Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route Adventure
Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route Adventure “A Once in a Life Experience to Stand on Top of Africa’s Roof with Wild-Trails” Are you hopelessly and forever a mountaineer! So are we. Join our Africa's Highest Mountain Trekk and enjoy Kilimanjaro’s amazing views and varying landscapes. How does an adventure with Wild-Trails look like With a lot of determination, we make sure that you safely reach the top. So how much do you think you know? Q & A Where is the mountain located? Kilimanjaro is located in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park. What is the mountains elevation? The summit on Mount Kilimanjaro “Uhuru Peak” stands at 5,895 m (19,341 ft) making it the highest mountain in Africa & the highest free standing mountain in the world. What are the Mountaineering skills required? No technical climbing skills required except for Basic Scrambling Skills. How long is the trek? 7 days 6 nights including a climb high, sleep low acclimatisation day. What is the currency? The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but travellers checks and cash in US$ are recommended. The current exchange rate is approximately Tsh 2100 = US$ 1. It is possible to change foreign currency at any Bureaux de Chance. What is the time zone? East Africa Time Zone UTC+03:00 Is a visa needed for Tanzania? Most travelers need a visa to enter Tanzania issued before arrival or on borders. Check with Tanzania’s embassy website for visa information about your country. How do I get to Tanzania, kilimanjaro? Book a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport “KIA” with one of these flights; KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines. Is vaccination needed before travel to Tanzania? Yes and you should get the following: Hepatitis A and a booster vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Yellow Fever vaccination “keep vaccination card with you always” Take anti malarial drugs Which route are we taking to climb Kilimanjaro? There are eight official Kilimanjaro routes. We are taking the very scenic Machame Route that begins from the south-western side of the mountain. Unlike other routes, we don't descend the same route we took to ascend. We descend via the Mweka route, a steep but very pretty descent encompassing inhospitably dry mountain desert and lush lowland forest in a matter of a few hours. What will we eat? A typical Kilimanjaro breakfast will involve eggs (boiled or fried), porridge, a saveloy (possibly with some tomatoes too), a piece of fruit such as a banana or orange, some bread with jam, honey or peanut butter and a mug or two of tea, hot chocolate or coffee. Lunch and Dinner usually include soup, bread, a cooked stew or sandwiches. Food is carried and prepared by guiding team. Bringing along energy bars, snacks, and biscuits is highly recommended. Who will provide water during the trek? You will be given 2-3 liters of water from your guide on day one. Water will be collected by porters during the rest of the trek. Energy supplements and water purification tablets are recommended to bring along. How is the weather like? The hike covers four climatic zones and therefore layering of clothes is key to staying warm and comfortable as you ascend. A base thermal layer, mid fleece layer and outer jacket is a must. What are the four climatic zones covered during the trek? Rain forest zone (~800 meters – 3,000 meters) Low alpine zone (~3,000 meters – 4,200 meters) High alpine zone (~4,200 meters – 5,000 meters) Glacial zone (~5,000 meters to 5,895 meters) What are the altitude zones covered? A High altitude (2,500 – 3,500 metres) Very high altitude (3,500 – 5,500 metres) Extreme altitude (above 5,500 metres) What is the trekking gear recommended? Trekking Poles are a must. How to deal with Acute Mountain Sickness “AMS”? Remain hydrated, eat, acclimatize, go slowly and take Diamox to prevent the onset of AMS. Where will we stay? We start from a hostel in Moshi , then Shira 2 campsite, Barranco Camp, Barafu Camp, and Mweka Camp Who will guide this adventure? This adventure is guided by a local seasoned guide along with an international guide from Wild-Trails; Gilad Sade. What is the language of the adventure? The local language is Swahili but the language of the adventure is English.