Trek to Mount Kilimanjaro – [22nd to 30th January 2013] - Registration is ON
 

Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route trekking
Participation Fees
Important Notes & Terms
Food Menu
Insurance
Equipment Checklist
Health
Vaccinations
Passport & Visa

 


Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level (the Uhuru Peak/Kibo Peak).
One day longer on trek, climbing a natural, rather than man made path, the Machame Route is a more demanding but much quieter and scenic route up the mountain. Overnights are spent camping in tents which are carried and pitched by the accompanying porters. Highlights of this route are the Shira Plateau, Barranco wall and the Karanga Valley reaching the summit via Stella Point.
Because this route is more taxing it is recommended that trekkers should be physically fit and with the additional day on trek to assist with acclimatization there is a good chance of reaching the summit.


Detailed Itenerary:

Machame Route trekking [9 days/8 nights – 7 days on trek]

21-Jan-2013 DAY 0 [flight]

Take Kilimanjaro flight from your preferred destination. Mumbai International Airport is recommended to avail better deals.




22-Jan -2013 DAY 1 [hotel]

Direct arrival at hotel Mountain Inn in Moshi at the base. Take room keys
and settle in then meet and greet fellow group members. Dinner, pre-climb briefing and overnight stay at the Mountain Inn
 
 

23-Jan-2013 DAY 2 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]

Breakfast. Introduction to your head guide for the climb at the Mountain Inn reception. You will then drive to the Machame park gates from Mountain Inn, journey time of 40 minutes; taking you to and altitude of 1800m above sea level at the south western slopes of Kili. Here you will complete the necessary registration formalities (registering passport numbers, receiving permits, etc.) and also meet the rest of your support team. The days hike takes you through the mountains rain forest zone, filled with resident flora and fauna as well as interesting scenery along your route. Picnics stop in between, and continue trekking till Machame campsite at 3000m. The days trekking usually takes 5-7 hours. Dinner will be served at the campsite. Overnight stay at Machame Camp
 

24-Jan-2013 DAY 3 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]

Breakfast. Today you set off towards the Shira plateau, leaving the forest behind and entering the heather and moorland zone, where temperatures can drop to below zero degrees Celsius. Most precipitation is from the fog and mist at this altitude. You trek along a ridge of volcanic rock with a short scramble up a rock ‘wall’ close to the plateau. A picnic lunch stop at Picnic rock (3600m) and onwards past Shira caves till Shira Campsite at 3800m. A photogenic end to your day with the Shira Ridge to the West, its three pinnacles pointing skywards (Shira Needle, Shira cathedral and East Shira hill). To the east you may see Kibo’s Western Breach and its glaciers. On clear days you should also be able to see Mount Meru in the distance, towards the south west. The days trekking usually takes 5-7 hours. Dinner will be served at the campsite. Overnight stay at Shira Camp

25-Jan-2013 DAY 4 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]
Breakfast. From Shira your route turns sharply east and heads directly
towards Kibo and its Western Breach. You enter the Alpine zone today, which receives limited water, has cold night-time temperatures and intense daytime sun, climbing steadily to a high point of 4530m, close to the distinctive Lava Tower with spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs and rock formations throughout the days hike. You will have your picnic lunch along your route and then spend the final few hours of the day descending steeply to the great Barranco (valley) ending at an altitude of 3950m, only 150m higher than your
starting point, nonetheless, you will have climbed and descended 680m, increasing your body’s ability to adjust to the decreasing air oxygen levels. You should be ready for a hard-earned sleep. The days trekking usually takes 5-7 hours. Dinner will be served at the campsite. Overnight at Barranco Camp

26-Jan-2013 DAY 5 [Acclimatization day]
Breakfast. Today’s day is designed to assist the acclimatisation process
further. A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads you through a trail on the south-eastern side of Kibo, with super views of the southern ice fields. Your will remain in the Alpine zone today with terrain changing to scree, with very limited flora or fauna in site. A gain of only 300m for the day with picnic lunch en-route till Karanga campsite at 4200m which you should reach by early afternoon, to have time to rest for the next 24 hours which will probably be the longest day of your life! The days trekking usually takes 4 hours. Dinner will be served at the campsite. Overnight at Karanga Camp

