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About Machame Route

Machame Route is probably the most beautiful route up KILIMANJARO. The Machame Route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame (also referred to as the “Whisky Route”) better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker. Join us for a 6-Day climb for 4 from $1785, including 1 night in a 3-4 star hotel B&B.

Machame Route Details


Kilimanjaro Trekking

Kilimanjaro Airport to MoshiA brief 40 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport, and bypassing magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, Moshi is a small, clean town at the railhead from Dar es Salaam – distance from Arusha, Tanzania’s second town is only 72km/45 miles. Moshi offers the visitor some of the best coffee in Tanzania, bustling markets and colourful street vendors. At the hotel you will
be briefed prior to your climb. We offer very pleasant mid-range to luxury hotels within walking distance of town centers.

Total Distance from airport to Moshi: 41km/25.2mi; to Arusha: 58km/36mi.

Accomodation : 3-4 star based on bed and breakfast

7 Days Trip Itinerary

Moshi to Machame Gate then trek to Machame Camp

Travelling back along the Arusha Road and turning up the Machame Road offers you some spectacular views of the mountain (when he has his hat off);distance 32 km. Upon entrance into Kilimanjaro National Park at Machame gate (park fees already included) you begin trek along a tropical rainforest to Machame Camp where tents and a warm meal will be waiting for you; distance: 12 km/7 miles; length of time: 5-7 hours. You may encounter local wildlife, including monkeys and exotic birds. You will be starting your ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, climbing gradually along a well-trod path. The walk will cover 12km or 7 miles and take between 5 and 7 hours. Depending on time of year, it may also be wet if you are in an extended rainy season.

Final Elevation : 2850m/9,350 ft

Terrain : Forest trail

Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Shira Camp 2 sits on the Eastern edge of the Shira Plateau. It is the first camp at which altitude sickness might start to be felt. Everyone reacts differently to altitude sickness and no reaction is predictable. However, this route offers a remedy through acclimatization as you will see by day 4. It also provides stunning views across the Kilimanjaro valley below; distance: 5 km/3 miles, length of time: 5-6 hours. Walking through scrubland you cross the Shira Plateau and pass by the mountain cactus growing at this height.

Final Elevation : 3,847m/12620ft

Terrain : Alpine

Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Shira 2 Camp to the Lava Tower then to Barranco Camp

The Lava Tower, a large rock formation created when Kilimanjaro was still an active volcano, rises high above the plateau. Kili hasn't erupted for 150,000 years and is now dormant. The climate and Terrain is high alpine. Your walking now will be slower. Above 4200m your body is not getting as much oxygen as it needs. The descent to Barranco Camp from the Lava Tower allows you to acclimatize before your ascent to Karanga Camp. Rule of thumb: climb high, sleep low! Total distance 10km (6mi.) and taking about 5-7 hours the walk is through some of Kilimanjaro's most spectacular landscapes.

Length of Time : 5 hours
Final elevation : 4630m/15,190 ft
Terrain : Alpine/Arctic
Distance Lava Tower to Barranco Camp : 3 km/2 miles
Length of Time : 2-3 hours
Final elevation : 3975m/13,044 ft
Terrain : Alpine
Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

You are now ascending into the arctic zone. Here its a good idea to keep several handkerchiefs as noses begin to run! We trek from Barranco to Karanga Camp; distance: 3 km/2 miles; length of Time: 2-3 hours. This allows for acclimatization as both camps are
nearly at the same altitude. Although there is a moderate level of difficulty as you trek the Barranco Wall, the views are stunning. You will be scrambling over rocky mountain terrain, getting yourself ready for the final ascent. You will be in need of a rest when you reach Karanga Camp! Next stop, Barafu Camp.

Final elevation : 3994m/13106 ft
Climate and Terrain : Arctic
Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Barafu is the last camp before the peak. You are well into the arctic zone now. This stage is for the true adventurers. Your ascent will be over loose shale: distance: 3 km/2 miles; length of time: 2-3 hours. At this altitude your walking pace will have slowed considerably to compensate for low oxygen levels. You will get some well-earned rest early in the afternoon for your final night-time ascent to the summit. The landscape is truly arctic now with no wildlife or vegetation.

Final elevation : 4672m/15330 ft
Climate and Terrain : Arctic zone
Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Final ascent: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then down to Mweka Camp

From Barafu Camp you start your final ascent to the summit, Uhuru Peak at 5895m/19340 ft. Everest is 8848 meters or 29,030 ft. You will be less than 10,000 ft below the Everest summit! This will also be your longest day at 9-12 hours. Your climb starts late evening and climbing through the small hours of the morning you reach Stella Point for the most glorious sunrise over Kili's sister peak, Mawenzi. Reaching this point at sunrise rewards you with a magnificent view over the mountain landscape - the 'roof' of Africa. After a time at the Uhuru peak for well-earned photos.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak : 5895m/19340 ft
Distance : 5 km/3 miles
Length of Time : 7-8 hours
Climate/Terrain : Arctic zone
Uhuru Peak : 5895m/19341 ft to Mweka Camp: 3067m/10,065 ft
Distance : 12 km/7 miles
Length of Time : 4-6 hours
Accommodation : Tents (provided)

Mweka Camp to starting point

TIme for well-earned rest and relaxation after a hot shower (no such luxury on the mountain!). Bed & breakfast with a return journey to the airport the following day. You will have the possibility of staying on a few extra days but this is not included.
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Kilimanjaro Trekking and

Tour Packages

we offer the best experience on the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Voted the best safari destination in Africa.

7 Day Shira Route

Leaving Moshi after breakfast for Londorossi Gate: distance 82km/51 miles, which takes about 2 hours.


7 Day Rongai Route

We drive from Moshi to Marangu Gate (distance 37km/22.5 miles) for permits before taking a short transfer.


6 Day Umbwe Route

After an hour’s drive to Machame Gate we register for park entrance (included), then drive to Umbwe Gate.


8 Day Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route takes you high to Lava Tower 4630 m on day 4 and brings you down by nearly 700 m.


7 Day Machame Route

Machame Route is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro (also referred to as the “Whisky Route”).


6 Day Marangu Route

Marangu Route is the most popular, shortest, and easiest way to the summit also known as the (coca-cola route).