Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route

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Embark on the ultimate adventure with a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route also known as the Whisky Route, renowned for its scenic beauty and diverse landscapes. This iconic trekking route offers an exhilarating ascent to the “Roof of Africa,” traversing lush rainforests, alpine meadows, and rugged terrain. As you navigate through varying ecosystems, experience awe-inspiring vistas of glaciers and volcanic peaks, creating unforgettable moments along the journey. With expert guides and carefully planned itineraries, climbers of all skill levels can conquer the challenge of reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the continent. Immerse yourself in the spirit of adventure and embrace the physical and mental rewards of summiting Africa’s tallest mountain. Plan your Machame Route expedition today and embark on a life-changing quest to conquer Kilimanjaro’s majestic summit.

Benefit from a higher summit success rate with the Machame Route, known for its manageable incline and extended duration.

  • Spanning 6 or 7 days
  • This medium-difficulty trek boasts excellent scenery
  • This route experiences high traffic.

Upon landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be greeted and transferred to Kilimanjaro Hotel, for overnight accommodation. Your head guide will provide a comprehensive briefing, gear check, and assistance with equipment rentals, ensuring you’re fully prepared for the adventure ahead.

Itinerary

Machame Gate - Machame Camp

(10.75 kms, 5-6 Hours)

Commencing your journey from Moshi, enjoy a brief 45-minute drive to the Village of Machame, guiding you towards the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. While awaiting permit issuance, engage in the bustling activity as crews prepare for the adventure ahead. Explore the scenic rainforest and winding trails, where your guide will provide insights into local flora, fauna, and wildlife. Exercise caution on the muddy and slippery terrain at lower elevations; we highly recommend utilizing gaiters and trekking poles to enhance stability and safety.

  • Elevation: 1811m/5942ft to 3021m/9911ft
  • Distance: 10.75 km
  • Hiking Time: 5 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
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Mashame Camp - Shira Camp

(5.3 km, 4 - 5 hours)

After an early rise at Machame camp, fuel up with breakfast before embarking on a climb of approximately an hour through the forest. Following this, ascend for about two hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. Following a brief lunch break and rest, proceed onward, ascending a rocky ridge onto the expansive Shira plateau. From this vantage point, marvel at the breathtaking sight of the Western Breach and its stunning glaciers to the east. Positioned directly west of Kibo, continue your journey with a short hike to reach the Shira campsite at 3,840m. Here, porters will prepare drinking and washing water before serving dinner. Brace for a colder night than before, with temperatures plummeting well below freezing at this exposed campsite.

  • Elevation: 3021m/9911ft to 3839m/12,595ft
  • Distance: 5.3 km
  • Hiking Time: 5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
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Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

(15 kms, 5 - 6 hours)

The path now veers eastward into a semi-desert, rocky terrain enveloping Lava Tower, where you’ll ascend to an altitude of 4630m after approximately five hours of walking. Lunch is served at a designated spot before tackling the rocky scree path up to Lava Tower. This marks the most challenging day thus far, often triggering symptoms like breathlessness, irritability, and headaches in some climbers. After lunch, descend nearly 680m to the Barranco camping area, where the true acclimatization benefits of the day’s altitude gain become evident. This descent to Barranco camp, spanning about two hours, offers splendid photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. Nestled in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, the camp promises a memorable sunset as you await dinner preparation.

  • Elevation: 3839m/12,595ft to 3986m/13,077ft
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Hiking Time: 6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert
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Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

(13 kms, 6 - 8 hours)

Experience the awe-inspiring majesty of the Great Barranco Wall, an imposing sight that initially seems daunting but often proves more manageable than expected as you ascend. Surmounting this obstacle just below the Heim Glacier, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for Kilimanjaro’s breathtaking beauty. Continuing your journey, the route descends through the Karanga Valley, traversing ridges and valleys before merging with the Mweka route, the preferred descent from the summit. Remember this pivotal juncture. Arriving at Barafu Hut, the last water stop, you’ll find a stark, windswept camping area, perched precariously on a narrow ridge.
Familiarize yourself with the terrain to mitigate risks as darkness falls. With the summit a further 1345m above, prepare your gear, including ski sticks and thermal clothing, for the final ascent that same night. Ensure your equipment, including headlamp and camera batteries, is fully charged and carry spares. Stay hydrated by carrying water in a thermal flask to prevent freezing. Retire early to maximize rest and prepare for the ultimate summit attempt.

  • Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Hiking Time: 8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
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Summit Attempt from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, then Down to Mweka

(7 km Up and 23 kms Down, 10 -13 hours)

Get ready for an exhilarating journey as the anticipation builds with an early morning start, typically between midnight and 2 a.m. This stretch marks the pinnacle of mental and physical endurance during the trek.

Navigating between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, we press onward toward the summit, channeling our focus and determination towards the remarkable achievement awaiting us. Ascending with a strategic switchback motion in a northwesterly direction, we ascend through challenging scree terrain towards Stella Point on the crater rim. Here, amidst breathtaking vistas, a brief rest offers a chance to witness the awe-inspiring sunrise, a moment of pure magic. For those making good time, the summit may reveal itself against the backdrop of the rising sun.

With renewed vigor, embark on the final 1-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, where snow may greet your every step, enhancing the sense of achievement with each stride.

Congratulations are in order as you stand atop Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire African continent! Capture the moment with photos, celebrate your triumph, and perhaps shed a tear of joy as you reflect on this extraordinary feat.

After savoring the achievement, it’s time to descend, embarking on a steep journey back to Mweka Camp. Pause for a well-deserved lunch and a brief rest at Barafu, where loose gravel and volcanic ash terrain call for gaiters and trekking poles. As evening falls, indulge in a peaceful night’s rest at Mweka Camp, basking in the glory of your accomplishment.

  • Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
  • Distance: 30 km
  • Hiking Time: 13 hours
  • Habitat: Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
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Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Drive to Moshi

(9 km, 3 - 4 hours)

After indulging in a satisfying breakfast, our dedicated staff will lead a joyful celebration, marking the culmination of your mountain expedition. During this memorable moment, you’ll have the opportunity to express your appreciation to the guide, assistant guides, chefs, and porters who supported you throughout the journey. Following the festivities, commence the descent, a three-hour journey back to Mweka Gate, where all hikers are required by the National Park to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Those who reached Stella Point (5685m) will be awarded green certificates, while those who conquered Uhuru Peak (5895m) will receive prestigious gold certificates. After certificate presentations, descend into Mweka village, a one-hour journey spanning 3 kilometers, where a hearty hot lunch awaits. Conclude your adventure with a return drive to Moshi, where well-deserved showers and further celebrations await, marking the triumphant end of the Machame Route 6-day expedition.

  • Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
  • Distance: 9 km, Descending
  • Time: 4 hours
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Prices and Seasons

STANDARD

Date1 people2-3 people4-5 people6+ people
Mar 1 - May 31, 2024

USD 2,810 per person

USD 2,320 per person

USD 2,230 per person

USD 2,080 per person

Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2024

USD 2,915 per person

USD 2,420 per person

USD 2,330 per person

USD 2,180 per person

Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2024

USD 2,810 per person

USD 2,320 per person

USD 2,230 per person

USD 2,080 per person

Dec 16, 2024 - Mar 31, 2025

USD 2,915 per person

USD 2,420 per person

USD 2,330 per person

USD 2,180 per person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. Children below 3 years are free of Charge, children between 3 and 12 years will pay 75% of the adult rate.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

What's Included


  • All transfers from and to Moshi or Airport
  • All accommodations during the trek
  • All meals, hot drinks and unlimited drinking water during the tour
  • Flying Doctors medical, emergency, and rescue cover
  • Well experienced, English speaking tour leader and guide
  • Dedicated support crew: assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks
  • Hiking and safety equipment: Sleeping Mats, Oxygen cylinders, Medical kits including Diamox.
  • All applicable government taxes, levies and entry fees
  • Eco-friendly, stainless steel, safari water bottle
  • Personalized private service

What's Not Included


  • International flights and taxes
  • Passports and visa applications and processing
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities for drivers/guides
  • Personal laundry
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entrance fee for activities noted as optional

Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the local and most awarded carbon project developer, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in our developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognized standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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