MT KILIMANJARO TREK
MOSHI to MOSHI
Hosted by Kaithlyn McNab
Possibly the most scenic route to the summit, Machame boasts several paths to its highest point and back. En route to Uhuru emerge onto high-alpine deserts with amazing views of ice fields and the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro! Known as the “Whiskey Route” because of the tougher challenge, this path leads you through magnificent forests before traversing a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. It offers great scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern ice fields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp. Camp along the route with support from local guides and porters. As a world leader in Kili treks, we’ll take you to new heights in adventure.
Mt Kilimanjaro | Tanzania | Moshi
• three nights hotel accommodations and five nights full-service alpine camping
• seven breakfasts, six lunches and five dinners
• all transportation between destinations and to/from included activities
• guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route with local guides, cooks and porters
• Moshi Mamas massage post-trek
• all permits and fees
• Merit Travel host
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Breakfast incl. (B), Lunch incl. (L), Dinner incl. (D)
Day 1 | Sept. 3, 2017 | moshi
Arrive at any time.
Accommodations: Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)
Day 2 | Sept. 4, 2017 | moshi
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.
Day 3 | Sept.5, 2017 | moshi — machame camp (B, L, D)
Private Vehicle Moshi - Machame Gate 1h
Machame Gate to Machame Camp 5h-7h 11km
Start at the Machame Gate where the group will register and begin hiking. The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are a rainforest zone, so trails can be wet and muddy. Keep a look-out for black and white colobus monkeys and exotic birds. On the first day of hiking the group covers a long distance with a gradual gradient. End the day at the Machame Campsite above the rainforest.
Day 4 | Sept. 6, 2017 | machame camp — shira 2 camp (B, L, D)
Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp 5h-6h 5km
Hike through lower alpine moorland to Shira 2 camp and observe the spectacular views of Kibo Peak. Start with a steep ascent towards the edge of the forest. Climb the steep ridge and stop for a break. Before reaching camp, continue hiking to Shira Cathedral and enjoy the view of the peaks.
Day 5 | Sept. 7, 2017 | shira 2 camp — barranco camp (B, L, D)
Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower 3h-4h 7km
Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly-- “pole pole” as they say in Swahili--to avoid exasperating the symptoms.
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp 1h30m-2h 3km
Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day’s difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif.
Day 6 | Sept. 8, 2017 | barranco camp — barafu camp (B, L, D)
Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp 8h-9h 9km
Take a look at the view of the Great Barranco Wall from camp then get ready to climb up the eastern wall. The route is a steady incline that passes below the Helm Glacier and meets with the Mweka route on the way down. Get some rest at the Barafu camp, the site is a on a narrow, rocky, ridge with no barriers to block the wind. Get equipment like headlamps, hiking poles and thermal clothing ready to go for the very early morning start the next day.
Day 7 | Sept. 9, 2017 | barafu camp — mweka camp (B, L, D)
Barafu Camp to Stella Point 6h 4km
Hike during the night to the Summit via Stella Point. Watch the sunrise before descending to Mweka Camp. The route from Barafu Camp to the summit is mentally and physically, the longest, most challenging day of the entire trek. Despite the difficulty, the memory of conquering Mt Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever. Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point.
Stella Point to Summit 1h-1h30m 1km
Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23° C (-9°f) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.
Summit to Mweka Camp 4h-6h 12km
Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon.
Day 8 | Sept. 10, 2017 | mweka camp — moshi (B, L)
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate 4h-5h 10km
Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures.
Moshi Mamas Massage
Revive your sore muscles with a relaxing massage. The Moshi Mama’s will come to the hotel and indulge you in a 30min massage after completing your hike to the roof of Africa!
Accommodations: Stella Maris Lodge (or similar)
Day 9 | Sept. 11, 2017 | moshi (B)
Depart at any time. Want to spend more time in Tanzania? Ask me about adding on a Safari or a relaxing stay in Zanzibar after the trek!
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