6-day Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route
6-day Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

6-day Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

8 days

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Take the famous “Whiskey Route” up Africa’s highest mountain

The incredible Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route trek is the perfect way to conquer Africa’s tallest mountain! This tour takes you up Mount Kilimanjaro by the Machame route. This popular “Whiskey” route is the most scenic way to trek up the mountain and offers ease of acclimatization. Although it has some of the most challenging sections of trail, it is also longer than some of the other routes, which gives you a better chance to acclimate to the thin air.

The Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route tour includes everything you need to cross this epic trek off your bucket list. Guides, porters, cooks, meals and tents are all provided so that you can focus on the trail. This route circles Uhuru Peak, giving you a chance to see the summit from all angles. You’ll also be trekking past some other epic scenery, like the stunning Shira Plateau, Lava Tower, and the impressive Barranco Wall.

Your final ascent begins at midnight so that you can experience the spectacular sunrise from Stella Point before you tackle the summit! How unforgettable? You’ll have the whole final night on the mountain and hike the next morning to share your summit stories with your fellow trekkers. The Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route is an opportunity not to be missed.

Highlights of the 6-day Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

Conquer the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, a major achievement for any hiker.
Camp on the mountainside, surrounded by the gorgeous views of the Shira Plateau.
Challenge yourself with a scramble of the Lava Tower before you take on the Barranca Wall.
Experience the incredible sunrise from Stella Point as you sip coffee before a day of hiking.

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6-day Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route Itinerary

Day 1 Pre-trek night and briefing

Your pre-trek meeting will be today after you arrive in Moshi and transfer to your hotel, and here you’ll receive important information. Your guides will review your equipment so that any rentals required can be arranged.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Trek to Machame Camp

Depart in the morning from your Moshi hotel to the trailhead at Machame Gate. Today’s path winds through the rainforest and up the ridge to Machame Camp. You may want to have your gaiters and trekking poles out as this section of trail can get muddy. Day one is done, nice work!
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,026m / 9,927ft)
Distance: 5-6 hours, 11 km, 1220m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Short trek to Shira Camp

Today’s trek is a shorter one. Leaving the rainforest behind, you’ll enjoy open vistas as the trail ascends the ridge to Shira Camp. Enjoy the tremendous views of Shira Ridge and Mount Kilimanjaro from camp tonight.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,766m / 12,355ft)
Distance: 4-5 hours, 5 km, 800m elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Lava Tower and Mount Kibo en route to Barranco Camp

Leaving the beautiful Shira Plateau behind, you’ll continue your trek upwards. Grab your camera as your approach the Lava Tower and keep it handy for the scenic view of Mount Kibo at the end of the day.

The trail will help you get acclimatized to the elevation as it brings you up over 4500m for the first time on this trek. Not to worry, you’ll have an elevation break tonight at camp, as Barranco camp sits only slightly higher than where you were last night.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,983m / 13,067ft)
Distance: 5-6 hours, 10 km, 863m of ascent, 646m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Climb the Barranco Wall and cross the Karanga Valley

Yesterday’s scenic view of the Barranco Wall becomes today’s objective. The wall is a strenuous hike and may require occasional support from your hands as it is quite steep. The other side descends more gently into the beautiful Karanga Valley. By the time you reach Barafu Camp, you’ll have completed the South Circuit and experienced views of the summit from every angle.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (4,645m / 15,239ft)
Distance: 6-8 hours, 9 km, 700m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Early morning trek to summit and descent to Mweka Camp

Today is the day! Your early morning trek begins just after midnight so that you can experience the sunrise from Stella Point, or if you’re fast, from the summit itself. This last stretch is the most difficult of the trek. The terrain is steep, with heavy scree up to Stella Point. You’re also likely to be hiking through snow for the final hour of ascent to Uhuru Peak. Keep pushing!

Once you’ve celebrated being at the highest point in all of Africa, it’s time to head back down. The trail down to Mweka Camp is loose gravel and steep in sections, so you may want to have your trekking poles handy.
Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,110m / 10,203ft)
Distance: 10-13 hours, 18km, 1,195m of ascent, 2,805m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Final descent to Mweka Gate

After a good night’s rest and lots of much-needed oxygen, you can begin the final leg of your trek. Dress in layers, as it will warm up as you descend back into the rainforest climate. You’ll receive your summit certificate at the Mweka Park gate and be met by the vehicle that will transport you back to your hotel in Moshi.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: 3-4 hours, 10 km, 1410m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure day

Today, after a well-deserved rest, you’ll depart Moshi after the transfer to the airport. Goodbye, Kilimanjaro!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route Price and Dates

This guided trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro can be run as a custom tour for your group, in which case the price depends on the size of your group. If you choose to join an existing group, the price is fixed.

