Machame Set Departure? Hoopoe
set departure climbs are the ideal Kilimanjaro hikes.
They are the safest ascent rates for each given route
and we only run departures on the 2 most scenic routes.
Read about our guide training courses and mountain crew here.
Hoopoe provides Oxygen for safety purposes + all guides
go through 2 x 1 month long compulsory training sessions
Over 7 days the Machame route is much easier than 6
day versions. Machame is considered by many to be the
most beautiful and scenic route up Mt. Kilimanjaro,
passing through tropical montane rain forest to the
snows of Kilimanjaro. All Hoopoe Kili Climbs include
a large staff including the chief guide, an assistant
guide, cook, and porters. Camp is superbly outfitted,
including thick foam mattresses for all the igloo tents,
a toilet tent, mess tent complete with tables and chairs,
and high frequency two-way radios for communication
Group Set Departure; Minimum 2 Pax and Maximum 8 Pax in guaranteed window seat in specialized Safari vehicle.
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Whenever you arrive, you’ll
be personally met and transferred to the Rivertrees Country Inn just outside Arusha city and in lovely quite gardens and by the Usa River, in the foothills of Mt. Meru, Africa’s 5th highest
mountain. Those arriving specially early can book optional
activities. Then, spend the afternoon with your mountain
guide preparing for the climb.
Morning transfer to the Machame climb
where the track begins. The day is spent walking to
Machame Hut through 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.
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 near the Shira Hut at 3840m.
KILIMANJARO - BARRANCO
Today you walk for 5-6 hours enjoying
sightings of the typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation
(Senecios, Lobelia, Helichrysum) and 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.
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.
From Karanga we head up a morraine
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 briefs you for the final ascent.
SUMMIT - MWEKA
The attempt on the summit occurs
at night in the very early morning. 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 Mweka
at around 3100m.
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 your
evening's dinner and overnight at the Rivertrees Country Inn. You may now relax, take a hot shower
or even relax by the pool! Enjoy a wonderful celebration
You will be privately transferred to Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports for your departure. But don’t go yet ! Consider our Taste of Tanzania itinerary. End of Services
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