Climbing Kilimanjaro: Machame Gates to Machame Huts to New Shira Camp

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Getting to Machame Gates

All bags are in the car and we are ready to go. My bag is in a black plastic cover to protect against rain.

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Dirt road from hotel to Moshi – the worst road to hotel in my life before I encountered road to Highland hotel on safari  IMG_0315

Short stop at a local grocery store – last chance to buy anything for the next 8 days.

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Inside store looks very similar to small grocery stores in Russia

Do you want to rent a house in shanty town? Surprisingly shanty town in Moshi is one of the most exquisite areas and not an illegal settlement.

Definition of shanty town from wikipedia

Shanty towns (also called slums, squatter settlements camps, favelas or Georgie Slums) are settlements (sometimes illegal or unauthorized) of impoverished people who live in improvised dwellings made from scrap materials–often plywood, corrugated metal, and sheets of plastic.

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Do they have Complicated Sir restaurant?

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It’s really a Kili time for us! By the way, most locals shorten Kilimanjaro to Kili when they talk.

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There is something common between such countries as India, Burma and Tanzania – cows on the road

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Small rural store – such a store exist even in smallest villages

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As I told you – at least 25 people can fit a bus like this! If you could not squeeze inside, you can just hang outside.  IMG_0386

Machame Gate – start of our climb up to the roof of Africa

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Bags are distributed among porters and everyone prepares for the climb

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Strict warning that you can die on the mountain due to altitude sickness

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We are inside Machame Gates and ready to roll!

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Machame Gates to Machame Hut

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 18 km’s
Habitat: Montane forest

Our guide shows us the way up the mountain!

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Porters carrying bags, tents, food, etc. I do not understand how they carry such heavy bags on their head!

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Machame Hut Camp

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Light snack after we got to Machame Hut.  First time I ate pop corn on a mountain!

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View on Mt. Kilimanjaro from Machame Hut camp. Highest point (Uhuru peak) is not visible from here.

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Завтрак туриста

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View on Mt. Kilimanjaro after sunrise

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Day 2: Machame Hut to New Shira Camp

Hiking Time: 6 hours
Distance: 9 km
Habitat: Moorland

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Ready for anything

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On a second day we mostly went on trail but there were short scrambling parts

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Typical weather pattern on Kilimanjaro – extremely sunny in the early morning, foggy after 10am and raining in the afternoon.

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Foggy

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The road become muddy and I put on gaiters

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Rain in the afternoon. First test for my new super expensive raingear!

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We are still low enough for rich vegetation

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On the way up we saw large number of small waterfalls.

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More dangerous parts of the trail

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New Shira Camp

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Helicopter pad to evacuate people. This is first camp where people got altitude sickness

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Beautiful morning in the mountains. Mt. Meru in the background.

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Mt. Meru – second highest mountain in the region. Many people climb Mt. Meru before Kilimanjaro for better acclimatization.

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Me at New Shira Camp with Kilimanjaro in background

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Packing bags at New Shira Camp

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