Tents in front of mount Kilimanjaro on Kilimanjaro trek on Machame Route in Tanzania
Panoramic view of campsite of Kilimanjaro trek on Machame Route in Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace)

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Highlights

Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, using the 7-day Machame Route.

Summit Mount Kilimanjaro and enjoy an epic view.
Hike through natural wonders on the Machame Route.
Explore diverse ecosystems, from savannah to rainforest.
Enjoy the pleasant town of Moshi and explore the local culture.

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The 7-day Machame route offers one extra day for acclimatization, meaning a better chance of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. If you’ve dreamed of an African adventure, then the 7-day guided hike up the Machame route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro should be on your list.

The Machame route, otherwise known as the "Whiskey" route, is one of the more popular routes to summit Kilimanjaro. This guided trek to the top of Kilimanjaro is famous for its beautiful and magnificent scenery. Despite being more strenuous compared to the Marangu route, the Machame route has one of the highest success rates for summiting.

Beautiful camp in high elevation along the Machame Route to Mont Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace) Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Tanzania

Your guided Kilimanjaro trek starts today! Get picked up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport and return to Moshi town, where you will check-in to your hotel. You will also meet your guide today and be briefed on the Machame route, meet other guests and check your gear to make sure you are ready. Anything that you might be missing, can be rented here on this day.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Distance: None
Meals: No Meals Included

Day 2 Transfer to Machame Gate (1,790m) and trek to Machame Camp (3,010m)

Start your trek up Kilimanjaro with a 1-hour transfer to the Machame Gate. Here you will complete park formalities and also meet the team of porters that will help to carry everything throughout this guided trek. The first part of this Kilimanjaro trek will take you through an amazing, dense rainforest. Due to the humidity, this trail sometimes gets a bit overgrown in some parts and is often muddy and wet.
Accommodation: Machame Camp
Distance: 10.8km, 1,250m, 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 Machame Camp (3,010m) to Shira Camp (3,845m)

The route up Kilimanjaro continues up through forest until you reach the Shira Plateau, which has very nice views of Kilimanjaro. Looking back you will be able to see the amazing Mount Meru, climbing in the distance high above the town of Arusha.
Accommodation: Shira Camp
Distance: 5.4 km, 850m, 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Shira Camp (3,845m) to Barranco Camp (3,960m)

The Machame route continues today, starting off on high moorland. The route climbs and traverses the southwest side of Mount Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the famous Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach before you will finally arrive at the Barranco Camp. You will reach a high point of 4,600m on today’s trek, so you will be feeling the altitude. By sleeping at Barranco Camp you are following the rule of “trek high, sleep low”, which will help your body to get used to the altitude.
Accommodation: Barranco Camp
Distance: 10.8km, 720m, 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (3,963m)

Start today’s walk by descending into a huge ravine, known as the Great Barranco. Whatever goes down must come up, and you will exit the steep Great Barranco Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. This part of the Machame route involves some tiring, but not overly technical terrain. You will hike under the Kersten and Heim glaciers and head towards the Karanga Valley. The Karanga Valley is the last stop for fresh water on Machame Route before the summit. For those feeling strong there will be a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4,200m before descending back to the camp for the night.
Accommodation: Karanga Camp
Distance: 5.5km, 350m, 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Karanga Camp (3,963m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m)

After a good nights rest and a big breakfast, today you will set off to walk to Barafu camp, which is at 4,640m. You will cross barren scree slopes, and though the days route is short, there is a big gain of over 600m in elevation. At this altitude ascending is very tough, and you’ll find the route challenging. You’ll arrive in camp early, and enjoy a rest and a lot of eating, as tomorrow the main ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro begins.
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
Distance: 3km, 625m, 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Barafu Camp (4,640m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3,790m)

Today is the main event, a tremendously difficult day that should see you summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. You will start trekking at around midnight and will head steeply up towards the summit glaciers. Expect to climb for 4-5 hours, and gain height quickly. The goal is to arrive at the crater rim at Stella Point (5,739 m) with the first rays of sunlight. The views from within the crater are spectacular. It will take one more hour to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro - Uhuru Peak (5,895m). Return from the summit of Kilimanjaro back past Stella Point all the way to Barafu Camp for a well-earned. Later in the day continue down to Millennium Camp.
Accommodation: Millennium Camp
Distance: 13.4km, 1,250m Up, 2,000m down , 12-15 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Millennium Camp (3,790m) to Mweka Gate (1,630m)

