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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

Stand on the highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro - 5,895m asl

Trip Adventure Details


This is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. Christened the 'Whiskey Route', climbing and trekking up the mountain has accommation in tents only. The route is most suited for a slightly more adventurous hiker, but is rewarding with a scenic splendor not found on others like the Marangu route. The late afternoon sunsets at Shira are highly photogenic, the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the diversity of mountain vegetation and exciting landscapes make this a 'slide show'

The Mt. Kilmanjaro Machame Route Trek is best accomplished by 6 nights on the mountain with an added benefit of proper acclimatization which is most essential for fulfilling climb and greater chance of making it to the summit. The Machame Route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the 3rd day and brings you down nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco Camp (3950m). such benefit of successful acclimatization gives you power to make it the crest.

Options for Travel From Nairobi

1. Flight to Kilimanjaro Airport

We book for you a flight to JRO (Kilimanjaro Airport), arrange transfer to your selected hotel. A company representative will travel with you or be on the ground to receive you at the airport in Arusha and assist you to check in to your hotel duly reserved. The lead mountain guide will be waiting for a briefing after you rest.

2. Private 4x4 Drive to Namanga Border

If you choose a drive, our driver together with a team member facilitating your trek will take you to Namanga Border. There, the lead mountain guide with a 4x4 safari vehicle will be waiting to to take you and your team to Moshi Tanzania.

3: Nairobi-Moshi Shuttle

The cheaper option to travel will be to book you in the cross-border shuttle where one of our team members will travel with you to Moshi. The base town for your climb.


Day 1: Moshi, Tanzania

Transfer and booking into your appointed hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight

Day 2: Machame Camp

Your day starts early with a briefing followed by breakfast and 45 minute drive from Moshi (910m) to Machame Village (1490m). After registering at the gate office, ascent begins at the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possiblity of rain here depending on the season. The trail could be muddy and soggy, but you are made ready by your strong boots and rain gear.

You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and finally reach Machame Camping area in the late afternoon. Your porters will have arrived long before and set camp.


Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

You wake up early today also and after breakfast climb for one hour or so to the top of the forest and then a gentler 2 hour gradient ascend through the moorland zone. After lunch and a brief rest, you continue up a rocky ridgetonto the Shira Plateau. You are now due west of Kibo and a short hike takes you to Shira Camp at 3840m.

Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

The route turns east into a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower where you reach an altitude of 4630m after a 5 or so hours trek. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower. This is definitely the toughest day so far. After lunch you descent again by about 700m to the Barranco Camp.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall, you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally  turns out easier that anticipated. Topping out just belowe the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjar really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valley to join up with the Mweka Route trail. Turn left up the ridge and after an hour or so, reach Barafu Camp

Day 6: Barafu Camp / Uhuru Peak / Mweka Camp

Waking up today is 23h30 in the dead of the night, after some tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the dark with your headlights on. Ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point (5685m) and stop for a short rest. Your reward now is the sighting of a magnifient sunrise you may not have ever seen before (weather permitting).

From Stella Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way up your 2 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. You will have summited and have chance make your own celebration drama and take photos of accomplishment. The time you spend up there will depend on the weather conditions.

Day 7: Mweka Camp

Day has come and after breakfast continue descent (3 hours) on a scenic walk down to the park gate. What took you days to climb, is now easier down, with a story to tell. You spend the rest of your day at your hotel in Moshi although we prefer to book you into a hotel in Arusha depending on your means of transport back to Nairobi

Day 8: Nairobi

Depending on your choice means of transport, you will be in Nairobi today and duly booked into an overnight hotel

Price Guide 

Included in this Trek :

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees & Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • 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
  • Oximeter
  • Medical Kit
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Accommodation in Moshi & Arusha
  • Air Rescue

 Items not included in the Trek:

  • Climbing gear and equipment not mentioned above
  • Flights and transfers from Nairobi
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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