The best time to travel to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro is during the driest months of the year, which tend to be December-mid March and June-October.

Private Guided Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 1: $1,833 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,703 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $1,652 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $1,595 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $1,582 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6-7: $1,557 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 8+: $1,542 USD per person

Join a Group Tour on the Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route Tour

Make new friends and join a group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! You can also inquire with your preferred dates to create the group and let others join in. Prices below are per person:

Jul 04, 2021
Jul 11, 2021
From Moshi, Tanzania
To Moshi, Tanzania
USD$1,665
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Dec 24, 2021
Dec 31, 2021
From Moshi, Tanzania
To Moshi, Tanzania
USD$1,665
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Dec 29, 2021
Jan 05, 2022
From Moshi, Tanzania
To Moshi, Tanzania
USD$1,665
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left
Jun 05, 2022
Jun 12, 2022
From Moshi, Tanzania
To Moshi, Tanzania
USD$1,665
8 days / 5+ Spaces Left

Accommodation on the Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route Tour

All the included accommodations are camping tents at designated camps along the trail. The tents are good quality and waterproof with a sleeping pad. The provided tents are double occupancy. Private tents and private toilets can be rented at an additional fee. Small group mess tents with tables and chairs are provided as well. You’ll also spend a night in Moshi before and after your trek.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a single room while in the hotels (please enquire about the pricing). You can also pay a supplement of $5 USD per day to have a private tent.

Hotels on Standard Tour

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

Night 2

Machame Camp

Machame Camp is a well-organized camp just outside the tropical forest area at 3,000m. There are views of the peak. There are splendid sunset views on Mount Meru.

Night 3

Shira Camp

After cresting the dramatic Shira Ridge, you'll see why people rave about the views from the plateau. This is where you'll find Shira Camp.

Night 4

Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp is set in a rocky valley. Hopefully the view of the Barranco Wall in the distance will help motivate you for the upcoming journey.

Night 5

Barafu Camp

Tonight, you’re sleeping at over 4,600m above sea level with the summit in sight.

Night 6

Mweka Camp

You’ll enjoy an abundance of fresh air at the much lower altitude Mweka Camp, where you’ll celebrate your climb with fellow campers.

K's Lodge in Moshi

This beautiful lodge near Moshi is a perfect spot to relax before and after your adventure to Kilimanjaro. Cozy rooms, nice area and all the amenities needed to guarantee comfortable stay!

What’s Included in the Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Purified drinking water is also included.

Accommodations

Tented accommodations for 5 nights along the tour are included. 2 nights in Moshi (before and after the tour) are included too.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all the airport transfers and the transfers between Moshi and the trailhead before and after the tour.

Also Included

  • Experienced mountain guides
  • Porter and cook
  • Park fees
  • Quality four-season tents (based on twin share)
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Conservation, camping and rescue fees
  • VAT (18% charged by the government)

Not included

  • Visas if required
  • Flights to and from Moshi
  • Personal equipment such as sleeping bag, trekking poles, etc. (rental options are available)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights in Moshi or Arusha
  • Private toilet rental added to your gear: $100 USD
  • Additional equipment rentals (available locally)

Frequently Asked Questions about 6-day Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

Monkey Adventures is an East African (Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda) operator offering Safari Tours, Kilimanjaro climbs, and Gorilla tracking (Uganda). They have offices in Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda. The company offers Kilimanjaro climbs over different routes with a duration of 5 days to 9 days and all their departures are guaranteed. You can opt for a group joining trek (depending on if there is a group on that day) or a private trek just for your group.

Monkey Adventures is proud to share that the Tanzania National Parks Authority, Government of Tanzania recently presented them with the "Best Tour Operator" award for 2018/2019 and the company has also been recognized as the Travellers' Choice Winner - 2020 by Tripadvisor. In the past, Monkey Adventures have also won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2018 and 2019.

Monkey Adventures guides hold certifications such as Kilimanjaro Guide Licence, Wilderness First Aid Responder, Tourism College Certificates, Kilimanjaro search and rescue, High altitude Medicine Skills Acquisition Program for Mountain Guide, and more.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. The Machame route is not technically difficult but is very strenuous with some steep sections and challenging footing. The high elevation is an additional factor to consider. You should be an experienced hiker to get the most out of this tour.

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