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Kilimanjaro Ascent by the Machame Route

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 9 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 8 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1255 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1495 US Dollar (USD)

Kilimanjaro by the Machame route. Fully porter supported, a fine trek for the fit. This route follows steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the south face of Kibo providing superb views of the Southern Icefields. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, spent either on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles, or camping in the Karanga Valley.

The final ascent is made very early in the morning from the Barafu Hut. The Mweka Route is used for the descent. Accommodation on the mountain is in tents; you will need a sleeping bag and but a sleeping mat is provided. The porters will pitch the tent for you but are welcome help if you wish.

This is a strenuous walking trip but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. Ski sticks or walking poles are useful when ascending the scree to the summit. The program is available all the year round. Prices are all inclusive except for: tips, airport transfers and extra drinks; the hotel is on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Extensions: including safaris safaris.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at the Springlands Hotel (B&B).

Day 2: Drive to Machame village. The climb begins at the end of the tarmac road. Walk through shambas then forest to the Machame hut (3000m, about 6 hours).

Day 3: Continue along the steep ridge going on to rock ridges and through heather. The route turns west into a river gorge, reaching Shira hut at 3800m, 5 hours.

Day 4: Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after this, you descend to Barranco hut (3940m, 4 hours).

Day 5: A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000m, 3 hours), beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.

Day 6: After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600m, (3 hours walking). An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours); the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the forest edge. Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Icefields.

A 3-4 hour descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park gate and your waiting transport. Drive back to the hotel.
Depart hotel after breakfast. Transfer to airport or continue on an extension. All other routes are available and longer or shorter trips may be arranged.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transport, private vehicles used throughout
- All park fees, our own National Park approved guides and porters
- Double skinned mountain for two people and sleeping mats. Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain
- Food on the mountain is plentiful and prepared fresh by skilled cooks
- Bed and Breakfast only at the Springlands Hotel.

Price Excludes:
- Tips, hotel meals other than breakfast at Springlands outside of Mountain Packages
- Visas. Airport transfers.

Notes: For larger groups please ask for our discounted prices.

About This Supplier
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Location: Wales
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2008
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Over the last twenty two years Andrew Wielochowski has been running our mountain and adventure guiding company specializing in East Africa, the former Soviet Union Libya and Morocco. He speaks several languages, including Russian fluently, which he perfected over the many years he has been guiding in Russia and Central...

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