The second most popular option among climbers is the Machame Route, also known as the ‘Whiskey Route’. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes, and experiences. The route’s starting point, Machame Gate, on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro, takes you to the top of the Kilimanjaro Desert in the summit area, along an exciting trail that begins in tropical forests, passes through all climate zones, and ends at the North Pole. will give you

Camps along the trek are conveniently located for a smooth, step-by-step acclimatization process. On the third day, the Machame route joins Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose a 6 or 7-day climb. The latter is highly preferred for better acclimatization migration.


Day 1 – Arrival in Tanzania

Arrive in Tanzania. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our driver who will bring you to the hotel for the night

Day 2 – Arusha 1400M – Machame Gate 1800M to Machame Camp 2980M

-5 hours walking, 10 kms

Transport to Machame Gate (1 hour up to 1790m). Registration (sometimes it can take a few hours or so for this process). Trek to Machame Camp through beautiful montane forest on good path. Camp overnight at the edge of the forest.

Day 3 – Machame Camp 2980M to Shira Plateau 3840M

-6-7 hours walking, 7 kms

Machame camp to shira Plateau uphill through thin forest anfd into huge volcanic plateau. Camping is more exposed here with great view of the summit.

Day 4 – Shira Camp 3840m – Barranco Camp 3950m

-7-8 hours walking, 10 kms

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp traversing two valleys skirting the base of the summit massif. High desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley right beneath the Western Breach. This day ascends a maximum of 700 metres but the net height gain is only about 100 metres.

Day 5 – Barranco camp 3950m – Karanga Valley Camp 3950m

-5 hours walking, 4 kms

Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley, starting with a scramble over the Barranco Wall and over a further two valleys to get to this open campsite with great views of the Heim Glacier. Another up and down day but no net gain in height, which is all good for acclimatisation.

Day 6 – 4-5 hours walking, 4 kms

Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp, heading upwards towards the open rock and colder temperatures. Barafu means ‘ice’ in Swahili and the camping is amongst the rocks. Early dinner.

Day 7 – Barafu Camp 4550M to UHURU PEAK 5895M to Millennium Camp 2800M

-7 hours up, 6 hours down, 18 kms

Summit day. Night-time ascent on rock and scree, snow and ice, to the crater rim and the summit. Expect cold temperatures with windchill. The final slope to the crater rim and Stella Point has loose scree and is very slow. From Stella Point it is a further 45 minutes up the escarpment to the summit of Uhuru. Descend in sunlight to Barafu for early lunch, and then walk down to Millennium Camp, normally arriving midafternoon.

Day 8 – Millennium Camp 2800M to Mweka Gate 1000M to Arusha

-4-6 hours walking, 11 km

normally at about 2 pm. The gate is where tips are handed out and you say goodbye to the mountain staff, although sometimes this is done at the hotel. A hot shower and an afternoon relaxing.

The Climb Cost For the Machame Route includes:

What’s included

3 meals a day during the trip

All game drives as mentioned

All Taxes and VAT.

All wildlife reserve entry fees

Concession/ Camping Fees.

Drinking water while on safari (2 litres per person per day).

Services of a professional guide and Chef

Transfer from airport and drop off

Transport in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with a photographic roof

The price does not include

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff

Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).


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