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Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Full Moon Summit

Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Full Moon Summit

Enjoy an unforgettable experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain,on a full moon night. The moonlight will also make the final night climb on your summit challenge easier
Operator rating 9.7/10 from 101 trip reviews
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Price: USD $1,575 per person
Type: Adventure Holiday
Duration: 6 days
Customise: This Adventure Holiday can be customised
Country: Tanzania
Accommodation: Mixed
Game Parks:
Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Activities: Mountain Climbing, Hiking
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Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route Full Moon Summit

“Full Moon Summit Special”
fixed departure Kilimanjaro Climbing schedule that departs on specific dates.

We offer set departure dates for the below scheduled programs leaving from Arusha/Moshi on the specific dates to tie in with the full moon. These are fixed for groups/people who would like to join other people traveling on these Full moons Kilimanjaro summiting

Full Moon Summit dates - 2014
Jan - Start: 12th | Summit: 16th | End: 17th
Feb - Start: 10th | Summit: 14th | End: 15th
Mar - Start: 12th | Summit: 16th | End: 17th
Apr - Start: 11th | Summit: 15th | End: 16th
May - Start: 10th | Summit: 14th | End: 15th
Jun - Start: 9th | Summit: 13th | End: 14th
Jul - Start: 8th | Summit: 12th | End: 13th
Aug - Start: 6th | Summit: 10th | End: 11th
Sep - Start: 5th | Summit: 9th | End: 10th
Oct - Start: 4th | Summit: 8th | End: 9th
Nov - Start: 2nd | Summit: 6th | End: 7th
Dec - Start: 2nd | Summit: 6th | End: 7th


NOTE:
For 5days climbing, you have to start your climb 3 days before the summiting day/date, and for 6 days climbing, you have to start your climb 4days before the summiting day/date.

Kilimanjaro ascent Machame route 6 days/5Nights

The Machame Route is one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals. On the Machame you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on blanket outside. This makes the Machame, which is referred to as the "Whiskey Route", better suited to more adventurous hikers, and it is also rewards you with better views than the Marangu Route.

Advantages:
Relatively low cost
A very scenic Kilimanjaro route
Higher success rate than Marangu


Arrival Day
- Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town for dinner and overnight.

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m
Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft
Distance: 18km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about one and half hours. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft
Distance: 9km
Walking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

Day 3: Shira Camp to Laval Tower and Barancco Camp
Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft
Distance: 15 km
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 meters. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,860 meters. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Optional Day (7-days trek): Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
HAbitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m
Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft
Distance: 13km
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 5: Baragu Camp to Uhuru Peak (summit) - Descent to Mweka Hut
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 06: Mweka Camp to Arusha
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m
Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you to the Hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.

DEPARTURE
This day you will be transferred from the hotel in Arusha town to Kilimanjaro international Airport to connect to your flight back home

* End of Tour *

Prices for 6 days
1 pax = US$ 1,638
2 pax = US$ 1,575
3 pax = US$ 1,513
4 pax = US$ 1,450
5 pax = US$ 1,388
6+ pax = US$ 1,263


Extra days on the Mountain: US $250 per person per day

Price Includes:
- Transport to and from mountain gates.
- All parks entry fees.
- All camping fees.
- Rescue fees.
- Guide and porters fees.
- Guide and porters salaries.
- All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day.
- Cook and all kitchen utensils.

Price Excludes:
- International flights
- Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival before climb and on the last day after climb book with us for US$55 per person at Impala hotel, bed and breakfast.
- Airport transfers book with us for US$60 per vehicle per transfer.
- Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature
- Hard and soft drinks and tips
- Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on request.
- All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this)

After your climb, you can add on a safari or a few days relaxing on the beach - just enquire...

Tour Operator Reviews (101) about reviews
1 
Client: Guy Darby - from United Kingdom
Trip: Tanzania 7 days Southern Circuit Safari
Rating:
rating 8/10
Comment: Our family of five have just been on safari to Ruaha, Mikumi and Selous. We had a great time and saw a leopard, cheetah, over 30 lions and hundreds of elephants.

We were very satisfied with the service. Elifasi in the office was very helpful and patient in organising the itinerary.

The guide/driver Imanuel was excellent in spotting and finding wildlife.

