6 Days Machame Route

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Tour Overview

Nicknamed the “Whiskey” route, the Machame Route is popularized as being somewhat difficult and more expensive than the Marangu Route. Among all the routes to scale Kilimanjaro, it stands out as one of the best in terms of acclimatization and overall experience.

The Machame Route is considered challenging and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers with some hiking or backpacking experience. It is scenically beautiful and varied, offering stunning views and diverse landscapes. However, its popularity means there are often many trekkers, which can detract from the solitude and splendor.

The route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends via the Mweka Route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall, and a traverse beneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field.

Though steeper in certain sections than the Marangu and Rongai routes, the Machame Route is physically demanding but provides excellent opportunities for acclimatization with plenty of “walk high, sleep low” segments. This challenging trek takes climbers through five diverse climatic zones and offers the option to split the pre-summit day climb, allowing climbers to rest before the final ascent.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Int. Airport for your climb

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport our guide will be there waiting for you. He will will drop you off at your hotel, where you can relax from your flight. Preparation for your climb: You will meet your guide before the beginning of your climb. He will brief you and give you details, like what to wear, what to put in your backpack and other important tips to make the climb as comfortable as possible for you.

Day 2: Machame Gate (1,800 m/ 5,905 ft) - Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,840 ft)
Embark on an unforgettable adventure on the Machame Route. Day 1 begins at Machame Gate, situated at 1,800 meters (5,905 feet) above sea level. As you ascend through the stunning landscapes, lush rainforests will gradually transition into heather moorlands. Your destination for the day is Machame Camp, located at 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) elevation. Prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery and immerse yourself in the beauty of Tanzania’s natural wonders.
Day 3: Machame Camp (3,000m/ 9,875 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/ 12,600 ft)
Embark on an exhilarating adventure as you climb from Machame Camp at 3,000m to Shira Camp at 3,840m. Enjoy breathtaking views on Kibo and Shira along the way and experience the thrill of ascending to higher altitudes. This leg of the Machame route will challenge and inspire you, making it an unforgettable journey through Tanzania’s stunning landscapes.
Day 4: Shira Camp (3,840 m/ 12,600 ft) - Lava Tower (4630 m/ 15,190 ft) - Barranco Camp (3,960m m/ 12,992 ft)
Experience the breathtaking beauty of Kilimanjaro on day 3 of the Machame route. Trek from Shira Camp, situated at an impressive altitude of 3,840m, to Lava Tower standing tall at 4,630m. It is important to find your right pace, as this is a longer hike and you might feel a bit uncomfortable due to the increased altitude. Finally, descend to Barranco Camp at 3,960m at the foot of the imposing Barranco Wall. This day offers stunning views and a challenging but rewarding adventure.
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,960 m/12,992 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,640 m/15,223 ft)
On day 4, you’ll trek from Barranco Camp (3,960 m/12,992 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,640 m/15,223 ft). This challenging but awe-inspiring journey takes you higher into the African skies, surrounded by stunning landscapes. Prepare for amazing panoramic views and push yourself closer to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. But also make sure to take the time to relax and sleep, because around midnight you start your final ascent to the summit!
Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,640 m/ 15,100 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/ 19,340 ft) to Millennium Camp (3,820 m/ 12,532 ft)
Today is the day! Around midnight you start from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak. The climb leads over good trails and the most challenging part is the high altitude. Once you reach the summit you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise, which is quite impressive at this height! After a small time at the top, where you celebrate your ultimate triumph you descend slowly to the scenic Millennium Camp.
Day 7: Millennium Camp (3,820 m/ 12,532 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,650 m/ 5,380 ft) - Hotel

The Millenium camp is located in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up today, you will experience a pleasant feeling due to the reduction in altitude and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After breakfast you take an easy walking to the park exit.

Your driver will bring you back to the hotel for a well deserved rest!

Price Inclusions



  • Park fees
  • Pickup and transfer airport
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • High quality tents (including dinner-tent
  • International flights and visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure

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