KILIMANJARO NEW YEAR'S EVE
TREK THE 7 DAY MACHAME ROUTE & RING IN 2017 ON THE ROOF OF AFRICA
DEC 26, 2016 - JAN 3, 2017
DEC 26, 2016 - JAN 5, 2017 WITH 2 DAY SAFARI
DECEMBER 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 adventurers in the group. We’ll all get together for a WHOA welcome dinner and our first briefing at night!
DECEMBER 27 // TWENDE - 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.
DECEMBER 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.
DECEMBER 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 the valley beside Barranco Wall.
DECEMBER 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 and fun challenge of scrambling 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.
DECEMBER 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!
JANUARY 1 // SUMMIT OR BUST!
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut (4,600 - 5,895 - 3,100 m)
Hiking Time: 7 - 8hours ascent / 4 - 6 hours descent (Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent)
Around midnight during the last minutes of 2016, 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, and the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. However, 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 first sunrise of 2017 is happening 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 celebrating the new year, we’ll make our way back down the skree to Barafu for lunch. In the late afternoon, after a quick nap, we’ll head back through the alpine desert and moorland to our camp in the heath zone.
JANUARY 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!
JANUARY 3 // SHARE THE LOVE
We’ll have a fun-filled morning visiting and playing with the students at the Stella Maris primary school adjacent to our lodge! The school is dedicated to providing education to underprivileged children in nearby local villages, and the income for teacher salaries and the children's food comes from travelers like us staying at the non-profit lodge. Connecting with these children is always very special and it gives more meaning to our entire Tanzanian experience! You can depart in the evening or get ready for a much deserved safari!
JANUARY 4 - 5 // 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! Over 2 days we'll explore the Tarangire National Park and the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. You'll get up close and personal with zebras, lions, elephants, flamingos, hippos, cheetahs, antelopes, ostriches, warthogs, hyenas...we could go on and on and on! In the evening you'll get to relax at a world class safari lodge right near the parks so you'll be ready for your early wake up calls - that's when you get the best animal sightings!