Kilimanjaro climb Machame Route 6 days Itinerary

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Duration: 6 days 5 nights

Best time to travel: all year round

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All Seasons $1495 $1398 $1389

Kilimanjaro Climb Gear List

Top quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and not to skimp on quality. The companies and products you see listed below can serve as starting points of reference for you. Take this list to your local outdoor specialty shop.
Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip, but note that not all brands and models are current.

Footwear:

Running shoes or lightweight trail shoes: For travel and easy walking.  Some days on the mountain you will hike in these shoes.  It is important to be able to change footwear to aid in prevention of blisters and other foot discomsforts.
Hiking boots: Leather with sturdy mid-sole and a Vibram sole. ½ or ¾ shank, boots should be warm and fit well over light and heavy sock combination.  Combination fabric and leather trail shoes that come over the ankle for support might also be acceptable.  Fit is much more important than brand.  Take time to select a pair that fits, and break them in well.
Gaiters: For mud in the forest and scree on summit day.  Short, simple gaiters are best, such as Outdoor Research’s Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.
Sport sandals: Excellent in camp during evenings and on Safari, open toe model that can be worn with socks (Teva).
Camp booties: Down or synthetic, optional luxury, any brand with thick foam soles.  Mountain Hardwear Chugach Booties are excellent.
Lightweight socks: Three pairs Synthetic/Wool Blend (Bridgedale, Patagonia, Smartwool).
Heavy socks: Three pairs Synthetic/Wool Blend (Smartwool, Bridgedale).

Clothing:

It is very important that your clothing fits loosely and comfortably so you can layer your clothes appropriately. This is key for maintaining a comfortable body temperature.
Lightweight pants: One pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pant).
Hiking shorts –One pair (any brand of Supplex short).  Will often be worn over lightweight long underwear bottoms.
Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Mid-weight long underwear top: Zip T-neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers.  ( Patagonia , North Face, Mountain Hardwear)
Lightweight long underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable. (Patagonia-Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Mid-weight underwear bottom: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt. ( Patagonia, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Briefs: Four pairs synthetic or cotton. Running shorts also work well for underwear.
Short-sleeved shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work well. Shirt material should have vapor wicking capabilities. (North Face, Patagonia-Capilene)
Fleece or synthetic jacket: Polartec 100 or 200 is good. An even better alternative is a synthetic fill jacket made of Primaloft or Polarguard (Wild Things, Patagonia)
Synthetic-fill pants: such as Mountain Hardwear Chugach 3D Pant. Full side zips are recommended.  Fleece pants are an acceptable alternative, but they will be heavier, bulkier and not as versatile.
Down insulated jacket: Medium weight, hood is preferred, but not required. North Face Lhotse Jacket or Summit Jacket.
Waterproof breathable jacket & pants: Such as Gore-Tex. Jacket must have hood. It is recommended that pants have full-length side zips. These garments should be large to fit over your other layers.

Head & Hand Gear

Liner gloves: They should be lightweight and synthetic. (Patagonia Capilene)
Windstopper fleece gloves: (Any brand of Windstopper fleece)
Mittens w/ pile liners: (Outdoor Research)
Bandana: Two to three traditional cotton style. This is an important item with many uses, large sizes are best.
Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor.
Wool or fleece hat: Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears.
Balaclava: Should fit underneath your wool or fleece hat or be thick enough to be worn alone.

Accessories

Sunglasses #1: For high altitude. One pair of high quality 100%UV and 100%IR with a minimum of 80% light reduction, side shields such as those found on “glacier glasses” are not recommended, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum protection from bright light on snow.
Sunglasses #2: One pair high quality 100%UV and 100%IR, for lower elevations, also as a backup. It is important to have a spare pair of sunglasses.
Headlamp w/ spare bulb: AA or AAA battery powered (Petzl or Black Diamond)
Spare Batteries: Bring plenty for reading in tents at night.

