Tanzania Kilimanjaro: 8 DaysClimbing Kilimanjaro, Machame route,8 days’walk
One of the world's greatest scenic path drives you through wonderfullandscapes from the rainforest of Machame Gate, to the ashes deposits and finallythe snow of the top crater of Kilimanjaro.
The descent from the summit takes the Mwekaroute, to cope with the fatigue of the long climbing days.
Day 1- ARRIVAL
Meeting at Kilimanjaroairport or at the shuttle bus stop – and transfer to the Hotel either in Moshi, or Arusha.
Day 2 - MACHAME GATE(1.830M)- MACHAME HUT(3.050M)
Departure from the hotel andcrossing cultivated areas( banana, coffee, maize) in order to reachMachame Gate. After completing the formalities of use, we begin our trek in the lush and humid rainforest, its silence is sometimes disturbed by the cries of birds or blue monkeys. We reach Machame Hut (3.050m). Travelling time (5 hours).
Day 3 - MACHAME HUT- SHIRA HUT (3.810m)
After an hour’s walk, the trail leaves the forest and zigzags on small rocky outcrops, with very nice views of Mount Meru. We cross the altitude moor, populated by rodents, such as hyraxes. Flora is typical: giant groundsels, heaths, lobelia. At the end of the road, the Shira Hut camp, in the heart of the high plateau.
From the Camp, a beautiful view over the glaciers of western slopes of Kibo( Credmer, Great& Little Penek) We reach Shira Hut. Travelling Time (4 hours).
Day 4 - SHIRA HUT- BARRANCO HUT (3.950m)
We continue crossing the Shira Plateau towards Lava Tower (4.400m). Impressive view to of the arrow Glacier. We enter the fault of Barranco.
Bivouac at Barranco Hut under the Heim glacier. Travelling Time 4hrs and 30min to 5 hrs.
Day 5 -BARRANCO HUT- BARAFU HUT (4600m)
Crossing the Breach Wall scarps. Hands are often useful..! Rough passage, but our efforts are rewarded by the view of the glaciers of Heim and Kersten. Walk until Barafu Hut.
Shortly before arriving at Barafu, beautiful view of Mawenzi ( 5150m). Travelling time(6 Hours).
Day 6 - BARAFU HUT- UHURU PEAK (5.895m)- MWEKA HUT ( 3.090m)
The final ascent begins at 1am.The temperature can vary between -5° and -15°. Must zigzag about 7 hours between boulders and areas of slag to reach the edge of the Kibo crater altitude 5755m.The slope is steep and the progress slow. The spectacle of the dawn and the colors to glaciers are fabulous. Amazing view over the second volcano Kilimanjaro: the Mawenzi.
1 extra hour of walking is needed to do the 140m altitude difference that separates us from Uhuru Peak, the summit of Africa. (5.895m).
Difficult descent by the Mweka to reach Barafu Hut(4600m). Then 3 additional hours until Mweka Hut ( 3.090m). Rough day and guaranteed sleep. Travelling time( 5 hours from Barafu to Stella Point, 1h from Stella Point to the summit, 2h 30 back to Barafu then 3 hours from Barafu to Mweka Hut.
Day 7 - MWEKA GATE ( 2.000m)
Descent to Mweka Gate. Travelling time(3 hours &30min). Awarding of a diploma certifying that you have reached Uhuru Peak. Transfer either to Moshi or Arusha. Check in at your hotel. Free afternoon. Dinner.
Day 8 – TRANSFER
After the breakfast,either to the Kilimandjaro aeroport, orto Arusha.
- Aishi Protea hotel
Located at the foot of Kilimanjaro. This is the perfect base for climbing the roof of Africa.
30 fully-renovated rooms with a / c and all facilities.
- Other hotels at Moshi or Arusha
standard hotels with en suite rooms. Restaurant. Good food
-Lodging in simple cottages or tents depending on availability.
-Full board during the tour.
Most itineraries that achieve the main summit of Kilimanjaro do not require special mountaineering experience. You must be aware that most of the park is more than 2000m altitudeand extends over tens of square kilometers, which leaves no place for improvisation. A good physical condition and high motivation will allow you, at your own pace, provide the last effort during the ascent of the upper part(4500- 5.985m) which is done at night and in an oxygen-depleted environment.
You will be accompanied by a professional guide.The porters and cook engaged by the guide are essential. The weight of the necessary equipment to climb (gas cylinders, food, water, tents...) is high.
The volcano can be climbed throughout the year but there are two rainy seasons: the first from late March to mid June and the second in November. The auspicious months to the rise of "Kili" go from December to March and from July to October, which are dry months and with few clouds, the atmospheric conditions can change quickly at these altitudes.
The temperature at 4000m is about 15°C during the day and drop below freezing at night. At the top was recorded between -5 °C day and -22°C at night.
We provide the complete list of the necessary equipment.
You can easily extend that trek by:
A stay in Zanzibar
A visit to the northern parks
A stay in Mombasa
It is obvious that we are able to organize Kilimanjaro climb by all other ways.