Machame route begins on the southern base of mountain, at the Machame gate, a short drive from Moshi or Arusha. It begins in the rainforest and opens up to offer spectacular views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge and Kibo peak. Machame route is the most popular and perhaps the most beautiful trekking route on Kilimanjaro. This route has more steep sections than Marangu or Rongai routes and is a tougher trek, but its rewards are immense including the diverse and interesting terrain and the vistas. Machame joins the longer Lemosho route at Shira Camp 2. The photos below in the slider give you an idea of the Machame route.
On your first day, you will have a long trek in the rainforest.
Altitude gain: 1180m | Walking time: 5-7h
On day 2 you will have shorter trek compared to day 1. You will treated with great views of the Shira Ridge and Kibo summit.
Altitude gain: 835 | Walking time: 4-6h
On day 3 of trekking you will have great views by crossing Shira Ridge. This is a short trek with moderate rising through heat and moorland zone.
Altitude gain 755m to Lava tower then down by 640m| Walking Time: 8h
Though on day 5, you will experience a steep climb over the “breakfast” – the Barranco Wall , you will be left with a great reward of scenic views of Kibo’s southern glacier.
Altitude gain: 100m and lose altitude of 60m | Walking Time: 3-4h
A short hike through rocky alpine desert. Don’t worry, this trek is not technically demanding.
On day 6, you’ll reach the base camp and rest for midnight’s summit hike.
Altitude gain: 600m | Walking Time: 3-4h
Very steep, long and possibly cold climb to Stella Point. Fantastic panorama at the crater ridge and at the summit. Descent relatively steep and long. Altitude might influence the climb.
Altitude gain 1250m then go down by 2810m | Walking Time: 10-14h
You will end up the trek by descending through a lush rainforest.
Altitude loss: 1450m | Walking Time: 2-3h
Yes, but the minimum age limit set by Kilimanjaro National Park for children trekking to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old.
Yes, any excess luggage you do not need to carry with you on Mount Kilimanjaro can be left at our office. You should keep valuable items with you at all times.
The recommended weight is a maximum of 7 kgs.
Expect equatorial to arctic conditions on Mt Kilimanjaro. However, depending on the route chosen, you will begin your trek in dry plains or tropical forests with average temperatures between 25⁰C and 30⁰C. Expect various terrains and weather zones to arrive at the permanently snow-capped summit. You may experience rainfalls and sub-zero temperatures on your trek.
Each porter can carry up to 20kg of luggage. Your duffle bag needs to be of 15kg weight so that we can add mattress and sleeping bag to make a total of 20kg.
Yes, it is expected and much appreciated. The amount depends on the amount of days, but can range from $150 and $300 per hiker. Tips are pooled and shared amongst the crew. Bring US dollar bills.