7 DAYS - 6 Nights Kilimanjro Climbing Via Machame Route

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The Machame route, also known as the Whiskey route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to the Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. The descent is made via the Mweka route.

Plan Africa Adventures offers the Machame route as a seven day group climb or as a six day private climb. The six day variation combines days four and five, going from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without staying at Karanga.

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Program itinerary

  • Climbing the steeper trails
  • sleeping on the tents
  • experiencing different vegetations (rainforest, heather moorland, alpine desert, and ice)
    • 1

      Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport


      Meeting the Mountain guide for your upcoming climb and checking if all climbing gears are present.
      Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be transferred to your Hotel in Arusha or Moshi for your overnight stay. Dinner and Breakfast Included.


      Transfer to your Hotel in Moshi.

    • 2

      Day 2: Climbing from Machame Gate to Machame Camp


      Breakfast at your Hotel
      Drive to the starting gate
      Registration/Check in at the gate
      climbing from 1500m to 3000m above the sea level


      Machame Gate (1500m) to Machame Camp (3000m), Distance is about 18 km.
      It is approx. 45 minutes drive from Moshi to Machame gate. All your equipment and supplies will be taken over by porters and a cook will prepare all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route are in huts, the Machame route offers tents only. After all formalities have been taken care at the gate, you’ll head into the forest and begin the 7-hour ascent to the first camp on the mountain, Machame camp (3000m).

    • 3

      Day 3: Climb from Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp


      Climbing from 3000 to Shira Camp 3840 metres above the sea level
      Distance covered: 4km
      Approx. time taken: 5hours
      Steep ascent to Shira Plateau
      Rewarding view of Moshi town and Mt. Meru.


      Machame Camp (3000) to Shira Camp (3840), distance is about 9 Km.
      Breakfast is served early in the mess tent and if the weather is permitting, you could take in your first view of the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro. The lunch stop will be reached at about 3600m and after this short lunch and an equally limited rest you'll continue up the rocky ridge to the next camp on the mountain, Shira camp (3840).

    • 4

      Day 4: Climb from Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp


      Climbing from 3840 to Barranco Camp 3950
      Distance covered: 10.8km
      Approx. time taken: 8 hrs
      Walking on the heath moorland vegetation
      Walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.


      Shira Camp (3840) to Barranco Camp (3950), distance is about 15 km.
      The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky environment where you reach an altitude of 4600m after a 5 hours walk to Lava Tower. As you ascend from the Shira camp (3950m), there are good views of the Shira Plateau to the west, Oehler Ridge to the northeast and the Western Breach to the east. This day you will climb high and steep low.

    • 5

      DAY 5: Climb from Brranco camp to Karanga Camp


      Climbing from 3950m to Karanga Camp 4200 meter above the sea level,
      Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
      Approx. time taken: hours
      A climb over the rock
      A view of great Barranco wall


      Barranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga Camp (4200m), distance is about 6 km
      The morning starts with a scramble up the almost vertical Barranco Wall to an altitude of about 4200m and after approx. 3 hours, the path now crosses through the southern slopes to reach the Karanga Valley.

    • 6

      Day 6: Climb from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp


      Climbing from 3994m to Barafu Camp 4600, metres above the sea level,
      Distance covered: 4km
      Approx. time taken: 4-5 hours
      Waking through a screed slope which has no vegetation
      A view of the two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi


      After breakfast, you continue in a south-easterly direction to the junction before turning north to reach Barafu camp (4600m). Here you take a long rest and prepare for the midnight ascent to the summit.

    • 7

      DAY 7: Climb from Barafu Camp to Summit - Uhuru peak and descend to Mweka Camp


      Climbing from 4600m to Uhuru Peak 5895, meters above the sea level,
      Distance covered: 5km
      Approx. time taken: 5 hours
      Climb to the Roof of Africa (Uhuru Peak)
      Descending to Mweka camp


      At around midnight, you'll head in a northwesterly direction up the southeast valley towards Stella Point on the crater rim. The 6-hour long walk to Stella Point is a mental and physical challenge with the steep face just below Stella posing the ultimate challenge. The time you spend on the summit is determined by the weather and wind conditions. The walk back to Mweka Camp from the summit can take over 7 hours

    • 8

      DAY 8: Descend from Mweka Camp to Mweka gate Day Highlight.


      Descend from Mweka Camp 3067m to Mweka Gate 1640m, metres above the sea level
      Transfer to your Hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
      Distance covered: 10km
      Approx. time taken: 5 hours
      Awarded Certificate of Accomplishmen


      You will camp for the night at Mweka camp (3100m) before departing for the Mweka Parks Gate the next morning where your driver will pick you up and take you back to your Hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight on bed and breakfast.

    • 9

      DAY 9: Transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport


      Transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for

      • Extension to Zanzibar
      • Safari extension
      • Leisure stay with various day trip excursions
      • Cultural tours

      We are also pleased to draw up an itinerary that perfectly matches your wishes and requirements.

    Skill Level Required

    Equipment needed

    Meals and Drinks

    Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner), water, tea and coffee are available,
    Note: For special meals such as Vegetarian meals, gluten-free, food allergies and anything else, please let us know in advance.

    Children Options

    Children starting from the age of 12 are allowed to take part.

    Transfer Options

    Other Services

    • Various cultural tours near Moshi before or after the trekking .
    • Safari to Tanzania’s major Parks such as Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti.
    • Day Trips in Moshi – please see this link for available and recommended day trips



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