Kilimanjaro Machame 7 Days
Kilimanjaro Machame 7 Days,is probably one of the best and successfully trail, today this train have 85% safe to Mt Kilimanjaro.In addition this is probably the most beautiful route up the mountain. The Machame Route offers camping only where all the equipment and supplies are carried by the porters and the delicious meals are prepared by the cook during your trek. This makes Machame better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker. There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – acclimatization.
Day 1 Machame Gate (1800m) – Machame Camp (3000m)The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes
through the village of Machame, which is located on the lower slope of the mountain. Upon reaching the Park Gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing food, water and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. The guides will be pleased to assist with any additional information. From the Park Gate you walk through the main forest on a winding trail to the first camp. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are good idea here. You continue a short distance until you reach the Machame Hut, where camps are already put up for rest and enjoy dinner and camp overnight.
Day 2 Machame Camp (3000m) – Shira Camp (3840m) After Breakfast, you trek through 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, onto the Shira plateau where you shall be able to see the western breach with its stunning glaciers. The route now turns west onto a river gorge at 3,658 meters and shall reach the Shira Camp. Here you have time to rest, have dinner and overnight at the Shira Campsite.
Day 3 Shira Campsite (3840m) – Lava Tower (4600m) Barranco Camp (3950m) From the Shira Plateau, you continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, the direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth”. It is usually at this point where for the first time some climbers will start feeling symptoms of breathlessness and headache due to high altitude and one should walk slowly –POLE POLE as they say in Kiswahili. You now continue down wards to the Barranco Camp, which is situated in a valley below the breach and the great Barranco Wall. Here, you rest enjoy dinner and camp overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation, as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization (climb high and sleep low) and will help your body prepare for the successful summit day.
Day 4 (ACCLIMATIZATION DAY) After Breakfast, you will depart from Barranco Camp and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall through the Karanga Valley at 4200m. Here, one gets a better chance to view the glaciers at a very near distance. You shall have hot Lunch at Karanga Valley campsite. After a short rest, you can view the Mawenzi Slopes as well as the Tanzania Sugar Plantation farms. You can have a short walk to see the sedimentary rocks which sound like iron when stepped on and return to the Karanga Valley Campsite for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Karanga valley Campsite (4200m) – Barafu Camp (4600m) After Breakfast, you will depart from Karanga Valley campsite, for the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. You continue to the Barafu Hut, which is located at an altitude of 4600 meters. You have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views for the summit from many different angles. There is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. Here you can rest, enjoy dinner and go to bed for a few hours of your precious sleep.
Day 6 Barafu Camp – (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3 100m) Early morning, you continue towards the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5895meters. It can be bitterly 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. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. You now make your descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut Campsite, stopping at Barafu Camp for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp at 3100 meters,is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected during the late afternoon. This part of the descent takes about 7 to 8 hours. Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep.
Day 7 Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1500m)
After Breakfast, you continue to descend down to the Mweka Park Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. A vehicle will meet you for a short celebration at the Mweka Gate and the drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.