27-Jan-2013 DAY 6 [Trek: 8 to 9 hours]
Breakfast. This is the start for your summit attempt (which will be at
Midnight tonight), you depart Karanga and continue along an easy path on compacted over rocky slabs. Your path after the Karanga valley meets with the Mweka trail, which you will use for descent the following day, you turn left at the junction, heading up towards Barafu camp at 4600m. Picnic lunch will be en-route on this day. The days trekking usually takes 4-5 hours. Once you reach the campsite, the chef will prepare your ‘last meal’ around mid-afternoon. It is recommended to sleep after dinner until your guides wake you for the summit attempt around Midnight. A full moon is predicted to rise at 19:02pm, illuminating
your path to the summit. Overnight Barafu Camp (Full moon predicted on this night)
 

28-Jan-2013 DAY 7 [Trek & Summit: 5 to 7 hours]
At Midnight (00:00am) you will be woken by your guides for the summit attempt. The early start allows you to reach the summit for around sunrise, and still give you time to descend in the daylight. You will walk in single file, ascending in a zigzag pattern (because of the steepness) through the scree and entering the arctic zone of the mountain. The climb to Stella Point is probably the most daunting section of the Machame route, mainly because of the altitude, darkness, and many hours of walking prior to this, however there are no technical difficulties. Keep pushing forward and consult the guides regarding any altitude sickness, they are trained to notice symptoms of mild, medium and high altitude sickness and will be able to advise you if you can continue ascending, or if you should stop and descend. Determination will take you to Stella point at 5730m. Here you will take a short rest and those who are still feeling strong can continue to Uhuru Peak at 5895m passing spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that are the only residents in the Zone. At Uhuru peak (one you take the pictures with the sign board) you will not stay for long, our guides advise on a maximum of 10-15 minutes, then you should begin your descent to Mweka. The scree feels very lose underneath you and you may find it is harder to descend than to ascend. Two walking poles come in use here and the guides can also show you a trick to almost ‘ski’ down. You follow the same path you had used to ascend until Barafu campsite where you will have a hot lunch. Continue descending till the Mweka junction where you take the path leading to Mweka and descend through the heather and moorland until the top of the forest where Mweka camp lies at 3000m. The walk from Barafu to Stella usually takes around 5-6 hours, the walk to Uhuru a further 1-2 hours and the descent to Mweka around 5-7 hours. Dinner will be served at Mweka camp. Enjoy a well-earned rest for the night. Overnight Mweka Camp
 

29-Jan-203 DAY 8 [Trek: 3 to 4 hours]
Breakfast. This will be your final day on the mountain. You leave Mweka camp and trek south through the Mountains forest until Mweka gate. Picnic lunch will be en-route on this day. Once you reach the gate, you support team should be waiting to congratulate/say goodbye to the group. This is a perfect opportunity for anybody to hand any tips to the team. If lucky the guides and porters will sing the ‘Kilimanjaro song’ say their goodbyes and introduce you to your driver who will transfer you back to Mountain Inn. On arrival collect your room keys and enjoy a warm shower (after 6 days of not showering). Rest for the rest of the day until dinner is served. Overnight stay at the Mountain Inn
 

30-Jan-2013 DAY 9 [hotel]
Breakfast at Hotel. End of your trek
 
 

Participation Fee:

Trek Cost per head: US $ 1400.00
Price includes: 2 nights sharing accommodation in Hotel on half board basis, Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) conservation (entry) fees, KINAPA compulsory rescue fees, Camping fees, Light dome tent sharing, Camping stools, camping table & mess tent, 4 season sleeping bag per person, KINAPA trained and certified English speaking guides, KINAPA trained and certified porters & porter-chef, All meals on the mountain on full board basis, 1 transfer per group from Moshi to Park gates, 1 transfer per group from Park gates to Moshi, Safe & luggage storage room at hotel
 
Price excluded: Air ticket, visa, Insurance, Yellow fever vaccination, Airport transfers, Tips/Gratuities, Mountain equipment such as walking poles, gaiters, hiking boots, Any items of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls etc., Any additional delays due to weather or local situation, Any thing not mentioned in "Price includes" column

Payment terms & options

Important Notes & Terms

Food Menu

Outlined below is an
example of a typical menu. (we will be able to provide an alternative menu for vegetarians):

  
  Day 1: Dinner : At the hotel

Day 2:

