If Marangu is the “Coca Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “Whiskey” route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.
It is done over 6 days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka or Millenium camp the final night on the mountain.
Day by day itineraies for 6 days climbing kilimanjaro Machame route
The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am),, we continue our way to the summit. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).
From Stella Point, you will encounter snow all they way on your 2-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at the Mweka Hut — the only location on this route.
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.
|Machame route – 6 days climb||Price in US$||Extra Day|
|1 pax – 2 pax||$1,445||$241|
|3 pax – 5 pax||$1,395||$232|
|6 pax onwards (group rate)||$1,280||$205|
2 transfers from Moshi to Machame park gate – return
3 meals per day while trekking – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
6 days Kilimanjaro trek- Machame
5 nights accomodation in camps while trekking Machame
First and Last night accommodations at a designated hotel / lodge – Bed and Breakfast
All park entrance fees and government levies
English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
Porters- a maximum of 3 per client
Tents and Mattresses
Gloves, sun glasses, hats, rain gear, jackets, etc…
Camping gear like sleeping bags and tents (but these can be hired at a reasonable price)
Guides: $18 per guide per day
Assistant Guide: $15 per guide per day
Porters: $ 8 per porter per day
Cook: $12 per cook per day