KILIMANJARO FULL MOON SUMMIT 2015
TREK THE 7 DAY MACHAME ROUTE & CLIMB TO THE ROOF OF AFRICA UNDER THE GLOW OF A FULL BLUE MOON
JULY 26 - AUGUST 3
JULY 26 // JAMBO and GET READY
Arrival at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO). We’ll pick you up from the airport and bring you to the hotel in Moshi. You’ll have the day to relax, pick up rental gear and meet some of the others in the group. We’ll all get together for a WHOA welcome dinner that night!
JULY 27 // DWENDE - LET’S GO
Machame Gate to Machame Camp (Elevation: 1,800 - 3,000 m)
Hiking Time: 5 - 7 hours (Distance: 11 km)
We’ll drive from Moshi to the gate where the Machame route begins! We’ll start the trek in the early afternoon on a winding trail through lush rainforest. It tends to be misty and foggy here (it’s a rainforest after all)! Be sure to keep an eye out for all the colorful flowers, like the Impatiens Kilimanjari, and Colobus Monkeys as we make our way to the Machame Camp.
JULY 28 // POLE, POLE...
Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,000 - 3,840 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 6 hours (Distance: 5 km)
After breakfast, we’ll leave the glades of the rainforest and enter a completely new climate zone, the heath. It’s characterized by everlasting flowers , grass and mosses. After a little scrambling above the tree line we’ll make our way to Shira camp just in time to relax before enjoying a beautiful sunset over Mount Meru.
JULY 29 // IT’S ALL ABOUT ACCLIMATIZING
Shira Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower (3,840 - 4,600 - 3,950 m)
Hiking Time: 6 - 8 hours (Distance: 10 km)
From the Shira Plateau, we’ll head upwards through a barren surreal landscape to Lava Tower, which is our highest elevation so far at 4,600 m. After resting there for a snack and some acclimatization, we’ll head down through a forest of wild Senecio Kilimanjari trees to our camp that’s in valley beside Barranco Wall.
JULY 30 // TAKE IT EASY
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (3,950 - 4,000 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours (Distance: 5 km)
In the morning, we’ll tackle the famous the fun challenge of steep scrambling that is the Barranco Wall. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most amazing views and photo ops on Kili! This is a short day that again helps us acclimatize and rest at Karanga camp.
JULY 31 // ALPINE DESERT, HERE WE COME
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,000 - 4,600 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours (Distance: 4 km)
After breakfast and taking in some great views of the summit on the early morning light, we’ll make our way up to Barafu Camp through the barren Alpine Desert. We’ll get there in the early afternoon to eat and rest up because this night is the big night we’ve been waiting for!
AUGUST 1 // A ONCE IN A BLUE MOON EXPERIENCE
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut (4,600 - 5,895 - 3,100 m)
Hiking Time: 7 - 8 hours ascent / 4 - 6 hours descent (Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent)
Around midnight, under the glow of the full blue moon, we’ll put on our head lamps and start our ascent to the summit under thousands of stars. It’s a steep and long night, the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. The rhythm and energy of our group in combination with the guides Swahili chants will help you keep going! We should get to Stella Point (5,670 m) as the sun is rising over Mawenzi peak. From there, it’s an easy 1-hour ascent along the Furtwängler Glacier to the highest point in Africa- UHURU PEAK! After taking in the views (and getting your picture in from of the iconic yellow and green sign), you’ll make your way back down in the skree to Barafu for lunch. In the late afternoon, after a quick nap, we’ll make our way to camp back through the moorland and heath into the rainforest.
AUGUST 2 // BACK TO SEA LEVEL
Mweka Camp to Moshi (3,100 - 1,800 m)
Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours
After our last breakfast with our new mountain family, we’ll start our final descent down through the rainforest to the Mweka Park Gate. We’ll have a lunch (complete with some celebratory food and drinks) before driving back to the hotel in Moshi for much deserved warm showers. At night, we’ll celebrate with dinner and our certificate ceremony!
AUGUST 3 // GIVE BACK
We’ll spend the day connecting with local women and helping to give back to the causes that are near and dear to them. This is always a very special experience that gives more meaning to the whole adventure! You can depart in the evening, or transfer to your WHOA Add-On.