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The Machamé Route (aka “the Whiskey Route”) offers several distinct advantages to other routes on the mountain. Our favorite of which is the fact that is it is far less traveled compared to the whopping 15,000 yearly attempts made on more direct routes, such as the Marangu. This isolation on the ascent offers our customers a pristine wilderness experience and less known views of this worldwide wonder.
The Machamé is also near and dear to our hearts thanks to a safer and more comfortable acclimatization schedule than other routes on the mountain. Our approach on the Machamé Route offers an ideal 7-day schedule and our success rate is very high! The majority of other Kilimanjaro climbs use a 5 or 6-day itinerary resulting in several failed attempts. However, trips longer than 7-days often add hiking time lower on the mountain without aiding the acclimatization process. Therefore, our 7-day approach hits the mark of an ideal acclimatization process without wasting energy at lower altitudes. We know that sleeping on the famous crater rim may be a great experience, but trust us, the sights to be discovered on the Machamé Route will take your breath away! Furthermore, you’ll be perfectly acclimatized too, so what’s not to like?
For our trip, High Camp is located under 16,000ft, as opposed to the 17,000ft altitude on several other options. This is another calculated decision on our part to give you the best chance possible to reach the summit and enjoy your adventure to the fullest! We take the extra step to follow the established mountaineering philosophy of “Climb High, Sleep Low” with our Camp being located under 16,000ft; and your enjoyment, safety, and success are always our top priorities! What’s more, the Machamé Route is by far the most ecologically diverse route on the mountain. Our exceptional camp selection exposes climbers to the area’s remote and pristine environment via no less than 5 distinct ecological zones.
Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport-Arusha
Upon arrival, we transfer to Hotel Arusha in Arusha town where we relax after our long flight. Tonight we will sort out our kits and meet the team at dinner where we brief for tomorrow’s trek. [D]
Day 2 – Arusha to Machamé Camp
We drive to our starting point at Machamé Gate where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of local porters, and start our trek. The path winds its way through magnificent forest where the air is noticeably humid, however the climb is a steady one and takes us to our first camp at 3,100m. (Trek time approximately five hours) [B,L,D].
Day 3 – Machamé Camp to the Shira Plateau
We continue up, out of the jungle forest, with a steep climb up to open moorland. After lunch we head for Shira Plateau and our campsite at 3,800m. Here we are greeted with amazing views of both the summit of Kili and Mount Meru. (Walking time approximately six hours) [B,L,D]
Day 4 – Shira Plateau to Barranco Camp
Now walking on high moorland, the landscape changes dramatically as the lush forests are left behind. Traversing the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, we climb up to heights of 4,600m before passing under the Lava Tower and descending towards our camp at Barranco, located at 3,900m. (Walking time approximately seven hours.) [B,L,D]
Day 5 – Barranco Camp to the Karanga Valley
Today is a shorter day and begins with an ascent up the Barranco Wall which divides us from the slopes of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s neighboring peak. The climb is steep but non-technical, so expect a serious aerobic day! We pass under magnificent glaciers as our route takes us through the Karanga Valley to our camp just below 4.000m. For those with extra energy, the afternoon can be spent on a further acclimatization trek up to 4,200m. (Walking time approximately five hours.) [B,L,D]
Day 6 – Karanga Valley Acclimatization Day
Today we have a chance to rest or take on some more aerobic activity. This will help prepare us for our summit attempt. Contingency day for summit day/bad weather. [B,L,D]
Day 7 Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp
We set off in the morning after a good rest toward Barafu Camp at 4,600m. The climb takes us across scree fields, and the lack of vegetation is evident! We arrive at camp early for proper rest and recovery before our summit push later in the evening. Just before midnight, we’ll set off for the final climb to the summit! (Walking time approximately five hours.) [B,L,D]
Day 8 – Barafu Camp to Millennium Camp
Our night trek allows us to avoid walking for too long in the heat of the sun but temperatures will be cold; below freezing. Our progress will appear slow over the scree but we gain height rapidly over a short distance. Around first light, we approach Stellar Point and the views of the ice cliffs within the crater and the African plains in the distance are remarkable. Another hour’s trek takes us to the summit Uhuru (5,896m), the highest point in Africa! We descend this freezing crater rim down on scree to Millennium Camp at 3,900m. (Walking time approximately 10-14 hours.) [B,L,D]
Day 9 – Millennium Camp to Arusha
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate where we complete park formalities and say goodbye to the mountain. Awaiting vehicles take us back to our hotel in Arusha, the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge, where a welcome shower and celebration meal awaits. (Walking time approximately five hours.) [B,L,D]
Day 10 -Rest Day
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departures [B,L]
OR first day of the safari to continue exploring Africa
Safari: For the next four days we explore the wilds of Africa in “pop-top” Land Rovers driven by professional safari guides. The ecosystems we visit are home to herds of wildebeest, zebra, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, cape buffalo, topi, and gazelles. We will also see their predators; lions, cheetahs, and the elusive leopards. Each day we awake to witness the spectacular African sunrise while enjoying a cup of fresh Kenyan tea or coffee. We then embark on our wildlife game drive. During our drives we may witness a lion’s kill, follow a cheetah, or watch a pack of hyena on the chase. On one of our days we plan to visit a Maasai village. Evenings are spent relaxing, sharing stories, or just listening to sounds of the African night in luxurious tented camps situated in the African bush.
