Altezza groups 14 10/2017

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Climbing (7-day climb): Machame route
October 14 - October 22, 2017

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  • Climbing: Machame route 7-day climb

Arrival date: 14.10.2017

Departure date: 22.10.2017

  • Climbing start: 15.10.2017

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    Climbing finish: 21.10.2017

    Climbing

    At a total length of 65km, Machame (Whiskey Route) is one of the most popular for Kilimanjaro climbers. We, at Altezza Travel, would recommend the short 6-day programme only to those with climbing experience, reasonable level of fitness and a yearning for a challenge. The main difficulty lies in an altitude gain of over 2,000m (6,600 feet) in 24hrs including summiting, resulting in a 7% drop in success rates. If you are planning to take Machame Route in November, April or May, the path may be eroded by rain making the climb more difficult. The 7-day programme, on the other hand, offers success rates of 85% due to gradual acclimatization and will suit anyone aspiring to climb Kilimanjaro.

Places already reserved: 1 Places available: 7
$2.049
Itinerary
Day 1 - October 14, 2017. ARRIVAL

You will be collected by one of our staff at Kilimanjaro Airport for transfer to your hotel as per the programme booked. After some rest at the Hotel where you can avail yourself of all its amenities including hot showers, comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi and swimming pool,  a briefing and pre-climb check of your readiness will be conducted by your climb manager.


NB: Start of hotel check-in: 2:00 PM.

 

Day 2 - October 15, 2017. TREKKING FROM MACHAME GATE TO MACHAME CAMP

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold a quick briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The first stage of climbing Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route includes passage through the rainforest (where tropical showers are highly probable), so we recommend you take not only spare clothes, but also your raincoats.

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:

  • Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
  • Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Altitude: Machame Gate (1,800 m) — Machame Camp (3,010 m)
Distance: 5 km
Time: 5–6 hrs.

Day 3 - October 16, 2017. TREKKING FROM MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP

After breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). On this day you will emerge from the rainforest and for the first time be able to see stunning views of the Shira Plateau laid out in front of you. Physically speaking, the trekking is not very difficult, but you may feel the changes in altitude, so pay attention to your body and remember that choosing the proper pace is extremely important for good trekking. When you reach the camp, you will have lunch and some rest, after which the group will go on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp with a 300 meter gain in altitude. Back down at Shira Camp you will be served a hot dinner.

NB: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of  successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro up the Machame Route and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Trekking from Machame Camp to Shira Camp:
Altitude: Machame Camp (3,010 m) — Shira Camp (3,845 m)
Distance: 5 km
Time: 4–5hrs.

Acclimatization hike:
Altitude: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,120 m)
Distance: 2 km
Time: 1–2 hrs.

Day 4 - October 17, 2017. SHIRA TO BARRANCO CAMP VIA AN ASCENT TO THE LAVA TOWER

Depart Shira Camp after breakfast and head towards Lava Tower ascending from  3,845 to 4,630 m. The rise-and-fall nature of this trek may present some difficulties. However, the 4,600 m altitude at the Lava Tower itself is crucial for proper acclimatization. The lunch break will take place here in order to give you some extra high-altitude time before descending approximately 650 m to Barranco Camp (3,960 m), which is the next overnight stop on this route.

Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.

NB:  In those cases where some group members feel uncomfortable climbing up to Lava Tower, the route may be changed to bypass it resulting in the highest point reached 4,400 meters.

Altitude: Shira Camp (3,845 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
Distance: 11 km
Time: 6–8 hrs.

Day 5 - October 18, 2017. BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA

On this day it is best to make an early start to avoid crowding on the way up Barranco Wall. Despite the Wall's seemingly daunting height and steepness the actual climb is rather merciful at a mere hour or so. The top provides a great photo opportunity with Kibo Peak as the backdrop.
The next part of the day is rife with ups and downs where your guides will choose the best place for individual climbers.
A lunch break at Karanga Camp shall be followed by an acclimatisation climb towards Barafu with its highest point being 4,270 m. The group then drops back to Karanga Camp for the overnight.


