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7 days Machame route

7 days Machame route

Machame route

Tour Overview:

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 spendor


Machame Camp (2,980 m) To Shira Camp (3,840 m)

4-6 hours
5 km / 3 miles

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.


Machame Gate (1,490 m) To Machame Camp (2,980 m)

5-7 hours
11 km / 7 miles

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.


Shira Camp (3,840 m) To Lava Tower (4,630) To Barranco Camp (3,970 m)

6-8 hours
10 km / 6.2 miles

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.


Barranco Camp (3,970 m) To Karanga Camp (3,995 m)

4-5 hours
5 km / 3 miles

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.


Karanga Camp (3,995 m) To Barafu Camp (4,600 m)

4-5 hours
4 km / 2 miles

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.


Mweka Camp (3,100 m) To Mweka Gate (1,980 m)

3-4 hours
10 km / 6 miles

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.

Other information


Nº of pax Rate per pax
1 pax $2,030.00
2 pax $1,990.00
3 pax $1,940.00
4 pax $1,890.00
5 pax $1,840.00
6+ pax $1,790.00

Pricing terms

Prices includes

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
Prices excludes

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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