Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

9 Days | Tackle Tanzania's mighty mountain on a trekking adventure

5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews submitted.
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Embark on a nine-day trip trekking the challenging Machame Route to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – Africa's highest point. At high altitude, it's an epic journey through varied terrain of lowland forest and dry mountain desert. With local guides and porters making your hike that much easier, set up camp at night and soak up all the incredible scenery along the way. Then at the very top of Uhuru Peak, rising 5896 metres above sea level, feel the exhilaration and sense of achievement as you marvel at the incredible views and consider what you’ve just accomplished. Congratulations – you’ve hit the peak of Kilimanjaro.

Trip overview

Map of Kilimanjaro: Machame Route including Tanzania, United Republic Of
Start
Moshi, Tanzania
Finish
Moshi, Tanzania
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Tanzania
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
YKXA
This trip generates 31 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Size up mighty Mt Kilimanjaro from the lush tropical surrounds of Marangu, as you prepare to ascend the incredible mountain with the help of an experienced climber.
  • Travel with experienced guides and porters. You'll be in great hands – with one guide for every two passengers – so all you’ll have to worry about is soaking up the scenery and keeping your footing!
  • Kilimanjaro’s changing scenery – magnificent rainforests and high-alpine deserts to ice fields and vast glaciers – is all on display as you tackle the trails to the top of Africa.
  • Catch a dazzling African sunrise from Stella Point on your way to summit Africa's highest mountain peak – definitely a rewarding experience after an early wake-up call!
  • Feel good knowing that you’re supporting an official partner of IMEC’s Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). This means that all of our climbs have been assessed and scored based on a number of criteria, all of which are designed to ensure the proper treatment of porters.

Is this trip right for you?
  • A good level of fitness is required to join this tour. While the distances covered are not far, the effects of altitude will make it much harder than the usual uphill hike.
  • To allow for your body to adjust to the altitude the going will be slow. The speed of the hiking may be much slower than you are use too. However, we have found that this slow speed allows your body’s reserve levels to remain higher plus also allows for your body to adjust to the altitude as you walk.
  • Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required. Night-time temperatures can get very cold above 3500m so warm clothing and sleeping bag is essential. Hiring of equipment/sleeping bag is also possible.
  • Your safety comes first. All our guides and trek leaders have been trained by independent, UK-based medical specialists and are proficient in first aid. They also carry oxygen cylinders on all treks for emergency use.
  • Be prepared for dusty and therefore dirty conditions. It can be tough going hiking for continuous days without a shower. A dust mask, wet wipes and face washer may become your best friends.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 18 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Kilimanjaro: Machame Route including Tanzania, United Republic Of

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

Activities
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Trek Briefing
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Complimentary equipment hire (sleeping bag and walking poles) - must be requested at time of booking
  • Fully catered trek including National Park entrance fees, climbing fee, tented camps & rescue services (7 days)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Porterage of 1 bag (9kg/20lb max)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Mount Kilimanjaro - Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits
  • Moshi - Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A Self-Assessment Form is required for this trip. Your booking agent will provide you with this form at time of booking to fill out before arrival.
3. Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude.
4. Please arrange your flights to arrive at Marangu hotel before 4pm on Day 1 in order to attend the very important pre-climb briefing and information session.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews submitted.
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Prasangi · Traveled October 2023
The Machame route was really hard but rewarding. Angela was a fantastic guide, and I feel so privileged to have summited Kilimanjaro with her help. There was a medical emergency in my group, and the assistant guide, Walter, took excellent care of the person who was hospitalized with HAPE. This is critical, because navigating the Tanzanian medical system is tricky. The only things I think that could be improved: I would advise guests to bring their own sleeping bag. Borrow one if you have to. Because the new bags from Intrepid are incredibly thin. Also, I overpacked and could have brought quite a lot less stuff e.g. decanting into smaller containers for toiletries, etc. The Porters will give you hot water and soap every day so you can wash. There is also a dedicated chemical toilet available for this group.
Review submitted 16 Oct 2023

Justin · Traveled October 2023
The Intrepid Team made all the difference! Kilimanjaro was our toughest challenge, and it was only possible because the guides and crew were solidly in our corner and did everything conceivable to get us to our goal while caring for our needs.
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

David · Traveled September 2023
What an amazing experience. The journey was incredible and the team really made it extra special. We had a superb chef, porters and guides led by the expert Rocky who has a brilliant knowledge of the mountain and always held safety as his number one priority. The summit night extremely challenging but was so well managed by Rocky, Walter & co with everyone making to the top!! Highly recommend.
Review submitted 22 Sep 2023

David · Traveled September 2023
Review submitted 21 Sep 2023

Lorenzo · Traveled August 2023
Excellent trip and outstanding organisation. Very professional local team supporting us during the climb. Breathtaking sceneries for the entire trip.
Review submitted 02 Sep 2023
Kilimanjaro: Machame Route
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USD $4,425