This is the last trekking day on this guided tour to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Today is a gentle day compared to yesterday, as your walk down through a rainforest to Mweka Gate, where you exit the park. Meet the vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you will enjoy a shower and probably a cold beer or two, before a big celebration.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Distance: 12.1km, 2,100m down, 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Departure

Today it’s all up to you and what time your flight leaves. If you have time, you can explore the town of Moshi and find some souvenirs to commemorate your summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Consider sparing an hour of your time to help our environmental conservation efforts by planting a tree in the Kilimanjaro region.
Accommodation: None, departure day
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Dates and prices of Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace) trek

This hiking tour in Tanzania is run either as a custom tour for your group only, or as a fixed-departure trek. Please contact us with your preferred starting date and group size so we can help you make incredible memories on this tour. This trek is typically run from June to October and December to March, however, it can be run April, May, and November.

Prices of Private Guided Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace)

Enjoy trekking up Kilimanjaro in your own private group. Pricing is based on the number of guests on your trip.

  • Guided Groups of 2-4: $2,150 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5-9: $2,050 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 10+: $1,950 USD per person

Dates and Prices to join guided Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace) with group

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Accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace) Tour

This accommodations on this trekking tour of Mount Kilimanjaro on the Machame route are in tents while on Mount Kilimanjaro and in a private room in a lodge while in Moshi. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $150 USD to have a private room as a solo travelers. In some cases, there may be other solo travelers, and we can match you with participants of the same sex.

Panama Garden Resort ★★★

This beautiful hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Moshi comfortable: the resort has a beautiful garden area with swimming pool, bar, BBQ corner and free WiFi.

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

Shira Camp is another well-maintained camp with great views. It can get quite cold and windy.

Night 4

Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp offers a fine view of the next stage of the Kilimanjaro trek. Phone reception is available here. Many guests mention the tremendous views from this camp.

Night 5

Karanga Camp

Barafu Camp is a high-altitude camp and as such is very minimalistic. You are at 4,600m altitude, on a rocky ridge in the alpine desert climate. It can get very cold at night.

Night 6

Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp is a high-altitude camp and as such is very minimalistic. You are at 4,600m altitude, on a rocky ridge in the alpine desert climate. It can get very cold at night.

Night 7

Millennium Camp

Millennium Camp is a campground at around 3960m altitude. It’s for trekkers on their way down from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and is low enough to get a break from the high altitude.

Panama Garden Resort ★★★

This beautiful hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Moshi comfortable: the resort has a beautiful garden area with swimming pool, bar, BBQ corner and free WiFi.

What’s included in the Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace) Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour

Transportation during the Tour

2-way shared airport transfers between Moshi and Kilimanjaro International Airport

Also Included

  • 2-way shared airport transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters for the Mount Meru Trek
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation in tents on the Machame Route. Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative) on Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Gear, such as double layered sleeping mats and 3-season mountain tents
  • Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
  • Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
  • Supplemental Oxygen and pulse Oximeter

Not included

  • Tips – see FAQ for guidelines per group.
  • Air Travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Any meals or drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Laundry Services & Items of personal nature.

Optional Tours

  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent: $150 USD
  • Transfer: Moshi to Arusha - $60 USD per vehicle (one way)
  • Transfer: Moshi to Nairobi - $200 USD per vehicle (one way)
  • Materuni + Coffee Tour Day trip - $60 USD per person
  • Rundugai Hot water springs Day Trip - $40 USD per person
  • Cycling day trip - $60 USD
  • Cultural Day Trip - $50 USD
  • 2 Days Safari – $680 USD per person. This safari is suitable for trekkers after Kilimanjaro, and the price includes meals, transport, park fees and accommodation. National Parks that are visited are Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Sleeping bag rental - $20 USD
  • Extra porter - $15 USD per day

Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route (slower pace)

Ahsante Tours are a local, family-owned tour operator specializing in adventure travel around Mount Kilimanjaro. Over the last 20 years, they have helped fellow travelers explore and experience some of the most amazing places and cultures in Tanzania. They believe travelers deserve a company that shares their passion for adventure.

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We rate this tour as a 5 / 5 due to the elevation and very long summit day.

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