Moving time  one day 3 hours one minute

Time  5 days 20 hours 18 minutes

Coordinates 11388

Uploaded December 7, 2018

Recorded December 2018

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18,563 ft
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38.99 mi

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near Barangata, Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

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Rise to the highest point (Uhuru peak) of Kilimanjaro along the Machame route in 7 days (6 nights) making an extra day of acclimatization.

The first day we came late because of the bureaucratic problems of the Machame door at about 1,800m and we climbed to Machame camp about 2,900m at 4:30 p.m., on a path in perfect condition. Here we have already noticed the 1st head pain that happened with 1/2 aspirin.

Second day up to Shira field at about 3,800m also with about 4:30 p.m. but dinando along the way. With some ramps more pronounced but without greater difficulty. Here the headache is already installed to avoid leaving.

Third day, a key day of resistance and acclimatization, as it rises to 4,600ma Lava Tower and goes down to 3.900m Barranco Camp, 7:30 am on a long road and finding very bad conditions, as it rained, to snow, and we went cold. A companion was already suffering from bad height and even vomited. According to the guides, it is a day in which many people decide to leave.

Fourth day, short in terms of distance but not so much in terms of time as it took about 5h, to reach Karanga camp about 4,000m, overcoming the Barranco wall with some climbing point and with a lot of transit, rising to 4,200 m then returning to 3.950mi and returning to the camp. Headache continues.

Fifth day, really short in both distance and in 4h, you will be eating at the destination camp at Barafu at about 4,650m, so you can go to sleep very early because we will take you by night. Great windless day. Headache is still not gone.

Sixth day, the alarm clock sounds at 11:00 PM and we leave at 00: 30h (we were waiting for the guides tonily ...). The wind has not stopped all night, which causes a teammate, anticipating the bad conditions, deciding not to leave. Indeed, the wind makes the first coat we carry out in the first stop I put on, when there were still a lot of meters of unevenness. The hands were already frozen while moving them on a continuous basis. On the way, the team most affected by heightened illness decided to leave at 5.200m, and after a while another also decided to stay behind with a guide to try it at a slower pace. After 5 hours, when we were already beginning to intuitively, the fog came, obviously, with a blanket, so we were white, not just the clothes but also the beards of the beard and even the eyelashes ... obviously the camel already It was a while since it was frozen all the while blowing it to clear it. At 6:00 in the morning we will arrive at Estela Point, when the cloud was opened and we were able to enjoy the climb to the summit at Uhuru Peak 5,895m in an hour plus 7h. Downhill towards Estela we found the companion that had decided to go further (pole pole) and joined us in the descent giving by the end of its ascent. The descent towards Barafu is made through another sandy road that allows you to descend very quickly by the type of scree reaching 10h. We collect stores and we rest for 1 hour to go to Mweka field at 3.100m with 4h more downhill. There was no headache anymore.

Seventh day down to Mweka gate at 1,600m at 3h and end of adventure.

Writing this, three weeks later I still have the point of the fingers sensitivity to the principle of freezing that we suffered. According to the guides that day it was reached at -20ºC.
Door

Machame gate

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Shelter

Refugi lliure

Shelter

Refugi lliure

Refuge

Machame hut old

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Machame camp

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Photo

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Shelter

Refugi lliure

Camping

Shira Camp

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Mountain pass

Lava tower

Camping

Barranco

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Mountain pass

Collada

Mountain pass

Collada

Camping

Karanga

Mountain pass

Collada

Camping

Barafu

Mountain pass

Stella

Summit

Uhuru Peak - Kilimanjaro 5.895m

Camping

High Milenium

Camping

Mweka

Door

Mweka gate

3 comments

  • Photo of capido

    capido Dec 31, 2018

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Molt beb escrit i descrit. Així va ser

  • Photo of Waterfallin

    Waterfallin Jan 8, 2019

    Well done! Another stroke off the bucket list 👍 What a beautiful adventure, we done the very same trek in 2014. 👏

  • Photo of halfarre

    halfarre Jan 9, 2019

    Thanks Waterfallin! Let's continue enjoying the mountains!!!

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