7 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route

Monkey Adventures
  • 7 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 1538 per person

Standard Package:**

  • Solo Trekker: USD 1710 per person
  • Group of 2: USD 1639 per person
  • Group of 3: USD 1630 per person
  • Group of 4: USD 1619 per person
  • Group of 5: USD 1634 per person
  • Group of 6: USD 1630 per person
  • Group of 7: USD 1624 per person
  • Group of 8: USD 1619 per person
  • Group of 9: USD 1627 per person
  • Group of 10+: USD 1623 per person

Private Trek

Basic Package:

  • Solo Trekker: USD 1786 per person
  • Group of 2: USD 1651 per person
  • Group of 3: USD 1598 per person
  • Group of 4: USD 1586per person
  • Group of 5: USD 1553 per person
  • Group of 6: USD 1581 per person
  • Group of 7: USD 1577 per person
  • Group of 8: USD 1576 per person
  • Group of 9: USD 1567 per person
  • Group of 10: USD 1565 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 Karanga Camp

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

    • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi
    • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    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, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

    • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
    • Distance: 4km/2mi
    • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6: 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 7: 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 46 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 61 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 98 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 69 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 94 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 122 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 91 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 170 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 140 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 160 per night


  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way): USD 40 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way): USD 40 per vehicle
  • Arusha to Moshi (one way): USD 80 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Arusha (one way): USD 80 per vehicle


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Hi, my partner and I are interested in joining the Kili climb on 9 Oct. 7 days Machame Route. Could we please get more information? We expect to land into Arusha airport on 8 Oct - can we arrange pick up from Arusha airport to Hotel? Can you also confirm if others will be trekking that day? With thanks, Lucinda [email protected]

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