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Climbing Itineraries

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame Route, Down Mweka Route 7 Days / 6 Nights.

The Machame route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south - west and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of wilderness once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. We make our final ascent by the Barafu route. The seven day itinerary gives maximum possible acclimatization, and also gives us plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Day 01:

The climb starts from Machame Gate (1,800m.) after a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through dense mountain forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain and also the zone from where 96% of the water on Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days and especially in dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful. We have lunch at 'Halfway Clearing' a small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily. The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000m.). We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. [3-4 hours walking].

Day 02:

A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here, and it is a good rest point too! The trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Hut (3,840m.) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro, close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on te clouds. [4-5 hours walking] .

Day 03:

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900m.) sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [6-7 hours walking].

Day 04:

A step 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 (4,000m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatization walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp. [4-5 hours walking].

Day 05:

A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views. We then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600m.). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night. [3 hours walking].

Day 06:

We will start our ascent by torch-light at about 1 a.m 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 and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735m.), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to 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.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprising fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,100m.) at the edge of Mweka Forest. [11-15 hours walking]
The glowing sunrise behind the Mawenzi Peak (5149m.) seen from Stella Point (5,735m), on the crater rim.

Day 07:

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650m.); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. [3-4 hours walking].

On this program it can also be done for 6 days / 5 nights. No overnight at Karanga Valley.

All park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, guide and porters.

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