Machame Route

Machame Route


Machame route, which takes one day longer than the more popular Marangu but is slightly more challenging. The Machame route is actually the second most popular route for mount Kilimanjaro climb. From the village at Machame (altitude: 1490 metres), the approach is from the south-west of the summit. Led by our expert guide and a team of porters and cooks, you at once enter into lush rainforest, as heavy rains frequently visit this side of the mountain it is great.

Depend on season, it can be a muddy and slippery experience sometimes! Alpine moorland is another characteristic landscape in the early stages of this ascent. During the ascent, an optional scramble up the imperious Lava Tower is an option - for those with energy to spare.

With our experienced, knowledgeable and, above all, passionate staff, we take care of all the complex and important arrangements for the ascent of this legendary mountain, essential to giving you the best Kilimanjaro experience. Great trekking, indeed!

The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended.


  • The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied.
  • Accommodation on the ascent is in tents, adding to the sense of adventure.
  • More time taken acclimatizing means a higher success rate!
  • Approaching to the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, 'roof of the world' feeling more relaxed pace than the popular Marangu route. But challenging!.
  • Marvellous views as you ascend discover Shira Plateau and Barranco. Trekking the Lava Tower dedicated guides, porters and cooks - a great team to help you on your way.
  • The fact that you ascend the Mount on the different route and descend on the different one gives it very big value. Impressive Vertical Barranco Wall is another attraction on this route. Supply of oxygen is as well great on Machame route due to its vegetation.


Camping accommodations, all camping equipments offered by RHINO with portage and camping service.

RATES AND PRICES (from 2 pax)

6 days machame routes is $1700 per person

7 days machame routes is $1880 per person

8 days machame routes is $2000 per person



  • Jersey
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Water proof pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans


  • Sleeping bag
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper
  • Torch and batteries
  • Pocket knife


  • Walking stick
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Plastic bags
  • Pencils
  • Cash dollars ( smaller bills )


  • Energy drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Sweets
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Energy snacks


  • Camera
  • Spare batteries
  • Film
  • Different lenses
  • Video camera
  • Binoculars
  • Video tapes

Personal items:

  • Toothbruch & pas
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Soap
  • Address book
  • Travellers cheque
  • Travel insurance

First aid/medical:

  • Asprin
  • Assorted plasters
  • Sun protection cream
  • Anti malaria tablet
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip salve
  • Water purification tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Throat lozenges


  • Thermal underwear
  • Balaclava
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Woollen socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Light shoes
  • Cap/hat
  • Towel
  • Underwea
  • Socks
  • Warm jacket


If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day. If you have time, enjoy a guided walk through the local rice fields and rainforest, do a little shopping in the town of Moshi, relax at the swimming pool, or get a massage.

Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.

The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.

Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.

The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

You can add an extra day at the Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft). You can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo. On this day, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi basecamp then return to the Horombo Huts. This extra day will help your acclimatization, and further your understanding of the mountain’s weather and altitude. After your pause, you will continue up to the Kibo Huts on your fourth day for your midnight start to the summit.


The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM's are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha.

Destination Location

Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

Travel Companions

Groups are limited to 2-12 people. We will combine groups up to this limit if they are starting the same route on the same day. However, we can also arrange for private groups at no extra cost. We will try to add single travelers to a group if at all possible, but we cannot guarantee it. We can accommodate large groups of any size.


A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak English, Spanish, French and German. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.

Tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru:

  • You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these. It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. There is no need to take money on the mountain with you.
  • The typical tip is $15/day for guides, $10/day for assistant guides and cooks, $7/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker.
  • Expect 1 guide from 6 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 6 hikers:
  • Expect porters as follows: 2 porters per hiker on the 5-day Marangu Route (minimum of 4 porters) 3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters) 4 porters per hiker on the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters) Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of your luggage.
  • Budget $200 per hiker for tips for a 6-day trek.
  • Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items for this purpose.
  • Celebration is allowed
Machame Route 9 Days

9 Days Machame Route

Machame route, which takes one day longer than the more popular Marangu but is slightly more challenging.

Machame Route 7 Days

7 Days Machame Route

Machame route, which takes one day longer than the more popular Marangu but is slightly more challenging. T

Machame Route 7 Days

7 Days Machame Route

Machame route, which takes one day longer than the more popular Marangu but is slightly more challenging.


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