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Luxury Small Group Journey - Climb Kilimanjaro: Summiting the Machame Route
Best time to go: January to February, May to June, August to November
8 Nights | from £4,385pp
Holiday type: Group departure
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- Climb in confidence with A&K –we have a Kilimanjaro summit record of 97% success
- Trust in A&K’s deep experience, which spans more than 50 years in Tanzania and 30 years trekking Mount Kilimanjaro
- A&K ensures the quality of every trek by directly employing all of our chefs, porters and guides who are certified Wilderness First Responders
- Benefit from more time to acclimatise – a key component to a successful summit – with three more days on the itinerary than most other companies provide
- Utilise 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 with private toilet facilities
- Carry only a daypack, as porters transport your luggage and equipment throughout the climb and descent
- Why book Kilimanjaro with Abercrombie & Kent
Climb Kilimanjaro: Download PDF itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive in Arusha where a member of the A&K team will meet and drive you toyour hotel, for a good night's rest before embarking on your Kilimanjaro adventure.
Mount Meru Hotel
Day 2 Arusha
In preparation for the climb ahead, start to acclimatise with a walk through Arusha National Park. Situated between the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, this scenic park is home to a wide range of habitats, from a string of crater lakes populated by waterfowl, to highland montane forest and imposing summit views. The forest is home to a wealth of wildlife, including black-and-white colobus monkeys and regal bushbucks. This evening there is a welcome dinner, a chance to meet your fellow adventurers.
Mount Meru Hotel | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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 on the mountain. As you make your way up through the forested terrain, keep an eye out for elephants. Settle in to your first camp, poised at an altitude of 10,000 feet.
Machame Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4 Mount Kilimanjaro (12,500 Feet)
Awake early to a piping-hot cup of coffee or tea and hearty breakfast, before leaving camp, taking in the commanding view of Uhuru Peak. Trek out of the forest up to the Hagenia zone, through a savannah of tall grasses and haunting volcanic lava landscapes. After a six-hour hike, arrive at the Shira Plateau and the next camp. At 12,500 feet, it has sweeping views across the Masai Steppe to distant Mount Meru and the Shira Needles.
Shira Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5 Mount Kilimanjaro (13,000 Feet)
During another six-hour hike, skirt the Shira Plateau toward the Kibo Massif, continuing onwards and upwards 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: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6 Mount Kilimanjaro | Acclimatisation Day
Hike for about six hours along the Barranco Cliff with no increase in elevation. This allows time to rest and adjust to the increasingly higher altitudes. In the afternoon you may choose to hike the Karanga Valley set beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Decken and Kersten glaciers.
Karanga Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7 Mount Kilimanjaro | Preparing For TheSummit (15,200 Feet)
Hike for about four to five hours and a day of acclimatisation as you near Kilimanjaro's peak, stopping at Barafu Camp (15,200 feet) on a morain, with views of Mawenzi Peak to the right and looming Kibo Peak overhead. The surrounding scenic alpine desert terrain is largely minera, featuring mainly lichens and moss. Turn in early this evening, ahead of an early start for the summit the following morning.
Barafu Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8 Mount Kilimanjaro | Summit Day (19,341 Feet)
Rise very early to a hot cup of coffee or tea before beginning the final ascent to soaring Stella Point at 18,630 feet on the rim of Kibo Crater. Start the 13 hour trek by making your way up a winding path flanked by the towering Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. As the sun rises, continue around the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,341 feet), where the air is rarefied. Should all go to plan, you will stand at the highest point in Africa in about seven hours' time. Take some time to savour your achievement before descending to the campsite(10,200 feet).
Mweka Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9 Depart Arusha
Continue the descent to the base of the mountain, where your A&K driver will be waiting to drive you back to Arusha. Enjoy a farewell lunch with your fellow climbers to celebrate your achievement. Comfortable dayrooms are provided until your departure flight.
Mount Meru Hotel (Dayroom) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Climbing Kilimanjaro With A&K
With a successful summit rate of 97% (compared with the average of 60-70%), A&K's Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions give you an outstanding chance of reaching 'the roof of Africa.' Our experienced climbing team oversees every factor that contributes to a successful climb.
Guides And Porters
Every A&K guide is a certified Wilderness First Responder, trained in mountain craft, natural history and ecological awareness. Our guides are also trained in first aid and fluent in English, and most have completed over 200 summits. A founding member of Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and a proud Partner for Responsible Travel with the International Mountain Explorers Connection, A&K is an advocate for the welfare of our team of porters. Their hard work and dedication are what contribute to so many successful treks.
Comforts On The Mountain
Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro comes easier to those who are well rested —and A&K campsites are famous for their comforts. Our customised sleeping tents are the largest and most luxurious on the mountain, designed for two people (though three can be accommodated). Solar-lit dining tents with comfortable tables and chairs allow you to relax out of the elements and rejuvenate during the trek. Hygienic private toilets are also exclusively available to A&K trekkers.
Safety On The Mountain
A&K climbs use the finest climbing and camping apparatus, safety equipment and communications network. On every climb, we supply and carry all safety and emergency equipment, including: emergency oxygen, a portable altitude chamber, a defibrillator, pulse oximeters, a stretcher, an extensive first aid kit and three means of communication (mobile phone, two-way radio and satellite phone).
Food And Nutrition
Another key element to conquering Kilimanjaro is to maintain proper nutrition throughout your entire trek. Every meal is designed to provide the nutrition you need to reach the summit. Unlike many other companies, A&K provides fresh food throughout the entire trek, including abundant snacks between meals, as well as unlimited, purified water. Special diets can also be accommodated.
While most trekkers spend a total of five days on the mountain, we schedule seven days (six nights) to allow more time for premium altitude acclimatisation, giving A&K a successful summit rate of 97%.
A&K leaves no trace on the mountain and takes pride in operating green campsites. Every A&K camp is completely portable with no fixed ground structures or plumbing, and we remove all waste from our treks.
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Departure Dates & Pricing
|Departure Dates||Per Person from|
|22nd Nov 2016||£3,725|
|24th Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 23rd May, 20th Jun, 25th Jul, 8th, 22nd Aug, 19th Sep, 24th Oct 2017||£4,385|
The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
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Kilimanjaro (for Northern Tanzania), Dar es Salaam via Nairobi (for Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar)
11 hours 30 minutes including transit stop
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
December - March, July - October
Due to Tanzania's proximity to the equator the climate is generally warm year round ranging between 25°C to 32°C, there are however regional variations. With two rain seasons, the long rains fall in April and May (into early June) and the short rains falls in October and November. The best times to travel are December, January, February or late June to early October.