KILIMANJARO FULL MOON SUMMIT 2018
TREK THE 7 DAY MACHAME ROUTE + REACH THE ROOF OF AFRICA UNDER THE GLOW OF A FULL MOON
JUNE 22 - 30
June 22 - JULY 2 with 2 DAY SAFARI
max group size: 20
JUNE 22 // JAMBO, Karibu
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) in Moshi by noon. We’ll be there to give you a warm Tanzanian welcome and bring you to our lodge, the Stella Marris, which is a guesthouse that is also home to a nonprofit primary school for local children. In the afternoon, we'll do a gear check to make sure everyone is fully equipped and ready to go! At night, we’ll all get together for a WHOA welcome dinner to meet the amazing guides and get briefed on the adventure that lies ahead of us!
JUNE 23 // TWENDE (AKA LET’S GO)
Machame Gate to Machame Camp (Elevation: 1,800 - 3,000 m)
Hiking Time: 5 - 7 hours (Distance: 11 km)
Rise and shine! After breakfast, we’ll ride to the gate where the Machame route, and our epic journey begin! We’ll start the trek in the early afternoon on a winding trail through the lush and misty Rainforest (they don't call it a rainforest for nothing)! Be sure to keep an eye out for the colorful Impatiens Kilimanjari flowers and Colobus Monkeys as we make our way to Machame Camp. In the evening, we’ll have time to relax, watch the sunset, and enjoy dinner together.
JUNE 24 // 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 its everlasting flowers and mossy low trees, which you’ll be able to take in from several beautiful overlooks. After a little scrambling above the tree line, we’ll make our way to Shira Camp just in time to enjoy the beautiful view of the sun setting over Mount Meru!
JUNE 25 // 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 towering Senecio Kilimanjari that look straight out of Dr. Seuss’ imagination! Our home for the night will be in a beautiful valley beside the Barranco Wall overlooking Moshi.
JUNE 26 // 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 pack up our hiking poles and tackle the famous (and fun!) challenge of steep scrambling that is the Barranco Wall! At the top, we'll be rewarded with some of the most amazing views and photo ops on Kili. Today's a relatively short hiking day, that helps us acclimatize more and give our bodies some rest. We’ll spend the afternoon and evening at Karanga Camp where we'll be able to take in a beautiful view of the summit, and reflect on what's to come!
JUNE 27 // UP for more?
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,000 - 4,600 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours (Distance: 4 km)
After breakfast and taking in some more great views of Uhuru Peak in 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, rest up, and gather our collective courage...because tonight is the big night we’ve been preparing for!
JUNE 28 // SUMMIT OR BUST!
Barafu Camp to Summit to Millennium Camp (4,600 - 5,895 - 3,800 m)
Hiking Time: 7 - 8 hours ascent / 4 - 6 hours descent (Distance: 5 km ascent / 11 km descent)
Around midnight, we’ll put on our head lamps and start our ascent to the summit under a glowing full moon and thousands of twinkling stars. It’s a steep, long night, and the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. However, the energy of our group, and the rhythm of our guides’ Swahili chants will help you keep going! This is the time when we will all dig deep and remember why we are doing this together. We should get to Stella Point (5,670 m) just as the sun is rising over Mawenzi peak. From there, it’s a slight incline and 1-hour ascent along the extraordinary Furtwängler Glacier to the highest point in Africa- UHURU PEAK! After taking in the views (and getting your picture in front of the iconic summit sign), we’ll make our way back down the skree to our camp. In the afternoon, after some rest, we’ll head back through the Alpine Desert and Moorland to our camp nestled in the Heath.
JUNE 29 // BOOGIE DOWN
Millennium Camp to Moshi (3,800 - 1,800 m)
Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours (Distance: 13 km)
After our last breakfast (and dance party) with our new mountain family, we’ll start our final descent down through the Rainforest and off Kilimanjaro. At Mweka Gate, we’ll have a special lunch (complete with some celebratory food and drinks) before driving back to our hotel in Moshi for much deserved showers. At night, we’ll continue the celebration at dinner and reflect on the amazing experience we shared together and what great adventures are to come!
JUNE 30 // SHARE THE LOVE
The fun isn’t over yet! We’ll spend the morning visiting, playing and learning with the students at the Stella Maris primary school adjacent to our lodge. The school is dedicated to providing education to primary school children in nearby local villages. In fact, the income for teacher salaries and the children’s food comes from travelers like us staying at the Stella Maris lodge. Connecting with these children is always very special, and gives more meaning to our entire Tanzanian experience! In the evening, you can catch your plane back home if you need to go, OR get ready for a once in a lifetime safari to the regions most stunning national parks...
JULY 1 - 2 // LIONS AND ZEBRAS AND ELEPHANTS! OH MY!
The best way to wrap up an epic Kilimanjaro climb is with a safari in Tanzania's amazing national parks! We'll begin by exploring the Tarangire National Park, which is famous for it's vast herds of elephants and giant baobab trees. In the evening, we'll share dinner together and relax at our world class safari lodge. On day 2, be ready for an early wake up call - that's when we'll get the best animal sightings in the Ngorongoro Crater! In the crater, you can expect to get up close and personal with zebras, lions, elephants, flamingos, hippos, cheetahs, antelopes, ostriches, warthogs, hyenas...you get the idea! After another beautiful day of game viewing we'll head out to drop you off in Moshi or at JRO (if you're flying this evening, do not schedule a flight before 8:30pm). After safari, it's popular for our adventurers to continue on to Zanzibar for some sun, sand and turquoise blue waters! We don't have a group itinerary for this special island getaway, but we can help you put together exactly what you are looking for, so just ask. We highly recommend exploring the rich history and beaches of Zanzibar while you're in Tanzania!