Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

Panoramic view from Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route Tour

Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route


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Summit Africa's highest mountain on this adventure-packed 8-day guided trekking tour

Enjoy the view of the majestic glaciers on the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Hike past the iconic Barranca Wall and Lava Tower.

Walk through lush rain forests and savannah grassland on this guided trek.

Explore the native town of Moshi and explore the local culture.

Summit Mount Kilimanjaro on this guided tour using the Machame route. 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.

The Machame route allows trekkers to trek high and sleep low, which is ideal for acclimatization. It also means that there is more ascent and descent, so this guided tour to the top of Kilimanjaro is best for experienced trekkers.

Manaslu Circuit Trek 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.

Overnight Location
Panama Garden Resort
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.

Overnight Location
Machame Camp
10.8km, 1,250m, 6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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

The route up Kilimanjaro continues up through the 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.

Overnight Location
Shira Camp
5.4 km, 850m, 5 hours
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.

Overnight Location
Barranco Camp
10.8km, 720m, 8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m)

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 climbing over rock. Though not technical, it is long and tiring. Pass under the Kersten and Heim glaciers and head towards Karanga Valley. The Karanga Valley is the last stop for fresh water on Machame Route before the summit.

Overnight Location
Barafu Camp
8.5km, 975m, 8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Barafu Camp (4640m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

Today you will experience the culmination of this great Kilimanjaro guided trek, 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.

Overnight Location
Millennium Camp
13.4km, 1,250m Up, 2,000m down , 12-15 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 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 you 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.

Overnight Location
Panama Garden Resort
12.1km, 2,100m down, 6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 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.

Overnight Location
None, departure day

Dates and Prices of Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route trek

This hiking tour in Tanzania is run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the number of travellers in your group.

The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,295USD per person
  • Please note that the pricing might change depending on the size of your group.

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    Accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route 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 $150USD 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

    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

    Millennium Camp

    Your final campsite on the mountain. At a much more comfortable lower altitude, you’ll see the trees are starting to appear again.

    Hotels on Standard Tour

    What’s included in the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Tour?


    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners


    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 Extras

    • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent: $150USD
    • Sleeping bag rental - $20USD
    • Extra porter - $15USD per day
    • Transfers:
      • Moshi to Arusha - $60USD per vehicle (one way)
      • Moshi to Nairobi - $200USD per vehicle (one way)

    Optional Tours

    • Materuni + Coffee Tour Day trip - $60USD per person
    • Rundugai Hot water springs Day Trip - $40USD per person
    • Cycling day trip - $60USD
    • Cultural Day Trip - $50USD
    • 2 Days Safari – $680USD 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.

    Frequenty Asked Questions about Mount Kilimanjaro on Machame Route

    How hard is this tour?

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

    Do I need a Visa?

    Check with your local country about visa requirements for travel to Tanzania. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

    Are meals included?

    7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included.

    Do I need insurance?

    Yes, it is mandatory to have Travel Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. You can get travel insurance here.

    How do I get to the start of this tour?

    Make your own way to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. The nearest town is Moshi.

    Are the tours in English?

    Yes, your tour leader is English speaking (and a heck of a lot of fun!)

    Where does the tour end?

    The tour ends in Moshi Town, and a transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport is included.

    Can I rent gear?

    Sleeping gear and tents are provided. If you require other gear you can arrange it from the tour provider in advance.

    How does the mountain crew communicate if a person gets sick?

    Your guide has radio communication via ICOM radios. If anything goes wrong on the mountain then help can be notified. Also, if you need to make any changes to your itinerary while on the mountain you can notify the head office via radio and they will make the necessary changes. The cell reception on the mountain has also improved so in some places cell phones will work.

    When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

    The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry season. This is from June to early November and from December to end of March.

    Do I need vaccines?

    You should check with a doctor at a licenced Travel clinic or talk to your family doctor.

    How much should I tip?

    Tips are optional, though the tips are a substantial portion of your crew members income. The total amount varies based on the number of crew members on your trip and your level of satisfaction with their service. Your group should plan on tipping in cash and the amounts should range between $80-$100 for the guide, $60-$80 for the Cook, $50-$70 for Assistant Guide and $30-$40 for porters. It is recommended to tip each crew member separately to ensure full transparency.


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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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