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6 Days Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Posted by in Tanzania 2019-09-08 12:25:52

The drive from Machame to the Mount Kilimanjaro National
Park Gate takes about 60 minutes. The journey passes
through the village of Machame which is located on the
lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest
on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be
muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good
idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the
Machame Camp.
DAY 2
Machame Camp to Shira Camp
3100m to 3840m
10,200ft to 12,600ft
Distance: 9km
Walking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and
continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley
walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather,
until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river
gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira
campsite.
DAY 3
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco
Camp
3840m to 4630m to 3860m
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge,
passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we
continue, our direction changes to the South East towards
the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth."Shortly after the
12,600ft to 12,700ft
Distance: 15 km
Walking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to
the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We
now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of
3860m / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and
overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation
as when you started, this day is very important for
acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit
day.
DAY 4
Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
3860m to 4600m
12,700ft to 15,100ft
Distance: 13km
Hiking Time: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep
ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley
(lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which
connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the
Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which
offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here
we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the
summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be
seen from this position.
DAY 5
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours
descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue
our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel
glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend
through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.
This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion
of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop
for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most
magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather
permitting).From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all
they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru
Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount
Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will
see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night
at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of
the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes
with you. From the summit, we now make our descent
continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site,
stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and
trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka
Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be
expected in the late afternoon.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the
mountain and a well-earned sleep.
DAY 6
Mweka Camp to Moshi
3100m to 1830m
10,200ft to 6000ft
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka
Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower
elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking
poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A
vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to
your hotel in Moshi booked by Taste Of Afrika.

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