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Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route Adventure

Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route Adventure

“A Once in a Life Experience to Stand on Top of Africa’s Roof with Wild-Trails”

Are you hopelessly and forever a mountaineer! So are we.
Join our Africa's Highest Mountain Trekk and enjoy Kilimanjaro’s amazing views and varying landscapes.

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Q & A

Where is the mountain located?
Kilimanjaro is located in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park.

What is the mountains elevation?
The summit on Mount Kilimanjaro “Uhuru Peak” stands at 5,895 m (19,341 ft) making it the highest mountain in Africa & the highest free standing mountain in the world.     

What are the Mountaineering skills required?
No technical climbing skills required except for Basic Scrambling Skills.

How long is the trek?
7 days 6 nights including a climb high, sleep low acclimatisation day.

What is the currency?
The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but travellers checks and cash in US$ are recommended. The current exchange rate is approximately Tsh 2100 = US$ 1. It is possible to change foreign currency at any Bureaux de Chance.

What is the time zone?
East Africa Time Zone

Is a visa needed for Tanzania?
Most travelers need a visa to enter Tanzania issued before arrival or on borders. Check with Tanzania’s embassy website for visa information about your country.

How do I get to Tanzania, kilimanjaro?
Book a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport “KIA” with one of these flights; KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines.

Is vaccination needed before travel to Tanzania?
Yes and you should get the following:
Hepatitis A and a booster vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus and polio.
Yellow Fever vaccination “keep vaccination card with you always”
Take anti malarial drugs

Which route are we taking to climb Kilimanjaro?
There are eight official Kilimanjaro routes. We are taking the very scenic Machame Route that begins from the south-western side of the mountain. Unlike other routes, we don't descend the same route we took to ascend. We descend via the Mweka route, a steep but very pretty descent encompassing inhospitably dry mountain desert and lush lowland forest in a matter of a few hours.

What will we eat?
A typical Kilimanjaro breakfast will involve eggs (boiled or fried), porridge, a saveloy (possibly with some tomatoes too), a piece of fruit such as a banana or orange, some bread with jam, honey or peanut butter and a mug or two of tea, hot chocolate or coffee.
Lunch and Dinner usually include soup, bread, a cooked stew or sandwiches.
Food is carried and prepared by guiding team.
Bringing along energy bars, snacks, and biscuits is highly recommended.

Who will provide water during the trek?
You will be given 2-3 liters of water from your guide on day one. Water will be collected by porters during the rest of the trek. Energy supplements and water purification tablets are recommended to bring along.

How is the weather like?
The hike covers four climatic zones and therefore layering of clothes is key to staying warm and comfortable as you ascend. A base thermal layer, mid fleece layer and outer jacket is a must.

What are the four climatic zones covered during the trek?
Rain forest zone (~800 meters – 3,000 meters)
Low alpine zone (~3,000 meters – 4,200 meters)
High alpine zone (~4,200 meters – 5,000 meters)
Glacial zone (~5,000 meters to 5,895 meters)

What are the altitude zones covered?
A High altitude (2,500 – 3,500 metres)
Very high altitude (3,500 – 5,500 metres)
Extreme altitude (above 5,500 metres)

What is the trekking gear recommended?
Trekking Poles are a must.

How to deal with Acute Mountain Sickness “AMS”?
Remain hydrated, eat, acclimatize, go slowly and take Diamox to prevent the onset of AMS.

Where will we stay?
We start from a hostel in Moshi , then Shira 2 campsite, Barranco Camp, Barafu Camp, and Mweka Camp

Who will guide this adventure?
This adventure is guided by a local seasoned guide along with an international guide from Wild-Trails; Gilad Sade.

What is the language of the adventure?
The local language is Swahili but the language of the adventure is English.



Distance Covered: 10.75 km /  6.67 miles
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Altitude gained: 1200m.
Zone: Rainforest

We drive from the hostel in Moshi town after breakfast to Machame gate – (1800m) which takes about an hour drive. At the gate, we meet the guide, porters and cook. Packs will be weighed to ensure that they don’t exceed 20 kg. Meanwhile, we start  ascent through the rainforest up to Machame camp – (3000m).

You will be provided with lunch on route and 2-3 litres of bottled water. Afterwards, porters will collect water from mountain streams. After 5-6 hours we arrive at Machame camp (3000m) for dinner and overnights stay.

Highlights of the day: you will get to see subsistence farming and the town of Machame.


Distance: 5.3km /  3.29 miles
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Altitude gained: 850m.
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

After an early breakfast, we pack our gear and start hiking through the heath and moorland to Shira camp 2 - (3850m) with Picnic Lunch on the way.

After 4-5 hours we reach Shira Camp 2. We have dinner and spend the night at the campsite.

Highlights of the day: the camp sits on a plateau which provides you with the first views of Kibo in the North-West and Mount Meru in the East.

