7-day Climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route

7 days of hiking to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro through the Machame route, together with the guides team and local porters of Congema.




Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

East African Mountains

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



     The Machame route is one of my most recommended routes to climb Kilimanjaro as it offers great acclimatisation, allowing the climbers to “walk high, sleep low”, and as a result enjoy one of the highest summit success rate of all the routes to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

    It goes by the nickname of “The Whisky Route” although no whisky is available!

    This 7-day program to climb Kilimanjaro offers a great acclimatisation and allows the pre-summit day to be split into 2, which means that you have 2 shorter days of trekking prior to your summit ascent. This really helps and has proved a great success, as well as a more enjoyable way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Here are some of the key facts of the ascent I organise for my clients:

    • We go through stunning terrains and climb in five different climatic zones during this challenging trek
    • Highly recommended route with best success rate
    • Allows travellers to “walk high and sleep low” enabling better acclimatisation
    • Ascent and descent via different routes
    • Fully catered camping

    Owing to its high success rate the Machame route can be busy, but we ‘ll start early to avoid the crowds. I also ensure that my porter team arrives into the designated campsites early so that your tent will be set up and ready for your arrival, together with a nice hot drink prepared by our team cook.

    Of course we can combine this program with some other adventures (safari, beach stay…).

    Please get in touch with me and let’s discuss about your wishes. I will be very happy to bring you up there and let you live an unforgettable experience to the summit of Africa!

    Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro through other routes is also possible: Rongai, Marangu or Lemosho. 

    Wish to read about an Explore-Share user who climbed Kilimanjaro via the Machame route? Check out our blog post with photos of the ascent!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    2481 USD

    Group of 2
    2077 USD

    Group of 3
    1938 USD

    Group of 4
    1868 USD

    Group of 5
    1846 USD

    Group of 6
    1815 USD

    Group of 7
    1806 USD

    Group of 8
    1787 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • Day 1Arrival in Tanzania

      Arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and meeting with my representative who will pick you up and drive you to Silver Palm Hotel for your overnight.

    • Day 2Machame Gate - Camp Machame

      Transfer from the Hotel by car until the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. We sign up at the Park’s office, at the gates of the Park. Then we get ready to start climbing. We go by a rain forest, a winding trail takes us up on a ridge until Machame Camp, our camping site for tonight.

      *Altitude change: from 1800 m to 3000 m (+1200 m)
      *Distance: 11 km
      *Time: 5-7 h
      *Environment: Montane Forest

    • Day 3Camp Machame - Camp Shira

      We have breakfast and then start our walk, during which we leave behind the rain forest. We continue ascending, traversing a valley and going up a rocky ridge, quite steep and covered in heath. Then we turn west, to the river’s gorge. We end the day at the Camp Shira, where we have dinner and spend the night.

      *Altitude change: 3000 m to 3850 m (+850 m)
      *Distance: 9 km
      *Time: 4-6 h
      *Environment: Moorland

    • Day 4Camp Shira through Lava Tower - Camp Barranco

      Today is crucial for acclimatisation, our bodies are getting prepared for the summit day. It’s an intense day and you may feel the altitude symptoms. We ascend until Lava Tower (4600m), where we have lunch and rest. Then we go down to Barranco campsite, where we will sleep. This camp is located in a beautiful valley under the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall. and the sunset here is memorable! It’s a special place to photograph.

      *Altitude change: 3850 m to 4600 m to 3950 m (+750 m)
      *Distance: 12 km
      *Time: 6-7 h
      *Environment: Semi-desert

    • Day 5Camp Barranco - Camp Karanga

      The day begins with a fun scramble, quite short, until the top of Great Barranco Wall. Then we cross over the scree to Karange Valley (3930 m), located under the icefalls of Kersten, Heim and Decken Glaciers. We spend the night at the camp Karanga.

      *Altitude change: 3950 m to 3930 m
      *Distance: 7 km
      *Hiking Time: 4 h
      *Environment: Alpine Desert

    • Day 6Camp Karanga - Camp Barafu

      Leaving the Karanga camp behind, we reach the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail for descent. Then we continue until the Barafu Hut. This marks the completion of the Southern Circuit. From here there are views of the top from different angles. We will camp, rest and enjoy some dinner. From here we can clearly see the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks.

      *Altitude change: 3930 m to 4600 m (+670 m)
      *Distance: 6 km
      *Hiking Time: 3 h
      *Environment: Alpine Desert

    • Day 7Barafu Camp until the Summit - Hut Mweka

      We will wake up at 11:30PM, quickly have some tea and cookies and start the hike. The destination is the summit located between the Ratzel and Rembman glaciers. Heading to the north-west, we go up through scree to Stella Point, on the rim of the crater. This is probably the most challenging portion of the hike, both physically and mentally. At the Stella Point (5732 m) we have a short stop to rest, and the sunrise here will likely be the most marvellous you have ever seen, if the weather permits. At the Uhuru Peak (5895 m), we reach the culminant point both of Mt Kilimanjaro and of Africa.

      It can get really cold during the night. But it’ll be very warm at the end of the day of hiking. From the peak, we go down until the Hut Mweka campsite, via Barafu, where we have lunch. We need trekking poles for the loose gravel heading down to Camp Mweka (3100 m). Later in the day, we enjoy the last dinner on the mountains and a well-earned rest.

