Kilimanjaro Machame Trail Trek

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Would you like to hike to the sky and conquer Africa’s highest mountain and raise life-changing funds for Alder Hey in the process?

If your answer is yes, then Alder Hey Children’s Charity presents an opportunity of a lifetime - the chance to climb Kilimanjaro in 2018.

Your trek would follow the beautiful Machame route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the south, which takes you through dense tropical rainforest and moorland until you reach the snow-capped summit where breath-taking views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for pushing your limits, both physically and mentally on this fabulous bucket list challenge.

Information evening

Wednesday 20th September 2017

6.00pm – 8.00pm at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital - come and find out all about this amazing challenge.

Contact Cath Harding on 0151 282 4795 or email [email protected] to book your place.

Costs to take part

  • Registration fee: £399
  • Minimum Sponsorship: £4,500

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More about the Mount Kilimanjaro trek challenge

Your trekking challenge is to summit the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain - a magnet for trekkers and climbers the world over. This challenging trek takes us along the beautiful Machame route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the south, through dense tropical rainforest all the way up to the mighty snow capped summit at 5,895m for simply breathtaking views. This is a tough but spectacularly rewarding route. On reaching the summit you will feel a sense of overwhelming achievement, a truly unforgettable challenge.

Day 1

We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Day 2

Upon arrival we will be met by our ground handler representative and then we transfer to our lodge in Moshi. Later in the day, we will have a climb briefing and equipment check and the local Head Guide will answer any questions we have about the challenge.

Day 3

Machame Gate to Machame Camp - 3,010m. After breakfast, we transfer to Machame Gate where we register and complete the National Park formalities. We then start trekking, steadily ascending through stunning rainforest which can be quite muddy and wet underfoot, but it’s a magnificent way to start our challenge!

Trekking distance – approx. 9km/5-7 hours

Day 4

Machame Camp to Shira Camp - 3,840m. Following breakfast at camp, we push on with our ascent. Today is a short day but rather steep and rocky in places. It’s a slow hike with plenty of rests and enough time to acclimatise. We push on trekking until we reach the Shira Plateau, where we will be rewarded with great views of the mountain and if we look back, magnificent views of Mount Meru rising above Arusha Town.

Trekking distance – approx. 7km/5–6 hours

Day 5

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp - 3,950m. Our day starts with trekking over high moorland with the scenery now changing the whole character of our challenge. We trek steadily uphill to the Lava Tower, where we stop for lunch around noon. From the Lava Tower we start our descent for about 2 hours to our camp at Barranco. Today is good for acclimatisation, as we climb up to 4,600m and sleep at 3,950m – the golden altitude rule is, “walk high, sleep low”.

Trekking distance – approx. 10km/6–7 hours

Day 6

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp – 4,100m. Following breakfast, we set off to conquer what the locals know as ‘breakfast wall’ – the Great Barranco Wall! It is a scramble using our hands and feet, (not technical like rock climbing) but certainly adds to our adventure. Once we take in our achievements at the top, we will be able to witness stunning views across the mountain towards the Karanga Valley and will be able to spot our previous night’s campsite. We continue undulating through the green valley until we reach our camp at Karanga Valley.

Trekking distance – approx. 6km/4–5 hours

Day 7

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp - 4,600m. We push on with our challenge and start with a short, but steep ascent across the barren landscape but will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Decken Glaciers. We will be keeping our pace to a slow rhythm as we need to conserve as much energy as we can for the summit attempt later this evening. We reach our camp then it’s an early dinner before getting our heads down, as we will be woken at 11pm for our summit attempt!

Trekking distance – approx. 6km/4-5 hours

Day 8

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak - 5,895m then descend to Millennium Camp - 3,730m. We aim to leave camp at 12am using our head torches to light the way. The next 4 hours are spent trekking to Stella Point (5,750m) over scree and rock, where we will be rewarded with magnificent and spectacular views of the ice cliffs which surround us, and the majestic views to the Mawenzi Peaks – trekking just does not get any better than this! We now make regular rest stops every 15 minutes or so, to aid our chances of reaching Uhuru Peak.

We push on to the summit with the sun rising over the stunning Mawenzi Peaks and aim to reach the summit by about 6 or 7 am. We start our long descent via Stella Point and back to Barafu Camp, where we will enjoy some lunch and a good rest. Our descent then continues down to Millennium Camp (3,730m) – today is a very long, emotional day, but at the same time, so memorable and exhilarating.

Trekking distance – approx 6.5 km/6-7 hours to Uhuru Peak and approx 13km/6-8 hours to Millennium Camp

Day 9

Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate - 1,660m then transfer to Moshi. Continuing with our descent, we continue trekking for about 5 hours to make the 1,300m descent to the main park gate. Following lunch, we take the transfer back to our lodge through very beautiful coffee plantations and the traditional small villages of the Chagga people.

Upon reaching our lodge, it’s time to relax with a nice hot shower or cool dip in the swimming pool! This evening, we meet as a group and mark our achievements at our celebratory dinner.

Trekking distance – approx. 12km/5-6 hours

Day 10

After breakfast there may be some free time to relax at the lodge or go shopping in Moshi before transferring to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Day 11

Arrive UK.

Please note, this is a complex itinerary and subject to change.

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