Activewater – Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb June 2016
Route: Take the Machame Route virtual tour
June 16: ARRIVAL
Arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met by our Climb Kili representative and transferred to your hotel. You will have a detailed meeting with your guide outlining the trek ahead after your check in, or the morning of your trek. Overnight stay at bed and breakfast.
June 17: MACHAME GATE to MACHAME CAMP
9,400’ ~2865m ∙ 6.8 mi ∙ 5-7 hrs
After a restful night and an enjoyable breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by your Climb Kili guide and other mountain crew where we will transfer you from the hotel to the Machame Gate. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. At Machame Camp your tent will be set up and personal belongings will be ready for you as well as dinner.
June 18: MACHAME CAMP to SHIRA CAMP
12500’ ~3810m ∙ 2.8 mi~5 km ∙ 4-6 hours
After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, entering in the moorland zone covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a dry river gorge. We reach our camp in time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira Camp.
June 19: SHIRA CAMP to BARRANCO CAMP
13,000’ ~ 3962m ∙ 5.6 mi~10 km∙ 6-8 hrs
Today you depart Shira Camp in the morning taking the path which rises up gradually towards the Kibo peak, as we continue, our direction changes to the southeast towards the Lava Tower, also known as the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower we continue down to the Barranco Camp at an altitude of 13,000ft~ 3962m. Dinner and overnight stay at Barranco Camp.
June 20: BARRANCO to KARANGA CAMP
13100’ ~ 3992m ∙ 2.2 mi~3.2 km ∙ 4-5 hrs
Today the group conquers the great Barranco Valley and up the Barranco wall, and adventuourse stretch that ushers us into the arctic zone of Kili. We continue the trek on the South Circuit path through the Karanga Valley. We camp tonight at Karanga Camp.
June 21: KARANGA CAMP to BARAFU CAMP
15,300’ ~ 4663m ∙ 2.2 mi~3.5 km ∙ 4-5 hrs
Today we take a slow pace to Barafu Camp from Barafu you will have excellent views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Barufu Camp is situated on an exposed ridge, so it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark. We continue to acclimatize, rest, relax and make necessary preparation for the summit day ahead.
June 22: BARAFU to SUMMIT to MWEKA CAMP
19,340’~5,895m ∙ 13 mi~21 km (5 km ascent/ 12 km descent) ∙ 7-8 hrs ascent~4-6 hrs descent
Tonight is the night! A midnight start to conquer the highest point in Africa. This section of the route is considered one of the steepest on the non-technical paths of Kilimanjaro. It is a 6-7 hour hike to Stella Point in order to see the sunrise. We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This can be the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. From Stella Point you can see the summit; just 1 hour to Uhuru Peak and the rooftop of Africa! We then descend down to Mweka Camp for dinner and celebration.
June 23: MWEKA CAMP to Exit Mweka Gate
5,400’~1645m) ∙ 6.4 mi ~10.3 km ∙ 3-4 hrs
A morning walking to Mweka gate reflecting of the past weeks experience with our Climb Kili vehicle waiting to transfer you to your hotel for a very welcomed shower at the hotel.
June 24-25: 2 DAY SAFARI
Day 1: Hotel to Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you and drive to Lake Manyara with a picnic lunch along the way. The parks namesake is a shallow, alkaline lake which expands and contracts with the seasons within a long, silvery bowl of salt deposits. Adjacent to it are wide, grassy floodplains and, further away, bands of mixed acacia woodlands. Continuing on the escarpment, are patches of enchanting evergreen forests, which are sustained by perennial groundwater springs issuing from the base of the escarpment.
Lake Manyara’s game includes good numbers of elephant, buffalo and wildebeest along with plenty of giraffe. Look more carefully for zebra, warthog, impala, Kirk’s dik-dik, waterbuck in marshy areas near some of the springs, and klipspringer on the slopes of the escarpment. The broken forests and escarpment make it good landscape for leopard, while Manyara’s healthy lion population are famous for their tree-climbing acrobatics. There are huge troops of baboons – which often number several hundred and are widely regarded as Africa’s largest.
As with the big game, the birdlife here is exceptionally varied. In the middle of the lake you’ll often see flocks of pelicans and the pink-shading of distant flamingos, while the margins and floodplains feed innumerable herons, egrets, stilts, stalks, spoonbills and other waders. With so much water around, the woodlands are equally productive, but it’s the evergreen forests where you’ll spot some more entertaining species such as the noisy silvery-cheeked hornbills, crowned eagles and crested guineafowl. Dinner and overnight at lodge at Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast we drive to Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the Carter with a picnic lunch. You’ll enjoy a full day Crater game drive. Included among the 7 Natural Wonders, this extinct volcano collapsed eons ago turning it into a beautiful natural enclosure. The showpiece of the conservation area is undoubtedly the Ngorongoro Crater itself. It measures about 12 Miles~19km in diameter, with walls of 1900 ‘~610m in height. However you measure it, it’s no wonder that this Crater is numbered among the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
The mineral-rich floor of this spectacular bowl is largely flat, open and covered in nutritious grasses –enjoyed by large herds of zebra and wildebeest which graze here. These extensive open plains are also home to herds of buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, Grant’s gazelle and topi. You’ll also find East Africa’s best population of black rhino here which can be seen in open grasslands. Breeding herds of elephant pass through the Ngorongoro Crater itself only rarely, but you will see a scattering of old bulls, including some of the biggest tuskers remaining in Africa today.
No Ngorongoro safari would be complete without the predators, which are often highly visible on the crater floor. The Crater’s lion population varies significantly over time, the one constant being their complete adaptation for safari vehicles as evident with their hunting within yards of a vehicle, and when exhausted even seek their shade beside it. Spotted hyena are even more common here, often competing with the lion, and there’s are a small but growing number of cheetah. Leopards are around, especially in the vicinity of the Lerai Forest – a small forest of fever trees notable for their yellow bark. Side-striped and the lovely golden jackal are often seen skulking around, while bat-eared foxes area rarer sight. Return to Arusha.
June 26: Mt Kilimanjaro Marathon
Our Climb Kili representative will transfer you to the town of Moshi for an unforgettable Marathon in the shadows of Kilimanjaro.
June 27: DEPARTURE
Our Climb Kili representative will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight.
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