Breakfast: At the hotel
  Lunch packet: bacon & cheese sandwich, egg, fruit of the day, a portion of chicken
  Tea time:   tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water, popcorns, biscuits
  Dinner:      soup of the day with bread, spaghetti/beef/fried potatoes/vegetables, mixed salad/fruits – tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water

Day 3:


Breakfast: tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water – porridge/cucumber/tomato, eggs, bread with jam/honey/butter.  
  Lunch packet: sandwich with fruit of the day, hard boiled egg. Juice
  Tea time: tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water, ground nuts
  Dinner: soup of the day, pancake, fried chicken, vegetables, chinese rice, fruits – tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water

Day 4:


Breakfast: tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water – porridge, egg, cucumber, tomato, bacon
  Lunch packet:  sandwich with cheese, cucumber, tomato, green paper, carrot, hard boiled egg, salt to taste, fruit of the day
  Tea time : tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water – popcorns, biscuits
  Dinner:  soup of the day with bread, chips, fresh beans, spaghetti, beef, vegetables, banana – tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water
Day 5: Breakfast: tea/coffee/milo/milk powder/hot water – bread, cheese, porridge, bacon, eggs
  Lunch: hot lunch served – potato chips, eggs, bread, baked beans, vegetables, fruits – tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water
  Dinner:  soup of the day, stew, potato, chicken, vegetables, fruits – tea/coffee/milo/milk powder/hot water


Day 6:
Breakfast: Mid-night light tea with biscuits
  Lunch: (at KIBO or BARAFU after SUMMIT) – orange squash, soup, bread, popcorn, biscuits
  Dinner: soup of the day , pancake, chinese rice, fried chicken, vegetables, fruits, – tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water
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Day 7:
Breakfast: tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water – porridge, egg, cucumber, tomato, bacon
  Lunch packet:  sandwich with cheese, cucumber, tomato, green paper, carrot, hard boiled egg, salt to taste, fruit of the day
  Tea time : tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water – popcorns, biscuits
  Dinner:  soup of the day with bread, chips, fresh beans, spaghetti, beef, vegetables, banana – tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water
   
Day 8:
Breakfast: tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water – porridge, egg, cucumber, tomato, bacon
  Lunch packet:  sandwich with cheese, cucumber, tomato, green paper, carrot, hard boiled egg, salt to taste, fruit of the day
  Tea time : tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water – popcorns, biscuits
  Dinner:  soup of the day with bread, chips, fresh beans, spaghetti, beef, vegetables, banana – tea/coffee/milk powder/hot water
   
Day 9: Breakfast: At the hotel


Insurance

We advise you to purchase travel insurance after arranging a trip to cover yourself against any unforeseen circumstances. Basic recommended insurance coverage:

Equipment Checklist

Please see the Equipment section for full recommendations for what you should bring and what is available to rent. Everything we provide is as a guide and you should decide on what's necessary and not. Porters are limited to carrying 15kg (35lbs) each and any excess weight would require an additional porter. All extra luggage can be stored at the hotel when climbing

Things to carry for Kilimanjaro Trek:

Health

Though Kilimanjaro is a steady climb, it should not be taken lightly. You should consult your doctor to check you are medically fit to endure a strenuous activity and able to acclimatize without injury. It is recommended that you are physically fit for the trek and hiking to higher altitudes, where possible, will be beneficial for acclimatization during the actual climb.

Vaccinations

Important Update: Please be advised, Yellow fever vaccination certificates are vital to enter Tanzania and any passenger arriving without a valid one is vaccinated at the airport at a fee of apprx. USD 50. We suggest you to take the vaccination before travel itself. This has technically been a requirement for many years, but it sounds like it will now be enforced. Please make sure you make all the arrangements necessary with your physician and have the yellow vaccination card inside of your passport at all times

You should make sure you have all the necessary vaccinations before traveling to Tanzania.

It is recommended that you visit your personal physician or travel health clinic 4 to 8 weeks before your departure date

Passport & Visa
The following are entry requirements from the Tanzanian governments national website. They are provided as a guideline and you should consult your local embassy or check the website for any updates.

 

Registration

We suggest you to meet us at office, understand all the nitty-gritties before signing up. We require copy of following documents:

For any clarification email us at team@bmcindia.org or call on 9611102222

BMC Office Address :
No. 1651 , 10th Main, HAL 3rd Stage,
Jeeveanbhima Nagar , Banglore-560075
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