Kilimanjaro Machame Route Overview

Kilimanjaro Machame route also known as the “Whisky route”, has become very popular. This is camping route which offers spectacular views of various landscapes such as Mt. Meru, Pare Mountains, Lake Chala and Lake Jipe. It is a six day route to the summit, but a 7 day schedule is always recommended to have one extra day before mounting to the summit. This undoubtedly increases the success rate. Doing this will maximize your chance of reaching the top.


Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi town at the hotel. Depending the time of arrival, you will meet the Bujo Tours operation team. They will tell you more about the trip, share tips and safety information and thoroughly check your gear to see if you have everything you need.

Meals: BLD (Half board accommodation)

Day 2: Moshi to Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevetion: 1200m to 1830m to 3050m, Distance: 13 km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Montana Forest

After breakfast our vehicle will transport you from the hotel to Machame gate, takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. At Machame gate you will do the required registration procedures then you will start the trek through the rainforest, at lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are good idea here. We continue until we reach the Machame Camp where you will find the tents are already set up for you. Dinner and Overnight at the Machame Campsite.

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation: 3050m to 3850m, Distance: 5km, Walking Time 4 -5 hours, Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast leave the glades of rainforest and continue ascending by crossing little valleys and steep rock ridge covering with heather plants to the western side of the mountain where the camp is situated. At this camp you will able get the spectacular views of Mount Meru, Shira Plateau, Kibo Peak and sunset. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 3850 to 4000m, Distance: 10km, Walking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert

This is long and important acclimatization day. From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, as we pass the junction and proceed towards Kibo. During our hiking our direction is diverted towards the south east and we proceed towards the Lava Tower, popularly called as the Shark’s Tooth (elevation 4650m). After a short journey from the tower, we would come to the second junction- to Arrow Glacier. Thereafter we would continue down to the Barranco Camp. This is the most amazing thing to know that you would end up your trip in the same elevation from where you had started yet, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 4000m to 4700M, Distance: 9km, Hiking Time: 6-8 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco wall (elevation 4250m), through the Karanga Valley (elevation 4050m) to the junction which connects with the Mweka trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angels. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 4700m to 5895m to 3090m, Distance: 5km up and 13km down, Hiking Time: 5-7 up, 5-6 hours down, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You have to ascend through scree towards the Stella point on the crater rim. Remember, this would be the most challenging trek for you: both mentally and physically and after taking a short stop at Stella Point, you would view the most magnificent view of the sunrise, you ever desired to see. The faster hikers only will have the opportunity to view the sunrise from this point. It is not the final stop; there is a one hour hike to rich at the summit. And while hiking from the Stella Point to the summit you may come across the snow all the way. Once on the summit try to take all your photographs as soon as possible as it would be too cold. Our next destination would be to descend down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Descending with the use of gaiters and trekking poles would be good for this region. You would enjoy the last night on the mountain reaching at the Mweka Camp.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

Elevaton: 3090m to 1680m to 1200m, Distance: 10km down, Time 3-4 hours descent, Habitat: Forest

Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montana forest. This descent will take 3 -4 hours. Here at the gate you will sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to Moshi (about 30 minutes) at the hotel for your certificate presentation and a well deserved celebration.

Day 8: Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast at your lodge, you will be picked up and transfer to Airport to catch your flight back home or proceeding with wildlife safari or beach holiday in Zanzibar.


6 Days Machame Route +2 nights hotel

SOLO(1)Personal 2 Persons 3 Persons 4-5 Persons 6-8 Persons 9-10-Persons
US$1710 US$1650 US$ 1610 US$1450 US$1410 US$ 1399

Price includes;

  • Park fees, camping fees, Hut fees & rescue fees
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope with basic first kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • 18% Value Added Tax on tour fees & services
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, camp chairs, camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals) and 3 Season mountain tents
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Medically qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 Meals while on the mountain + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • Hot water for washing up daily and treated water for drink while climbing.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Moshi. Bed & Breakfast Basis with storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
  • Kilimanjaro certificate for your successful summit attempt.

Price excludes;

  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Entry visa for Tanzania

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