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Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro Itinerary

 

KILIMANJARO – MACHAME ROUTE 6 DAYS

 

Day 1

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Moshi.  From your hotel you have great views of Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day

Overnight:  Honey Badger Lodge (BB)

 

 Day 2

On day two you have a day at leisure to book a coffee tour on the foothills of Kilimanjaro, explore the town of Moshi and pack the last articles for the climb the next day.

Overnight: Honey Badger Lodge (BB)

 

Day 3

From the hotel in Moshi it is approximately a 60min drive to Machame Gate, the starting point of your hike.  On the first day of your hike, you’ll be hiking through the rainforest belt that is found around the National Park.  Lunch will be provided in the form of a lunch packet at the gate depending on the time of arrival.  Today’s hike will take approximately 7hrs over a distance of about 18km.  The end point is Machame camp (+/- 2980m).  No running water is available at the campsite, but your guide and support team will be more than happy to provide you with water and also boil it for you on request.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 4

After breakfast you leave the rainforest and enter a heathland area, similar to Cape fynbos (South Africa).  Today’s hike will take approximately 6hrs over a distance of 9km and is also by far the easiest part of your hike up the mountain.  Along the path you will be crossing a little valley along a steep, rocky ridge with spectacular views of the Shira plateau on your left and Kibo on your right.  Amazing sunsets and moon risings can be filmed from Shira camp (+/- 3840m).

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 5

The first part of today’s hike will take you southeast towards Lava Tower.  Just below Lava Tower, lunch is served.  This part is normally very warm and dry as you hike through semi-desert.  So remember your sunblock and to drink water regularly.  From Lava Tower to the Barranco camp will take approximately 3hrs.  Today you cover a distance of 15km and this should take about 7hrs.  Barranco camp lies at +/- 3950m.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 6

This morning you must start as early as possible to cross over the Great Barranco wall.  This will take the best part of 2hrs.  Once you reach the Karanga valley, you will be served a big lunch before continuing onto the Mweka route.  This will also be your last water point prior to your descending from the summit.  After approximately 7hrs and 11km you will reach Barafu camp (+/- 4550m)

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 7

You start your final ascent to the summit around midnight.  After tea/coffee and biscuits, your hike starts and is done during the night to ensure that you reach Stella Point at first light (+/- 7hrs from Barafu camp).  This will be by far the most difficult part of your hike, as you will not only be hiking on a slope, but you will also be doing so at altitude.  It is therefore important to constantly be on the move and only take short breaks every 2hrs to avoid getting cold.  Once arriving at Stella Point (5685m), it is important not to stay too long (max 10 minutes), as you still have the last leg of your trip to complete.  After another hour, you will have reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) – the highest point in Africa!

After this amazing and emotional experience, you return to Barafu camp via Stella Point.  As the walk down will go a lot faster, you should arrive back at Barafu camp in time for a light lunch and a short break before continuing down to the Mweka camp (+/-3100m) where you spend your last night on the mountain.  Walking distance to the summit is approximately 7km, but today’s total walking distance is about 30km.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 8

 Today you can enjoy the scenery as you walk back through the rainforest.  Lunch will be served at Mweka Gate at around 12h00.  The hike from Mweka camp to the gate will take you approximately 4hrs.  From the gate you will be transferred to your accommodation in Moshi for a celebration dinner.  All successful mountaineers that have reached Uhuru Peak or Stella Point will be presented with a unique certificate to commemorate your achievement.  Today’s walking distance is 15km

Overnight:  Honey Badger Lodge (DBB)

 

 INCLUDED

 

