Kili Machame    (10 Days)


Operates from December 24, 2017 through December 23, 2019

 

$6,095 - $6,385

Daily Departures, Minimum 2 people

This program is operated in conjunction with Tanzania’s finest climb guide, Ake Lindstrom. Ake knows more about the mountain than any man alive. As a result Ake’s climbs have the highest success rate and safest history of any company in Tanzania.

ROUTES

There are six established routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro. The vast majority of climbers (about 20,000 annually) traveled the Marangu Route, referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route because there are sometimes lines of walkers for as far you can see, and overnights are spent in large, government-operated dormitories along the way. EWT does not operate the Marangu Route. The Umbwe and Rongai routes are challenging and we suggest only experienced and very fit trekkers should attempt them. If you are interested in either of the Umbwe or Rongai routes, please contact us directly. The Mweka Route is used by virtually all climbers to descend.

With few exceptions EWT recommends either the Lemosho or Machame Route. Both routes travel the most scenic parts of the mountain in a fairly gradual ascent. Lemosho extends the Machame Route by two days of exquisite trekking that includes the highest overnight camp on the mountain.

OUTFITTING

EWT’s basic outfitting is included in this 7-day Machame ascent and includes between 15-20 crew to accompany you, depending upon conditions at the time. The crew includes professionally trained guides certified in the highest safety standards and strategies. All non-personal gear is supplied, including pup tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, etc. There is a 24 x 7 ground watch whereby climb staff are in constant contact with the base, so in sum we provide one of the safest, most enjoyable and beautiful experiences possible on Kili.

We routinely upgrade the outfitting with larger walk-in tents and beds, camp chairs, toilet and shower tents and even portable altitude chambers on request for a surcharge.

Much of the staff carries camp forward ahead of the climbers. Camp is ready and waiting for you when you arrive. Only the finest and most appropriate foods are prepared not only to satisfy you, but to make sure you are not energy-depleted.

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Day 1: ARUSHA

Whenever you arrive, you'll be personally met and transferred to the Arusha Hotel. The first-class 4-star hotel is "base camp" for almost all Kilimanjaro climbers, located in the city and therefore in proximity to a variety of restaurants and other services. There are many other choices in the Arusha/Kilimanjaro area, including some of Tanzania's finest boutique hotels and lodges. Please contact us for additional choices in your base lodging.

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Day 2: ARUSHA

The day is spent in Arusha National Park on the mid slopes of Mt. Meru, Africa's 5th highest mountain. The day is intended to help you acclimatize to higher altitudes. This is a big game park with most of Africa's traditional game, most of which is found at altitudes of 6,000' or more. A picnic lunch is carried for you. For an additional nominal charge, you may hire armed rangers to accompany you on day hikes to altitudes as high as 10,000'. You'll return to your hotel for the afternoon climb briefing. Overnight at the Arusha Hotel.

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Day 3: FOREST

Morning transfer to the Machame climb where the trek begins. The day is spent walking through the montane forest with some beautiful vegetation into the mountain's lush lower rain forest. Depending upon weather conditions, this can be a moderate to demanding day's work. Camp is pitched at around 3000m. Dinner and overnight in our Machame Forest Camp.

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Day 4: SHIRA

Rising early you cross a valley and a stream and then climb up a steep ridge for 3-4 hours. The path then drops into a river gorge before ascending more gently onto the moorland of the Shira Plateau, one of the most fascinating areas of the Mountain. Camp is placed around 3840m. Dinner and overnight in our Shira Plateau Camp.

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Day 5: BARRANCO

Today you walk for 5-6 hours enjoying sightings of the typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation (Senecios, Lobelia, Helichrysum) reaching a high point of around 4600m before descending for the rest of the day. On clear days the Lava Tower can be seen as well as some distinct glaciers. These glaciers are shrinking as world temperatures increase. It is speculated that in a mere 15 years many of these glaciers will disappear, forever. The path down to the Barranco Valley can be particularly rewarding and the view of Kibo peak is truly spectacular. In the evening the blanket of cloud often hangs just below the valley, pulsating in the dying light. Camp is pitched in the Barranco Valley at around 3950m. Dinner and overnight in our Barranco Valley Camp.

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Day 6: KARANGA

Today you ascend the Barranco wall, then walk across scree and ridges into the Karanga Valley (4100m) with breathtaking views of the Western Breach and the southern glacier. You arrive in time for lunch in camp and then have plenty of time to relax and even go for a short acclimatisation walk. Dinner and overnight in our Karanga Valley Camp.

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Day 7: BARAFU

From Karanga we head up a moraine ridge taking our time and going slowly. The views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers and of the glacial valleys that snake their way down the mountain. The final stage to Barafu is quite steep, and as always we take it very slowly. As with the day before you reach camp by around lunch time leaving lots of time to prepare and relax. In the evening your guide will brief you fully for the final ascent which begins shortly after midnight. Dinner and overnight in our Barafu Camp.

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Day 8: SUMMIT

The attempt at the summit occurs around midnight. Each climber is assigned a summit guide to ensure that everyone makes it to the top, or returns as required in complete safety. The going is slow, and often quite frustrating on the scree, but persistence and patience ensure steady progress. Near the summit you pass through the gap between the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. At Stella point you can then choose to return - you are after all already higher than any point in Africa! Otherwise, continue to Uhuru peak (5896m). Despite the distance being relatively short, progress is slow - there is less than half the oxygen than at sea level! Uhuru Peak provides a unique satisfaction and usually releases a plethora of emotions. If progress is good you can watch the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa. Most people then start returning quite soon after sunrise as the return journey today is quite long. Camp is pitched at around 3100m. Dinner and overnight in our Mweka Camp.

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Day 9: ARUSHA

The final descent takes you through the lower heath section that quickly turns into rainforest. Your time on Kilimanjaro ends at Mweka Gate where your landrover will be waiting to transfer you back to the Arusha Hotel. You may now relax, take a hot shower or even lounge by the pool! Join your climb guides in Arusha town this evening for a grand celebration!

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Day 10: DEPARTURE

You will be privately transferred to Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports for your departure. 

Don't go yet! The great safari savannas are just ahead! Check out our many short East African safaris or call us for suggestions.

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