Day 10 – Tarangire National Park
Tarangire is home to more elephants per square mile than anywhere else in the world. This Park boasts the highest concentration of wildlife during the dry season of any area in Tanzania outside the Serengeti/Ngorongoro ecosystem. It is well known for its river valley, wetlands, gently rolling hills, rocky outcrops, acacia woodlands, and numerous baobabs (the upside down tree). We enjoy a picnic lunch in the bush and a game drive before driving to Lodge for the night, the Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge. [B,L,D]
Day 11 – Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast we leave the Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge and drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This Park, located about 75 miles east of Arusha, sits right at the base of the Eastern Great Rift Escarpment, a truly dramatic setting! Although small compared other game reserves, this 125 square mile Park has a year round water supply that supports numerous animals. The close proximity of a variety of distinct vegetation zones is the perfect environment for viewing many types of animals! In the lush forests, we will see troops of baboons and blue monkeys. While traveling along the shoreline of Lake Manyara, we can see large numbers of elephant, hippo and some of the 450 species of birds that call this area home. If we are lucky, we might even be able to spot a tree climbing lion. We have lunch overlooking the Lake before driving to our safari lodge for the night, the Kirurumu Manyara Lodge. [B,L,D]
Day 12 – Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Today we head for the Ngorongoro Crater. Often referred to as the “eighth wonder of the world”, this is the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera in the world. It is home to more than 30,000 mammals, and offers some of the best game viewing opportunities in Tanzania. Its reputation as one of the world’s most unique ecosystems and premier game viewing areas is well deserved, as you will see! We spend all day exploring the unforgettable crater floor before returning to Kirurumu Manyara for the night. [B,L,D]
Day 13 – Back to Arusha
After breakfast, drive back to Arusha. En-route we can stop at a local market to purchase any last minute souvenirs. We can use this day room at the Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge to clean up and repack our bags. After an early dinner, we are transferred to the airport for our evening flights. [B, L, D]
Key: B,L,D= Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included
Travel to Tanzania is relatively straightforward. Most people fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha either directly from Amsterdam or from London with a connecting flight through Nairobi.The time in Tanzania is ten hours later than in West Coast; seven hours later than East Coast.Flights departing Arusha should be booked for 7 p.m. or later on our last day in Africa (Day 13)
Travel and Flight Information
It takes as long as three months to make your travel plans and to obtain the necessary passport for your trip. We strongly recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR FLIGHT ITINERARY WITH THE BBE OFFICE BEFORE BUYING!
A valid passport is required when traveling to Tanzania. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected date of return. U.S. passport holders can stay up to 90 days without special visas. We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.
Tanzania Visas are issued on arrival. US Citizens pay $100 per person / Other National $50 per person and these Visas can be arranged beforehand as well. A passport valid for six months after date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.
Once you have entered the Arrivals Building, proceed to the “Visas” office window located on the right. After obtaining your Visa, proceed through the Passport Control before going to the baggage claim area. Then proceed through Customs. Be sure to keep all your bags together. After you clear customs, your BBE guide will meet you outside.
In Country Transportation
The provided transportation in Tanzania as stated in the itinerary is via private vehicle.
Tanzania requires proof of a valid Yellow Fever immunization certificate. (Immigration officials might force a visitor to get immunized, which is at an extra cost). Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, and Typhoid immunizations are recommended for all travelers. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended and you should consult your local doctor or physician to advise which malaria medication is best suited for you. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the CDCʼs Internet site at http:// www.cdc.gov/travel
Tanzania – country code +255. Most areas will have mobile access and Internet available. Some areas on safari may not have mobile access.
Tanzania – Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz (Type D; electrical plug has three circular pins) (Type G; electrical plug has three flat prongs)
Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers’ cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home. Be sure to inform your credit card company as well as your bank that you will travel internationally into Africa. This will eliminate any credit card holds for fraudulent activity.
The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling (TSh). Check a financial newspaper or www.xe.com for the current exchange rate prior to departure.
U.S. Dollars are accepted nearly everywhere. It is best to use crisp, clean bills printed in 2006 or later. We suggest bringing $700 in spending money for drinks, souvenirs, group tips and pocket money. You may choose to bring more depending on your shopping plans.
