7 Days Machame Route

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Route Overview

The Machame route also known as the “Whisky route” is one of the most recommended routes for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing. The route begins on the southern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Climbing via the Machame route will maximize your chances to reach the peak of the roof of Africa. Machame route is a popular route well-known for its incredible scenery. As a result, it is also the busiest route among all routes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Areas to visit

Machame Gate, Machame Camp, Shira 2 Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, Uhuru Peak, Mweka Camp, Mweka Gate

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Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

We drive to Machame gate (5,718 ft or 1,748m), and our hiking journey commences with climbing to Machame Camp (9,350 ft or 2,850m). This trekking can take about 5 to 7 hours and is through the Tropical Rainforest Zone.

Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp.

Zone: Rainforest Zone

Elevation: 1,748m to 2,850m


Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Our day commences in the Rainforest Zone at Machame Camp (9,350 ft or 2,850m), we will be leaving the Rainforest Zone and heading to the next campsite, Shira 2 Camp (12,621 ft or 3,847m).

We are now in the next different ecological zone, the Moorland/Heather Zone where trees are scarcer and small plants become more common.

Dinner and overnight at Shira 2 Camp.

Zone: Moorland/Heather Zone

Elevation:  2,850m to 3,847m


Day 3: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

The hiking commences at Shira 2 Camp (12,621 ft or 3,847m) to Barranco Camp (13,066 ft or 3,983 m). We proceed with our journey to Lava Tower for lunch. After having lunch, we begin the descent to Barranco Camp. The landscape becomes more desolate as the desert starts to take over. The views of the Great Breach Wall are fantastic from this camp, probably better than anywhere else on the Mountain.

Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Zone: Alpine Desert Zone

Elevation: 3,847m to 3,983m


Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Today we proceed with our climbing journey from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. Getting to Karanga Camp (13,106ft or 3,994 m), we must cross over the Barranco Wall. This climb is not technical as you have guides to assist you. Trekking can take about 4 to 5 hours to complete, then afterward we will rest for the remainder of the day.

Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.

Zone: Alpine Desert Zone

Elevation: 3,983m to 3,994m


Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Today’s journey commences with a climb from Karanga Camp (13,106ft or 3,994 m) to Barafu Camp (15,239ft or 4,644 m). The climbing can take about 4 to 5 hours to complete, then afterward we will go for early rest at about 7 pm to wake up very early for the summit climb attempt.

Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp.

Zone: Alpine Desert Zone

Elevation: 3,994m to 4,644m


Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak/Summit

The Summit attempt starts at Barafu Camp trekking to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft or 5,895m). We will wake up very early today and begin our trekking around midnight. Summit attempt trekking can take about 7 hours to complete, then reaching the summit around sunrise. Congratulations on reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend some minutes celebrating your accomplishment and taking photos.

After little exposure, we descend via Stella Point down to Mweka Camp (10,204ft or 3,110 m) in the Moorland/Heather Zone for about 6 to 8 hours.

Zone: Arctic Zone

Elevation: 4,644m to 5,895m


Day 7: Mweka Gate & Official Certificate

After breakfast, we continue descending to Mweka Gate (5,423ft or 1,653m). Then you can enjoy cold drinks while waiting for your Official Kilimanjaro Climbing Certificate for the great experience you had. Then you will meet your safari guide at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi.

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • International Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks not included
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance