Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, especially the seasoned climbers, prefer the Machame route for summiting Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp

After a breakfast, you will be briefed on what to expect during the hiking and some secrets behind concurring the summit. And then one hour drive from Moshi town to Machame village (1490m). Guides and porters will pack your gears and food at the village. You will also be given lunch packs and mineral water at the village, which will save you as you spend seven (7) hours walking to the next stopover (Machame hut). After you have completed the registration process at the gate, you will then kick start the enjoyable hiking and will reach the Machame hut late in the afternoon. Accommodations on the mountain are tents.

Day 2: Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp

We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

  • Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp
  • Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
Day 3: Hike Shira – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

Following a ridge, we move east and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower which is a 300 feet tall volcanic rock formation. We’ll be descending down to Barraco Camp following the beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. You’ll be beginning and ending the day approximately at the same elevation, but the time spend in this altitude is beneficial for acclimatizing your body.

  • Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
  • Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
  • Distance: 3 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 4: Hike Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

We’ll begin our day with a descending trek into a ravine which is located at the base of the Great Barranco Wall. We’ll be climbing a 900 ft cliff which is non-technical in nature, but steep. Through a series of hills and valleys, we descend sharply into the Karanga Valley. Another set of steep climb will lead us to Karanga Camp. A short day means it is good for acclimatization.

  • Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
  • Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. This will mark the completion of southern circuit which provided excellent view from many different angles. We’ll set up our camp here and rest for the day. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and prepare for the next summit day. Peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are easily spotted in here.

  • Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
  • Distance: 4 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 6: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak

Just past midnight, we’ll begin our summit to the top. This is considered the most challenging part of the journey when the wind and cold can be extreme at any period of the day. With short and frequent breaks, we ascend in the darkness. Once reaching at the Stella Point which is at an elevation of 18,900 ft, you’ll be rewarded with one of the stunning view of the sunrise coming over the Mawenzi Peak. After spending some time at Stella Point, we continue on to the roof of Africa, the Uhuru Peak.

As we descend from the summit, we climb down to the Mweka Hut Camp site, making a brief stop at Barafu for our lunch. The trail is rocky which can be stressful for the knees. In this scenario, trekking poles will be really helpful. The camp is situated in the upper forest where mist and rain in the late afternoon are common occurrence. Late in the evening, we’ll have our last dinner on the mountain and will relax for the rest of the day.

  • Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
  • Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic
  • Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
  • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
Day 7: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate

On our last day, we’ll be descending down to the Mweka Gate where we’ll collect our summit certificates. AThe lower reaches can be muddy and wet depending upon rain. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. Youth Adventures and Safaris vehicle will meet you at Mweka Gate and transfer you to the hotel in Moshi.

  • Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
Overview of the Machame Route

Among the most popular routes, Machame is preferred by the majority of the tourists became of the impressive views all around and variety of habitats. Most seasoned climbers which make up 50% of all the climbers choose this route.

The Machame route is nicknamed “The Whiskey Route” which is in contrast to the nickname of Marangu Route “Coca-Cola route.” It is so because Machame is a relatively difficult route to climb, and as opposed to Marangu where there is gradual incline and hut accommodations, there is a lack of such facilities in Machame and trekkers have to sleep in tents.

The climbing journey in Machame Route takes about six days and five nights, however seven days and six nights is set aside for better acclimatization purposes. The trek begins at Machame Gate which is located in the southern base of the mountain within a dense lush rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail.

When measured from gate to gate, Machame Route is approximately 62 km in length. This route is recommended for people with some trekking experience and who are physically fit. The table below presents the variation of the entire 7 day Machame climb from starting to finish points including altitude, distance, and total hiking time. This is considered the ideal Machame route variation

Price Includes
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
  • 2- way private airport transfers
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)

Machame Route Seven day’s trekking + 2 night in the hotel
BUDGET PRICE/PERSON 1915 1850 1815 1775 1735 1695
CLASSIC PRICE/PERSON 2100 2000 1899 1800 1750 1700
For Climbing Mountain Kilimanjaro the recommended Group Tip as follows;
  • Guide : $US 15-20 per day
  • Cook. : $US 0-15 per day
  • Porters : $US 8-10 per day per porter

Departure & Return Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time: 2 Hours Before Flight Time

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