Machame Route Question
I received a proposed itinerary from a guide company for a 7 day trek on the Machame Route. I am spending an extra day on the trail to better acclimatize. I noticed that on day 4 (Barranco Huts to Karanga Valley Campsite) and day 5 (Karanga Valley Campsite to Barafu Huts), there is only 3 hours of hiking each day.
I'm wondering if it would be a better idea to do more hiking on day 4, let's say 4 or 5 hours, then a light day on day 5 (3 or 4 hours?). This way, it would decrease the hours hiked on summit day, since summit day will be a 12+ hour hike.
Does anyone have a opinion or experience with the 7 day Machame Route? Also, how will this change affect the acclimatization? Thanks!
"Barafu Huts is the last camp site before the actual summit, there is no where else you can camp. The summit night/day was not as bad as I was expecting. Start climb about midnight, down at camp again about 8 or 9 oclock, a few hours rest then continue for another four hours. We did not do the Machame Route but took the Lemosho route and did it in 8 days to be sure of acclimatising but the Lemosho and Machame join together."
The 7 day trek is definitely a better option, you will probably only ever climb Kilimanjaro once, so why not take an extra day to help you to acclimatise and reduce the risks of getting altitude sickness and increase your chance of reaching the summit.
Any additional days at altitude will help, unless you have previous experience of high altitude trekking or climbing you will not know how your body will react to the reduced levels of oxygen.
The Machame Route quite a direct route compared to the Lemosho and Rongai routes, so it will be more physically challenging so make sure you have prepared well and have done some training to ensure you have a good base level of fitness before the trek. The Machame route is also one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro so the trail and campsites can get fairly busy.
Hope this helps....
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