MACHAME ROUTE 7 DAYS
The Machame Route is known for its stunning scenery, gradual acclimatization, and high success rate, making it one of the most popular options for climbing Kilimanjaro.
The Machame Route begins with a lush rainforest hike that provides a cool and humid environment to begin the climb.
The Machame Route offers scenic hikes through towering peaks and stunning alpine meadows, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
The Machame Route is designed for optimal acclimatization, allowing climbers to adjust to the altitude gradually over several days.
The Machame Route offers a challenging summit night hike, culminating in a sunrise summit of Kilimanjaro's highest peak.
HIGH SUCCESS RATE
With its focus on acclimatization and flexible itinerary, the Machame Route has a high success rate, making it a popular option for those who want to reach the summit.
Is MACHAME ROUTE FOR ME?
The Machame Route is a challenging trek that offers stunning scenery. On average, hikers can expect to walk for 6-8 hours per day, covering a distance of about 8-15 kilometers. The route includes a maximum daily vertical gain of about 1,000 meters, with an average of 500-600 meters per day. This makes it ideal for experienced hikers and adventure seekers who are in good physical condition and want a more strenuous experience. However, the Machame Route may not be suitable for elderly people or young children, as the physical demands and high altitude can be challenging. It is also not recommended for those looking for a leisurely climb, as the daily walking distances and vertical gains are demanding.
Machame Route PRICE
We do no compromise on safety and quality, so our prices are not the cheapest. However, they are also not unreasonably high like some other companies. We take a lot of pride in the value for money we provide to each and every client.
THE CLIMB COST INCLUDES
Return transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to accommodation in Moshi
Return transfer from accommodation in Moshi to the entry gate into Kilimanjaro National Park
Park Fees: all park fees collected by Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all others).
Accommodation at hotel in Moshi.
Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents)
Please note: by default, you will share a room and a tent with your travel companion. If you travel solo on a group expedition, we will room you with a same-sex participant. Single supplement is available upon request.
Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike
All meals on the hike. You will find delicious energy-rich meals on our mountain menus. Our professional chefs will prepare assorted soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost
All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water)
Hiking and safety equipment:
4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
All group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery)
If you choose extra comfort package you additionally will have walk-in tents, sleeping cots, hot water bottles for the night as well as portable toilets included
Oxygen cylinders and oximeters
Complete medical kits including Diamox.
Professional guides licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All guides are holder of Wilderness First Responder certification. All of them have 7+years of successful experience
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.)
18% VAT, 1% TDL and 0.3% Service Levy. we have an honest and responsible tour operator working in full compliance with the tax law of the United Republic of Tanzania.
THE CLIMB COST EXCLUDES
Tips (250-300 USD per climber for the whole mountain crew)
Visa fee (100 USD for American citizens and 50 USD for all others)
Personal gear rentals
Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb)
Portable toilets (if required - 250 USD per unit, one can be shared between 3 people)
Mountaineering insurance. You'll need special insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro that covers high-altitude trekking up to 6000 m
Advantage of Going with Us:
We have guided more than 10,000 climbers on Kilimanjaro since 2011. The following 4 aspects are the most important for anyone wanting to climb Kili. And we guarantee uncompromising quality for all and more.
#1 Highly Experienced Guides
Our guides know the ins and outs of Kilimanjaro, are trained in emergency procedures and can provide vital support in case of any unexpected situations. They also bring a wealth of knowledge about the local culture, flora, and fauna, which will make your climb even more enriching. Besides, they also play a crucial role in making the climb fun and enjoyable. It can be through singing along the way, narating anecdotes from the past, or by bringing a sense of camaraderie to your team. As as you will see, they offer every encouragement and support you will ever need.
#2 Reliable Porters
Porters carry equipment and supplies, allowing climbers to focus on the climb without carrying heavy loads. They setup your camps each day, and dismantle them when its time to move on. Without their support climbing Kilimanjaro will be next to impossible for most of us. At Popote, we value our porters highly because of the part they play in making each climb, week after week, a success.
#3 Lip-Smacking Meals
Our chefs will serve large, healthy meals to keep you happy and well-fed on your Kilimanjaro climb. You’ll have hot meals at breakfast and dinner, freshly prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. We prepare all our food to strict hygiene standards, ensuring it’s delicious and safe to eat. Our menus are designed to be nutritionally-dense, with plenty of variety to cater to the energy demands of the trek.
#4 Top Quality Equipment
We only use Mountain Hardwear’s rugged, 4-season tents, designed specifically for mountain conditions. Built to accommodate three people, we only ever have two people in a tent. These tents are manufactured to withstand high winds, heavy rain and snow cover, making them ideal for the environment on Kilimanjaro.
FAQs for Machame Route
HOW DIFFICULT IS THE MACHAME ROUTE?
The Machame Route is designed to provide ample time for acclimatization, with a slower pace and lower daily altitude gain compared to some of the other routes. This gradual pace helps reduce the risk of altitude sickness, making it a popular choice. However it still includes the challenging ascent up the Barranco Wall and a steep climb to the summit on the final night.
HOW LONG IS THE MACHAME ROUTE?
The Machame Route on Kilimanjaro is approximately 63 kms (39 miles) in length from start to finish. It is usually done over 7 days, but a shorter 6-day itinerary is also possible. The average daily altitude gain is about 700m per day, with the summit day climb of 1200m.
WHAT IS MACHAME ROUTE'S SUMMIT SUCCESS RATE?
Due to it’s "climb high, sleep low" profile, summit success rates on the Machame route are very high. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all operators is 85% for the 7 day trek and a 73% success rate for the 6 day trek. However, we have a 95% summit success rate for the Machame route.
HOW IS THE SCENERY ON THE MACHAME ROUTE?
The scenery is extremely varied and you will pass through 5 climatic zones on your way to the summit. The trek begins in rain forest on the lower slopes before continuing up into the low alpine zone of wild grasslands and moorlands.
From there you trek into the high alpine zone before reaching the glacial zone. You will encounter many incredible vistas and visit stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco and Love tower.