Overview

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area. Camps along the trek are favourably located for smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp. You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Tour Highlights

  • The Machame route is our most successful and popular hiking route on Mt. Kilimanjaro, mainly as a result.
  • On day 3 of the hike the topography of this route, allow you to climb high and sleep low – when you start from Shira camp (3 847m) hike up to Lava Tower (4 642m) and then down to Barranco camp (3 984m) to overnight.
  • The summit attempt path from Barafu camp has less loose scree (rocks) compared to the summit attempt path from Kibo Hut, making it slightly easier to reach the crater rim.
  • The minimum duration for the Machame route is 6 days, however since the biggest cause of altitude sickness is going too high too fast and it affects every person differently irrespective of their age, fitness levels etc, do we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days.

Map

Include

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Entry Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Safety Equipment’s
  • Climbing Crew

Excludes

  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance

Trekking Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Arusha

After arrive Arusha, you will stay overnight at Zawadi House Lodge on Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2 Machame Gate to Machame Hut

Departs in the morning from Arusha to Machame village. The trek begins from the gate winding up to the lush tropical forests and out into heather moorland. Camp at Machame Hut Camp (3000m).

Day 3 Machame Hut to Shira Camp

Trek to Shira Plateau, walk/trek through the fine open moorlands. Camp at Shira Camp (3840m).

Day 4 Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

This day is a challenging trek to Barranco; the route turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding (via Lava Tower 4600m). Barranco camp lies in a sheltered area below the spectacular cliffs of the Breach wall. The Breach wall, the dome of Uhuru and the edge of the Heim Glacier dominate the head of the valley. Camp at Barranco Hut (3950m)

Day 5 Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Here is the last water point. Camp at Barafu Hut (4600m)

Day 6 Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Stella Point. Walk steadily up the ridge and around the crater to reach Uhuru peak at 5895m. From the summit the trek descends to overnight at Mweka Hut/High Camp. (3000m)

Day 9 Departure

Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha. Stay overnight at Zawadi House Lodge on Bed & Breakfast

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