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7-Day Machame Route

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations


  • Activities

    Adventure, Climbing, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $1460 USD per person
  • Duration

    7 Days

  • Avg Distance

    ~68.5 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)


  • Starting Location


  • Notes

    Please note walking times may vary depending on the needs of the group


  • Difficult but Rewarding Trekking Experience
  • Beautiful Landscape and Nature
  • Optional Scramble up Lava Tower
  • The Great Barranco Wall
  • Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field


Trip Info

Also known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is now the most popular trekking ascent route on Mt Kilimanjaro. Compared with the Marangu route, the walking days on the Machame route are longer and the walks are steeper. However, the scenery is spectacular and landscape interesting. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to its popularity and therefore increased numbers of trekkers, it loses some of its splendour. The Machame route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field. After arrival in Moshi and the hotel, there will be the opportunity to rest. Later there will be a meeting with the tour guide for a briefing about the trek and Mt Kilimanjaro and, very importantly, an equipment check.


Day 1: Machame gate to Machame camp
- Ascent: 1800m to 3000m
- Walking time: 6 to 7 hours
- Distance: 11 km.

Day 2: Machame camp to Shira camp 2
- Ascent : 3000m to 3840m
- Walking time: 5 to 6 hours
- Distance: 5 km.

Day 3: Shira camp 2 to Lava tower to Barranco camp
- Ascent/Descent: 3840m to 4600m to 3950m
- Walking time: 7 to 8 hours
- Distance: 12.5 km.

Day 4: Barranco camp to Karanga valley
- Ascent: 3950m to 4002m
- Walking time: 3 to 4 hours
- Distance: 5 km.

Day 5: Karanga valley to Barafu camp
- Ascent: 4002m to 4600m
- Walking time: 3 to 4 hours
- Distance: 5 km.

Day 6: Barafu camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka camp (Summit night)
- Ascent/Descent: 4600m to 5895m to 3100m
- Walking time: 14 hours
- Distance: 20 km.

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka gate
- Descent: 3100m to 1800m
- Walking time: 3 to 4 hours
- Distance: 10 km.

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