Tanzania: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – day 1 & 2 – Machame to Shira

The first two days of climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route involve going from the national park gate to the Shira Camp, from the elevation of 5380 ft to 12500 ft. It’s a gruesome climb in the rainforest first, and then a rocky landscape of mid-mountain to the open moorland of the Shira plateau.