09 DAYS MOUNT KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE– MACHAME ROUTE
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and after clearing immigration and customs you will be met by our safari driver and transferred to the Best Western Premier Hotel, a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, for an overnight stay.
Enjoy an early breakfast and check-out in preparation for your departure to Mount Kilimanjaro. Packed lunches from Pamper Grill Restaurant are provided en route. Upon arrival you will check into Protea Hotel Aishi Machane in time for dinner. You will be met by our guide for a pre-trek and mountain gear packing briefing.
Day 3 │15km, approx. 7 hour hike to an elevation of 3,000m
After breakfast we head to the Machame Gate which is about 5km away from the hotel. The hike starts after a brief introduction to our crew. The day’s hike covers 15km and takes about 7 hours. It takes us through the natural rain forest and giant heather between River Weru and Makoa to the Machame Hut at an elevation of 3000m. We will overnight in a fly camp.
Day 4│8km, approx. 5-6 hour hike to an elevation of 3,800m
Today’s hike will takes between 5 and 6 hours as we cover 8km of terrain descending a gorge and crossing several dry river beds before ascending a cliff. Our reward for a morning’s hard work is a breathtaking view of the Shira Plateau, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three calderas where we will enjoy a much needed lunch. After the break we will continue our climb to Shira Hut at an elevation of 3800m for overnight in a fly camp.
Day 5│15 km, approx. 7-8 hour hike to an elevation of 4,000m
After breakfast leave Shira Hut for a long 7 to 8 hour hike to Kaanga Valley on the southern circuit. The path takes us through sparse vegetation to the beginning of the Alpine desert. Here we branch off to Barranco Hut leaving the Lava Tower Rock behind. Dinner and overnight will be at a fly camp at the Barranco Hut.
Day 6│6 km, approx. 5 hour hike to an elevation of 4,600m
Today we leave behind the Kaaanga River, the last body of water we will see in a while, and continue on to Barafu Hut at an elevation of 4600m. After a 2 hour gentle walk through Moorland and dry heather, we will bypass a steep rocky trail. We will arrive at Barafu 3 hours later from where we will be met with magnificent view of Kibo, Mawenzi and the plains below. Overnight will be at a flycamp
Day 7│6 km, approx. 5-6 hours to an elevation of 5,895m, then descent of 16 km, approx. hours
After a short night and a hot drink, the final ascent of Kibo starts between midnight and 1.00am. This section gets gradually steeper as we zigzag for 5-6 hours on the frozen screed or snow fields depending on the season before we reach the Stella Point (5700m) at sunrise. From here on the crater rim we can watch sunrise and the magnificent ice fields. After a short break we then proceed along the crater rim to the Uhuru Peak (5895m) reaching there at about 8.30am. After the obligatory summit photo, and meeting the technical climbers coming from the west we descend to Barafu Hut for lunch before proceeding to Mweka Hut (3100m) which should take us about 6-8 hours. The night again will be spent in a fly camp.
Day 8│12 km, approx… 4-5 hours
On this day after breakfast we will descend through the rain forest to the Mweka gate (1400m). Here we will be awarded our well-deserved certificates of achievement. You will then be transferred to the Aishi Hotel for lunch, relaxation, dinner and overnight.
Wake up call and enjoy breakfast. Check out from your lodge and drive to Nairobi in good time for lunch and time for shopping. Here we may arrange for you either a half day city tour of Nairobi or a dinner at one of Nairobi’s famous restaurants for an additional fee. At the end of the day you will be transferred to the airport to make your outbound flight.
*Those wishing for a more luxurious safari may purchase the addition option to travel in a Land Cruiser*
*It is the responsibility of the guest to provide travel agency with the necessary information for registration (i.e. name of travel insurance and policy number) and confirm receipt of such coverage in advance of travel*
*For those not wishing to travel with the necessary equipment, required camping gear may be provided for an extra fee*
IMPORTANT TO NOTE
• Although climate change has caused unpredictable seasonal changes in recent years, a trek up Mt Kilimanjaro is typically best enjoyed during the dry seasons – between December and March and between June and October.
• Climbers must be prepared to walk for 6-8 hours a day.
• Climbers must bring along own climbing gear OR hire at a fee.
• Our porters carry 8kg of personal climbing gear per client.