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Climbing Kilimanjaro in 6 days via the Machame Route

Join us on an amazing adventure to get to the top of Kilimanjaro in just 6 days via the scenic Machame Route in Tanzania. Hike through dramatic landscapes and witness amazing views all along on this incredible trip.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration6 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group


  • Get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m) via the scenic Machame route.

  • Hike on an amazing trail that takes you through a varied terrain.

  • Witness amazing views of towering peaks from the top of Uhuru Peak.


Join us on this incredible trek to get to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m) via the scenic Machame route.

Also known as the Whiskey route, it is one of our personal favorites given its high summit success rate and the amazing topography through which it takes you.

Also, the route is ideal for acclimatization as it makes the trekkers “trek high & sleep low” so as to make their bodies acclimatize to high altitude.

We’ll begin the journey by picking you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel in Moshi to relax and unwind. The next day, another drive will take you to Machame gate to begin the trek.

The Machame route begins in the southwest side of Kilimanjaro and leads towards the north, taking us through the beautiful Shira plateau. All along, the route offers mesmerizing views and eventually joins the Shira and Lemosho routes just after crossing the Shira cave camp.

Though the trek can be completed in a minimum of 6 days, it is recommended to take an extra day to relax and acclimatize properly before attempting the summit.

Ascending gradually on snow and scree, we’ll get to Uhuru Peak, and no wonder you’ll feel a sense of awe standing on the roof of Africa. After taking a few pictures, we’ll descend via the Mewka route, ending this one of a kind journey.

You’ll take back innumerable memories home, so send us a message now to reserve your seat. Also, take a look at the Lemosho route here, if looking for other routes to climb Kilimanjaro.

We also offer 7-day and 8-day standard Machame Route programs, you can find the prices detailed below.





Day 0: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon arrival, we’ll pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your beautiful Park View Inn Hotel in Moshi.

You’ll spend the day relaxing by the pool.

Day 1: Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame Camp (2980m)

After breakfast, we’ll drive you to the Machame Village. From here, depending on the road conditions, we will either continue our drive towards the Machame gate or go for a muddy 3 km walk. After registering at the gate, we’ll begin ascending and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers

Habitat: Montane forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)

After breakfast you’ll trek through the moorland and continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike, you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The temperature will drop well below freezing point so be prepared.

Hiking time: 6 hours

Distance: Approximately 9 kilometers

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Shira (at 3840m) to Lava Tower (at 4630m) to Barranco camp (at 3950m)

The route now turns east onto a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. After lunch here,we’ll descend for 2 hours by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area. The spot offers amazing views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)

After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you’ll head towards the Barranco camp (3950m). The route offers spectacular views of the beautiful Kilimanjaro. We’ll have an early dinner and take rest to prepare ourselves for the summit hike.

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: (Summit attempt) Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Starting just around midnight, you will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This could be the most challenging part of the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Next, we’ll encounter snow all the way on our 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. After relishing our time here, we’ll descend to Mweka.

Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 – 8h to descend to Mweka

Distance: Approximately 7 km ascent – 23 km descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

After a big celebration, you will descend for three hours to get back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. Thereafter, you’ll descend to the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers) and be driven back to Moshi.

Hiking time: 3 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: Forest

Meals: Breakfast

About the guide

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Kilisa Tours & Safaris is the Tanzanian local owned company that made up of professionals who are well organized for Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking, Mount Meru trekking and wildlife safaris in Northern circuit. Giving customized and unprecedented services to our customers with the goal that they generally treasure their visit to Africa and Tanzania specifically for being an exemplary tour provider and emerge as the most satisfactory safari experience facilitator.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2042 each

Group of 2

USD 2042 each

Group of 3

USD 1990 each

Group of 4

USD 1990 each

Group of 5

USD 1939 each

Group of 6

USD 1939 each

Group of 7

USD 1939 each

Group of 8

USD 1939 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

- Clean, drinkable water during the trip

- Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

Includes: Rescue fees, Taxes, Meals during the trek, Hot water for washing, Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter, Emergency first-aid kit.

Not Included:

Meals at your hotel before and after the climb, Travel Insurance, Flights, Laundry, Tips. * Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for an extra cost of $ 70 for the entire trek.

Prices for larger groups on the 6-day Machame Route climb are: 9-12 PEOPLE $1830 PER PERSON; 12& MORE $1780 PER PERSON.

Prices for a longer 7-day Machame route climb are: 1-2 PEOPLE $2040 PER PERSON; 3-4 PEOPLE $1990 PER PERSON; 5-8 PEOPLE $1940 PER PERSON; 9-12 PEOPLE $1890 PER PERSON; 12& MORE $1840 PER PERSON.

Prices for a longer 8-day Machame route climb are: 1-2 PEOPLE $2280 PER PERSON; 3-4 PEOPLE $2230 PER PERSON; 5-8 PEOPLE $2180 PER PERSON; 9-12 PEOPLE$2130 PER PERSON; 12 & MORE $2080 PER PERSON.

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