Machame route nine day itenerary
The Machame Route is the second most popular route to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. This historical route is one of the oldest routes for climbing Kilimanjaro, and is the first tent camping route (in contrast with Marangu, where climbers stay in stationary huts).
The allure of the Machame Route includes an initial climb through a tropical rainforest, close proximity to Moshi for a shorter drive, and the excellent acclimatization on a 7-day trek.
While the first day is sometimes challenging for hikers, successive days are less taxing. Campsites throughout the route are stationed in accordance with the climbing mantra: “walk high, sleep low” for optimal acclimatization to altitude. This is one of the reasons for the high success rate of Machame’s 7-day itineraries.
There are two available options for Machame, 6-day or 7-day treks, we do not recommend the 6-day trek unless you are an experienced climber and have prior acclimatization before attempting Kilimanjaro. The 6-day option has rapid altitude gain, resulting in a lower success rate.
On the other hand, the 7-day trek has excellent acclimatization and overnight camps are at appropriate elevations to encourage adaptation with altitude. While the first day may be difficult, the following days gradually lead to the summit.
One of the reasons this route is the most popular Kilimanjaro climb is because of its high success rate on the 7-day trek.
Machame Route Maps
The Machame route is relatively difficult as climbers need to be able to ascend the Barranco Wall on day four and contend with a steep incline up Kibo on summit night. That being said, there are no parts on the route that require any technical climbing skills.
The Machame Route is approximately 62 km/ 37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, but plenty of first time trekker use the route as well and do just fine. It is rated as one of Kilimanjaro’s better routes and thus is recommended.
Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho.
As we mentioned before, Kilimanjaro is suitable for beginners; they do very well. The best advice is for everyone to arrive in great shape. Don’t underestimate the climb because you know someone did it who you believe was not fit. Train for the adventure.
At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates it’s own weather.
The prices for Kilimanjaro climbs vary wildly. To climb Kilimanjaro can cost you anything from $1800 to $4000 and above. (There are some operators advertising cheap Kilimanjaro climbs that cost below $1500, I dont know how they do it)
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