We recommend that you have some small denominations of cash with you for your arrival at the airport, shopping at local markets, paying for drinks, visiting a Maasai Village, etc. You should change to TSh only as much money as you think you may spend (i.e., carry cash of small denominations) as local currencies cannot be removed from the country or reconverted.
Cash machines, by far the best way to get cash in country, are readily available in Arusha and on the safari.
Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets in any area which caters to tourists
Tanzania is a unitary republic with a President as head of state
Tanzania official language is Swahili with English being the de facto language used in the government and global economy. Most tribal languages are spoken first, then Swahili, and English in education.
Tanzaniaʼs economy is mostly agriculture based. Tanzania has vast amounts of natural resources including gold, diamonds, coal, iron ore, uranium, nickel, chrome, tin, platinum, coltan, niobium and other minerals. It is the third-largest producer of gold in Africa after South Africa and Ghana. Tanzania is also known for the Tanzanite gemstones. Tanzania has dozens of beautiful national parks that generate income with a large tourism sector that plays a vital part in the economy. Prolonged drought during the early years of the 21st century has severely reduced electricity generation capacity (some 60 percent of Tanzania’s electricity supplies are generated by hydro-electric methods) During 2006, Tanzania suffered a crippling series of “load-shedding” or power rationing episodes caused by a shortfall of generated power, largely because of insufficient hydro-electric generation. Plans to increase gas- and coal-fueled generation capacity are likely to take some years to implement, and growth is forecast to be increased to seven per cent per year.
During the program we base out of the 4-Star Arusha Hotel, a classic and elegant remnant of old Colonial East Africa. This recently renovated gem is located directly in the center of town, offers a swimming pool and gym, extensive gardens, along with a 4-hour laundry service, a bar, and 2 restaurants. We will begin our trip here, leaving all extra items while on the mountain. Valuables will be locked in a secured safe with the management while we are on Kilimanjaro. We will return after the mountain for our celebration, before departing on our safari the following morning, again leaving all extra items in storage. Finally, we will return after our safari to enjoy lunch and repack all our items for evening departures homeward.
New Arusha Hotel
Phone: (255) 222-772-782, Fax: (255) 222-773-409
KILIMANJARO PRIVATE CAMP is set up every step of the way and ready for when you arrive into camp in the afternoon. A mess tent contains a table, stools, and all cutlery. Guest tents fit 2 people comfortably. A portable toilet is set up for cleaner facilities.
Excellent physical conditioning significantly increases your ability to acclimatize. The key to climbing high is proper acclimatization. Our program follows a calculated ascent profile which allows time for your body to adjust to the altitude. In addition to a proper rate of ascent, your performance is often related to how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the hours, days, and weeks prior to summit day. Proper hydration, nutrition, and warmth must be maintained on a daily basis throughout the expedition.
Physical Fitness Training
Mountaineering requires a high degree of physical stamina and mental toughness. Even for the healthiest and fittest individuals, mountaineering qualifies as an extremely challenging endeavor. Most importantly, it requires an intentional fitness program, one which mimics the physical demands of the climb. There is no better training for mountaineering than up and downhill climbing. Focus on gaining the necessary strength and stamina to go up and down steep slopes while carrying a climbing pack. Start immediately, stick with a rigorous fitness program and arrive in top physical condition. Nothing ensures a personally successful adventure like your level of fitness. Bottom line: plan on being in the best shape of your life!
Tanzania has a tropical climate. The hottest period extends between November and February while the coldest period occurs between May and August. The climate is cool in high mountainous regions. Tanzania has two major rainfall regions. One is unimodal (December – April) and the other is bimodal (October -December and March – May). The former is experienced in southern, south-west, central and western parts of the country, and the latter is found to the north and northern coast. In the bimodal regime the March – May rains are referred to as the long rains or Masika, whereas the October – December rains are generally known as short rains or Vuli.
Benegas Brothers is renowned for providing gourmet mountain cuisine. During the tented portion of the trek we will provide a selection of meals including pastas, rice, soups, and fresh foods. Bring along your favorite snack foods, energy bars, and after dinner treats.
10 or 14 days
August 7 – August 16, 2016
August 21 – August 30, 2016
September 4 to September 13, 2016
Backpacking experience and good physical condition.
Climb one of the Seven Summits and Africa’s highest mountain, experience East Africa’s culture and explore its remarkable ecology, and enjoy fantastic animal viewing in comfort while on our private safari.
Ecuador Volcanoes, Aconcagua, Khumbu Climber, Mexico Volcanoes. Bolivia Alpinist.
5 Climbers per guide; max 10 climbers.
Climb only: $4,500 (minimum of 6 climbers)
With Safari: $6,050
The current fee includes:
The fee does not include:
We can organize this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your mountaineering experience, you may want a BBE leader or go ‘self-led’ with the assistance of local guides. The cost of going private can be surprisingly reasonable, particularly if you take the self-led option. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.