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7 Days Machame Route

Marangu, kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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7 Days / 6 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

100 people


English, Espanol, Francais


The Machame has one of the best success rates on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is undoubtedly the busiest on the mountain. Over 7 days, you have a fantastic journey and a great chance of summiting successfully.

The climb begins at Machame Gate, at an altitude of 1800 metres, with an approach to the southwest of the mountain. It passes through the majestic rainforest on the first day, before continuing up the mountain to reach Shira Camp, where the Lemosho route joins from the west. From here you traverse the southern side of the mountain to Barranco via Lava Tower and climb the Great Barranco Wall on your way to Barafu Camp. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail to leave through the Mweka gate.

The Machame route is nicknamed the ‘Whiskey Route’ as it is considered more difficult than the ‘Coca-Cola Route’, the nickname for the Marangu route. In reality, it is just slightly more technically difficult but is longer and in places steeper. The longer distance and walking high, sleep low offer much better acclimatisation and as a result a very high success rate.

The Machame route is a good 7-day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day’s acclimatisation, giving a better success rate. Experienced and already acclimatised mountaineers may opt for the more difficult 6-day ascent along the Machame route.

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  • Notice that 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.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 2 to 4 people 2 4 %
2 5 to 12 People 5 12 %
3 13 to 100 People 13 100 %
Bulk discount children
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 2 to 4 children 1 4 7%
2 5 to 12 children 5 12 11%


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Day 1: Machame gate - hike to Machame camp (3100 m)

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)

Day 2: Machame camp - Shira Campsite (3800 m)

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 (3800 m)

Day 3: Shira Campsite - Barranco Campsite (3950m) for overnight

From the Shira plateau continue trekking east towards the lava tower called “the sharks tooth” at about 4600M for lunch.
This will be our toughest day so far and you will feel the altitude. After lunch we will descend by almost 650m to Barranco Camp, following the "walk high, sleep low" rule of acclimatisation. Our descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.
Shortly after the tower you come to a junction leading to the arrow glacier. total walk this day will be for about 5 to 6 walk to Barranco Campsite (3950) for overnight.

Day 4: Acclimatization day walk Barranco camp to Karranga valley camp (3963m).

A short, but fun, day acclimatization starting with a scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite. A day with a walk to and overnight at Karranga Valley Camp (3963 m)

Day 5: Karranga Valley Camp - Barafu Campsite (4600 m)

Walk through the Karanga valley and the junction which is connected to the Barafu Campsite (4600 m) for overnight. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the two peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo that can be seen from this point.

Day 6: Barafu Campsite - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - descend to Mweka Campsite (3100m)

Just after midnight trek past the Stella point (5745m) on the way to the summit, the Uhuru peak. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and hopefully be in time to witness the magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). This part of the climb takes about 8 hours.
After the climb you will have reached the highest point in Africa at 5895 meters!!! From the summit descend to Mweka Campsite (3100m) for overnight, Trekking poles will be needed for the loose scree going down to Mweka Camp. This takes about 5 hours.

Day 7: Final descend from Mweka camp - Mweka gate - Transfer to Arusha

The day is spent descending to the Mweka park gates (3-4 hours).
Your final day on the trek, departing after breakfast we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters.
Transfer to Arusha for overnight.


  • Transport to/from park gate from Hotel
  • 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
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature (alcohol, phone calls, etc)
  • Tipping to the guides/crew
  • Personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag (Can be rented)

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Marangu, kilimanjaro, Tanzania


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