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AKT/625: 7 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

Machame Route

The route offers 6 and 7 days of Kilimanjaro climbing.
Machame known as “Whiskey route” is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Duration in days: 7
  • Itinerary Category:   Kilimanjaro Trekking,  Northern circuit
  • Destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Major Attractions: Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Arusha
  • End point: Arusha
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc
  • Additional information: Machame known as “Whiskey route” is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes.

Other Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

Itinerary Description By Day

Day 1: Machame Gate (1,490 m) To Machame Camp (2,980 m)
Distance: 11 km / 7 miles

Trekking time: 5-7 hours

Zone: Rainforest

Drive to Machame gate in Moshi from Arusha for registration formalities. After completing the entrance formalities, start climbing through the dense rain forest to reach Machame Camp in the evening. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp (2,980 m) To Shira Camp (3,840 m)
Distance: 5 km / 3 miles

Trekking time: 4-6 hours

Zone: Heath

After an early breakfast, start climbing leaving the rain forest and entering the heath land moorland vegetation. The trail passes over a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau leading to Shira Camp. Upon arrival have a cup of tea while dinner is prepared. Dinner and sleep at the camp.

Day 3: Shira Camp (3,840 m) To Lava Tower (4,630) To Barranco Camp (3,970 m)
Distance: 10 km / 6.2 miles

Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Alpine desert

Leave shortly after breakfast through the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. The trail leads to Lava Tower where you will have lunch at the rock formation. Start descending down to Barranco Camp through the beautiful Senecio Forest for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,970 m) To Karanga Camp (3,995 m)
Distance: 5 km / 3 miles

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Zone: Alpine desert

Start by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall to climb the 900 ft cliff. Cross a series of hills and valleys into Karanga Valley. The trail leads to Karanga Camp for hot meal and sleep. The day is meant for acclimatization.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (3,995 m) To Barafu Camp (4,600 m)
Distance: 4 km / 2 miles

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Zone: Alpine desert

Leave Karanga camp following the path intersecting Mweka trail. Continue trekking through the rocky section to reach Barafu Camp. Have an early dinner and get a briefing on the summit ascent by the guide. Retire to bed by 19:00 as to prepare yourself for the final step.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100 m) To Mweka Gate (1,980 m)
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles

Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Zone: Rainforest

On this last day, descend to Mweka gate for awards. Hikers who reached Stella point receive green certificates while those who reached Uhuru peak receive golden certificates. It’s the time to tip your guides, cookers and porters according to your satisfaction. Drive back to Arusha for a good bath and much sleep.

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  • Transport from arrival point to Moshi
  • Transport from Moshi to Departure point
  • Accommodation before climb bed and breakfast basis
  • Accommodation after climb on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 person sharing tent/huts on the mountain
  • All Park fees on Kilimanjaro
  • Rescue fees on the mountain (by car)
  • 3 meals daily on the mountain
  • Sleeping and dining tents (all camping gears)
  • Guide and porters
  • Cooks and waiters
  • First aid kit
  • Service of mountain guide
  • Transportation to the mountain
  • Transportation from the mountain
  • All government taxes
  • Oximeter on the mountain


  • Extras at the lodges i.e. telephone, laundry etc.
  • Drinks rather than water
  • International flight
  • Tips to mountain Crews
  • Dinner on the first and last days in Moshi hotel
  • Personal gears like sleeping bags, hiking poles etc.
  • French/Spanish/Italian/German speaking guides – they are available
  • Private portable toilet (available for $80) it will need toilet porter for $10 per day
  • And all not listed above

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