- TOUR TITLE – OHTL – 02 – MACHAME ROUTE.
- TOUR CATEGORY – CAMPING ACCOMMODATION.
- TOUR LENGTH – 6 NIGHTS – 7 DAYS.
Day – 0 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we are met on arrival and transferred to Arusha Hotel formerly new Arusha Hotel. The Hotel is situated at the center of Africa half way from Cairo and Cape Town for overnight (Bed and breakfast.)
Day – 1 – Arusha – Machame Village (1500m) – Machame Hut (3000m.) 18 km’s.
After breakfast, the day starts at dawn with a 01h45 minutes drive from Arusha to Machame village (1500m) where you’ll be introduced to your porters and guides. While they sorts out food and gear to be carried up the mountain, you will receive a lunch pack from the guide and can buy your own spring water in the village. Weather permitting; it is possible to drive all the way up to the Machame gate (1800m), however, if conditions are unsuitable for 4WD access to the parks gate the walk from the village to the Machame gate takes about an hour.
Much in the same way as the other routes, when arriving at the gate you must report to the Parks Office to fill in your particulars in the register. After all formalities have been taken care of, you head into the forest and begin the (07h00) seven-hour ascent to the first camp on the mountain. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest and this can transform the footpath into a very we, muddy and slippery, so special caution must be taken when ascending the unusually slippery section. A bit of a breath comes halfway though the forest when you stop for lunch and a short rest. You’ll finally reach Machame Hut (3000m) quite late in the afternoon and there is the possibility of mist or low clouds over the camp.
But before you know it, porters have erected tents and preparing your dinner, which will be served in the mess tent. Hot water for washing is provided in a basin, but bear in mind that the tents are incredibly small so this makes washing and storing your gear almost impossible, let alone sleeping.
Day – 2 – Machame Hut (3000m) – Shira Hut (3840m.) 9 km’s.
Early breakfast and weather permitting, you could take in your fist view of the Western Breach of the mountain. The walk from Machame Hut to Shira Hut takes (06hr00) six hours and the footpath heads up a ridge into the moor land.
Although the path is in generally good condition, it requires the occasional scramble before reaching the lunch stop at about (3600m.) After this short lunch break you continue up the rocky ridge to the next camp. You’ll be able to see the Shira Needle, Shira Cathedral and East Shira Hill and in an easterly direction the views of Western Breach with its respective glaciers. The porters will erect tents, collect water prepare dinner, boil drinking and washing water before serving dinner in the mess tent. Temperature at this camp is below freezing point and possible frost in the morning.
Day – 3 – Shira Hut (3840m) – Barranco Hut (3950m.) 15km’s.
After breakfast you continue your trek eastwards into a semi desert and rocky environment where you reach an altitude of (4600m) at Lava Tower after a (05h00) five-hour walk. As you ascend from the Shira Hut there are good views of the Shira Plateau to the west, Oehler Ridge to the northeast and the Western Breach to the east.
Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending a rock and scree path to Lava Tower. Later descend slowly a steep rocky path that joins the route to Barranco Hut. The trek from Lava Tower to Barranco Hut takes about (02h00) two hours and offers great photo opportunities of the beautiful landscape. Barranco is located in a valley below the Breach Wall and Great Barranco Wall, this is the perfect place to collect good drinking water that is found running off streams supplied by the melting snow and ice. While you wait for the spectacular sunset on the Breach Wall, the porters erect tents and provide drinking and washing water before preparing your dinner.
Day – 4 – Barranco Hut (3950m.) – Barafu Hut (4600m.) Distance: About 13 km’s – Hiking time: 7 hours
On this route you learn from the lizard when the mountain face becomes almost unrealistically steep. This creature has a very careful climbing technique. Do likewise. Always use opposing legs to force your body upwards – push left, pull right – this creates an axis that can be drawn diagonally through the body, allowing you to freely move your right foot and left hand upwards against the wall. The morning starts with a scramble up the vertical Barranco Wall to an altitude of about (4200m.) The path crosses through the south-western slopes to reach the Karranga Valley after (03h00) three hours, where lunch is served. The last water stop on the route is Karranga valley, as there is no water at all at Barafu Hut, you should take care to have stocked earlier along the way. After lunch continue in a south-easterly direction to the junction before turning north to reach Barafu Hut for about four hours.
