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Machame Route 6 Days

The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for us. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route.  This route climbers to “trek high & sleep low”, thus making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This climb offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days, but a 7-day trek is recommended.  This allows climbers to be well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.

Arrive in Tanzania

You will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be driven to your hotel in Moshi.  Your mountain guide will give you a briefing of your upcoming climb while at your hotel.

Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis.

Tour Overview

Day 1: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

You will be driven to the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, which is approximately one hour from your hotel.  There, you will sign in, meet your porters and will begin your climb.  The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent and dense rainforest.  This section can get overgrown and is often wet and muddy.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Your route continues up through the rainforest until you reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau.  Here, you will be rewarded with amazing views of the mountain.  Looking back, you will see Mt. Meru rising high above Arusha in the distance.

  • Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking on high moorland, the landscape changes the character of your trek.  You will traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach.  Your day will reach an altitude of 4600 meters.  As your camp will be at an altitude of 3960 meters, you will have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’.  This is beneficial to acclimatizing to the altitude.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Your day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine.  Then, there will be a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides the climb from the southeastern slopes of Kibo.  This climb is over rock and is not technical but can be tiring.  Passing underneath the Heim andKersten glaciers, you will head towards the Karanga Valley, which is the last stop for fresh water before the summit.  You will begin to notice the scree forming on the terrain as you walk through the arid and desolate land towards Barafu Camp.

  • Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

You will begin your summit trek at midnight and climb toward the summit glaciers.  You will be walking in scree for the first four to five hours and will gain incredible height over a short distance.  The views will be spectacular as you approach the crater rim at Stella Point (5739 meters) as the first rays of the sun appear.  Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater will surround you as you view the jagged Mawenzi Peak.  Another hour of walking will bring you to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895 meters).  After a short time on the summit, you will begin your descent by returning to Stella Point.  From there, you’ll continue your descent on the scree slope and return to Barafu Camp for breakfast.  The group will then head down to Mweka Camp for a well-earned rest.

  • Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi
  • Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

Your gentle trek will continue down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate.  There, you will sign out of the park and receive your appropriate summit certificate.  You will then be driven back to your hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower and celebrate with cold drinks.

  • Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles
  • Approx. time taken: 3 hours
  • Hotel: Bed &Breakfast

Day 7: Depart Tanzania

This day will have an open agenda.  You may want to simply wind down at the hotel or spend some time exploring Moshi before heading to the airport.  As well, you may want to add a safari or a trip to Zanzibar on to your African adventure.










8 -10 PEOPLE

11 & ABOVE



  • 2 nights of accommodation at the hotels
  • Both transport to and from the gate
  • Park entry fees
  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • Crater fees
  • Camping fees
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents. Example EUREKA, MOUNTAIN HARD WEAR
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as it is recommended by  Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) and the government.
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit.

Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • International Flights
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain
We will reply to your inquiry as soon as possible. Thank you for considering Jambo Kili Tours as your Tanzania host.