6 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route

Monkey Adventures
  • 6 days
  • Tough
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

Nicknamed the "Whiskey" route because the route is popularized as somewhat difficult and more expensive than Marangu route.


On an overall comparison of the routes to scale Kilimanjaro, this is one of the best routes to take, both in terms of acclimatization and cost.

The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to its popularity there are increased numbers of trekkers, it loses some of its splendour. The Machame route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, 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’s southern ice field.

In certain sections this route is steeper than the Marangu and Rongai routes and physically more demanding but is easier overall.

Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities.

Challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones.

Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting.

Very popular trail.


Group Discount:

Basic Package:

Price for joining a Group USD 1376 per person

Standard Package:**

  • Solo Trekker: USD 1516 per person
  • Group of 2: USD 1467 per person
  • Group of 3: USD 1456 per person
  • Group of 4: USD 1450 per person
  • Group of 5: USD 1460 per person
  • Group of 6: USD 1456 per person
  • Group of 7: USD 1452 per person
  • Group of 8: USD 1450 per person
  • Group of 9: USD 1456 per person
  • Group of 10+: USD 1453 per person

Private Trek

Basic Package:

  • Solo Trekker: USD 1551 per person
  • Group of 2: USD 1501 per person
  • Group of 3: USD 1455 per person
  • Group of 4: USD 1419 per person
  • Group of 5: USD 1388 per person
  • Group of 6: USD 1376 per person
  • Group of 7: USD 1373 per person
  • Group of 8: USD 1369 per person
  • Group of 9: USD 1363 per person
  • Group of 10: USD 1360 per person

**Standard Package includes Trek Charges+To/fro transport from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi+Hotel Accommodation for 2 nights at Lindrin Lodge (1 night each pre and post trek)


  • Day 1: Hotel to Machame Camp

    Drive from Moshi to Machame Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

    We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

    • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
    • Distance: 11km/7mi
    • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest
    • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

    After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

    • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi
    • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco 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” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

    • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
    • Distance: 10km/6mi
    • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Semi-desert
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elev 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp with views of the summit in the distance.

    • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
    • Distance: 9km/6mi
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5 Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), 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 you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

    From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

    From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

    • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
    • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
    • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6 Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel

    After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your 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).

    Monkey Adventures vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (about 30 to 60 minutes).

    • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
    • Distance: 10km/6mi
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Forest
    • Meals: Breakfast


  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents (Twin sharing basis)
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees and camping fees
  • Rescue Fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Sleeping Mattress


  • Tanzania Visa - USD 100 per person for US citizens and USD 50 for the non-US citizens
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • TIPS FOR PORTERS, GUIDE, COOK AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: Guide between 20$ per Day, Assistant Guide $15 per Day, porters 10$ per porter per day COOK $15 per Day.
  • Portable toilet at USD 100 for the entire trek (available as add on)


Transport as per the itinerary.


Reporting at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania


  • Below one week no refund.
  • Cancellation of one week and above, refund 100%.
  • Transfer to the next trip any time allowed.


Hotel Options:

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room): USD 35 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room): USD 56 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room): USD 84 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Single Room): USD 61 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Double Room): USD 84 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room): USD 112 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Single Room): USD 75 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Double Room): USD 85 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room): USD 120 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room): USD 130 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room): USD 145 per night


  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way): USD 35 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way): USD 35 per vehicle
  • Arusha to Moshi (one way): USD 70 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Arusha (one way): USD 70 per vehicle


1 Reviews

Мария Акаемова

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Best value for money Moreover, this is not the situation when you pay reasonable price for reasonable service, here you will get much more. Thanks to Monkey Adventures we successfully climbed Uhuru Peak following 6-days Machame route. At first, we were in doubt whether to choose Monkey Adventures since the company is quite new and very few reviews can be found, further more the price was below average market. But we benefited from our risky move. So what do we got for our money: 1. Great team. Many thanks to our amazing guide Peneth and the assistant guide Gregorio. For sure, they are experienced professionals with positive approach. In every need they were ready to help. For example, Peneth provided us with his sleeping bag due to some problems with ours. What's more, they carried our day packs when we were too exhausted. Actually, we wouldn't make it without them. 2. Food. The meals were huge. There was no much variety, but still more than enough and quite tasty. 3. Equipment. We were provided with tents, sleeping matrasses and all other necessary stuff. Not brand new, but decent. 4. Comfort in given circumstances. We were waken up by a cup of coffee and hot water to wash straight to the tent. Some snacks were given for the day. When we reached the next camp after a long day, tents were set and popcorn and cocoa were waiting for us. Guides set comfortable pace for our arrival. Their smiles and motivation words supported us a lot. In general, people were very friendly and responsive. Monkey adventures employees helped us to arrange the transfers, hotel to take a shower after a long climb. Thus, we strongly recommend to choose this company. They will do everything for you to reach the summit!

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