The lodges were all of a good standard for both accommodation and food. We reduced the costs by staying at lodges just outside the park gates.

This was very good value for money and we would have no hesitation recommending or using them again.
 
2 
Client: KitMan Chui - from Hong Kong
Trip: Big Five Safari in Tanzania - 7 days
Rating:
rating 8/10
Comment: The trip was very good and our guide was very good as well. The safari operator gave us confidence while we were planning our trip and they responded quickly with our enquiry.

We are so great to see many wild animals especially big five in the national parks. We had the chance to see the lions hunting but they failed. The African Tulip is very good and we can order food from their dinner manual while other hotels were providing dinner buffet with similar dishes.

The trip could score 8. It was really a very remarkable trip for our couple.
 
3 
Client: Ken Sullivan - from United Kingdom
Trip: Northern Circuit Safari in Tanzania
Rating:
rating 9/10
Comment: I am very happy to provide feedback on our recently completed trip to Tanzania.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time on all our days in Tanzania and couldn't have asked for a better guide than Apollo.

Despite the odd puncture, which seems to be an occupational hazard for any vehicle which drives on unmade-up roads, the entire trip went off without a hitch.

We were happy with the hotels that we stayed in and all the other parts of the trip that could be controlled by the tour operator, although to the surprise of our guide we preferred the Sopa hotels we stayed in to the Serena hotels.

The only downside was that the animals at times didn't co-operate by coming into close range for taking photos, but that's not something the tour operator can control and we don't consider that we can blame them for that (just our bad luck in some respects)

We would have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to anyone, especially if they are lucky enough to get Apollo as their guide, and would rate the entire experience as a 9 out of 10 holiday. (we have been to quite a few places in the world including the Galapagos Islands, Borneo, China, India, Hong Kong and Japan and have yet to rate anything a 10. But this last trip has probably come the closest)
 
4 
Client: Eileen Haggerty - from United States
Trip: East Africa Safari – Tanzania and Kenya
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I just returned from a 13 day safari to Kenya and Tanzani. It a was fantastic trip and the price was great too !! It was my second trip to Africa and my first with this tour operator.

We were 4 women (aged 25-69) and we had our own private safari vehicle in both Kenya and Tanzania. This is very important, especially for first time safari travelers, to have your own window even with the pop-up top. The vehicle we had seated 9, but it was our private vehicle as promised by the safari operator. We saw countless safari vehicles so packed with people that it was obvious that not everyone would have a great view.

We first went to Kenya, then Tanzania, then back to Kenya to spend our final night at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.The guide for Kenya was Jonathon. He was wonderful, the best! Reliable, knowledgeable about the parks, the animals and so accommodating that when we returned to Nairobi after Tanzania we asked for him again. I just can't say enough good things about Jonathon. He was there upon our arrival in Nairobi and for the next 8 days in Kenya. When I lost my battery charger he found a place for me to replace it and drove me into the town. (warning...the lodges we stayed at did not carry camera equipment). Saw the Big 5, saw the aftermath of a kill, saw lions, giraffe, leopard, cheetah...you name it, we saw it - every day!

Our guide for Tanzania was Apollo and again we had the best guide in Tanzania. Apollo clearly loves his job and is so enthusiastic its infectious. He is very knowledgeable and fun to be with...great sense of humor as he loved to tease us. Apollo also was very accommodating (stopping when we screamed "simama" because we saw a shop we wanted to spend some time in or we wanted to back up for a certain picture. When we were in the Serengeti he pulled over to the side of the road because he spotted a male lion. (both of our guides had vision that's hard to believe) Right after we pulled up the lion came out of the high grass, walked across the road in back of our truck, then came around to the front and sat down in the road in front of us. Amazing! This is how we saw many animals, up close and personal.

We also got to meet Chislon, our agent, in Arusha. I can't tell you how many emails we sent back and forth to get the final itinerary. He worked very hard for us to get exactly what we wanted.

The food and accommodations were great, especially the SOPA Lodges. You will never go hungry. Too much food...we all gained weight! The one place I wasn't comfortable in was the Katikati Tented Camp in Serengenti. I think this would be wonderful for families but it was a little too rough-hewn for us older women. The 25 year old didn't mind it at all...she said that's what camping is about.