      *Altitude change: 4600 m to 5895 m (+1295 m) (and down to 3100 m)
      *Distance: 7 km ascent /23 km descent
      *Time: 6-8 h ascent /6-7 h descent
      *Environment: Stone scree, ice-capped summit / Alpine desert.

    • Day 8Mweka Camp - Silver Palm hotel

      We go down until the Mweka Park Gate where you receive the summit certificate. At lower altitudes it may be muddy and wet. Gaiters and trekking poles will be helpful. It’s convenient to have t-shirts and shorts for this part, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothes at hand.

      *Altitude change: 3100 m to 1800 m
      *Distance: 8 km
      *Time: 3-4 h
      *Environment: Montane Forest.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    We will meet at Kilimanjaro airport.


    The first night you will stay in a hotel and then we will camp.

    More info

    Tips: The typical tip is $15-20 day for guides, $10-12 day for assistant guides, $10-12 day cooks, $6-10 day porter This is from the whole group, not per hiker.


    About the Guide


    Please get in touch with me if you are interested by coming to Tanzania, for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or any other exiting adventure you wish to experience !
    Our company was established with the aim of promoting both local and global tourism. May I say that nowhere else will you feel really in Tanzania than at our organisation. Years of experience have taught us to prepare special programs that take you off the beaten tracks (eg. Rubondo National Park, Gombe National Park, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater Highland, Lake Natron, Oldonyo Lengai mountains, Longido Mountains and Monduli Mountains).
    This of course, is in addition to the already popular places of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro in the North, and Selous, Mikumi, Ruaha and Udzungwa in the South. Last but not least beach holidays on the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba are also among our programs. Some National Parks extension trips in Kenya and Gorilla tracking Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are coordinated as well.
    We have something to satisfy anyone's budget, from single seats on a vehicle safari, to exclusive safaris, incentive tours, educational and cultural safaris, ecological tours, and face-to-face safaris. You have the option to choose our basic "Canvas Safaris" or let us arrange a stay at luxury 5-star hotels.

    FROM 1787 USDper person


    What People are Saying about Constantine Congema

    • 4 reviews


    Nous sommes parti faire l\'ascension du Kilimandjaro du 30 aout au 5 septembre 2017 avec le support d\'Explore-Share qui nous a déjà accompagné il y a 2 ans pour l\'ascension à ski de l\'Elbrouz. Cette aventure sur le plan physique, sur la découverte de nouveaux paysages montagneux totalement différents des Alpes, des montagnes Européennes auxquels nous sommes un peu habitués (je précise que nous sommes 2 amis de longues dates, Alain : guide de haute montagne et moniteur de ski, et moi Sébastien : pilote de ligne et moniteur de ski), fut fabuleuse, et exceptionnelle sur le plan humain. Nous étions accompagnés par toute une équipe de guides, cuisinier, et porteurs tout au long de ces 7 jours; et ces personnes furent le mets exquis de ce voyage, toujours souriants, encourageants, tellement gentils dans le plus noble et beau sens du terme. Je tiens à remercier tout particulièrement l\'ensemble des porteurs, le guide Elly qui a mené cette belle ascension, l\'agence Congema, et son responsable Constantine qui a géré l\'administratif, et bien sûr Explore-Share avec Gauthier Poncelet qui nous a permis une nouvelle fois de vivre une semaine, et un voyage merveilleux gravés dans nos mémoires.
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    Sebastien Perrin
    My husband and I and five other friends just did the Mt Kili climb in August and it was an amazing experience, more so with the team from Congema. The whole team of 3 guides and 24 porters worked together to make our 7 days an unforgettable experience. From Victor the lead guide, assistant guides Izack and Joseph, the chef Kassim and his assistant Moondy, Ronald who\'s in charge of our toilet, cheerful Adam the singer and always the first one to greet us just before reaching camp, to the rest, all of them carried our their responsibilities and duties to ensure that we were safe and properly taken care of. Every day as we trek to the next camp, they are there to encouraged us and enquire how we are doing. Summit day was extra challenging, not just the steep 5km to the peak but we faced an extremely strong and bitter cold wind throughout! We would not have make it to the summit if not for their encouragement, esp with Victor\'s advice \"if you feel cold, it\'ll only be for six hrs till sun rise, then it won\'t be cold any more\" and the perpetual \'pole pole\'! They did not give up on us or even once asked us to turn back! I would strongly recommend Congema to anyone who intends to climb Mt Kili, they are an excellent team and very professional!
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    Janice B
    CONGEMA has a wonderfull team with great talent, knowledge, highly experienced staff, helpfull, reassuring (which pretty good when you are going to live this kind of moment)... They won\'t stop to motivate you, and give you clear status of the situation. They are well trained, and adapt perfectly to the group. Climbing the Kilimanjaro was by far one of the most profound, intense, rewarding, hard, extraordinary JOURNEY of my life and CONGEMA will surely be one of the best tour you can climb with.
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    Me and my friends had a wonderfull experience doing with Congema the Kilimandjaro summit and some safari days. All of the staff guys were very profesional, friendly and nice people. Special mentions for Alain (he was always very reactive and precise when I asked a lot of information during the preparation of the trip), Paul and Josef (our guides for the summit for their advices and permanent support and help), Kassim and Benson (the cook and his assistant for their delicious food), the 12 porters (for their good mood and friendly behaviour), George and Roman (our drivers during the safari days). Congratulation to Constantin (The Boss) to have a such nice Staff !
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    Houssain E

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