KILIMANJARO: NORTHWESTERN MACHAME ROUTE
9 DAY / 8 NIGHT
Machame / Shira / Moir / Barranco / Karanga / Barafu / Crater / Uhuru Peak / Mweka
TOUR REF: SUN MT. KILIMANJARO 08
Often called the ‘‘Whiske Route ’’ this is a scenically beautiful trail ,longer and much gentler than Umbwe or Marangu which is known by the ‘‘Coca Cola Route ’’ .
Our itinerary provides valuable acclimatization by having shorter walking days during the trek to the 19,440 feet (5696 M) summit and return.
The route done in 9 Days includes an extra day at Moir Hut which is important for acclimatization.
Arusha - Machame village – Machame CAMP
9850 ft/ ALT 3,000M
Pick up at your place Arusha and drive to the Machame gate. You will start with a gentle climb up through the original mountain forest carpeted with the unique ‘‘Buzy Lizzie’’ flowers begonias and ferns.
The hike through the rainforest is filled with interest scenery, although it feels curiously enclosed for a mountain side. Mist and cloud are common during the late morning to mid-afternoon, and on arrival at Machame Camp, you may see disappointingly little, but the early morning brings better views at this height.
Your first camp will be amongst the giant and heather at 3,000m (9850 ft) at Machame Camp.
Drive 2 Hrs, 10 KM, The ascend will be 1,200M ( 5-6 hr of Trek).
Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp.
MACHAME CAMP – SHIRA CAMP
12,600 ft/ ALT 3840M
After an early breakfast, you set off towards Shira plateau, Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3840m (12,600ft). There are Herds of Eland up here and occasional silver backed Jackals.
Also, there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half hour optional walk in the afternoon.
6 KM, The ascend will be 840M (2,500ft) ( 4-5 hrs of Trek) .
Dinner and Overnight Shira Camp.
SHIRA CAMP – MOIR HUT CAMP
10,950 ft /ALT 3500M
From Shira Cave climb up through the moorland and rocks via the Shira Two to Moir Hut Camp 3500M.
Here also you will find intriguing geological features in the old volcanic rocks.
The ascent will be 640m (2,500ft), 3-4 hours of walking.
Dinner and overnight at Moir Camp.
MOIR HUT CAMP – BARRANCO CAMP
12,950 ft / ASL 3950M
From Moir climb towards the main peak with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high altitude desert to volcanic rocks and boulders, skirting around its base and under the shattered Barranco valley to Barranco Wall Way Camp at 3950M. This will be 5-7 hours trek via to Lava Tower rocks, 110M Total Ascend and after having climbed high to acclimatize and descend down low to overnight.
Dinner and Overnight Barranco Camp.
BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP
13,100ft / ALT 3995M
Climb the steep Barranco wall which includes some sections of scrambling and descend down again to the Karanga valley at 3,800m (12,700ft). This is a short walking day 3-4 hours with less exertion and good rest.
Dinner and Overnight Karanga Valley Camp
KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP
Trek up to Barafu camp perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,750m (15,200ft) with fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak and a bit less to climb on the following morning.
This is another short walking day about 4 hrs (950m ) with less exertion and good rest in afternoon immediately before the hard summit to the Crater Camp.
Dinner and Overnight Crater Camp.
BARAFU CAMP – CRATER CAMP
19,000ft / ALT 5,737M
From Barafu Camp 15,200ft (4,630m) , Around morning enjoy breakfast and start to climb the steep scree.
This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach Stella Point to Crater Camp.
Descend 100M to Crater Camp and after lunch a walk of 2-3 hrs back to the crater rim .
Dinner and overnight Crater Camp.
CRATER CAMP – UHURU PEAK – MWEKA CAMP
From Crater Camp ALT 5,737M, around 6:00am in the morning enjoy breakfast and start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on the route but we aim to reach Uhuru peak for sunrise, another 40 minutes and you’re at the highest point on the continent 5,895m (19,340ft) usually in warm sunshine .
After lunch return on the Mweka descent route, descend over 2-3 hrs back to Barafu Camp for Lunch.
After lunch descending to Mweka Camp (3-4 hrs walk)
Dinner and overnight Mweka Camp.
MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE
4,000ft (3,100m )
A morning descent of 4-5 hours through the forest brings us to Mweka gate where you will be awarded climbing certificates and have lunch .
After saying farewell to your crew you are picked up and transferred back to Arusha which takes about 2 hrs drive.
Transfers to/ from the gate, park fees, hut / camping fees, rescue fees, Meals, tea, coffee, guide, porters and tent.
Tips drinks, climbing gears, sleeping bags and all items of personal use.
TEMPERATURE LOWER SLOPES
Day Time: 15-20 centigrade.
Nights: Chilly -5 centigrade.
TEMPERATURE HIGHER ALTITUDE:
Day Time 5-6 centigrade.
Night dropping to - 10 centigrade.
TIPS ON WHAT TO BRING:
Anorak, Fleece, Walking Boots, Training shoes, Waterproof Jacket, Pants, Shirts, Trousers, Skirts, Socks, Gloves, Sun Hat, Balaclava / Woolen Hat, Gaiters, Thermal Underwear, Towel, Toiletries, Toilet Paper, Sun Glasses, Snow Goggles, Water Bottle, Walking Pole, Crampons, Torch / Flashlight, Sun Cream / Sun block, Lip salve, Penknife, Daypack, Camera, Films, Four Season Sleeping Bag, water Purification Kit and First-aid Kit.
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