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Known for being beautifully scenic, the Machame Route also has the best summit success rate. This route allows you to “climb high, sleep low”, giving your body time to adjust to the changes in altitude over several days. Climbs can take six or seven days; the difference between six and seven days Machame route is that with six days, you won’t camp at Karanga campsite, so you will walk for a longer distance to reach the base camp passing Karanga campsite. The climb begins at Machame Gate, at an altitude of 1800 metres, with an approach to the southwest of the mountain. It passes through majestic rainforest on the first day, before continuing up the mountain to reach Shira Camp, where the Lemosho route joins from the west. From here you traverse the southern side of the mountain to Barranco via Lava Tower, and climb the Great Barranco Wall on your way to Barafu Camp. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail, rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route. The Machame route is nicknamed the ‘Whiskey Route’ as it is considered more difficult than the ‘Coca Cola Route’, the nickname for the Marangu route. In reality, it is not more technically difficult, but is longer and in places steeper. The longer distance and the opportunity to ‘walk high, sleep low’ offer much better acclimatisation and as a result a very high success rate.



Arrival At Airport

All trekkers need to organize their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local  representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.

• Transport: Private transfer (1 hour, 45km)

• Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 1


The first day trekking begins at Machame Gate (1,640 meters). Typically you will drive from the town of Moshi to the gate, which takes approximately an hour. On the way you will get to see subsistence farming and the town of Machame. The first day trek on the Machame Route is a long one (~11km / 7miles) and takes approximately 5-7 hours to complete. We mostly supply packed lunch for this route and 2-3 liters of bottled water. This is the only bottled water you will receive. From here on porters will collect water from mountain streams. The day’s trekking ends at Machame Camp (2,835 meters) which sits near the border of the rainforest zone and the low alpine zone. By the time you arrive your porters will have already setup your camp and tents, and dinner will be served.

• Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 30 km)

• Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours (11 km)

• Ascent: 1200 m

• Max. altitude: 3000 m

• Accommodation: Camping

• Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 2


On day two you will rise early, pack your gear and prepare for the trek from Machame Camp to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters). The trek is relatively steep as you enter the low alpine zone which is characterized by moorlands and grasslands. Shira Camp 2 sits on a plateau which provides you with the first views of Kibo in the North-West and Mount Meru in the East. Day two takes approximately 4-6 hours and covers a distance of 5km / 3miles.

• Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours (5 km)

• Ascent: 850 m

• Max. altitude: 3850 m

• Accommodation: Camping

• Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 3


Day three is a long and tough trek east off the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’, up to Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters and then back down via the Southern Circuit to Barranco Camp (3,900 meters). After lunch we will descend to Barranco Camp, following the ‘walk high, sleep low’ golden rule of acclimatization. Our descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The route is approximately 11km / 7 miles in length and takes 5- 7 hours to complete.

• Hiking time: 6 - 7 hours (7 km)

• Ascent: 750 m

• Descent: 650 m

• Max. altitude: 4600 m

• Accommodation: Camping

• Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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Day 4


A short, but fun, day starting with a scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

• Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours (5 km)

• Ascent: 260 m

• Descent: 280 m

• Max. altitude: 4210 m

• Accommodation: Camping

• Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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Day 5


We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

• Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours (4 km)

• Ascent: 670 m

• Max. altitude: 4700 m

• Accommodation: Camping

• Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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Day 6


Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist, or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

• Hiking time: 12 - 14 hours (17 km)

• Ascent: 1295 m

• Descent: 2795 m

• Max. altitude: 5895 m

• Accommodation: Camping

• Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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Day 7


On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi for shower and then later our driver will pick you and be transferred to Arusha at the hotel of your choice and this will mark the end of our tour.

• Transport: Private transfer (0.5 hour, 17 km)

• Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours (10 km)

• Descent: 1300 m

• Max. altitude: 3100 m

• Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

• Accommodation: Hotel



After a much-needed night’s rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

• 3-star hotel accommodation before and after your climb on a bed & breakfast basis (Sharing basis)

• Transfers to and from the mountain

• National Park entry, huts, and park rescue fees.

• A fully supported climb (average ratio of support staff to climbers is 3:1)

• All meals and drinking water on the mountain.

• Access to first aid kit and emergency oxygen

• A certificate documenting your summit ascent

• High-quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable foam mattress


• International flights and visas

• Tips for your guide and crew (USD 150 – USD 225 recommended per trekker as per industry average)

• Travel insurance (you must be insured for trekking up to 6000m)

• Your personal trekking gears

• Snacks on the mountain

• Meals and drinks NOT on the mountain

• Airport transfer USD 50 per trip (up to 4 pax) and USD 80 per trip (up to 9 pax)

• Private portable toilet (USD 15 per day – 1 Toilet can accommodate up to 5 trekkers) 


• Additional hotel nights before or after your climb

• Single supplement


Add ons

• All Quality Mountain gears, and equipment can be rented

• Personal porter on the trip

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