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scenic Machame Route,
Mountain climbing in Africa
Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania8 Days climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame Route
Places to visit: Arusha and Mt Kilimanjaro. You get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame Route. This is the route favoured by experienced climbers, as it is more technical and challenging. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is the highest walkable summit in the world. The peaks of Mawenzi (5132 m) and Kibo (5895 m) have permanent snow and ice. On the climb, you move from a tropical to an arctic environment in a just a few days. You first pass through lush rain forests, before reaching heather and open moorland. Further upwards you reach the almost lunar landscape of an alpine desert between the two peaks.
|(Please note the rates below are in US$)|
|From||To||Rate Per Person||Single Room Supplement|
|01-Jan-2016||31-Dec-2016||US$ 1669||US$ 227|
Day 1: ARUSHA - MOSHI
Pick up from Arusha and drive to Moshi, at the foot of Kilimanjaro.
Dinner and overnight at Springland Hotel or similar
Day 2: MACHAME
Transfer to Machame Gate. After registration, the climb starts at the end of the tarmac road. Walk through the Shamba and passing the forest you end up at Machame Hut (3,000 m) in about 5-6hrs.
Dinner and Overnight in mountain tents at Machame.
Day 3: MACHAME - SHIRA
Enjoy your sumptuous breakfast then depart through the rain forest. This stage is a steady ascent emerging in the valley just ahead. This route is very popular owing to the abundant flora to be enjoyed in the valley habitat including lobelia and giant senecio plants; enjoy the scenery and flora as you cross the small valley and transverse along the rock ridge which is steep. This route has less loose rocks therefore relatively easier as you take about 6 hours to arrive at Shira Hut situated at an altitude of 3800 m. This means you climb high but will sleep at low altitude.
Dinner and Overnight camping in mountain tents at Shira.
Day 4: SHIRA - BARRANCO
Hiking time for this stage is 7 hours. Start with a well deserved breakfast then proceed towards Lava Tower (4642m). This 5 hour stage takes you through rocky terrain with loose rocks. Lunch is served at the tower to pre-empt altitude sickness and headaches which are not uncommon to most climbers at this stage. The next stage is a 2 hour descent to Barranco camp and its clear that Lava Tower is a truly acclimatization trail. Do not forget to take photos as the Kodak moments and sights on this trail are truly intriguing. Enjoy the sunset on the horizon at Barranco Hut (3860 m) as you devour your timely dinner.
Dinner at mountain tents Barranco.
Day 5: BARRANCO - BARAFU
After breakfast proceed from Barranco Hut, round the mildly challenging Barranco Wall. The glacier above is a sight to behold so take as many snaps as you can! Along we pass through the valleys and leave the Mweka route which is the best route to descend from the summit. In one hour we reach Karanga valley and refill our water as itís the last water point. Barafu in Swahili means íiceí and the Barafu Hut (4600 m) is quite cold considering the winds prevalent in the location. Later tonight you will attempt the summit, therefore, itís better to prepare your thermal clothing and gear before retiring to rest for the night. Get as much sleep and rest as possible.
Dinner and Overnight camping in mountain tents at Barafu.
Day 6: BARAFU - UHURU PEAK - MWEKA
A light breakfast is requisite before breaking camp at 2330 hrs. The first stage through the crater rim is full of loose rocks so you are advised to proceed with caution as usual. Continue with the 6 hour ascent en-route Stella point Ė a stage requiring all your mental and physical endurance. At Stella Point (5745 m) you will enjoy a rest break as you view the magnificent mountain at dawn break, if the weather permits. Afterwards, continue as you constantly encounter snow confirming the proximity of the highest summit at Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Photos will be taken at the highest point in Africa! A short rest is requisite before embarking with the descent to Mweka Hut (3100 m). Your descent from the summit to Mweka Hut will take you around 6hrs. As expected, this route is steep but nonetheless picturesque. Expect this to be your hardest day as you will have walked for about 11 hours.
Dinner and Overnight at Mweka Camp.
Day 7: MWEKA - MWEKA GATE
Start your day with an energizing breakfast, then start a short 5 hour descent from Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate. The descent is quicker than the ascent but itís advisable to slow down so as to reduce any additional pressure on your knees; slow but steady should be the speed. At Mweka enter your name and details then sign the register before proceeding to receive summit certificates. Successful climbers who reached Stella Point (5739m) are issued with green certificates while those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) get gold certificates. Afterwards, you proceed to Mweka village, an hourís hike. At the village you will enjoy a much deserved hot lunch and refreshments before continuing to Moshi for hot shower, dinner and refreshments in a jovial mood Ė you made it.
Dinner and overnight at Springland Hotel or similar
Day 8: MOSHI - ARUSHA
After breakfast, drive back to Arusha.
Note: We also offer hotel, car rental and flights bookings which we can organize for you with your tour inquiry.
The above prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons. A price reduction is available for numbers above two persons.
When arranging for your international air tickets, note that it is usually cheaper to disembark at Nairobi in Kenya. You then take a shuttle bus to Arusha at a cost of US$ 20. This shuttle bus leaves at 0800 and 1400 hrs daily from either Nairobi or Arusha. The drive takes 5 hours. If you wish to make use of this option, please indicate so.
- Transfers with pick up and drop off at Arusha or Airport
- Park entrance & rescues fees
- Accommodation and meals with 2 nights in a hotel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation in tents with 2 persons per tent during climb
- Services of a cook to prepare meals during the climb
- Service of a mountain guide (English speaking) and porters
- Government taxes
- Extras at the hotel i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- International flight
- Departure tax
- Tips to guides, porters and drivers
- Climbing equipment and sleeping bags
What to bring
A) Waterproof hiking boots,
B) Rain suit, sleeping bags,
D) Sunglasses balaclava,
E) Hand gloves,
F) Night shoes
G) Large plastic bags -essential for wetness in case of rain.