Well the travels start today, and all being well after flights to London, Doha, Dar es Salaam and finally Arusha, we should be starting our trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. After lots of searching around, we ended up booking through Keys Hotel who have been fantastic and really useful bringing the trip together.
I’ll let you know how the trip went when back at the end of the month, but if you would like an idea of where we’ll be, then go onto http://images.google.co.uk/ and type in the names of the huts detailed below, then you’ll be able to see pictures of where we should be on the given day!!
The Route – Machame route – 7 days
13/09/08: Arrive Arusha Airport picked up by Keys driver and transferred to Keys hotel for an overnight at Keys (BB).
14/09/08: Drive to Machame village. The climb begins at the end of the tarmac road. Walk through the shamba and through the forest to the
Machame hut (3000m) about 6 hours.(FB)
15/09/08: Cross the valley and continue along the steep ridge going on to rock ridges and through heather. The route turns west into a river gorge,
reaching Shira hut (3800m).(FB)
16/09/08: Walking to Shira Plateau and Shira Needles or Shira Cathedral, overnight at Shira Hut.(FB)
17/09/08: Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after this, you climb down to Baranco hut (3940m).(FB)
18/09/08: From Baranco a steep rocky climb, Baranco walls, then ups and downs until you come to Karanga Valley and then on to
Barafu Hut. (4600m)(FB)
19/09/08: Very early start for the summit, first to Stella Point and then to Uhuru Peak (5895m). The descent is by the Mweka route – Uhuru – Barafu –
Mweka Hut and will take about 6 hours. The route is steep but picturesque. (FB)
20/09/08: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate will take about 3 hours. Drive to Key’s Hotel for hot showers, dinner and a warm bed.(BB)