through sickness and health. The man was made to be hospitable.

Leila Kaissi

Amazing trip, very well organised and Bader was incredible. Really enjoyed and will definitely be planning another trip with LHO!

Melissa Jefferies

The trip with Elie and Anthony was amazing and incredibly well organised. The porters and guides in Tanzania were also extremely supportive and made sure that the team had everything they needed to achieve their goals of summitting the mountain. Fully recommend the experience as a great adventure :)

Varsha Muckatira

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Top Questions

Are there any vaccines or medications I need to take for Tanzania?

Vaccines: As a general recommendation for travel, make sure that your tetanus & hepatitis shots are up to date. If you live, are transiting through or have previously visited any country in sub-Saharan Africa in the past 5 years, you will be required to have a yellow fever vaccine and carry the booklet as proof of vaccination.

Medications: We recommend taking over the counter Malaria medication. Please consult your doctor for the tablets that work best for you.

Vaccines: As a general recommendation for travel, make sure that your tetanus & hepatitis shots are up to date. If you live, are transiting through or have previously visited any country in sub-Saharan Africa in the past 5 years, you will be required to have a yellow fever vaccine and carry the booklet as proof of vaccination.

Medications: We recommend taking over the counter Malaria medication. Please consult your doctor for the tablets that work best for you.

What's the toilet situation?

There are fixed toilets at the campsites and at different points on the trail. The campsite toilets are relatively well maintained. We also have a private toilet tent that can be used at the campsites. We don't advise anyone to poop in nature because we want to preserve the environment, especially in the higher altitude locations where poop doesn't disappear with rain nor gets absorbed by the soil. It freezes and stays there!

There are fixed toilets at the campsites and at different points on the trail. The campsite toilets are relatively well maintained. We also have a private toilet tent that can be used at the campsites. We don't advise anyone to poop in nature because we want to preserve the environment, especially in the higher altitude locations where poop doesn't disappear with rain nor gets absorbed by the soil. It freezes and stays there!

Where does the drinking water come from? Is there a need to get a purifier for drinking or tablets that purify the water?

Drinking water is sourced from local springs on the mountain then boiled and sanitized with special tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. You will have unlimited treated water refills throughout the expedition.

Drinking water is sourced from local springs on the mountain then boiled and sanitized with special tablets to ensure it's safe to drink. You will have unlimited treated water refills throughout the expedition.

What's the temperature and weather like?

The lowest temperatures experienced on Kilimanjaro are during the summit night when it can go as low as -15 Celsius. The coldest portion of the entire trip is usually the first hour of summit night and just before sunrise at around 4:30 am. On most other days temperatures can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius or higher if there's no wind. On most nights temperatures can dip to 0 degrees Celsius.

There's no way to climb Kilimanjaro and not experience all the seasons at some point. Even du

The lowest temperatures experienced on Kilimanjaro are during the summit night when it can go as low as -15 Celsius. The coldest portion of the entire trip is usually the first hour of summit night and just before sunrise at around 4:30 am. On most other days temperatures can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius or higher if there's no wind. On most nights temperatures can dip to 0 degrees Celsius.

There's no way to climb Kilimanjaro and not experience all the seasons at some point. Even during the dry season, it will still rain in the rainforest because of humidity clouds that form at the base of the mountain, and get pushed up to higher altitude by midday. We'll also feel warmer weather and may even find ourselves in shorts and t-shirts as high up as summit base camp (4,600m). Your gear list has everything you need in order to make sure you're able to go through all the different weather conditions and enjoy every aspect of this beautiful mountain.

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details.