Western Breach spacutalar and beautiful route to the summit the footsteps of the ” IMAX film ” crew during the filming of Mount Kilimanjaro: “To the Roof of Africa” Tanzania offers the best trekking in Africa, The Mount Kilimanjaro 19340ft / 5896m the world largest free standing Mountain known as Roof top of Africa and the only highest point in Africa. Trekking throught Machame / Western Breach Route is one of the most scenic route on the mountain, our trek begins in the rainforest winding through the giant heather zone into the moorland, and finally into the highland desert. Each night we will overnight in mountain dome tents enjoying the meals prepared by our mountain camp chefs. Your guide will be the local Tanzanian guides the expertise and best knowledge of the mountain, explain fascinating details about the route, Flora and Fauna, and attend to the endless details that make a climb successful and look out for your safety. The treks are generally approximately no longer than eight days in total, and so you can combine trekking holiday with and safari holiday or Zanzibar Beach holiday. There is no special equipment or expertise needed to ascend Mount Kilimanjaro – the basic thing is having a slow pace. The routes have been chosen to allow a slow gradual hike. Any physically fit person is able to trek Mount Kilimanjaro. However, please note the following – you are not permitted to trek the mountain if you have any respiratory problems, cold, high / Low Blood pressure, diabetics or any cardiac problem. Mount Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and should not be under estimated.
Day 01: TRANSFER TO TOWN OF ARUSHA.
Pick up from your Hotel Nairobi or from Jomo Kenyatta Int Airport (NBO) and transfer by shuttle bus to Arusha or Pick up from Kilimanjaro Int Airport (JRO) to Arusha and drop of at your Hotel, Novotel Mount Meru situated out side town of Arusha, From your hotel your will enjoy stupendous view of Mount Meru second biggest Mountain in Tanzania. Overnight Stay at Keys Hotel – Moshi or Mount Meru Hotel – Arusha 3 Star (Bed & Breakfast).
Day 02: FROM ARUSHA TO MACHAME GATE
At 08:00am After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel to our office were you will have briefing about daily routine during your trek and there after we depart Arusha town for Machame Gate for completing the all necessary registration formalities at Mount Kilimanjaro National Park – Machame gate. Begin trekking through the rain forests on a winding trail, to the Machame hut 10000ft / 3000m Overnight camping Camping in mountain tents at Machame hut. (Approximant estimated 5 -7 hours walking).
Day 03: SHIRA HUT.
Early today leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing a little valley and walking along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather. The route then turns west onto a river gorge at 3658m, Overnight camping in mountain tents at Shira Hut campsite 12500ft / 3800m. (Approximant estimated 5 -7 hours walking).
Day 04: TO LAVA TOWER HUT.
Our walk today takes about 5-6 hours. We will leave the moorland behind and continue up a rocky path through typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation of Senecios, Lobelia and Helichrysum. >From Lava Tower the views up towards Kibo, of the Western Breach, are fantastic. Camping in mountain tents at Lava Tower Hut at 15000ft /4600m.( Approximant estimated 5 – 6 hours walking).
Day 05: ARROW GLACIER.
Today we climb the slope behind the hut, through cliffs of rock forming the arrow glacier. We camp in mountain tents at the ruins of Arrow Glacier Hut at 16100ft / 4900m. ( Approximant estimated 3 – 4 hours walking).
Day 06 : ARROW GLACIER TO CRATER CAMP.
We leave Arrow Glacier and begin the climb up through the Western Breach until we reach a ridge like a staircase and scramble up onto the crater floor. The Western Breach is the steepest part of the mountain with loose rocks and boulders. Whilst the climb is non-technical, the altitude combined with the incline will be a significant barrier to pace. It takes about 6 hours to reach the crater floor. Once at the crater there is also the opportunity to meander over to the ash pit for views that most climbers never get to see. We camp in mountain tents at Crater Camp at I8750ft / 5700m.( Approximant estimated 5 – 6 hours walking).
Day 07: UHURU PEAK THE SUMMIT 5895m – MWEKA HUT.
Just after midnight trek to Stella point (5745m) on the way to the Summit, the Uhuru Peak. This part of the climb takes about 7 hours. You have now reached the highest point in Africa 19340ft / 5896m !! From the summit descend to Mweka hut campsite 10000ft / 3000m for overnight camping ( Approximant estimated 6 – 7 hours walking).
Day 08: MWEKA HUT TO ARUSHA.
The day is spent descending to the Mweka park gates, From Mount Kilimanjaro transfer to town of Arusha which is start point of northern Tanzania Safaris and centre point of Cape to Cairo, drop off to the hotel of your choice at your base point in Arusha Town or Moshi Town at your hotel, Moshi Town which is situated approximentaly 2 hours from the Mount kilimanjaro , Overnight Stay at Keys Hotel – Moshi or Mount Meru Hotel – Arusha 3 Star (Bed & Breakfast). (Approximant estimated 4 – 6 hours walking).
Day 09: MWEKA HUT TO ARUSHA.
After breakfast return transfer to Kilimanjaro Int Airport or Shuttle bus to Nairobi or possible option for Safari excursion or Zanzibar Beach Holiday End of your Trekking holiday.
We highly recommend after your Mount Kilimanjaro trekking, an adventure not to be missed to explore the Tanzanian wilderness safari and Zanzibar beach holiday. Contact our safari consultant who will help you to design your Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach to fit with your trekking holiday.
The safari and tour prices below include
- All park entrance, camping (or hut) and rescue fees,
- All meals and filtered drinking water while on the mountain,
- Guide (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porter salaries and fees (porters are paid
- According to national park recommendations),
- Camping equipment including mountaineering sleeping and mess tents (North Face, Marmot and
- Mountain Hardware), foam mattresses, toilet tent, chairs and tables,
- Emergency oxygen bottles,
- Transfer to/from Kilimanjaro National Park,
- Flying Doctors evacuation insurance
The safari and tour prices below exclude
- The climb does not include gratuities, soda/alcohol, energy snacks and drinks such as Power Bars,
- Personal camping equipment such as sleeping bags, visa fees, hotel in Arusha, airport transfers,
- travel/health insurance, airfare, or items of a personal nature.