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Tanzania: Climb Kilimanjaro - Machame/Western Breach Route up Mt. Kilimanjaro

Tanzania: Climb Kilimanjaro - Machame/Western Breach Route up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

from £5,995* per room 15 Days December-March, June-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Mountain Travel Sobek 14 people max
  • Arusha, tanzania
  • Active & Adventure trips

This stellar adventure takes you to the top of Kilimanjaro via the Machame/Western Breach Route, made famous by the IMAX© film of 2002. We chose this route for its maximum time for acclimatization and grandiose scenery, including stunning views of the mountain’s southern glaciers from the hauntingly beautiful Barranco Valley. We also spend a night in the inner crater area, giving us a chance to explore the glaciers!

Beginning in rainforest at 6,400 feet, we climb through magnificent alpine scenery en route to the summit. And since no trip to Africa is complete without seeing its celebrated wildlife, we include a classic safari to Ngorongoro Crater—a 102-square-mile, green-walled crater full of wildlife, and the plains of Serengeti National Park—everyone’s vision of the real Africa. Expert guides have an unrivaled commitment to providing the most memorable, exceptional experiences. Their local knowledge of Kili, coupled with extensive training, make them the “go-to” guys on the mountain (as well as on safari)!

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Follow the Machame/Western Breach, one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro (taking in the Barranco Valley and Crater Camp) and featuring the highest acclimatization camp at the Arrow Glacier
  • See the many ecosystems of Kili as you ascend and descend via different routes
  • After the climb, celebrate your efforts with a classic luxury camping safari in Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
  • Visit a Maasai boma (homestead), and experience a traditional way of life that endures despite the increasing modernization of Africa

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Tanzania: Climb Kilimanjaro - Machame/Western Breach Route up Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

 
      Day 1 : Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha National Park

      Meet in Arusha, Tanzania, and transfer to a deluxe private camp in Arusha National Park.
   
      Day 2 : Mount Meru

      Hike in the cedar and podocarpus forests on the lower slopes of Mount Meru.
 
      Day 3 : Begin trek on Kilimanjaro

      Drive to the trailhead and begin your climb through Kilimanjaro's lush rainforest lowlands. Our route on the mountain for the duration of the climb is a scenic route that encompasses five ecological zones.
    
      Day 4 : Shira Camp

      Climb above the Shira Plateau, through the rarely visited Barranco Valley, with its rare and unusual plants and along the glaciated slopes of Kilimanjaro's south face to a camp at 15,300'. We include a layover day at a high camp near the Arrow Glacier for acclimatization, giving you the best chance of making it to the summit.
   
      Day 5 : Barranco Camp

      Trek eastward toward the Kibo Massif, diverting at Lava Tower to descend and camp in the Barranco Valley.
   
      Day 6 : Arrow Glacier Camp

      Leave the Machame Route and continue our push toward the summit on the Western Breach route, camping at Arrow Glacier (15,300') at the base of the Great Western Breach itself.
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      Day 7 : Arrow Glacier Camp

      Layover day to acclimatize at Arrow Glacier, with short hike along a portion of the Western Breach ascent route.
 
      Day 8 : Crater Camp

      Ascend the Great Western Breach, a 2,500-foot ascent into Kilimanjaro's inner crater. Camp at 18,300' amidst a radical scene of towering glaciers rising from the harsh rock landscape.
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      Day 9 : Summit day!

      Rise with the sun for our push to the summit and surreal views of the African plains nearly three miles below you. Descend to a camp at 10,200'.
 
      Day 10 : End trek – “Climb Only” participants depart

      End trek and drive to Arusha.
    
      Day 11 : Ngorongoro Crater Highlands

      Enjoy the pleasures of safari life as you view the plentiful wildlife of Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, among the "must-see" spots of Africa. Take part in daily Maasai life, including a visit to a boma (homestead) and participation in an Ol Pul (meat feast) festival.
   
      Day 12 : Ngorongoro Crater

      Explore the wildlife paradise of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we'll likely spot lions, hyenas, elephants, hippos, and a host of other African game (perhaps even one of the world's few remaining black rhinos!)
    
      Day 13 : Oldupai Gorge – Serengeti

      Travel from the Ngorongoro Highlands to the vast plains of the Serengeti, stopping at Oldupai Gorge en route.
   
      Day 14 : In the Serengeti

      Explore the Serengeti, endeavoring to catch sight of the great herds of the legendary Serengeti migration.
    
      Day 15 : Arusha – Depart

      Drive to Arusha and depart for home, or join one of our extensions in East Africa.

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