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At A Glance
For what the Machame route is challenging, it is also breathtakingly beautiful, boasting the most scenic route up to Kilimanjaro’s highest peak. With our expert team of guides and porters we will spend six days crossing alpine deserts, glistening ice fields, majestic forests and plateaus along one of the world’s greatest climbs. Together we will trek from camp to camp, challenging our mind and body, and feeling the adrenaline that comes along with this once in a lifetime opportunity to support YCI’s global youth employment and sustainable livelihoods solutions.
July 16, 2016 : Arrival
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met and transferred to Moshi. Overnight Ameg Lodge (Included meals : dinner & breakfast)
July 17, 2016: Machame route (climb day 1)
Machame Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,200 metres / 3,900 feet
Around 9am your head guide will come to the hotel to collect the group and drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate. After registration, begin climbing along a winding trail through beautiful and lush forest. Since this is the zone which experiences the most rainfall on the mountain you should be prepared for afternoon showers. These can make the trail slippery at times! The climb is steady, gradually easing as you approach camp at Machame Hut (9,800ft). The camp is located on the edge of the forest and giant heather zones. Approximately 6-7 hours of walking today.
July 18, 2016: Machame route (climb day 2)
Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)
Elevation Gain: 840 metres / 2,800 feet
Today is a little shorter, beginning by climbing a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo, the summit cone of Kilimanjaro, and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau. Once on the plateau the trail becomes gentler as you continue your climb to Shira Camp. Approximately 5-6 hours of walking today.
July 19, 2016: Machame route (climb day 3)
Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,650ft) via Lava Tower (4,550m/14,900ft)
Elevation Gain: 710 metres / 2,300 feet
Elevation Loss: 700 metres / 2,250 feet
Your climb today will take you steadily up and over the expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower. The trek to the base of Lava Tower is about 4 hours. This tower is a 300 foot high volcanic plug. From Lava Tower we begin our steep descent into the Barranco Valley. This is good practice for your descent from the summit in a few days time and will take 1-2 hours. Although you will end your day at almost the same elevation as you started, today is very important for acclimatisation and will help your body prepare for summit day. Barranco Camp is in a beautiful, sheltered valley below the imposing Barranco Wall.
July 20, 2016: Machame route (climb day 4)
Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,600ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
Elevation Gain: 750 metres / 2,500 feet
After breakfast, we leave Barranco Camp and begin our climb up the Barranco Wall. This is an impressive scramble where you will be rewarded with fantastic views back towards camp. From the top, at 4,200m, you will follow an undulating path around the mountain side. After descending into the Karranga Valley your climb takes you through Karranga Camp and steadily on to Barafu. This is located on the ridge below the summit cone. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At Barafu we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
July 21, 2016: Machame route (climb day 5)
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,300ft) then descending to Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 metres / 4,200 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,785 metres / 9,100 feet
In the early morning you will begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak. This part of the climb takes approximately 6-8 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day and therefore you will want clothing for both extremes. Just when you think you’ve had enough of climbing in the dark, the sun will rise and you will be rewarded with a rich red sky framing Mawenzi. At Stella Point (5,750m) you join the crater rim. From here, climb gently to Uhuru Peak which is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit the descent will take you straight down to Mweka Hut, with lunch served on the way. This part of the descent takes about 6 hours. Later in the evening enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at Mweka Hut, the only place it is available on this route.
July 7 – 22, 2016 : Machame route (climb day 6)
Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft) to Mweka Gate (1,830m/6,000ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,280 metres / 4,220 feet
Descend straight to the gate through lush forest (2-3 hours), looking for monkeys along the way. Return to Moshi from Mweka Village.
Overnight Ameg Lodge – including lunch & dinner on 23rd, breakfast on 24th
July 23, 2016: Departure
Today you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro airport.
April 31, 2016: Registration Deadline
Register online, with a $500 (CAD) deposit by April 15, 2016 to claim your spot on the team.
June 25, 2016: Fee Deadline
All fees must be submitted by June 25, 2016.
The cost to participate on the 2016 YCI Kilimanjaro Climb is $4950.00 (CAD). This includes a $500 (CAD) deposit to confirm your spot and set up your crowdfunding campaign.
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