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Kilimanjaro Mountain Climb
Machame Route


6 NIGHT / 7 DAYS (2017)

Machame, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. It is considered a difficult route, better suited for more adventurous folks, and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended.


Climbers sleep in supplied tents at designated campsites, and eat meals either outdoors or inside a large dining tent. Staffs prepare all meals and sets up the tents.


The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka, 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 Southern Ice field.



Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro – JRO, Tanzania


Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport.


After checking in our Guides will conduct a briefing and the kit check to all climbers just to ensure that they have all the required climbing gears.


Dinner and Overnight at Hotel – HB (Dinner and Breakfast only).


Day 2: Machame Hut Camp (10,000′) (day 1 on the mountain)


Breakfast at the Hotel.


Drive to Machame gate (10,000ft) for registration, and meet the rest of the crew (Cooks and Porters) ready for the climb. We will start the climb through rainforest and the giant heathers for 6 hrs to our first overnight camp.


Picnic Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Machame Camp.


Day 3: Shira Camp (12,480′) (day 2 on the mountain)


Break fast at the camp.


Short day but rather steep rocky and dusty trails. It’s a slow hike with plenty of breaks and enough time to acclimatize. Most of the route is rather bare of vegetation providing little shade from heat. You will cross many ridges and see the first of many Senecias.


Picnic Lunch and Dinner and Overnight at Shira Camp.


Day 4: Barranco Camp (13,000′) (day 3 on the mountain)


Breakfast at the Camp.


Start with climbing over boulders and very few rocks, then steady uphill climb to Lava tower and stop for lunch around noon. For those interested we may climb up the Lava tower which is 14850ft (You may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change). From Lava tower we will go down for about 2 hrs through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000ft.


Picnic Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Barranco Camp.


Day 5: Karanga Valley Camp (13,450′) (day 4 on the mountain)


Breakfast at the camp.


Start scrambling up the Barranco wall for an hour and half which is steep and you will be using your hands to reach and steady yourself like rock climbing, although it’s not as challenging as rock climbing. At the top of the wall you can see the Barranco valley and the campsite you spent a night before. You will walk up and down the greener valley which is the last water point to the mountain. Picnic Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the Barranco Camp.


Day 6: Barafu Hut Camp (14,200′) (day 5 on the mountain).


Breakfast at the Camp.


Short but steep uphill climb across barren landscape with lots of boulders and shattered rocks. You will see the Decken glaciers on your left. Keep going a very steep ridge until we reach a rocky section for more scrambling for about hour and half.  Our next camp will be on large rocks with very steep cliff faces. We will go to bed very early because we will have to wake up at 11.00p.m for the summit.


Picnic Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp.


Day 7:  Summit Day and Mweka Hut (10,500′) (day 6 on the mountain)


We will start the climb at around midnight. We will start with very steep rocks for 1 hour, and then will enter a snow covered area where you can see glaciers above. If it’s a moonlight night, you may turn off your headlamp and walk in the moonlight, it is a wonderful experience. Next 2 hours to Stella Point, we will take a break every 15 minutes as a struggle gets more mentally and physically challenging. Then we will get to Stella Point where the Lava fields are like loose sand. It’s very funny and frustrating because you will take a step up and slide back gaining 0 distances and if not careful slide back 2 steps and gain negative 2 steps.  After breakfast, we will climb to UHURU PEAK for 1 hr just as the sun appears over the Mawenzi peaks. We will be at UHURU PEAK (19370ft) around 6.00 or 7:00am. We will start our descent which is steep and rigorous via Stella Point to Barafu hut Camp. We will stop at Barafu Camp for lunch and a good rest before we proceed down to Mweka camp, a very comfortable hike, but very dusty (in dry season) and long.


Dinner and overnight at Millennium Camp.


Day 8: Arusha (day 7 on the mountain and hike out)


Breakfast at the camp.


Today’s hike will take us about 4 to 5 hours to make the 4,500 feet descent to the park gate. We will check out and receive Kilimanjaro climbing certificate at the park gate office, Hot Lunch will be served at the gate. This will be followed by farewell /goodbye to your mountain crew. After lunch you will drive through very beautiful coffee plantations and small villages of the Chagga people to Arusha, for a nice hot shower or swimming at the lodge and relax. A celebratory barbeque Dinner will be served especially for you this night with Certificates presentation from your Chief guide.
The bar will be open until late.


Celebration Dinner and Overnight at Hotel – HB (Dinner and Breakfast only).


Day 9: Arusha (Flight to Home)


Breakfast at the Lodge / Hotel.


Last minute shopping in Arusha.


Transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport for our flight back home.


NB: This morning the safari extenders will start their programs to the parks.


“End of Services”

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Single supplement, when climbing with others: USD 150 per climb.

Supplement for solo Climbers: USD 280 per climb.



  • 1 night accommodation and meals at Hotel – Arusha as specified in the itinerary.
  • 6 nights / 7 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. Machame Route.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park fees, (Subject to change if government issues new rates)
  • Transportation to and from the Mountain.
  • All meals during the Climb.
  • Porters and Guide fees.
  • 1 night accommodation and meals at Hotel – Arusha as specified in the itinerary.
  • Airport Transfer
  • Government Tax.




  • International Air Transportation
  • Lunch on arrival and departure days
  • Holiday supplements
  • All extension after the Climb.
  • Drinks,
  • Tips to driver, porters and guides
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Visas, airport taxes
  • laundry, toiletry requirements
  • All items of a personal nature.
  • All cost involved in early return from the mountain due to illness or any reasons. These costs include transportation, accommodation, meals.







  • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds) you will be charge USD 5 per every extra kg should your luggage weigh more than recommended weight.
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
  • In the day pack, take along water, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.




  • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike.
  • Take trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm (leather), waterproof, and with ankle-support
  • Take tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks
  • Wool socks




Your inner layer should be warm therefore preferably no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. Kilimanjaro may be on the equator, but the temperature can drop drastically.


We recommend that you wear shorts for first and last and pants for hiking and for lounging in the evenings


  • Short-sleeved t-shirts for first and last day only
  • Long-sleeved shirts for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Underwear
  • Sport bras, for women




  • Warm mittens and/or gloves (waterproof)
  • Wool or pile hat
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Crampons (may be needed March-May and November-December)




  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
  • Plastic bags




  • Sleeping bag (-10 degrees F is recommended)
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Mattress (to put under the sleeping bag when camping)




  • Water bottles (2+)
  • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip. Guides will boil water for you along the route. Some people still bring a water filter to enhance the taste. You may want an insulated water bottle to keep it from freezing on the last day.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Money (small Tanzanian bills for trek and cash Dollars for rest of trip) Travelers cheque are recommended but they fetch low rate locally.
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, mini-tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Batteries – bring double extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Playing cards, games, books
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, mementos for guides, porters, and other climbers




  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand-wipes
  • Documents
  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book




  • Ibuprofen
  • Band aids
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Malaria pills
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Prescription drugs


Please Note:


Rates for Mountain Climb are subject to change due to increase in park fees, government Taxes, etc.

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