This is second part of blog series for our Expedition Summit 2 Sea. As the name of expedition goes we just didn't want to climb highest peak of Africa on 15th of August but we also wanted to reach to depths of its ocean. That is why the name Summit to Sea. For the expedition we were supported by Youth Hostel Association city chapter! Earlier we had decided to plan out entire expedition then we decided to get little adventurous and do everything impromptu. We later realised how doing this in Africa can turn out nasty at times but it sure made our trip hell lot adventurous.
We had travelled from Dar Es Salaam to Arusha and then came to Moshi. Having reached Moshi the earlier day we rested for night at Moshi. Our chief tour guide name was Abel . Abel seemed like warm gentleman in first meet. We were briefed about our trip ahead and what we should expect during the trek. Next day we were picked up by our tour guides at Tanzania joy Tour.
We were surprised that for trek of 2 people we had crew team of 9 members. I have done treks in higher Himalayas in Asia some of which were more technical than Kilimanjaro but never had a such a large support crew. Kilimanjaro mountain goes on to provide employment to a lot of people in the region. As a porter picking up luggage, one can earn far higher dollars in form of tip than average worker in Tanzania. Our crew had one trek guide and a support guide, one chef and 6 porters. Machame gate is 30 mins drive from Moshi. At Machame camp one has to complete all the formalities. Then porters carried our tents ,cooking material for next 6 days ahead of us. Abel me and Akash slowly started the climb .
Our iternary for next 6 days would look like this - Machame Route
Day 4 : Start from Machame gate and rest at Machame Camp
Day 5: Stop at Shira Camp
Day 6: Reach Barranco Camp
Day 7 : Reach Barafu Camp
Day 8: Climb Peak reach back Barafu and head to Mweka Gate
Day 9: Back to Hotel
We had 11km of climb ahead of us to reach Machame camp. We had decided on this route as this was considered most beautiful route out of 6 routes to reach summit. Machame route can be done in either 6 days or 7 days. We decided to do this route in 6 days as we had to head to Zanzibar for diving back.
From Machame Gate to Machame camp its mostly walk through equatorial rainforest. It was slightly rainy with muddy patches entire time during the day. We started
our trek at 11 am and reached Machame camp at around 4 pm. Here is how day 1 trek looked like.