Camping Gear

Backpack: 3000 cubic inches or more, internal frame. Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best.  Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets.  Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively.
Pack cover: A big enough size to fit over your backpack to protect from rain and dust.
Sleeping bag: Minus 10F to 0F Down 700 fill minimum (Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face).
Sleeping pad: Inflating, full-length (Therm-a-rest).
Foam pad: (Ridgerest).
Water bottles: Two1-liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene Poly or Lexan bottles).
Lightweight steel thermal bottle: One-liter size. Optional but very nice on the long summit day.  Water in Nalgene bottles will freeze unless kept next to the body; it is easier to stay hydrated with warm drinks at 19,000 ft.  (Zojirushi “Dura Bottle”, Nissan, Outdoor Research).
Pee bottle: Optional. One 1-quart, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene Poly or Lexan bottles).
Pee funnel for women: Optional but highly recommended (Freshette).
Pack towel: Small or medium size pack towel. Do not bring ‘terrycloth’ they are too bulky and difficult to dry. Bandanas work in a pinch. (PackTowl)
Trekking poles: Useful for going up and down steep, muddy trails in the forest, and general trekking in the higher elevations.  Adjustable poles are best so that you can strap them on your pack when not in use.  Remove the ski baskets; you will use them for walking. (Leki 3-section, Black Diamond).
Swiss army knife: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight.  Scissors are probably the most useful features; you will seldom need the knife blade.

Medical & Personal

Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or Terrapin)
Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher (any brand)
Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small).
First-aid kit: Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, Neosporin-type suave, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids).
Large trash compactor bags: For waterproofing some items inside your duffel.
Zip-loc bags: These are always useful.
Baby wipes
Earplugs: Very useful for sleeping in tents and lodges. Available in most hardware stores.
Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.

Travel Items

River Dry Bag: 115 liter size. This will be the bag carried by porters on the mountain.  (Cascades Design Boundary Bag, Cabella’s, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op).
Large expedition duffel bag: For flying to Africa with your dry bag and other belongings.  Will be stored at you hotel in Arusha while you are on the Mountain and again while you are on safari. (Eagle Creek, Wild Things “Burro Bag” North Face Expedition Duffel, XL).  Hockey bags also work.
Small travel bag: Important. Your duffel bag will stay in Arusha while you are on safari.  You will take this small bag in the Land Rover for nights while you are away on safari. (Wild Things “Carry On”, North Face, Eagle Creek).
Nylon stuff sacks: Two or three, for organizing, light colors preferable for labeling.
Clothes for safari: Two or three changes depending on the length of safari.  Comfortable travel clothes.  Days are dusty, cool in the mornings, warm in the middle of the day.  At the end of the day we return to our lodge where you will shower and change for a nice dinner.
Lightweight travel jacket: Simple wind-shirt or light fleece.  Average evening temperatures in Arusha, Tanzania and Nairobi is in the 40’s F (5 – 8 C) in July and August.  December and February are warmer, but evenings and mornings at higher altitudes on safari are always a little cool.
Work-out clothes and/or bathing suit: Simple and versatile, for hotels.
Passport belt/pouch
Book(s)
Journal
Binoculars: Optional. High-quality, 8×32 or 10×42. Great for safari
Camera, lenses, video camera: Bigger lenses and cameras for safari can be stored in Arusha if you prefer.
Film and/or memory cards for digital cameras: Bring plenty, as well as plenty of camera batteries.  Film is expensive in East Africa.Be sure to keep film in your carry-on luggage, in clear zip-loc bags so that it can be inspected.

 

INCLUDED

Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:

Professional, experienced, mountain guides:

All Park fees

Rescue fees

All meals while on the Mountain

Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Accommodation

Airport pick up/drop off

NOT INCLUDED

Tanzania Visa

Gratuity

Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

International flights

Itinerary

Day 1 MACHAME GATE (1490M) – MACHAME CAMP (2980M)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Arusha (1400m) and driven to the Machame Village. In the village, you can buy mineral water and will receive a packed lunch. From the village, depending on the road conditions, you will either continue to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.
Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.

Day 2MACHAME CAMP (2980M) – SHIRA CAMP (3840M)

Hiking time: 6h
Distance: Approximately 9 kms
Habitat: Moorland
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Day 3SHIRA (AT 3840M) TO LAVA TOWER (AT 4630M) TO BARRANCO CAMP (AT 3950M)

Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 15 kms
Habitat: Semi-desert
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

Day 4 BARRANCO CAMP (3950M)- BARAFU CAMP (4550M)

Hiking time: 7h
Distance: Approximately 13 kms
Habitat: Alpine desert
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.
The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Day 5 (SUMMIT ATTEMPT) BARAFU CAMP (4550M) – UHURU PEAK (5895M) – MWEKA (3100M)

Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 – 8h to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kms ascent – 23 kms descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. For many climbers, this 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear. The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared.

Day 7MWEKA CAMP (3100M) – MWEKA GATE (1980M)

Hiking time: 3h
Distance: Approximately 15 kms
Habitat: Forest
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

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