Kilimanjaro, by the name is a metaphor for compelling beauty of East Africa. When you chance to see it, you understand why! Mount Kilimanjaro the world walk-able Mountains and the tallest mountain in Africa Continent but also is the tallest FREE standing mountain in the WORLD, rising in break taking isolation from the surrounding savannah elevation around 900metres – to an imperious 5,895metres MASL (19,336ffets).
This mountain is located in the northern East Tanzania about 200 miles south of the Equator.
The peak of Mount Kilimanjaro is permanently covered with snows despites to the facts that it located in the tropic zone where temperature is high. Each year this mountain is climbed by hundreds of visitors from around the world and most of them managed to reach the summit with us. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, Stella Point or Gillman‟s Point on the lip of the crater will have earned their climbing certificates. And their emories.
You know what? There so much more to Kilimanjaro than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic tour, from tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at about 2700m), the cultivated by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered abbot‟s duiker and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant weather is studded with other worldly giant lobelias. Above 4000m a surreal alphine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen.
Then, finally, the vast vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.
Up to this moment there are various routes established for climbing up Kilimanjaro including Marangu the oldest and most established route, Machame , Rongai , Umbwe , Lemosho and Shira. For all the routes you may require to climb up with accommodation gears except the Marangu Route where accommodation is offered in huts.
About Kilimanjaro National Park
Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles). Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.
7DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS KILIMANJARO CLIMB VIA MACHAME ROUTE
Day 1; FROM THE HOTEL IN ARUSHA –MACHAME GATE 1600M –MACHAME CAMP 3100M
Around 8.30am you will be picked up from your Hotel and transfer to Machame gate where trekking formalities are done. Formalities take about 30minutes to 1 hour. From there you will start your easy track through a dense forest for the first hour. The path continues to follow the ridge rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground. A walk will be done for 7.5hours. Elevation change +1500m. Estimated distance 10km. Final elevation 3100m.Dinner and Overnight Machame Camp FB.
Day2; MACHAME CAMP 3100M TO SHIRA CAMP 3,840M
Early after breakfast continue from Machame camp across the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge rises – a crossing a few times before reaching Shira Camp at the base of semi circular wall of rocks. Hike time 5-6hours. Elevation change 740m. Estimated distance 6km. Final elevation 3,840.Dinner and Overnight Shira Camp.
Day 3; SHIRA CAMP 3,850M TO BARRANCO CAMP 3,950M
From Shira Camp hike to Lava Tower 4,700m and then proceed to Barranco 3,950m via the great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down from Barranco after lunch. Today‟s hike will most of the day. Barranco Campsite is located on elevation of 3,950m. Hike time 5hours. Elevation change 110m. Estimated distance 8km. Dinner and Overnight Barranco Campsite
Day 4; BARRANCO CAMP 3,950M TO KARANGA VALLEY CAMP 3,930
Today walk from Barranco to Karanga Valley where by you can go down to Karanga valley for acclimatization with hot lunch. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Valley Camp.
Day 5; KARANGA VALLEY 3,930M TO BARAFU CAMP 4,600M
Today involves gaining a little more elevation acclimatization and resting for the summit attempting the next morning. This day takes us 4hours of walking. Elevation change +650. Estimated distance 7km. Final elevation 4,600m.Dinner and Overnight Barafu Camp
Day 6: BARAFU CAMP 4,600M TO THE SUMMIT 5,895M.
We will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2am) as the walk will take 10- 14 hours. We will avoid the mist that sets in later in the day. The snow will still be safely frozen. The 1,100m (3,600) ascent in just over 3km will take us about 6 – 8hours. After brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak at over5,895 m we descent via the Mweka route in 12km in about 2hours to Mweka Camp. Dinner and Overnight at Mweka Camp
Day 7; MWEKA CAMP 3,100M TO MWEKA GATE 1,600M
Today we descend about 1,500 meters through the forest on a jungle path for about 10km in 3 to 4 hours to reach Mweka gate where you will meet our driver for transfer you back to Arusha to your Hotel:
Price: $1, 490.00 USD per person
• Mountain climbing fees
• Camping fees
• Rescue fees
• 3 Times a day Professional mountain guide
• 3 Porters per client
• Mountain tents
• Sleeping bags and Mattresses
• Transport from Arusha to the Machame gate and back to Arusha on last day
• Accommodation after climb
• Any other climbing gears