6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking via Machame Route 2 Nights Hotel Stay
The Machame route, also known as the "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty, however, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.
The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rainforest to Shira Plateau and it is here where many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge.
Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
- Offers you occasional views of Shira Ridge and Kibo summit as you make your way through lush rain-forest
- This route, with its steep passages and higher altitudes, offers you occasional views of Mount Meru
- The slightly more demanding Machame Route is regarded as one of the most beautiful and rewarding routes on Mount Kilimanjaro
- You will also see views of moorland and alpine desert
- Enjoy sleeping in a tent
- Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian
- Duration: 8 days
- Skip the Line
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Instant Confirmation
- Pick-up serviceWe will pick you up at Kilimanjaro international Airport and drop you off, this is included in the price
- Disability ServicesNo activity is wheelchair accessible and can cater for people with disabilities only in Marangu route
- Easy CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- All mentioned transfer
- All national park fees
- Drinking water
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
- Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
- Mountain crew (cook & porters)
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
- Pick-up drop-off Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Sleeping bag
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to your optional Hotel in Moshi.
The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Moshi (taxi required).
In the evening you will attend a briefing in preparation for the upcoming trek.
Dinner and overnight at the optional Hotel.
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your optional hotel and taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park.
While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin.
In no time you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rain-forest with ancient trees, primaeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees.
You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white Columbus monkeys in the treetops.
After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.
After an early morning start, the path steepens and the landscape changes into moor and heathland, and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range.
Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp (3,845 m) by mid-afternoon.
The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo.
Today you will climb about 800 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise better.
The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert.
The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant Senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp (3,960 m).
Today’s stretch starts with the climb of “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary.
Following the ridge, as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo.
In the Karanga Valley, you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hours climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.
After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark, you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises.
You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you should arrive at Barafu Camp, where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you.
After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp (3,080 m) where supper and a well-earned rest await you.
The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew.
Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate (1630m), where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to your optinal Hotel in Moshi town and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to relax, unwind at the pool or celebrate your achievement.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.
- Groups can be anywhere between 1 and 10 and climbers come from far and wide
- According to the national park authorities, children under the age of 10 years are only allowed to hike to Shira Camp (3845m). There are no official restrictions for children above the age of 10 years
- There are a few things you should pack for a Kilimanjaro climb and as the list is quite extensive, you will receive a detailed packing list from us once you have confirmed the booking
- Tips for the mountain crew are common practice. Gratuities are a large portion of the crew’s income and thus highly appreciated. Below are some recommendations from our side (per group, not per person): Guide: 15-18 USD per day
- You should bring some extra money for tips, souvenirs and other personal expenses. If you are bringing USD, please make sure the bills have been be printed after 2004 as any earlier printed ones will not be accepted
- Almost everybody climbing Kilimanjaro will be affected by the altitude in some or other way. Top athletes are just as much at risk of suffering from it as are people who are out of shape. Headaches and extreme fatigue are symptons
- Meals are included as mentioned in the itinerary. For breakfast there will be a choice of fruit, scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, jam, hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Lunch and dinner will be provided on the trek
- Apart from very basic long drops (simple latrines), there are no further ablution facilities. Climbers are however provided with a bowl of warm water for their daily wash
- You will overnight in two-man mountain tents equipped with sleeping mats. Single travellers often share a tent with another group member of the same gender, but single tents can be requested at extra cost
- The Machame Route, commonly known as the “Whiskey Route” is regarded as one of the most beautiful routes, offering hikers breath-taking views of the summit. On the other hand, it is also the route that is most challenging
- The warmest time with the least rainfall is between December and February, followed by the main rainy season from March until the beginning of June.
- Africa’s highest peak is one of the only mountains of this magnitude that can be conquered without you being an experienced alpinist. However, it goes without saying that you should be healthy and fit to master the 4-6 hours of trekking
- What happens in the event of an emergency? Mountain rescue services in Tanzania can in no sense be compared to the ones found in the European Alps
- Officially, no vaccinations are required by the Tanzanian health department. However, Tanzania is a yellow fever region and thus we advise that you get yourself vaccinated for this
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