Mount Kilimanjaro Climb -
The Machame route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south -
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-
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-
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-
A step climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south -
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].
We will start our ascent by torch-
The glowing sunrise behind the Mawenzi Peak (5149m.) seen from Stella Point (5,735m), on the crater rim.
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-
INCLUDED: All park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, guide and porters.
NOT INCLUDED: Sleeping bag, tips for your guide and porters and other personal things of nature.