  • Transfer from Kilimanjaro International airport in Tanzania to accommodation in Moshi
  •  Accommodation in Moshi, 3 Nights, on a bed & breakfast basis (based on shared occupancy, unless specifically indicated for a single climber)
  • Transfer from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro national park gate – starting point of your trek
  •  Transfer from Kilimanjaro national park gate to Moshi - upon completion of your trek
  •  All Kilimanjaro national park fees & government taxes, climbing permits & camp fees
  •  Rescue fees for emergency evacuation from the mountain
  •  Guides and porters’ salaries (Only qualified guides are used on each expedition)
  •  All meals on the mountain that includes hot drinks, this also includes all eating utensils
  •  All camping equipment, this includes tents, camp chairs & hikers sleeping mat
  •  On successful completion of your expedition you will receive a unique Kilimanjaro certificate issued by the Tanzanian National Park
  •  Dinner at the hotel after completion of your climb
  •  Guide carries a pulse oximeter
  •  Guide will carry a portable oxygen canister – to be used in emergency situations only! 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  •   International flights to Kilimanjaro International airport
  •  Personal items
  •  Meals and drinks not mentioned
  •  Tips for guides & mountain logistical team (average tip between US$250- US$300 per climber – dependent on route chosen, the duration and overall group size)
  •  Yellow fever inoculation (needs to be obtained 10 days prior to travel date) & malaria medications
  •  Travel insurance 
  •  Visas

 

Please note:

 

  • All above prices are per person sharing (unless specifically indicated for a single climber) and subject to change without prior notification. For a solo climb a supplement applies and in the event of being teamed up with one or more climbers, the benefit of the group price will be given although a single room and/or tent supplement (where required) applied
  • Package prices are also based on the current Kilimanjaro Park fees, also subject to change without prior notice.
  • All prices are based on the current taxes and levies as charged by the Tanzanian Government.  In the event of any unforeseen increases to the aforesaid, we reserve the right to adjust prices with immediate effect without prior notice.

 

MOUNT KILIMANJARO Climbing Itinerary

MACHAME ROUTE (DURATION: 6 DAYS)

ABOUT THE ROUTE:

Many say this is the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro; your efforts will be rewarded with a unique scenic splendour that is not seen on the other commonly traversed routes. This route is often referred to as the “Whiskey route" is better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker. Unlike the Marangu route, in which you sleep in huts, you will sleep in tents on this route the Machame. However all your equipment and supplied will be carried up the mountain by our friendly porters and delicious meals will be made for you each day.

Most climbers choose to use 6 days to climb (although an additional acclimatisation day can be included on request). Acclimatisation is the key to success with this mountain and on this route we climb high to the lava tower (4,630m) on day three and then come back down by nearly 700m to overnight, this helps you to acclimatise even better.

Below is an example itinerary, all our programmes are flexible and tailored to the individual groups so please let us know if you would like to make any changes. The day before your climb you will receive a full briefing from our climbing team, all your equipment will receive a final check and we will be able to answer any of your questions.

 

DAY 1

MACHAME GATE (1,490M) to MACHAME CAMP (2,980M)

HIKING TIME: APPROX SEVEN HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY EIGHTEEN KILOMETRES HABITAT: MONTAIN FOREST

After a hearty breakfast your guides will come to collect you and you will drive from the lodge to Machame village/gate (although you may have to walk to the gate depending on the road conditions). After registering at the gate you will begin by entering the rain forest. Living up to its name, there is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience.

You will have a welcome packed lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. The crew will set everything out at your campsite and all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the great outdoors.

 

DAY 2

MACHAME CAMP (2,980M) to SHIRA CAMP (3,840M)

HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATELY SIX HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY NINE KILOMETERS

HABITAT: MOORLAND

After an early breakfast you will climb for an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you will continue up a rocky ridge onto the stunning Shira plateau, due west of Kibo, from which you will be able to see the breath-taking glaciers. After a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3,840m. The climbing crew will provide you with a tasty meal and you will then have plenty of time to sit back and relax.

 

DAY 3

SHIRA (AT 3,840M) to LAVA TOWER (AT 4,630M) to BARRANCO CAMP (AT 3,950M)

HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATLEY SEVEN HOURS

DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN KILOMETRES HABITAT: SEMI-DESERT

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. After lunch you will climb a rocky scree path to the Lava Tower (4630m). This five hour walk will probably be your hardest day so far and some climbers may begin to feel the altitude. However our experienced team will coach you through the symptoms and provide you with all the advice and support you need.

