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Machame Route

Tour Plan


Day 1: Arrival

Meet on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Moshi/Arusha for dinner and overnight

Day 2: Arusha/ Moshi to Machame Gate:

Machame Gate to Machame Hut (2,850m): Hike time: 7.5 hours, Elevation change: +1200 M: Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 3100 M An early pick up from hotel and then drive to Machame gate where trekking rules take about 30 minutes. Begin trekking following an easy track for the first hour through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several steep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground we will reach Machame Campsite in 10 km (6.2 miles) after a 1,200–meter (3,936) ascent and 5–7 hours of walking. Overnight at Machame Hut

Day 3: Machame to Shira Hut (3,840m):

Hike time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +800 M; Estimated distance: 6km, Final elevation: 3,840 M From the Machame Hut, cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge crises-crossing a few times before reaching Shira Hut . Overnight at Shira Hut

Day 4: Shira hut to Barranco Hut (3,976m):

Hike time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 M; Estimated distance? Final elevation: 3900 M From Shira Hut hike to Lava Tower (15,000) and then proceed to Barranco via the Great Barranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Barranco after lunch. Today hike will take most of the day Barranco campsite located on elevation of 3950m. Overnight at Barranco Hut

Day 5: Barranco camp to Barafu Hut (4,600m):

Hike time: 3.5 hrs, Elevation change: +600 M; Estimated distance: 4km, Final elevation: 4600 M Today involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt the next morning. This day will take us 4 to 6 hrs of walking. Overnight at Barafu Hut

Day 6: Barafu to (Summit) to Mweka Camp (3,068m):

SUMMIT DAY! Summit time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +1300 M;Estimated distance: 5km, Final elevation: 5895 M Descent time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: -2800M;Estimated distance: 12km, Final elevation: 3100 M Start trekking early before sunrise (1–2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14 + hours, to avoid the mist that sets in later in the day; the scree and snow will still be safely frozen. The 1,100-meter (3,600) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours. Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters (19,340′), we descend via the Barafu Route roughly 2,500 m (8,200) in 12 km (7.44 miles) in about 4–7 hours to Mweka Camp. Overnight at Mwika Hut

Day 7: Mwika hut to Mweka Gate (1,640m) and then Moshi/Arusha:

Descent time:4 hrs, Elevation change: -1250M;Estimated distance: 10km, Final elevation: 1828 M Today we descend about 1400 meters (4,592) through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km (6.2 miles) In 3 – 4 hours to reach Mweka Gate where you will be picked by our driver and transferred back to Moshi.

Machame Route

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Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro known as “Whiskey Route” – The 8 days seven nights Machame variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 7 nights 8 days Machame Route, the trek from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp is broken up in to two days, allowing for a short day just prior to Uhuru Peak attempt. This is very important for the climbers because the summit day starts very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day before hand, trekkers can be better rested.

Machame route:

6 Days

The above prices are inclusive of:

*Park entry fees, rescue fees, Hut/camping fees.

*3 meals per day & Cook.

*3 porters per each climber.

*Tents, Mattresses, table and camping stools.

*English speaking guides.

*Private chemical toilet on the mountain.

*Supplementary oxygen cylinder.

*Assistant guide for every 2 climbers.

*Ground transfers from the hotel/airport to the mountain gate and back.


Not included in the price;

*Alcoholic drinks and beverages.

*Insurance, Medications and toiletries.

*Items of a personal nature, gratuities/Tips.

* 80 USD one way airport transfer (2-5 seaters)

* 200 USD one way airport transfer (5-18 seaters)

* 130 USD Nights before & after trekking, per person on Bed & Breakfast Arusha or Moshi (standard hotels)

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