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Kilimanjaro Climb - The Machame Route

Many people believe this is the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro, and also often referred to as “The Whiskey route” – the easiest of the hard routes.



Hiking Packages in Tanzania:

This increasingly popular route has a gradual ascent, including a spectacular day contouring the southern slopes before approaching the summit via the top of Mweka route.

After the gradual ascent through the forest you emerge to see the wide views of the moorland on Shira Plateau, Kibo and the Western Breach.


Route Facts:

  • Recommended duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Length: 61 km
  • Altitude gain: 2800 m
  • Grade: Hard
  • Start: Machame Gate
  • Ascent route: Western breach or Barafu route
  • Acclimatisation: Karanga Valley
  • Descent route: Mweka route


Route map:
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Day by day description:


Day 1 - Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Camp
You will be picked up after breakfast at your accommodation, then transported to the gate for an early starts of your Kilimanjaro Adventure. Once we reach the park gate we will proceed directly to Machame hut campsite. The average hiking time is about 6 hours, and there will be lunch on the way, before dinner and overnight in tents. The altitude at Machame hut campsite is 3100m.

Day 2 - Machame Camp to Shira Camp
After breakfast you hike to Shira camp. The trek takes approximately 4 hours via the rain forest past the valley and a steep rocky ridge ending westward at a river gorge. You will have a rest, and lunch about halfway. Dinner and overnight in tents at Shira hut campsite, 3,658m above sea level.

Day 3 - Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
From Shira, a scenic day to Barranco camp in an average hiking time of 6 hours. We pass “The Lava Tower” and the Arrow glacier, altitude 4,876m. We descend to Barranco campsite for our third overnight on Kilimanjaro. 3,860 m above sea level.

Day 4 - Acclimatization day – Karanga
Leave Barranco in the morning after breakfast. A short 1, 5 hours hike to Karanga Valley, where we enjoy a warm lunch and relax in the tents.

Day 5 - Karanga Valley camp to Barafu Camp.
After breakfast we leave the Karanga valley and head towards the junction which connects with the Mweka trail. We hike to Barafu (Barafu mean ice in Swahili, be ready for low temperatures!) camp where we set up camp. This day’s walk is about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight at the campsite, altitude 4.600m with the possibility of sighting both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Early bedtime to prepare for the night ascent to the top!

Day 6 - Barafu Camp to Mweka via Stella Point and Uhuru Peak.
We rise early (around midnight) and head for Stella Point altitude 5,745m on our way to the summit Uhuru Peak (Uhuru means Freedom in Swahili) which is 5,895m above sea level. This part of the hike takes about 6 hours. From the summit we descend to the Mweka hut campsite, 3,100m above sea level. This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. Dinner and the last tenting night at the campsite.

Day 7 - Mweka Gate to Arusha.
After breakfast, we descend to the Mweka Park Gate in an average hiking time of 4 hours at the gate the successful climbers who have reached the peak will be given the certificates proving their successful achievement of reaching the top! Then we will transport you to your next accommodation.



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Start – Finish
Arusha or Moshi

In tents, at campsites with simple toilet facilities.

Price includes
All prices are per person, minimum 4 people. Entrance fees, Rescue fee, accommodation, food and water during climb, transport to/from your hotel, guide, cook/assistant guide, porters.

Price excludes
Tip for the climbing crew, souvenirs, soda/alcohol, snack, laundry and other personal needs.

Tour leader
Certified guide with long experience.

Safe vehicle to and from park gate.

Meals included
5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.

Meal budget
Depend on further program.

Wildlife safari to Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park and other Northern parks, and/or Beach holiday to The Lighthouse Beach Resort/Zanzibar.

$ 1750 per person, min 4 people.


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