7 Days Machame Route



Route Highlights:

  • Day 1: Machame Hut Camp

  • Day 2: Shira Plateau

  • Day 3: Barranco Camp

  • Day 4: Karanga Camp

  • Day 5: Barafu Camp

  • Day 6: Summit and Mweka Camp

  • Day 7: Mweka Park Gate (~5,000’) to Arusha

7 Days Machame Route Overview

The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is a challenging yet rewarding trek up Kilimanjaro Mountain. While it is more expensive than the Marangu route, it is considered one of the best routes for acclimatization and cost. This route is better suited for experienced trekkers due to its difficulty. Although it is popular, the scenery is still beautiful and varied, including the Shira Plateau, Lava Tower, the Great Barranco wall, and Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field. The Machame route is physically demanding, but provides plenty of opportunities for acclimatization. It is a great option for splitting the pre-summit day climb and leaving climbers rested before reaching the summit.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Machame Hut Camp

We will start the day with a short drive to the Machame trailhead (~5,380’). After checking in with the park rangers, we will embark on a hike through the beautiful montane forests and mossy jungle, until we reach Machame Hut camp.

Duration of Hike: 5-7 hours
Altitude at Overnight Stay: ~9,350′

Day 2: Shira Plateau

After breakfast, we will continue our hike through the forest, taking our time to enjoy the stunning scenery of the moorlands. We will be treated to breathtaking views of Kibo peak.

Duration of Hike: 4-6 hours
Altitude at Overnight Stay: ~12,500′

Day 3: Barranco Camp

Today, we will focus on acclimatization by taking an acclimatization hike to Lava Tower (~15,190’) for lunch. For those who are feeling energetic, there’s the option to scramble up the Lava Tower itself. We will then descend to the Barranco valley, passing through different zones of the mountain, and spending the night at Barranco camp.

Duration of Hike: 6-8 hours
Altitude at Overnight Stay: ~13,044′

Day 4: Karanga Camp

We will continue our acclimatization journey today by climbing the steep Barranco Wall, before traversing several ridges and valleys to arrive at Karanga camp. There will be time for an acclimatization hike in the afternoon.

Duration of Hike: 4-5 hours
Altitude at Overnight Stay: ~13,106′

Day 5: Barafu Camp

We will continue our trek, with some ups and downs along ridges and valleys, until we reach Barafu camp – our final camp before the summit. We will have an early supper, sleep for a few hours, and wake up at around 11:00 PM to begin our summit ascent.

Duration of Hike: 3-4 hours
Altitude at Overnight Stay: ~15,331′

Day 6: Summit and Mweka Camp

We will start hiking at midnight, using our headlamps to light the way as we slowly make our way up to Stella Point and then the summit. Due to the high altitude, we will hike slowly and dress warmly for the cold. After celebrating with photos at the summit, we will descend to Mweka camp.

Duration of Hike: 6-7 hours to reach the summit, followed by 6-9 hours of descent
Summit Altitude: ~19,341′
Altitude at Overnight Stay: ~10,500′

Day 7: Mweka Park Gate (~5,000’) to Arusha

We will make the final descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we will have lunch and bid farewell to our mountain crew. We will then drive back to Arusha for a hot shower and a celebratory dinner.

Duration of Hike: 3-5 hours

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  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha/Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate


  • International Flights
  • Tips Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Meals
  • Medical Expenses
  • Personal Equipment

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