Our final night was spent at Giraffe Manor. This is very pricey but well worth it. You get to feed the giraffes up close and they even come to your bedroom window for food. You can also have breakfast with them as they stick their heads in the dining room. The really cater to you at Giraffe Manor and if you can afford to splurge this is the place to do it, even if only for one night.

Our itinerary was Samburu Reserve, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara in Kenya, then Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Crater, Tarangire National Park, Arusha in Tanzania and then Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.

It was a very busy itinerary and my only regret was not scheduling time in Zanzibar between Kenya and Tanzania.
 
5 
Client: Pedro Neves - from Portugal
Trip: Mikumi National Park Tanzania – 2 Day Safari
Rating:
rating 9/10
Comment: it was a wonderful nature experience, very well conducted for our driver/guide - a special thanks to him (that one you must keep!)
 
6 
Client: Ayelet Yaniv - from Israel
Trip: 6 day Fun Safari in Tanzania's Northern Parks
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: Our holiday in Tanzania was a perfect 10.... we enjoyed every thing there.

It's been a wonderful and exciting vacation for all of us.

Tanzania is a wonderful place and the people of Tanzania are warm and welcoming.
It has been a pleasure to make business with the operator and Mr. Peniel Vello Laizer.

Our vacation was well organized from the minute we arrived till the minute we depart and it's all thanks to them.

We had a wonderful ranger (Apollo), we enjoy his personality and his wide knowledge of Tanzania.

We had an amazing vacation, we will never forget it.
 
7 
Client: Chelsey Young - from Tanzania
Trip: Reality Cycle trip round Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I really enjoyed this tour. Of all the things I had planned for my dad's visit, he enjoyed this the most, and said it's what he would remember the most.

The tour guides were very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable on what the tour covered. All the people in the duration of the tour knew them and that gave the tour a more authentic and welcoming vibe. Very good tour, very good guides, and a very good experience.

If anyone else comes to town, this is a tour I will always set up for them. To show them the real Tanzania.
 
8 
Client: Judith Dumont - from Canada
Trip: 6 day Fun Safari in Tanzania's Northern Parks
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: Me and my husband recently travelled to Tanzania for a safari.

First we planned our safari with Peniel (our trip coordinator) through internet. He was very pleasant and always responding quickly to my many many questions. He took the time to really understand what we really wanted and made sure we got it. Then he met us at the airport and brought us to our hotel for our first night before our safari. He explained everything to us and was very thorough. We really liked him. He is a very special person to us.

Then we met our first guide for 1 day Winnie. Very nice young fellow. Then came Apollo for the rest of the safari. What can we say about Apollo. Well he is one of a kind. Very nice person and one thing that we noticed is that he is very helpful with everybody. We had so many laughs with him especially him and my husband. Very knowledgeable.We saw lots of animals. We also had the honor of meeting his family. What a nice family and we were so well received.

Then there was our cook Benson(Ben Manase Kingu). Wow what good food we had. And he was always so eager to help. He made sure our flap tent were open during the day while we were gone on a safari drive or if it rained made sure they were closed. Very nice person. He even made us a cake all decorated and Happy New Year written on it since our safari started on jan 1/2013. We also got to meet his family.

They were so nice. Well all in all we want to say that we had a fantastic time with fantastic people that we now consider our friends. Thank You everybody for making our trip so memorable.
Judy & Germain
 
9 
Client: Christine - from United States
Trip: Nature Safari -3 Days, 2 Nights Safari in Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: My friend and I had an excellent time on safari!

Our driver was friendly and knowledgeable about the animals, plants, and history of the parks we toured. Our camp cook was amazing! He prepared some of the best dishes that I had in Tanzania. Also, he baked my friend and I a special cake to help celebrate the New Year! Finally, Peniel made us certificates that included our date of travel and the names of
the parks that we visited.

Peniel even arranged for our (cheap) transfer to the airport after our stay in Arusha. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend them.
 
10 
Client: Valerie Denney - from United States
Trip: Reality Cycle trip round Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: This is a fantastic tour and a "must do" for any first time visitor to Dar, as I was.

It helps you understand more about the people who live in Dar and makes what can seem like a complex and intimidating place, accessible, friendly and understandable.
 
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