Monday, January 19, 2015

6 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895masl) Machame Solo Hike in Tanzania

aiming for the one of the Seven Summits, the roof of Africa
July 14 to July 21, 2014

"Mt. Kilimanjaro inspires transformation. When you climb Kilimanjaro and stand on the roof of Africa, you see the world a different way. What seemed impossible in your life might just be doable. The mountain top is a place for vision, inspiration, and a new beginning."

My 38th country to visit, 34th solo backpacking trip, 4th country to visit in Africa, 2nd major hike abroad,  last part of 11-days East Africa adventure and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. This is probably one of the oldest known continuously inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been found dating back over two million years. Tanzania is believed to have been populated by hunter-gatherer communities, probably Cushitic and Khoisan speaking people. About 2000 years ago, it is believed that Bantu-speaking people began to arrive from western Africa in a series of migrations.

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (the summit beyond)

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (Tanzania visa stamps)

This another race against time, very short backpacking researched in somehow detailed manner has a compressed itinerary designed as follows; 

July 14 Monday: Crossborder bus travel from Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania via Namanga
July 15 Tuesday: Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 1 (Rainforest trail)
July 16 Wednesday: Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 2 (Moorland trail)
July 17 Thursday: Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 3 (Semi-desert trail)
July 18 Friday: Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 4 (Alpine Desert trail)
July 19 Saturday: Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 5 (Arctic trail)
July 20 Sunday: Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route Day 6 (Rainforest trail)
July 21 Monday: Crossborder bus travel from Arusha, Tanzania to Nairobi Airport, Kenya

TOTAL BUDGET : USD1,525.54 = PHP66,317.49 (0% for inbound/outbound plane ticket)

Basic Words to Remember;
hello - ambo;   thank you - Asante;   I love you - ?????;   goodbye - Kwa heri!
yes/no - Ndiyo / Hapana;   sorry - ?????;   please - Tafadhali;   excuse me - Samahani!
toilet - choo;   train station - treni;   airport - uwanja wa ndege

timezone - +0300H UTC;   capital - Dar Es Salaam;   language - Kiswahili
currency - shilling 1,600 TZS = 1 USD
visa - Filipinos are visa on arrival in Republic of Tanzania
requirements: yellow card and $50 visa fee for single entry (very relax immigration) 

Vaccine Requirement for Travellers before visiting Africa;
Yellow Card (Carte Jaune) for Travellers Disease Protection

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (Barranco Wall)

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (Millenia Camp)

Interesting Facts about Kenya: 
1. Over 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania. Most of these are Bantu languages, a category of over 535 languages and dialects that are spoken throughout Africa.
2. Mpingo trees (a.k.a. Africa blackwood trees, commonly seen in Tanzania) are the most expensive hardwood tree in the world.
3. The world’s earliest human skull was found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
4. Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife animals per square kilometer, with more than 4 million wild animals and representatives of 430 species and subspecies.
5. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania. At 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the largest mountain in Africa.
6. Tanzania shares it national anthem with South Africa and Zimbabwe. It’s titled “Mungu Ibariki Afrika” (God Bless Africa) and was composed by Enock Sontonga.
7. Tanzania is the home of the coconut crab. This crab, the largest crab in the world (and reportedly one of the most delicious), can be found on Chumbe Island of Zanzibar. 

Interesting Facts about Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895m):
1. Mt. Kilimanjaro is also known as the ‘Roof of Africa’ and is one of the Seven Summits (highest mountains of each of the seven continents)
2. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
3. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again. The most recent activity was about 200 years ago; the last major eruption was 360,000 years ago.
4. Nearly every climber who has summitted Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the top.
5. The snow caps are rapidly diminishing. In comparison to 1912, it lost over 80% of its mass mostly because of the climate changes (global warming). By 2020, it is estimated that they will be entirely gone.
6. In 1889, the very first successful summit occurred and it took about six weeks in comparison to today when an average climber can do it in five or six days.
7. The oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Valtee Daniel.
8. Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back.
9. It now takes the average person a minimum of between 6 to 9 days to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit, depending on which of the 6 available routes is taken. The success of ascending to the summit is also dependent on which route is taken – the overall average of successful ascent to the peak is 45%. 

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (the breakfast)

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (the lunch)

6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (the dinner)
6-days Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame route Solo Hiking in Tanzania (my record summary)

I booked this 6-days tour via link below. The Travel tours office is based in Central Nairobi City. Fortunately, upon query they are also offering tours in Tanzania, I grab this opportunity to negotiate for a combined tour of Kenya safari and Tanzania hiking. 

Anyways, I divided this wonderful journey into different set of posts to be more specific on its content;


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