Tanzania / Mountain Climbing

8 Days Machame Route


The Machame route is known by many as the “Whiskey” route of Mount Kilimanjaro. After Marangu route, Machame is the second known popular route on the mountain offering picturesque and stunning of both Meru and Kilimanjaro landscapes. The tracks on Machame route is physical demanding and require people with some trekking experience since the tracks are strenuous. All trekkers usually come from different countries and trekkers. Sleep in tents pitched on the camping grounds and meals are served in a mass tent or blanket outside if the weather is clear. The Machame route can be done for 6 days but extra night on the mountain will power your summit success by having one more night for acclimatization. Descent is down via Mweka tracks where the final night will be at Mweka or millennium camp.

Mountain Climbing
7 Nights
Moshi - Moshi
Joining Group Safari

Full Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi

Pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Moshi. You will have early evening pre-climbing briefing on the trek. Dinner and overnight at Panama Garden Resort Moshi.

Meal: Half Board

Day 2: Moshi - Machame Camp

After breakfast transfer to Kilimanjaro National park gate at Machame. Start the first section of the climb through the mountain forest to Machame Campsite at 10,000ft/3,000m. Approximate walking is 5 to 7hours. Meals and overnight at Machame Camp.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Machame Camp - Shira Camp

Early today after breakfast you will start trekking up to the second high-altitude camp, Shira Camp (3,845 m). Follow the steep ridge across heath and moorland to picnic rock and the Shira plateau, to Shira campsite at 12500ft/3845m. Approximate walking is 5 to 7hours. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp. Meals and overnight at Shira Camp.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

After breakfast, you will leave Shira Camp (3,845 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents to Lava tower, where you will rest a while, before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful Barranco Camp. The trek will take approximately 6 - 7 hrs. Meals and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp

Early wakeup, breakfast spend the morning climbing steadily on to Barafu, which is Swahili for ice! This camp is located on the ridge below the summit cone. You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. This walk will take around 3 hours meaning that you will arrive at Barafu in time to spend the afternoon resting and enjoy an early dinner in preparation for the summit climb. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this position. Meals and overnight at Barafu camp.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp - Uhuru peak 5,895 M - Mweka Camp

At around midnight you will be awoken by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella point, reaching the crater rim in about 5 – 7hrs. Another 1-2 hours will take you to Uhuru peak (5895m) where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu camp where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka camp for your last night on the highest mountain in Africa. Meals and overnight at Mweka Camp.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Mweka camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi

After breakfast, descend the mountain to the park gate approximately 3 - 4 hours. You will be met by your driver/ guide then transferred to Moshi or Arusha. The rest of the day is free to rest. Dinner and overnight at Panama Garden Resort Moshi or Mc Elly’s Hotel Arusha.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or to a shuttle bus to Nairobi or to your next destination.

Meals Plan: Breakfast



Need To Know

What's included & excluded in the price?


  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 night’s hotel in Moshi one before and one after trekking
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Kilimanjaro entry fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking guides
  • 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
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa


  • Tips for guides and support staff
  • Sleeping bag and personal items
  • Personal expenses ( visas, airport taxes etc)
  • Extra activities and optional Tours not listed above (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Extra nights
  • Meals not listed above