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6 Days Machame Route – fixed departure dates

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

6 days/ 5 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

20 people


English, Espanol, Francais, Kiswahili


Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro is a little harder than the Marangu route and is well known as the “Whisky route”. Your accommodation will be in spacious tents. We also provide chairs, tables, and dining tents for your comfort.


  1. An early start with a drive to Machame gate. Begin trekking through the rain forests on a winding trail for 5-7 hours until you arrive at Machame Campsite. Overnight at Machame Camp (3100 m)
  2. After breakfast, leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing a little valley and walking along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather until the end of the ridge. The route then turns west onto a river gorge at 3658m (5-7 hours). Overnight at the Shira Campsite. Overnight at Shira Camp
    (3800 m)Machame route Kilimanjaro view of peak
  3. From the Shira plateau continue trekking east towards the lava tower called “the shark’s tooth”. Shortly after the tower, you come to a junction leading to the arrow glacier. Continue to Barranco Campsite overnight. (5-7 hours). Overnight at Barranco Camp (3950 m)
  4. Leaving Barranco to continue walking on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley and the junction which is connected to the Barafu Campsite for overnight (8-9 hours). The two peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this point. Overnight at Barafu Camp (4600 m)
  5. Just after midnight trek past the Stella point (5745m) on the way to the summit, the Uhuru peak. This part of the climb takes about 8 hours. You have now reached the highest point in Africa at 5895 meters!!! From the summit descend to Mweka Campsite (3100m) overnight, this takes about 5 hours. Overnight at Mweka Camp (3100 m)
  6. The day is spent descending to the Mweka park gates (3-4 hours). Transfer to Arusha.

End of tour!

From August there is a fixed date for a climb 1 time every month and from February 2 fixed departures every month. If you wish to go on other days you are welcome to choose this program, which has open dates and will be an individual booking for you only.

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  • Notice that children down to the age of 10 can participate in a climb, but depending on their strength they might be staying back waiting for the adults to return at Horombo Hut at 3807 meters altitude.
  • An 8-year-old has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and reached the top, but for safety reasons, we only accept children down to the age of 10.


  • Transport to/from park gate from Hotel in Arusha or Moshi.
  • Park, camping & rescue fees
  • The flying Doctors society of Africa Rescue service.
  • Professional English speaking guide(s); porters & cook
  • All Meals
  • Water; tea and coffee with meals
  • Entry visas for Tanzania
  • International flights
  • Transport from Nairobi is not included, but flights or a Shuttle bus to and from Nairobi can be arranged.
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature (alcohol, phone calls, etc)
  • Tipping to the guides/crew
  • Personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag (Can be rented)

Tour's Location

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania


On a Trek on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru full board is included in the price, plus Water, and Juice.
The following tipping procedure is recommended.
To give you a guide, KPAP recommended tips for porters are in the range of $6-10/day per porter. For other roles, we recommend $20/day for guides, $12-15/day for assistant guides and $12-15/day for cooks. These figures are per group, not per climber.
We will try to send you a copy of the tip recommendations and the estimated crew numbers for your group.
The size of your crew can only be confirmed on the first day of the climb when everything has been weighed at the park gate. At the first camp, you will be advised of the final number of crew and their position on the climb.

You may also find on your summit attempt that some of the porters accompany the group to provide additional assistance. This is an additional task that they carry out to support you have the best chance of reaching the summit.
Please show your appreciation for any help you receive by tipping these porters directly. We would suggest an extra tip of $20.

The tipping announcement will take place on the last night on the mountain when all the crew will gather together to celebrate with you. One representative from your group should say a few words of thanks, which will be translated by the lead guide into KiSwahili.

We advise our guests not to carry cash with them during the climb, and to make the actual tip when you return to your hotel. Your group will be supplied with envelopes to assist with the distribution of tips – one envelope for the porters and a separate envelope that you can use to tip your lead guide, assistant guides and cook.
Three porter representatives will come to the hotel to accept the tip envelope on behalf of all the porters, and they will distribute the money themselves.
Waterproof rucksack & daypack, Sleeping bag, Boots and light trainers, Balaklava or woollen hat, Scarf, Snow-goggles/sunglasses, Gaiters (useful when encountering snow, scree, mud etc.) Gloves and mittens, Sweaters/jumpers, Pants and jacket (water-and-windproof), Long sleeved shirt, Anorak/raincoat, Thermal underwear, Several pairs of socks, Small towel and wash kit, Water bottle, First aid kit and insect repellent, Sun protection, cream and lip balm, Flashlight (head mounted preferable), Spare batteries, Whistle, Wooden walking stick/ski pole, Toiletry, Binoculars, Camera, NOTE: It is recommended that you take several thin layers of clothing as opposed to a few thick ones. Try and get clothed to allow ventilation. You may also want to get clothing made of synthetic materials because woollen clothing takes a long to dry. Your boots should be well “broken into” to avoid irritation, blisters and pain


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Tanzania safari tours, trekking and beach holidays

Great Kilimanjaro trek

Great trek on Kilimanjaro and the guides were advising us well, and the porters were friendly and there to assist us when we reached the camps. What I liked was the guides informing us if we were moving too fast, to avoid us getting sick. Thanks for a successful climb. We slept in tent not rooms, so could not really rate that 🙂
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