8 Days-Kilimanjaro-Machame Route

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Machame Route is sometimes referred as the “Whiskey Route” because it is considered more challenging than other Mount Kilimanjaro Routes.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Group Tour, Trekking
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Group Size Medium Group
    2 to 8- Pax
All about the 8 Days-Kilimanjaro-Machame Route.

This route, with its steep passages and higher altitudes, offers you occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge and Kibo summit as you make your way through lush rainforest, moorland and alpine desert.

The Machame Route, with its diverse landscape and fantastic views, offers a unique experience to test your will power, fitness finesse and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam, into heath and moorland, with its many ferns and ericas, until finally reaching the icy caps of the mountain top. Overnights on the Machame Route will be in tents. It is not difficulty to climb because you will be guided by our professional tour guide.

The seven day Machame variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 7 day Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt.

This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.

Normally March, April and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided.
November is usually short rains but it is not often rains all the days so Climbing is possible.
The best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February and also August and September.
July can be colder and November to December can be wet.
January to February is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning.
The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation After Trekking
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Gratuity
  • Tips for Mountain crew
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not listed above
  1. Day-01 Flight from Home to Kilimanjaro

    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

    • Meals: B&B
  2. Day-02 Machame camp to Shira camp

    The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. After registration you leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are useful

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • 1830m to 3100m
    •  6000ft to 10,200ft
    •  Distance: 18km
    • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    • Habitat: Rain Forest
  3. Day-03 Shira camp to lava tower to Barranco camp

    After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • 3100m to 3840m
    • 10,200ft to 12,600ft
    • Distance: 9km
    • Walking Time: 4-6hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
  4. Day-04 Barranco camp to Karanga camp

    From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • 3840m to 4630m to 3860m
    •  12,600ft to 12,700ft
    • Distance: 15 km
    • Walking Time: 5-7 hours
    • Habitat: Semi-desert
  5. Day-05 Barranco camp to Barafu camp

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    •  3860m to 4200m
    • 12,700ft to 13,800ft
    •  Distance: 7 km
    •  Hiking Time: 4 hours
    •  Habitat: Alpine Desert
  6. Day-06 Barafu camp to summit to Mweka hut

    We leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m / 13,779 ft), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    •  3860m to 4600m
    •  12,700ft to 15,100ft
    •  Distance: 13km
    • Hiking Time: 8 hours
    •  Habitat: Alpine Desert
  7. Day-07 Mweka camp to Arusha

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest.

    •  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    •  4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
    •  15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
    •  Distance:7km ascent / 23km descent
    •  Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
    •  Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  8. Day-08 Back to Arusha

    Continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village.

    •  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    •  3100m to 1830m
    •  10,200ft to 6000ft
    •  Distance: 15 km
    •  Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    •  Habitat: Forest
Gold Crest Hotel Arusha:
Gold Crest Hotel Arusha is a luxury hotel locates in a quiet area in Arusha Tanzania. Free WiFi throughout its premises.Each suite offers unique and exquisite amenities.
All rooms are fully air conditioned both in the living rooms and bedrooms, fitted with a flat screen TV, kitchen with granite tops, coffee making facilities and a mini bar.
The bar also serves a wide array of alcoholic and soft drinks. Banquet facilities are also available to host events.
The hotel houses an outdoor pool for relaxation.The hotel offers money exchange services, luggage storage facilities and ample parking space.

Room Facilities

  • Restaurant and 2 bars/lounges
  • Outdoor pool
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

During trekking trip you will stay in private tented ,

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

Trekking Camp

  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
  • Mid-weight Hiking Boots
  • Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals
  • 4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks
  • 1 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks


  • Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses

Hands and Walking 

  • Lightweight Inner Gloves
  • Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles


  • Mid-weight Hiking Boots
  • Camp Trainers / Trekking Sandals
  • 4-5 Pairs of Trekking Socks
  • 1 Pair of Warm / Thick Trekking Socks


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