7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame Route

Tour Summary

Known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous folks and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field before summiting. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to the heavy crowds, it loses some of its splendor. It is very famous route, scenic and it has beautiful panoramic views with all the endemic and amazing plants that can only be found on Mount Kilimanjaro and nowhere else in the world. Most of our clients choose the Machame route.


Day 0: Arusha Town

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner. This might be your arrival day in Tanzania, our driver will pick you from the airport and drive you to the hotel and Our Tour Manager will brief you on your forthcoming climb in the evening, answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the climb. Overnight at Mt Meru Hotel.

Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) - Machame Camp (3000m)

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner. In the morning 08.00am after breakfast you will meet with your guide, then you depart to Machame gate. Arrive to the Machame Gate, then do the registration at the park’s gate. After registration is done you start climb {Hiking/Trekking} through rain forest with picnic lunch for approximately 4 to 5 hrs where you arrive to the Machame Hut. Later afternoon walk up to a little higher altitude then you return to Machame Hut for dinner and overnight. Walking duration: 5-7hrs, 11km All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 2: Machame Camp (3000m) - Shira Camp (3800m)

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner. After breakfast, start climb through short Savannah, forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5hrs, with picnic lunch en route before arriving in the afternoon at the Shira Hut, dinner and overnight at Shira hut. Walking Duration: 4-6hrs, 5km All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Day 3: Shira (3800m) - Barranco (3950m)

Day 4

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the southeastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows. We trek past Karanga Camp (13,100 ft) and continue along a path on compacted scree that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach Barafu Hut (14,800 ft.). After dinner, we sleep early to prepare for the early morning final ascend

Day 5

We start our ascent by torchlight about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (18,800 ft), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshments, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite, Mweka Camp (9, 840 ft). Walking duration: 11-17hrs, All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 6

A sustained descent on a well constructed path takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Mweka (5,400 ft); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village Walking duration: 3-6hrs, All meals are included (breakfast, lunch).

Day 7: Departure

Enjoy the tranquility of your hotel before the airport transfer. Note: while most hotels have an 11:00 AM check-out policy, they also offer late check-out for those with evening or night flights. For the extra fees.


Price Includes

  • Park fees.
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals based on full board
  • Local flight.
  • Drinking water on all days& soft drinks

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks


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