We returned to Colorado: 2006-7-16 00:00:00 GMT-07:00 ago.
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Here's our itinerary
Our entrance into the African wild begins as we climb Kilimanjaro via the less traveled Machame route. This route has been designated as a "low use hiking" zone and "camping only" zone. Climbing the Machame route is of great importance for those wishing to fully experience Africa's vast wilderness. Being one of the most scenic and beautiful routes up Mt. Kilimanjaro, it is a gradual ascent through forest and provides wide views of the moorlands.
The Kilimanjaro climb is both physically and mentally demanding. To promote full exploration of the region, we use porters to carry gear and food. We overnight in high-quality tents, while healthy meals including chicken, rice, fruits, and vegetables are prepared by our cook staff. (Options are available for vegetarians or those with specific dietary needs/preferences).
Day 1 - 2 June 21st and 22nd – Fly out of Phoenix and/or other cities on the morning of Wednesday, June 21st, into Amsterdam, and finally into Kilimanjaro International on the evening of June 22nd.
Our African leader/guide will meet us at the airport and we will take a bus to our hotel at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge. (www.thengurdotomountainlodge.com)
Day 3 June 23rd – We will have the option of several activities on this day. You can spend the day in Arusha, shopping, eating, and hanging out at the lodge resting for the climb. Or, we can spend the afternoon on a safari in the Arusha National Park located only 15 minutes from our lodge. Later in the day we will have gear check, a team meeting, and a team dinner.
Day 4 June 24th – Depart the lodge at 9:00 a.m. after breakfast and drive to the Machame Gate for registration, last minute organizing, and final team meeting. We begin our trek through shambas and montane rain forest arriving at the Machame Campsite (9,840 ft. / 2998 m) in about 5-7 hours. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Day 5 June 25th - After breakfast, leave the forest on a path following a steep ridge, passing through heather and open moorlands, and crossing a large gorge to reach the Shira Campsite (12,450 ft. / 3800 m) in 5-7 hours, arriving late afternoon with dinner and overnight at the campsite. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Day 6 June 26th - After breakfast, continue ascending through the dry landscape, crossing a broad valley and climbing a ridge crest to 14,800 feet before dropping again to reach Barranco Campsite (13,000 ft. / 3950 m). After 5-7 hours reach the campsite late afternoon for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Day 7 June 27th - After breakfast, cross the floor of the great Barranco Valley, up the Barranco wall to the Karanga River valley. After 3-5 hours we arrive at the Karanga Campsite at (13,400 ft. / 4100 m) in the early afternoon. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Day 8 June 28th - After breakfast we will travel up a ridge, reaching Barafu Campsite (15,100 ft. / 4600 m) in about 2-3 hours. After reaching high camp we get prepared physically and mentally for a midnight summit push. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Day 9 June 29th - Getting a start around midnight, begin the final ascent to the peak reaching the crater rim at Stella Point (18,700 ft. / 5700 m) in 5-6 hours. In another hour, arrival at the 'Roof of Africa', Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft. / 5895 m). Descend via Barafu Campsite through the forest to Mweka Campsite (10,000 ft. / 3100 m) in the giant heather zone on the forest edge for dinner, party, and overnight. An easy 2-3 hour hike. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
Day 10 June 30th – After breakfast, descend through the rain forest, with lunch en route, to the Mweka Park Gate taking 3-4 hours. There will be a team lunch at the gate. Late afternoon return to the Ngorduto Mountain Lodge for a swim and relaxation! A team dinner will be provided at the hotel. This will be an overnight stay for everyone staying for a longer safari in the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park, or Ngrongoro Crater.
Day 11 July 1st – Arrive home in the afternoon or begin our safari!