Detailed Itinerary : 7 day Machame trek to ‘The Roof of Africa’
There are two possibly three distinct advantages of taking on the Machame Route …
1. It is free of the continuous flow of people that frequent the Marangu Trail
2. It finishes at a point much closer to Uhuru Peak then is Kibo Hut on the Marangu Route, which means that theoretically you are more acclimatized. This should make the last night assault on the summit a little easier, and
3. Finally, the up and down nature of the trek in the middle days also aids acclimatization.
In contrast, the earlier terrain is tougher and it is camping, which means if it rains than it ain’t no fun!
All things considered, if the desired outcome is standing on ‘the Roof of Africa’, then the Machame Route will certainly support your attempt.
|Day 1||We will have you picked up from Arusha Airport, Moshi Bus Station or Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be transferred to a most comfortable hotel. That afternoon / evening you will hear from your guide and his assistants about the Machame Route and have a gear check to ensure that you are ready for the grand experience that awaits.|
|KILIMANJARO CALLS … We drive to the Machame Gate from where we embrace a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through the dense forested area of the mountain and the zone from where 96% of Kilimanjaro’s water originates. On sunny days and especially in dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful. After lunch the gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather, close to our campsite near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000m.) We may get our first closer look at the glaciated peak of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. It’s 4-5 hours of walking today.|
|BEST VIEWS ON KILI … We emerge from the giant heather zone and begin by climbing a steep ridge to reach a small semi-circular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira from here, and a good rest point too ! The trail continues less steeply to reach our campsite near Shira Hut (3,840m), where some of the most spectacular views on Kilimanjaro, close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, are available. Ascent 840m and 4 – 5 hours of tough walking today.|
|UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH GLACIER TERRITORY … From Shira we hike towards the main Kibo peak, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, we descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for our mid-way camp at 3,950m, so you can see we have only ascended 110 metres, but having climbed much higher and dropped back down to assist our acclimatization.|
|STEEP TO KARANGA … A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south – eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (3,892m.)|
|BARAFU … A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree to Barafu campsite (4,600m.). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent. 3 hours walking only today.|
|THE NIGHT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET… We will start our ascent by torch-light at 1am, so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well graded zig-zags which will guide us to Stella Point (5,735m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to hopefully enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895m.) … The Roof of Africa … passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite at the edge of Mweka Forest. It’s a big one today 11-15 hours walking …. But on Marangu it is 18 hours !!|
|YOUR GREATEST PRIVTAE VICTORY … A sustained 4-5 hour descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate and on through coffee and banana plantations to Mweka village, where we celebrate, collect certificates and meet the vehicle which will transfer you to Arusha or Moshi for that most welcome shower or laze in the pool.|
|TRIP ENDS … OR DOES IT ? We transfer you to the Bus station or airport or better still, we would love to escort you to a magnificent Safari experience or a few memorable days working with the incredible ‘School of St Judes’. What will it be ??|
Land Cost: $1995 AUD per person and that includes …
• Tuition and preparation over phone or in person from Bernie Kelly who has summited the mountain 9 times.
• All transport to and from the mountain, airport or bus station by private vehicle.
• 3 star twin share Bed and Breakfast accommodation in township of Moshi or single room accommodation at ‘School of St Judes’. The choice is yours.
• Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions, tents, kitchen materials and your private bags.
• Fully-equipped mess tent
• Your tent and mattresses
• National Park entrance, hut accommodation and park fees.
• All food and catering equipment – breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals prepared by your own cook — Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra costs.
• Certificate of Achievement/appreciation if you make the summit.
• Free storage of excess baggage at hotel accommodation, not required on the mountain hike.
• Rescue fees and Crisis management apparati — VHF 2-way radio, basic first aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
• Extra Acclimitization Day is at no cost
Single Room Supplement: Additional $150 AUD if requested
Best Time: June to March
Departure dates: Any time preferably with a minimum of four people, but there is always a chance that we can get you into one of our many groups who are leaving for Kilimanjaro throughout the year.
• Travel and personal accident insurance.
• Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
• Personal Mountain equipment.
• Personal Medication & private antibiotics
• Tips (Bernie will advise).
• Expenditure on drinks and beverages, souvenirs and other personal items.
• Additional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain.
• Treated drinking water other than boiled.
• Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
• Extra porter required in case you give personal luggage in excess of 16Kg
Contact: For more information contact Global Immersion direct on 07 3269 9118