Barafu Hut is situated on an exposed and dangerous ridge. It is necessary to familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any tragedies. Special care should be taken to move around in this area with extreme caution as many fatal accidents have been recorded at the camp over the years. As every other day the porters erect the tents and prepare dinner, while this is happening you can arrange your gear for the summit bid towards midnight. Ensure that you replace your headlamp and camera batteries. Because it is incredibly cold at this altitude, it would be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask to avoid it freezing into one solid and useless icicle.
Day – 5 – Barafu Hut (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m.) Hiking time: 08h00 to Uhuru Peak – 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka – Distance: About 7 km’s ascent – 23 km’s decent.
At around midnight you will head in a north-westerly direction up the South East valley towards Stella Point on the Crater rim. The night is very cold with the footpath rocky and steep in places. The (06h00) six-hour long walk to Stella Point is a mental and physical challenge with a steep face just below Stella posing the ultimate challenge.
Depending on the weather conditions, you could encounter snow and ice from below Stella Point all the way to Uhuru Peak; this stretch takes about an hour and offers great views of Rebmann, Decken, Kersten and Heim Glaciers.
From Uhuru Peak you can also see Furtwangle glacier to the north and the Eastern Ice Fields to the northeast; above all you are rewarded with just the most beautiful African sunrise. The time you spend on the summit is determined by weather and wind conditions, these could cause temperatures to plummet well below minus –30 degrees Celsius. The walk back to Barafu Hut from the summit takes over three hours and there you are able to have lunch and a short rest, collect the rest of your gear before heading down to Mweka (3100m) the final camp.
There’s an element of intense concentration involved in climbing, where one is forced to shut out all external stimuli and proceed at an altered state of consciousness where all that exists is the relationship between self and the environment. The reciprocal relationship also best expresses the initial appetite for planned climbing. The degree of danger associated with mountain climbing also causes the body to vibrate with enormous enthusiasm.
There are also personal ethics involved in climbing. Each individual sets his own standards and doesn’t pass judgement on what makes for a fulfilling jaunt. Without deliberately spelling out specific rules for mountaineering, the knowledge of experienced climbers is an inspiration for danger- hungry adventurers. The power of mountains is phenomenal. You loose consciousness of your own detached reality and melt into the earth to become part of the universe; such experiences really enrich your life.
Day – 6 – Barafu Hut (4600m) – Mweka Hut (3100m.) Distance: About 15 km’s – Hiking time: 3 hours
The route to Mweka Hut is straightforward and takes about four hours. You will head down the rocky, scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest – depending on past and current weather conditions the footpath in the forest can be muddy and slippery.
The camp is on the upper border of the forest where rain, mist or low clouds can be expected. Tents are erected and soon afterwards a good dinner is served. Drinking and washing water is also prepared on demand and spring water, soft drinks and beer are also available from the ranger at the camp. You will stay for overnight at Mweka Hut before departing for the Mweka Park gate the next morning. (Note that now the guides and porters expect to receive their tips at the camp before descending to the parks gate.)
Day – 7 – Mweka Hut (3100m) – Mweka Village (1450m.)
Early morning hearty breakfast before the three-hour long descent to the parks gate, there are strong chances of the path through the forest being wet, muddy and slippery. After constantly slipping and sliding you eventually arrive at the Parks gate where your particulars are entered in the parks register. The guides are issued with green certificates for climbers who reached Stella Point and gold certificates for those who managed to reach Uhuru Peak. After all formalities are over, continue you’re decent to the Mweka village where transport awaits to transfer you to the Hotel in Arusha where certificates are presented during dinner. The drive takes about 01h45 minutes.
End of your trek.
Our Price is based on the remarks below:
Minimum number – Two persons USD.1,900 per person.
The above prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons sharing costs.
A price reduction is available for numbers above two persons sharing costs.
From 3 to 5 persons booking a Climb with us a saving of USD.400 per person.
Six persons may enjoy up to USD 500 saving on the per person rate.
Outstanding features are three volcanic centers:
Shira plateau in the west – 4,269 meters.
Barranco walls and Karanga valley.
- 1 night Hotel accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Airport.
- Mountain huts accommodation.
- Guides and Porters salaries, accommodation, meals and entry fees.
- Park entry fees.
- Park rescue fees.
- Kilimanjaro certificates.
- Last Night accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Mountain base.
- Visa and vaccination fees.
- International and domestic flight tickets.
- Things of personal nature.
- Tips to driver guide, Hotel and Lodge staff.