DAY 3:  SHIRA  CAMP 2 –  LAVA TOWER then to BARRANCO CAMP. “Acclimatization Day”

Distance: 10.75km / 6.67miles
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone.
Altitude gained via Lava Tower: 750m
Altitude lost from Lava Tower to Barranco: 660m.

Early in the morning after breakfast we start hiking East off the Shira Plateau through the “Garden of the Senecios”, up to Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters and then back down via the Southern Circuit to Barranco Camp- (3940m) through Lava Tower – (4600m) for acclimatizing.
With  picnic lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Barranco camp (3940m).

Highlights of the day: ‘Garden of the Senecios’, the Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters,

Climb high and sleep low which is important for proper acclimatisation


Distance: 4.25km / 2.7 miles
Trekking time:  3-4 hours
Zone: High Alpine zone
Altitude gained:  60m

After breakfast, we start climbing Barranco Wall- (4250m) to the top of the Karanga Valley. This requires basic scrambling skills. Then we continue to Karanga Camp – (4000m). Have hot lunch, rest and walk around for Acclimatizing.

We eat dinner and an overnight stay at the camp.

Highlights of the day: This additional day is important for acclimatisation.


Distance: 4.86km/ 3 miles
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Zone: High Alpine Zone
Altitude gained: 1295 m

After having breakfast about 8:30am, we continue on hiking through the heath and moorland along the Southern Circuit until it joins the Mweka Trail to  Barafu Camp 4600m. We get hot lunch, rest and then an early dinner and sleep for short hours.

We wake up about 23:00pm, pack the useful things for the summit, have hot drinks and bites and at midnight start hiking to the top of Africa Uhuru Peak- (5895m).


Distance: 4.86km/ 3 miles ascent and then 11km/ 7 mile descent.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka.
Zone: Glacial Zone and preceding zones.
Altitude gained:  (                  )
Altitude lost:  (                   )

It takes about 6-7hrs to reach top of the crater rim and signs of Stella Point become apparent (5.739m). We rest then we walk 156m of altitude around the Kibo crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5.895m). After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, we start descending to Mweka Camp (3.100m), 11.5km/ 7 miles. We recommend using the trekking poles here and wearing gaiters.

Mweka is located in the upper part of the rainforest zone.  

Highlights of the day: Summit Night & Day.


Distance: 9.1km/ 5.6 miles.
Trekking Time: 3-4hrs.
Zone: Rainforest.
Altitude Lost: 1400m.

We walk after breakfast to Mweka Gate (1800m) through the lower rainforest slopes for 3-4hrs. If you successfully reached Stella Point you will receive a green certificate, if you reached Uhuru Peak, you will receive a gold certificate.  Then we meet the waiting vehicle and get transferred to the hostel in Moshi for a hot shower, lunch, rest and  head to the airport.

Highlights of the day: Home Sweet Home

The Highlights of the Trip:

--> Amazing flora and Fauna including Blue and Colobus monkeys, possibly  elephants, buffalos and large antelopes.
--> Amazing and varying Landscapes.
--> Standing on the top of Africa’s Roof.  
--> Green or Gold official certificates.

Kilimanjaro packing list:

--> Mosquito repellent
--> Trekking poles
--> Insulated Water bottle/ hydration pack.
--> Water purification tablets “Iodine based”
--> Toilet roll
--> Baby wipes
--> Sack liners
--> Sunscreen
--> Zip lock bags
--> Toilet accessories “soap, toothbrush ...etc”
--> Energy bars
--> Energy drinks
--> Headlamp and batteries
--> Sleeping bag at least -10 rating
--> Backpack 80L for gear and does not exceed 20 kg.
--> Daypack
--> Waterproof bag covers
--> Sunglasses
--> Scarf
--> Hat with neck cover
--> Thermal Beani
--> Poncho
--> Thermal underwears
--> Gaiters
--> Ankle high waterproof hiking boots
--> Camera & binoculars
--> Sweets, nuts, oat bars. Don't bring pure milk chocolate, it will either melt or freeze


Paracetamol, Valoid, Imodium, Plasters Eye drops, Diamox, Lip balm


The Price Includes:

The Price does not include:

Flight tickets
Anything that is not written or agreed upon against Wild-Trails.

What is the appropriate tipping price for the porters & guides?

Porters carry 20-30kg of your gear up the highest mountain paid at the end of your hike, after you have reached your final checkpoint and signed out with the authorities. It is customary to pay tips individually in separate envelopes, unless advised otherwise
Per main guide – US$20-25 per day
Per assistant guide – US$15-20 per day
Per cook – US$15 per day
Per porter – US$10 per day

Important Notes:

packs  don’t exceed 20 kilograms
Bring your vaccination card “Yellow Fever Card”
Valid Passport
Travel Insurance

Learn some basic Swahili

Hello – Jumbo
Welcome – Karibu
How are you? – Habari?
Fine – Nzuri
Pole Pole – Slow, Slow
Please – Tafadhali
Sorry – Samahani
Thank you – Asante sana
Water – Maji
Goodbye – Kwaheri

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