Machame Journey 7 Day Kilimanjaro Trip
Kilimanjaro is one of those iconic mountains that everybody has to climb in their life time. The Roof of Africa has a vista like no other. Looking across wild plains , wild jungle with the back drop of the volcanic summit with hanging glaciers. One of the famous 7 summits to bag, its a popular mountaineering adventure. Travelling through different vegetation belts and climatic zones. Wild landscape, wild animals and wild experience! Open to all as it has no technical difficulties.
Our 7-day Kilimanjaro climb begins at Machame Gate at the south west of the national park. We soon entre the afromontane forest and the the Shira Volcano. The walk then navigates the mountain staying in various camps. Moving at a pace to allow suitable acclimatisation and everybody to move at their own pace. The final spectacular summit day is greeted with the rising sun over the huge landscape.
Overal hike Distance – 63 km
Overal vertical Gain – 5068m
DAY 1 – Getting to Machame camp
Start of day – 1800M
Finishing height – 2835M
Walk – 11km
Time – 5-7 hrs
Climatic zone – Afromontane Forest
An exciting experience at the Machame Gate where you sign into the park and watch the Porter team sort out the expedition kit as the “blue balled” vervet monkeys keep you on your toes.
A slow start (pole pole) trekking up through the jungle as the porters speed past with their loads until you step out into the campsite of Machame and your first views of Kilimanjaro summit.
Ps extra cost to take your umbrella into the park!!!
DAY 2 – Getting to Shira Caves
Start of day 2835m
Finishing height 3750m
Walkingh distance 5km
Time – 4-6 hrs
Climatic zone Afromonte Forest Heathlands
Trekking up through the alpine Heath lands taking in the fantastic views and watching the porters ahead snaking up towards the Shira plateau until you traverse across and break out over the ridge to see your campsite slightly down below Shira caves.
DAY 3 – Journey to Barranco camp
Start height 3750M
Fionishing height 3900M
Hiking distance 10km
Time – 6-8 hrs
Part of the mountain– Alpine Desert
A steady start gradually making your way up through the moonscape towards Lava Tower at 4600m for your lunch spot before heading down visiting the “Clever” trees on route to Baranco camp and the views back down towards Moshi and your first look at Baranco “breakfast” wall.
Day 4 Karanga Camp
Starting height 3900m
Finishing height 3995m
Walking distance 5km
Time – 4-5 hrs
Climatic zone– Alpine Desert
An early breakfast before the exciting climb up Baranco wall (grade 1 scramble) will top you out to one of the best views of the impending summit on the trip before heading down to Karanga camp with a short but steep 20min sting in the tail to get you home.
This evening we may put in a short evening acclimatisation and summit rehearsal trek to check all kit and routines before evening meal.
Day 5 Getting to Basrafu Camp
Starting height 3,995m
Camp height 4673m
Journey distance 4km
Time – 4-5 HRS
Zone on mountain Alpine Desert
Today we have a great traverse below the summit of Kilimanjaro through the high Alpine desert to lead us up to Barafu camp to take our enforced rest before we prepare and depart on our night time ascent of via Stella point. A true and unforgettable head torch lite experience. Wrap up warm!!
Day 6 Summit of Kilimanjaro and back to Millenium -Mweka Camp
Start of day 4673m
Finshing camp height 3100m
Length of day – 14-16 hrs
Climatic Zone Alpine Desert and Heathland
Summit day starts around midnight and a very slow trek up the summit path with every step taking you closer to the jaw dropping glaciers below the Roof of Africa with the hope of a clear sunrise over the curved horizon.
The decent path takes you glissading back down to Barafu camp for a short rest before heading onwards on easy ground through Alpine desert into heathland and eventually the jungle to our last night at Millenium or Mweka camp constantly looking back at your unbelievable summit experience.
Day 7 Return to Arusha or Moshi
Starting height 3100m
Finishing height 1640m
Distance travelled 10km
TIME – 3-4 hrs
Mountain Zone Afromontane Forest
Trekking down through the jungle gives you the chance to seek out the different birds and the black and white Colobus monkeys that leap through the canopy. The final, and welcomed flat trail leads you to Mweka gate to sign out with certificates and beers.