• Trip duration
    7 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    8 people
  • Mountain range
    East African Mountains
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Sep, Oct

Description

 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 use who climbed Kilimanjaro via the Machame route? Check out our blog post with photos of the ascent!

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival 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 2

Machame 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 3

Camp 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 4

Camp 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 5

Camp 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 6

Camp 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 7

Barafu 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 8

Mweka 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.

Price per person

1 Person2481USD
Group of 22077USD
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Group of 41868USD
Group of 51846USD
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Group of 81787USD

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Porters

Other details

Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

We will meet at Kilimanjaro airport.

Accommodation

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.