Its gate is situated at the south west of the mountain. It is between Umbwe and Lemosho trails.It is becoming popular and used almost the same now or more with climbers, in comparison to Marangu route. This is due to Tanzania government trying to promote and sell the Mountain more than before, but also due to the improvement of the Machame trails. If the climbers who ascended Kili through the Machame route in the Mid 90s’and before, come back today, will agree with me that they miss the great challenge of the trail. The trails are very well made with drainage in both sides and with more space. No muddy, which make the climb more comfortable and of cause more people. But still, it provides the same very beautiful scenery as before. One special of this trail is its design supports the body acclimatisation because it involves a lot of ups and downs during the whole trip.
8 Days Machame Route Itinerary
After meeting at the Kilimanjaro Airport, drive all the way to Moshi. Overnight at Park View Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Machame gate 1800m.a.s.l.After secure your permit papers, Start the climb from Machame gate to Machame camp. The walk takes about 5-6hrs in the rain forest. Lunch along the way, dinner and overnight at Machame camp.3000m.a.s.l
After the breakfast, walk to the next camp (shira camp). First part is in the weak forest and the rest of the part is in the Moor land. The walk takes about 4 – 5hrs. Lunch along the way, dinner and overnight at Shira cave camp.3600m.a.s.l.
After the breakfast, walk in the moor land then in the alpine desert up to the Lava tower 4600m.a.s.l. On the way in the clear day, enjoy the view of the Shira plateau, the Sharks tooth, the Western breach wall and the Kilimanjaro window buttress. then down to Baranco camp. 3940m.a.s.l. in the moor land. The walk takes 7hrs. Lunch along the way, dinner and at Baranco camp.
After breakfast, climb the great Baranco wall to the top of it 4200m.a.s.l. On the clear day, enjoy the view of all the big Glaciers of the southern circuit in a very close range, the sugar cane plantations and lake nyumba ya Mungu, far in a distance,down at Moshi town. Lunch dinner and overnight at Karanga camp 3950m.a.s.l,
After breakfast walk to Barafu camp 4650m.a.s.l. where in a clear day you will be able to see the Mawenzi peak (the jugged peak) and many other small con-lets of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The walk takes about 4-5hrs.Dinner and overnight at Barafu camp.
Early morning after the midnight, have a light breakfast (cup of tea with some biscuits, then ascend to the summit via Stella point then to Uhuru peak 5895m.a.s.l. After a short celebration and photo taking, walk back to Barafu camp for Lunch. After short rest, continue to Mweka camp for dinner and overnight.
After the breakfast walk down to the Mweka gate to catch up with the transport back to the Park View hotel for lunch, dinner and overnight.
Full briefing before you trip
Food (3 meals per day)
Salaries (guide, cooks, porters)
Transport to and from the mountain for yourselves and the crew
Lunch box for the first day
Crew park fees
Certificates of achievement
Sleeping tent, mess tent ,camping chairs and table
Airport transfer 2 ways Complimentary
Alcoholic and Non-alcoholic beverages
Additional personal equipment
Additional activities for after the climb e.g. safaris, waterfall visit, massage