Posted by westtsai2006 on Nov 13, 2009
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City or Place: Kilimanjaro
Skill Level: Intermediate
Categories: Hiking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing
Partner Status: Want Partners
I will be climbing Kilimanjaro next summer (June 2010). I would prefer to do the Machame route in 7-8 days to give enough time for acclimation depending on how we feel. It would be silly to travel that far and not have proper acclimation. Due to a law in Kili, a guide must be hired to climb the mountain. One of my friends who climbed previously recommends a guide she used on the trip. It would cost about $1500-$1800 which would include: Park entry fees, camping fees, transport between Moshi and park entry gate, head guide, assistant guides, porters, cook, all food, drinking water, tents.
(most of the cost is due to the high park fees though about $800).
Here is a possible itinerary:
1 Arrive in Arusha
2 Climb to Machame Camp (9,850 ft./ 3,000 mt.) 6-7 hours of walking
3 Climb to Shira Camp (12,600 ft./ 3,840 mt.) 5-6 hours of walking
4 Climb to Barranco Camp (12,950 ft./ 3,950 mt.) 5-6 hours of walking
5 Climb to Karanga Valley Camp (13,900ft) 4-5 hours of walking
6 Climb to Barafu Camp (15,200 ft./ 4,630 mt.) 6-7 hours of walking
7 Summit today: UHURU PEAK(19,340 ft./5,895 mt.) ~ then back to Mweka 12-17 hours of trekking
8 Decent to Arusha 3-4 hours of walking
My friend is most likely going to join us but I am going for sure. It would be great to climb with someone who is fit, enjoy the outdoors, and overall fun-living. PM me if you have interest in going. I think it would be a blast. If we have extra time, we could hit up a safari afterwards to the Ngorogoro Lake.
P.S. I plan on doing Elbrus as well so check out the plan I posted on SP.
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