Climb Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

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.

Journey Overview

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.

Journey Highlights

  • 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 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

Journey Itinerary

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: BLD

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: BLD

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: BLD

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: BLD

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: BLD

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: BLD

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. Savour your achievement of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, and then descend to your last campsite (10,200 feet).
Mweka Camp | Meals: BLD

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: BL

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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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Lake Duluti Lodge

Climb Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Lake Duluti Lodge is a country retreat on the shores of Lake Duluti just 10 minutes from Arusha town. Set within a 30 acre working coffe ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 21, 2020 - Jan 29, 2020 Special
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Feb 4, 2020 - Feb 12, 2020 Special
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Feb 18, 2020 - Feb 26, 2020 Special
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May 19, 2020 - May 27, 2020
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Jun 9, 2020 - Jun 17, 2020
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Jun 16, 2020 - Jun 24, 2020
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Jul 7, 2020 - Jul 15, 2020
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Aug 4, 2020 - Aug 12, 2020
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Aug 18, 2020 - Aug 26, 2020
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Sep 15, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020
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Sep 29, 2020 - Oct 7, 2020
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Oct 6, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020
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Nov 10, 2020 - Nov 18, 2020
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