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Mount Kilimanjaro 7 Day Climb: Machame Route

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Countries Visited

Tanzania

Places Visited

Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Enjoy your 7-day Tanzania tour hiking on the scenic Machame Route, traversing numerous ecosystems, and marveling at stunning vistas across Kilimanjaro.  Beautiful, inspiring, challenging; little ignites the imagination as much as the iconic mountain. Climbing to epic heights and along the dynamic scenery is an unforgettable experience as you trek to discover the special feeling of standing at 5,895 meters on the roof of Africa.

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Trip Highlights

  • Savor the unbeatable feeling of reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5,895 meters
  • Marvel at dramatic landscapes as you climb the world's highest free-standing mountain
  • Trek through tropical jungle, beautiful forest, alpine desert, and a snowy wonderland
  • Hike through surreal alpine desert that's filled with bizarre rocks and otherworldly plants
  • Stare at the views of East Africa's savannas as you circle the summit
  • Take the Machame route, the most scenic of Kilimanjaro routes and one that offers excellent altitude acclimatization
  • Only carry a day-pack as local porters carry all of your equipment
  • Enjoy spacious three-person tents shared by two people, and gaze out onto Africa from perfectly situated camps

Detailed Description

There are few experiences in the world that can match climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. There's the excitement of slowly ascending to the roof of Africa, the beauty of hiking through a pristine landscape, and the inspiring challenge of going for the summit. Then there are the views. Africa extends beneath your eyes, great grassy savannas continuing beyond the horizon. Spectacular alpine desert always brings gasps from hikers, while Uhuru Peak always keeps you company, towering over the camps and offering a stunning vista every morning. But when people remember the adventure of Kilimanjaro, it's the feelings that they recall first. The encompassing serenity as you climb above 4,000 meters, the determination that breathes new life into weary legs as you approach the summit, the ecstasy of standing at 5,895 meters. And finally the feeling of complete happiness that takes months to wipe off your face.

Let's not pretend that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is easy. The world's highest free-standing mountain requires a sense of adventure and plenty of determination. But it doesn't require any specialist climbing skills or superhuman fitness levels. It's achievable by anyone with a decent level of physical fitness. Resolve and adrenalin normally take you the rest of the way. Maximizing your chances of reaching the summit, this itinerary follows the Machame Route. It's the most scenic of Kilimanjaro's routes and offers seven days on the mountain. That means shorter individual days hiking and excellent altitude acclimatization. You'll ascend through a rainforest, cross open moorlands, hike up and down alpine deserts, and then head for the snow-capped peak on day six.

A team of porters carries all your equipment, while your experienced guides know every step along the trail. Some parts require exciting scrambles; others involve tranquil hikes across a lunar like landscape. Each day is different, and each camp is ideally situated, offering shelter from the weather and unforgettable vistas. Your porters set up the camp and cook filling meals, and this itinerary offers the best possible facilities on the Machame route. By day six the legs feel heavy, but determination and excitement normally push people up the snowy scree towards the summit. Yes, it's tough. But climbing Mount Kilimanjaro galvanizes the body and soothes the soul. And standing on the roof of Africa? You'll discover just how good that feels when you're 5,895 meters high, on top of the world's highest free-standing mountain. It often takes months for people to stop smiling after they return from this vacation.

Since you are in Africa, and if you have time, consider adding a Tanzania safari tour before or after your climb.  Also, be sure to read the travel reviews of Tanzania luxury tours for ideas and to hear about other Tanzanian experiences.

Starting Price

$3,145 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
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Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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