Elevation (ft): 1830m/6000ft To 3050m/9950ft

Distance: 11km/7miles

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Montane forest

Drive from moshi to machame gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of machame, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge.

At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the machame camp.