Machame 7 Day via Stella Point (M7S)

WHY THIS ITINERARY?

Many people list Kilimanjaro as a lifelong dream adventure. This itinerary allows you the time to see all of Kilimanjaro's main areas. With a 7 day ascent it also allows you to adequately acclimatise with a great chance of successfully making it to the summit. A great route.

DESCRIPTION

This is a 7 day Kilimanjaro hike starting at Machame Gate, ascending through afromontane forest, into the heath zone and on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira Volcano. The route then circumnavigates the main peak, Kibo, anticlockwise. On route we pass some spectacular features such as giant steps and glacial valleys. The final ascent is from Barafu Camp. It is a night time ascent to Uhuru Peak via Stella Point. The descent is via the Mweka route.

HIGHLIGHTS

Kilimanjaro: afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!

 

Itinerary

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In Brief

Hike Distance - 37miles / 64 km
Vertical Gain - 15,441ft / 4706m
Drop - 16,070ft / 4898m
Trekking Time - 52 hours

 

In Detail

DAY 1 - MACHAME CAMP

START – 5,900FT / 1798M
END – 10,000FT / 3048M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 7 HRS

After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park. At the gate your crew finalise packing and after finishing with formalities you start of from Machame Gate. Today's hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to Machame Camp. On route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones! Overnight Machame Camp.


DAY 2 – SHIRA 1

START – 10,000FT / 3048
END – 12,600FT / 3840M
DISTANCE - 3 MILES / 5KM
TIME - 7 HRS

From Machame Camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive heliochrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. Overnight Shira Camp.


DAY 3 - BARRANCO CAMP

START – 12,600FT / 3840M
END – 12,800FT / 3900M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 8 HRS

Today is a “walk high sleep low” day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower (Alt: 15,092ft, 4600m) before descending to Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is a long day but note that the next time you head to this altitude is in two days time - great acclimatisation day! Overnight Barranco Camp.


DAY 4 - KARANGA CAMP

START – 12,800FT / 3900M
END – 13,450FT / 4100M
DISTANCE - 3 MILES / 5KM
TIME - 4 HRS

From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco Wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight Karanga Camp.


DAY 5 – BARAFU CAMP

START – 13,450 / 4100M
END – 15,100FT / 4602M
DISTANCE – 2.2 MILES / 4KM
TIME - 3 HRS

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and, at times, strong winds rip over this camp; yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp.


DAY 6 - KILIMANJARO SUMMIT / MWEKA CAMP

START - 15,100FT / 4602M
END - 10,171FT / 3100M
DISTANCE - 10 MILES / 16KM
TIME - 14 HRS

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence are the name of game to reach the summit (Uhuru Peak: 19341ft, 5895m) and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point (Alt: 18,865ft, 5750m) affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp before dusk. Overnight Mweka Camp.


DAY 7 – ARUSHA

START - 10,171FT / 3100M
END - 5,900FT / 1798M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 3 HRS

After breakfast you descend once again through afromontane forest and around midday, after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfered back to your lodge for a well deserved shower!


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