Seven Day Machame Route Itinerary


Tour Overview

The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. The days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper than on Marangu. The Machame route is considered difficult and is best suited for those who are more adventurous and have some hiking or backpacking experience. The route begins in the south and then heads east, passing beneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field before reaching the summit. This route requires a minimum of six days, but a minimum of seven days is recommended. The Machame route is scenically stunning and diverse.  


Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1 : Machame Gate to Machame Camp

The Kilimajaro Trek Machame Route will start with a drive from Arusha to the Machame Gate takes about 1.5hrs. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation : 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft
  • Distance : 11 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time : 5-7 hours
  • Habitat : Rain Forest


Day 2 : Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation :  9,350 ft to 12,500 ft
  • Distance : 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time : 4-6 hours
  • Habitat : Heath


Day 3 : Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. Through the Senecio Forest, we descend down to Barranco Camp to an altitudinal level of 13,000 ft. Even if you start and end at the same altitude, it is very beneficial for acclimatization.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation :  12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
  • Distance : 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time :  4-5 hours
  • Habitat : Alpine Desert


Day 4 : Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation : 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance :  5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time : 4-5 hours
  • Habitat : Alpine Desert


Day 5 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation : 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
  • Distance : 4 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time : 4 km/2 miles
  • Habitat :Alpine Desert


Day 6 : Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest


Day 7 : Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha

On our last day of Kilimajaro Trek Machame Route  , we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation : 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance :  10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time :  3-4 hours
  • Habitat : Rain Forest


  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Arusha.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Arusha
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  • Camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain, hot drinks and snacks
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (TLTO And TATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Portable flush toilet from Group of 4 if your less than 4 you will pay extra 95$


  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Surcharge for online payment of balance (5%)
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain