KILIMANJARO SOLSTICE SUMMIT 2017

TREK THE 7 DAY MACHAME ROUTE & CELEBRATE THE SOLSTICE ON THE ROOF OF AFRICA

JUNE 15 - 23

$3,350

JUNE 15 - 25 WITH 2 DAY SAFARI 

$4,340


THE BREAKDOWN

JUNE 15 // JAMBO and GET READY

Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport (JRO). We’ll be there to give you a warm Tanzanian welcome and bring you to our hotel in Moshi. You’ll have the day to relax, do gear checks and pick up any rental equipment. At night, we’ll all get together for a WHOA welcome dinner to meet the guides and get briefed on what lies ahead!

JUNE 16 // TWENDE - 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 begins! We’ll start the trek in the early afternoon on a winding trail through the lush rainforest. It tends to be misty and foggy here (it is a rainforest after all)! Be sure to keep an eye out for the colorful Impatiens Kilimanjari flowers and Colobus Monkeys as we make our way to our first Camp. In the evening, we’ll have time to relax, watch the sunset, and calm our minds after our first full day of trekking.

JUNE 17 // 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 it's 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 18 // 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 trees that look like they came straight out of Dr. Seuss's imagination! Our home for the night will be in a beautiful valley beside Barranco Wall overlooking Moshi. 

JUNE 19 // 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, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most amazing views and photo ops on Kili! It's a short hiking day, that again helps us acclimatize and give our bodies some rest. We'll spend the afternoon and evening at Karanga camp where we will take in a beautiful view of the summit and reflect on what is to come! 

JUNE 20 // 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 more great views of the summit 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 21 // 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, under the twinkling southern hemisphere stars, we’ll put on our head lamps and start our ascent to the summit! It’s a steep and long night, and the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. It's a time where remembering your intentions and having mental fortitude will be just as, if not more, important as your physical strength. The energy of our group and the rhythm of our guide's Swahili chants will help us all get to the top! We should get to Stella Point (5,670 m) as the solstice sun is rising over Mawenzi peak and illuminating the sky with vibrant pinks and oranges. From there, it’s a relatively easy 1 hour ascent along the Furtwängler Glacier to the highest point in Africa - UHURU PEAK! It's a perfect place to celebrate the solstice, and reflect on our accomplishment and how we can carry that with us throughout our lives. 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 Barafu for lunch. In the late afternoon, after a quick nap, we’ll head down through the moorland and back into the heath. 

JUNE 22 // BACK TO SEA LEVEL

Mweka Camp to Moshi (3,100 - 1,800 m)
Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours

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 warm showers. At night, we’ll continue the celebration at dinner and reflect on the amazing experience we shared together (and what great things are to come in the future)!

june 23 // SHARE THE LOVE

The fun isn't over yet! On our last day together we’ll spend the 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. 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, or get ready for a much deserved safari...

JUNE 24 - 25 // 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! After a beautiful day of game viewing you will be dropped off at JRO between 6:00-7:00pm, so you'll want to schedule your departure flights after 8:30pm. If you aren't heading out quite yet, your safari guide will take you back to Moshi.