Kilimanjaro Hiking Routes

8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Known as "The Roof of Africa"


The famous Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres above sea level) is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Which makes it the 4th most topographically prominent peak in the world, after Mount Everest, Aconcagua, and Denali.


Kilimanjaro Trekking

Machame Route (“Wiskey Route”)

The Machame route is also known as the “Wiskey route” and most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. Because of the longer hiking hours and the steeper trails compare with the Marangu route.


The Machame route, known as the “Whiskey” route offers the highest chance of summiting mount Kilimanjaro. This trail offers stunning views, a reasonable challenge, and plenty of time to acclimate, making it a good choice for those who have a bit of extra time in their schedule.

Sites to visit :

Machame Camp | Shira Camp | Barranco Camp | Karanga Valley Camp | Uhuru Peak



Machame Route


Day 1 :

Moshi / Arusha

Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi/Arusha

On arrival at the airport you are personally met by one of our drivers and transferred to Moshi/Arusha 45minutes away from Kilimanjaro international airport, check in at the hotel and meet your professional mountain guide for the full briefing of you trip.


Day 2 :

Machame gate (1,800 m)

Moshi /Arusha – Machame gate (1,800 m) – Machame camp (3,000 m)

In the morning 08.00am after breakfast you will meet with your guide for briefing, then you depart to Machame gate 40min drive. Arrive to the Machame Gate, introduction to your guide and the whole crew then do the registration at the park’s gate. After registration is done you start climb {Hiking/Trekking} through rain forest with picnic lunch for approximately 4 to 5 hrs where you arrive to the Machame Hut. Later afternoon walk up to a little higher altitude then you return to Machame Hut for dinner and overnight.


Day 3 :

Machame camp (3,000 m)

Machame camp (3,000 m) – Shira Camp (3,800 m)

After breakfast, start climb through short Savannah, forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5hrs, with picnic lunch en route before arriving in the afternoon at the Shira Hut, dinner and overnight at Shira hut.

Walking Duration: 4-6hrs, 5km

All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 4 :

Shira camp (3,800 m)

Shira camp (3,800 m) – Barranco (3,950 m)

After breakfast a slow walk through semi glacier and sandy areas with picnic lunch 3 to 4 hrs before arriving at the Barranco Hut for dinner and overnight.

Walking duration : 6-8hrs, 10km

All meals are included (breakfast, lunch and dinner)


Day 5 :

Barranco camp (3,950 m)

Barranco camp (3,950 m) – Karanga valley camp (3,995 m) - Acclimitization day

A day of acclimatization with a walk to Karanga Valley Camp (3963 m).

Walking Duration : 4-5hrs, 5km

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 :

Karanga Valley (3995m)

Karanga Valley (3995m) - Barafu Hut (4600m)

After breakfast, with picnic lunch enroute climb through glaciers for approximately 4 to 5 hours before arriving the Barafu Hut for dinner and overnight.

Walking Duration : 4-5hrs, 4km

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 :

Barafu Hut (4600m)

Barafu Hut (4600m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka (3100m)

An early wakeup call around 01.00hrs for preparation and light breakfast before starting final ascent to the summit i.e. either the Stella Point reached in approximately 5 to 6 hrs and a further ascent to the Uhuru Peak reached in another approx 45minutes. After signing and short rest at barafu hut descend via the Gilman’s Point down to Mweka hut for an hours rest with light breakfast then descent down for dinner and overnight at Mweka hut.

Walking Duration : 11-14hrs, 17km

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner


Day 8 :

Mweka Camp(3100)

Mweka Camp(3100) – Mweka Gate(1640m)

Descend from Mweka hut to the park gate where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower and rest for the rest of the day where you will be transferred to the airport according to your flight schedule.

Walking Duration : 3-4hrs, 10km


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Professional, English-speaking guide Sleeping bag
Mountain crew (cook & porters) Flights
Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents Alcoholic and soft drinks
Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.) Visa fees
Meals according to the itinerary Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Drinking water Travel insurance
All national park fees
All mentioned transfer

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