Trekking between Barranco and Karanga Camp:
Altitude:  Barranco: 3,960 m - Karanga: 4,035 m.
Distance: 5 km
Time: 4–5 hrs.

Acclimatization climb:
Altitude: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — highest point reached: 4,270 m
Distance: 2.5 km
Time: 1–2 hrs.

Day 6 - October 19, 2017. KARANGA TO BARAFU CAMP

After breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization climb towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp with its highest point being 4,800 m and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.

Trekking between Karanga and Barafu Camp:
Altitude: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
Distance: 6 km
Time: 4–5 hrs.

Acclimatization climb:
Altitude: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)
Distance: 2 km
Time: 1–2 hrs.

Day 7 - October 20, 2017. SUMMITING ON UHURU PEAK AND DESCENT TO MILLENNIUM CAMP

Summiting starts around midnight from 4,635 m, ending on Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m. While the trek itself is fairly simple, rarified mountain air does does pose a challenge. Therefore, a guide who will monitor their condition throughout the climb shall accompany every two climbers ensuring safety above all. Upon summiting, you shall have an opportunity to walk on the nearby glacier.
The descent to 3,820 m at Millennium Camp starts after a two-hour rest back at Barafu Camp.


NB: Descent is deceptively easy with treacherous footing and results in 90% of accidents. Mind your feet if you want to avoid falling and damaged toenails!
Altitude: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m)
Distance: 15.5 km
Time: 7–12 hrs.

Day 8 - October 21, 2017. MILLENNIUM CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

This last camp’s position being far lower at the forest line will afford you a good night’s sleep further enhanced by thoughts of having reached the top. Breakfast will be followed by the return to 1,650 m at the final point in this adventure- Mweka Gate. After a short celebration with the whole of the climb crew and arrival at our offices, you will receive your climb certificates, followed by the drive to your lodge.

Altitude: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m)
Distance: 12 km
Time:  4–5 hrs.

Day 9 - October 22, 2017. DEPARTURE

Hotel-to-airport transfer.


NB: Typical check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late checking out is available for guests with late flights, though they may incur extra fees.

 

 
$2.049

Price

  • Tour price includes (climbing):
    • Meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
    • Transfer to the hotel — Aishi Machame HotelAltezza Lodge in Moshi*;
    • Accommodation prior to the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room);
    • Transfer to the trail head;
    • Professional mountain crew. All guides have "Wilderness First Responder" and "Wilderness First Aid" certificates, along with over 7 years of experience in climbing. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage);
    • Kilimanjaro National Park permits;
    • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees;
    • Camping/hut fees;
    • 3 square meals daily. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request;
    • Modern The North Face VE-25 tents**;
    • Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters;
    • First aid kit;
    • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick);
    • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery);
    • Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel;
    • Accommodation after the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room);
    • International certificates for a successful ascent;
    • Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

    * Basic tour package price includes sharing a twin room. If you need a single bed accommodation only, you should contact a manager a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of the tour.

    ** During the climb you will share a tent with 1-2 other climbers, depending on the number of participants. If you need an individual tent, please, contact our manager. Single accommodation at sleeping huts on Marangu is impossible.

  • Tour price excludes (climbing):
    • Airline tickets;
    • Visa fee;
    • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
    • Personal gear rentals;
    • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
    • Mountaineering insurance.
  • Experienced mountain guides
    We hire only professional mountain guides certified as “Wilderness First Responder” and “Wilderness First Aid” with 7+ years of successful climbing experience!
  • Modern outfit and equipment
    We use only modern outfit and equipment from The North Face and Black Diamond in our Kilimanjaro expeditions. These brands were successfully tested in harsh Himalayan and Arctic environments.
  • Safe climbs
    For extra safety, we equip our groups with oxygen systems, satellite phones, radio stations and medical kits.
  • Customized meal plans
    Individual diet for every climber allows us to ensure the highest quality standards
  • No agents involved
    Our prices are free from commissions and markups. Our team is located in the heart of Tanzania and we personally control everything here.
  • More than 200 successfully expeditions annually!
    In 2015, 577 climbers from EU and USA climbed the highest point of Africa with us!