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MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING

MACHAME ROUTE

AASK 02 - 8days & 7 nights ( 6 days on trek )

Mount Kilimanjaro was born of the catastrophic movements in the Earth's crust that created the Great Rift Valley that runs from the Red Sea through Tanzania to Southern Africa. Around 25 million years ago East Africa was a huge flat plain that buckled and ruptured after the African and Eurasian Continental Plates rebounded off each other causing huge rifting and weak spots in the thinning crust that led to the formation of many volcanoes in the region. Where the original valley was deepest, the volcanic activity was greatest eventually forming the huge volcanoes of Ngorongoro Crater on the Rift itself and a string of volcanoes to the East including Meru, Kenya and Kilimanjaro. Ecology Mount Kilimanjaro has five major zones and the activity within each of these is controlled by the five factors of altitude, rainfall, temperature, flora and fauna. Each zone occupies an area approximately 1000m in altitude and is subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life from the forest upwards.

One day longer on trek, climbing a natural, rather than manmade path, the Machame Route is a more demanding but much quieter and scenic route up the mountain. Overnights are spent camping in tents which are carried and pitched by the accompanying porters. Highlights of this route are the Shira Plateau, Barranco wall and the Karanga Valley reaching the summit via Stella Point.

Because this route is more taxing it is recommended that trekkers should be physically fit and with the additional day on trek to assist with acclimatisation there is a good chance of reaching the summit.

Day to Day Trekking Details

Day 1: Machame Hut 3,000ft

Pick up from your hotel in Arusha/Moshi and driver to Machame Gate, after the necessary registration starts trekking through the forest to Machame Hut (It is gentle climbing stage) Dinner and overnight at the campsite in Machame Hut.

Day 2: Machame Hut to Shira Hut 3,800m

Climbing start early in the morning, by crossing the valley up through a steep ridge before turning west into the river gorge; With more gently climbing onto Shire Plateau reaching the Shire Hut for camping

Day 3: Shire to Barranco 3,950m

This is the place for sight seeing especially vegetation and Barranco valley, the climb starts with walking towards east up to the junction, the route then turn south to the glacier stream and reaching the Hut. Dinner and overnight at the hut

Day 4: Barranco to Barafu 4,600m

Trekking through the ridge to Karanga looking at the West Breach and the Southern Glacier, then Barafu Path before reaching Barafu Hut for campsite

Day 5: Acclimatization at Barafu

Spend the day resting or acclimatize at Karanga Valley. dinner and overnight at Barafu Huts

Day 6: Barafu to Uhuru Peak

The last day will be a really early beginning for the summit, probably 00:00 am, passing through the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers to the Highest point of Africa Uhuru Peak 5,896m above the sea level. After relaxing, watching the sun rise and taking memorable pictures, start descending to the Mweka Hut and spend overnight there.

Day 7: Mweka Hut - Mweka Gate to the Hotel

Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College taking 3 to 4 hours to met and transfered to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8:

Breakfast at Mountain Inn. End of tour.

After breakfast descend to Mweka Gate and drive away to the Arusha SG Resort for dinner & overnight

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MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING

FINALCHECKLIST

One of the important prerequisites of a successful summit attempt is being properly equipped. Ensure that you are well equipped - print the Checklist below and mark it off, it will be an essential part of your preparation for the climb. Please remember to limit the weight of your duffel bag and its content, to be carried by the porters on the climb, to 15 kg (30 lbs.) or less. Extra luggage, including clean clothes to wear after your climb, can be left at the hotel in Moshi. Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions regarding the checklist. We also provide a complete and quality rental service on all the equipment required on the mountain, as a sensible alternative to purchasing. Please click Gear Rental for more information.

Please note: This checklist is only a guideline. A comprehensive checklist will be send to you as soon as your hike is confirmed.

Make sure you have everything you need to help you successfully summit the Roof of Africa.

Travel Documents

  • Valid passport and visa
  • Airline ticket
  • International health card with immunizations (Yellow fever)
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • US$ cash / Travellers Checks / Credit Card

Essential Items

  • Duffel bag - large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters. An extra bag to be left at the hotel with extra gea
  • Small luggage lock - to lock zippers
  • Day backpack - between 20 - 35 litres. Large enough to carry your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski-pole / walking stick
  • Water bottle / containers
  • Kilimanjaro map (Can be bought at Park gate)
  • High Altitude Gear
  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear like Ventex, Gore-Tex or Jeantex)
  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)
  • Polar fleece (middle layer)
  • Thermal underwear (under layers)
  • Mittens or warm gloves
  • Glove liners (if necessary)
  • One pair thermal (polertex) socks
  • Balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal water flask
  • Hiking Gear
  • Shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Regular underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Raincoat or Poncho
  • Footwear
  • Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots - mid weight boots work great
  • Shoes for overnight camps - i.e. sneakers, running shoes, etc.
  • Socks - several pairs for the climb
  • Liner socks - to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters
  • Equipment
  • Sun hat or similar (with a brim)
  • Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water bottles - two or three (total capacity at least 6 litres)
  • Head lamp, good strong one with spare batteries and an extra light bulb
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap.
  • Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries
  • Personal Items
  • Toilet kit (soap, tooth brush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Towel
  • Sun screen and lip protection, SPF 30+
  • Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars, etc. from dust
  • Toilet paper
  • Money belt for passport and valuables
  • Medical and First Aid Supplies
  • Headaches--Syndols
  • Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • Diarrhoea - Imodium
  • Nausea - Valoid
  • Malaria - Prophylaxis
  • Water purification tablets
  • Painkillers
  • Muscular sprains
  • Abrasions blisters and cuts - Plaster, bandages
  • Antiseptic cream - Betadine
  • Flu and colds
  • Eye drops
  • Insect repellent
  • Optional Items
  • Camera, extra lenses and film (ASA 200 film recommended)
  • Binoculars
  • Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Plastic bags to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
  • Energy snacks and sweets
  • Video camera, tapes, battery packs and tri-pod

Kilimanjaro Mountain Climbing

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