Kilimanjaro – Machame route – 8 days
$1850 per person
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 to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.
This is a 6 day Kilimanjaro – Machame route hike starting at Machame gate, ascending through lush, fertile, montane rainforest. As you might expect, the lower slopes receive a quite a bit of precipitation. The trail may be steep and slippery, so trekking poles are advised. Trek then continues then into the heath zone and on to the edge of the remnants of the Shira volcano. The route then circumnavigates the main peak, Kibo, anticlockwise on route passing some spectacular features such as giant steps and glacial valleys. The key difference between the 7 and 6 day version of this route is that this 6 day hike misses a night camping at Karanga camp and so the section from Barranco to Barafu camp is long. This means if you do not acclimatise well or are unfit, this is very tough. The final ascent is from Barafu camp. It is a night time ascent to Uhuru Peak via Stella Point. The descent is via the Mweka route.
Departure Timemorning from Machame Gate
Return Timeafternon to Machame Gate
Dress CodeComfortable trekking and athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedAccommondation per Tour DescriptionArrival and Departure TransfersEmergency Evacuation by Flying DoctorGovernment Taxes, VAT and all relating service chargesMeals per Tour DescriptionPark FeesPersonal GuideRescue Fees
Not Included4x4 pop-up roof safari vehicleMeals not listedOptional ToursPersonal ExpensesTanzania VisaTips and Items of Personal Nature
Day 1: Arrival/Lodge
On arrival you are met by our drive guide and transferred to your evenings accommodation. In the late afternoon there is a briefing with our expedition manager and head guide to go over the itinerary in detail, check gear and answer any questions you may have. Dinner & overnight Lodge (dinner).
Day 2: Machame Camp 2,987 m/9,800 ft
After breakfast you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro. At the gate your crew finalise packing and after finishing with formalities you start of from Machame gate. Today’s hiking is through verdant afromontane forest to Machame camp and on route you have a picnic lunch. Look out for pretty endemic flora and a graduation of forest zones! Overnight Machame Camp (full board).
5-6 hours · 6.7 miles elevation: +4,400 ft.
Day 3: Shira Camp 3,535 m/11,600 ft
From Machame camp you hike to Shira Camp. The first section is relatively steep and altitude is gained rapidly. A picnic lunch is taken on trail today. The zone you pass through today is known as the heath zone where attractive helichrysum and lobelia plants become apparent. Various geologic features can be seen today from lava tubes to glacial valleys. The trail offers wide views. Overnight Shira Camp (full board).
4-5 hours · 3.3 miles · elevation: +2,800 ft.
Day 4: Barranco Camp 3,901 m/12,800 ft
Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower (15,150 ft) before decending to Barranco camp (12,800 ft). Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on – great acclimatisation day! Overnight Barranco Camp (full board).
7-9 hours · 7.5 miles · elevation: +200 ft.
Day 5: Barfu Camp 4,511 m/14,800 ft
From Barranco camp, famous for its’ giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp (13,100 ft). Lunch is taken at Karanga valley before heading to Barafu (14,800 ft) in the afternoon. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening slendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp (full board).
7-11 hours · 6.6 miles · elevation: +2,000 ft.
Day 6: Barfu Camp 4,511 m/14,800 ft
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm.
A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp (full board).
Day 7: Uhuru Peak 5,896 m/19,345 ft
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point (18,800 ft) affords a realtively short final section that is passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. And finally - Uhuru peak (19,345 ft), the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp Mweka (5,400 ft) before dusk. Overnight Mweka Camp (full board).
11-15 hours · 12.3 miles · elevation: +4,545 ft. gain · -13,945 ft. loss
Day 8: Mweka Gate/Arusha Town
After breakfast you decent once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your accommodation.
Day 9: Transfer
Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano in northeast Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. At 5,895m (19,340 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and the world's highest free-standing mountain. Aided by its relatively easy ascent - Kilimanjaro has become a major destination for mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. It's also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.