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.
Short stop at a local grocery store – last chance to buy anything for the next 8 days.
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.
Do they have Complicated Sir restaurant?
It’s really a Kili time for us! By the way, most locals shorten Kilimanjaro to Kili when they talk.
There is something common between such countries as India, Burma and Tanzania – cows on the road
Small rural store – such a store exist even in smallest villages
Machame Gate – start of our climb up to the roof of Africa
Bags are distributed among porters and everyone prepares for the climb
Strict warning that you can die on the mountain due to altitude sickness
We are inside Machame Gates and ready to roll!
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!
Porters carrying bags, tents, food, etc. I do not understand how they carry such heavy bags on their head!
Machame Hut Camp
Light snack after we got to Machame Hut. First time I ate pop corn on a mountain!
View on Mt. Kilimanjaro from Machame Hut camp. Highest point (Uhuru peak) is not visible from here.
View on Mt. Kilimanjaro after sunrise
Day 2: Machame Hut to New Shira Camp
Hiking Time: 6 hours
Distance: 9 km
Ready for anything
On a second day we mostly went on trail but there were short scrambling parts
Typical weather pattern on Kilimanjaro – extremely sunny in the early morning, foggy after 10am and raining in the afternoon.
The road become muddy and I put on gaiters
Rain in the afternoon. First test for my new super expensive raingear!
We are still low enough for rich vegetation
On the way up we saw large number of small waterfalls.
More dangerous parts of the trail
New Shira Camp
Helicopter pad to evacuate people. This is first camp where people got altitude sickness
Beautiful morning in the mountains. Mt. Meru in the background.
Mt. Meru – second highest mountain in the region. Many people climb Mt. Meru before Kilimanjaro for better acclimatization.
Me at New Shira Camp with Kilimanjaro in background
Packing bags at New Shira Camp