After lunch you descend again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area, whilst it may seem illogical to be going down at this point, you will quickly appreciate its true acclimatisation benefit. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

 

DAY 4

BARRANCO CAMP (3950M) to BARAFU CAMP (4550M)

HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATLY NINE HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY THIRTEEN KILOMETRES HABITAT: ALPINE DESERT

Your day begins by tackling the awesome obstacle of the Great Barranco Wall. Whilst initially an imposing site, its climb is invariably easier than anticipated. You will quickly appreciate how beautiful the mighty Kilimanjaro is when you reach the bottom of the Heim Glacier. You will then head down to the Karanga Valley. From there you will make your way over the ridges and valleys, and join up with the Mweka route. After another hour or so, you reach Barafu (Swahili for Ice) Hut. This camp gives you a real experience of the icy elements. The camp is exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony ridge. You will appreciate your warm and cosy sleeping bags on this night! The summit is now only a further 1,345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. The team will help you to prepare your equipment and clothing for your summit attempt. You will go to bed at about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

 

DAY 5: (SUMMIT ATTEMPT)

BARAFU CAMP (4,550M) to UHURU PEAK (5895M) to MWEKA (3,100M)

HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATELY EIGHT HOURS TO REACH UHURU PEAK AND ANOTHER SEVEN-EIGHT HOURS TO DESCEND TO MWEKA

DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY SEVEN KILOMETRES ASCENT – AND A FURTHER TWENTY THREE KILOMETRES DESCENT

HABITAT: STONE SCREE AND ICE-CAPPED SUMMIT

At about 23h30 you will be awoken to some tea and biscuits and will make a move into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. Many climbers find this 6-hour walk to Stella point the most mentally and physically challenging aspect of the climb. At Stella Point (5,685m) your efforts will be rewarded with a short rest and the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa and achievement you will remember for the rest of your life.

The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3,100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. Here you will rest and feel proud of your achievement.

 

DAY 6

MWEKA CAMP (3100M) to MWEKA GATE (1980M)

HIKING TIME: APPROXIMATELY THREE HOURS DISTANCE: APPROXIMATELY FIFTEEN KILOMETRES HABITAT: FOREST

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate where you will receive your certificates; those climbers who reached Stella Point (5,685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5,895m) receive gold certificates. You will be picked up and brought back to the Lodge for a warm welcome, a cold celebratory drink and a hearty meal.

With reference to the quote, we shall be providing you with all your camping equipment, along with tents and sleeping mats. What are not included are sleeping bags (although these can be hired), water canteens, flashlights and clothing. Provided below is a list of suggestions.

Prior to departure, you will need to pack the bulk of your clothing and gear into a large rucksack or duffel bag which will be carried by the crew. Note, no bag on Kilimanjaro (irrespective of who carries it) should weigh more than 15 kg and will be weighed at the gate). Clients will carry a smaller backpack or day-pack with key items of clothing and personal effects.

 

CLIMB EQUIPMENT

 

All your camping equipment, along with tents and sleeping mats will be provided. What are not included are sleeping bags (although these can be hired), water canteens, flashlights and clothing. Provided below is a list of suggestions.

Prior to departure, you will need to pack the bulk of your clothing and gear into a large rucksack or duffel bag which will be carried by the crew. Note, no bag on Kilimanjaro (irrespective of who carries it) should weigh more than 15 kg and will be weighed at the gate). Clients will carry a smaller backpack or day-pack with key items of clothing and personal effects.

 

EQUIPMENT

  • 1 Mountaineering Sleeping bag (usually a -10 degree celsius rating or better is recommended)
  • 1 litre water canteen (sturdy plastic or lightweight metal). We have some at the Lodge, but it is difficult to know whether or not they will be in use at the time.
  • 1 LED Flashlight with spare batteries - or if you can get a wind-up one that is even better!
  • 1 Pair of comfortable trekking boots
  • 2 pairs of thick thermal socks and several pairs of regular socks
  • 2 Fleeces
  • 1 down jacket or long-sleeved wind-breaker (down jacket is unnecessary if you have a couple of good heavy fleeces)
  • 1 set of thermal underwear (i.e. thermal vest & long-johns)
  • 2 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 pair of waterproof trousers
  • 1 balaclava 

 

 CLIMB GRATUITIES

 

We often encourage between 5 to 7% tipping of the total cost of your trip. Because the crew will be many, you can give the tip to the head guide in the presence of the entire crew or three to four members and usually he will distribute the tip to all. However, we still retain that giving tips and the amount to give are up to client discretion and is not compulsory, only if you are pleased with the service.