7-Day Machame Route

7-Day Machame Route


The Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route,” is the second most popular choice among climbers. The views, landscapes, and experiences along this route are diverse. Machame Gate, the route’s starting point, is only a 20-minute drive from the Aishi Machame Hotel. Machame Gate, located on Mt. Kilimanjaro’s southern slope, will take you to the summit via an exciting footpath that begins in the tropical forest, continues through all climate zones, and ends in the Arctic desert in the summit area.

The trek’s camps are strategically placed to allow for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition. The Machame Route meets up with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp on the third day.

A six-day or seven-day climb is available. The latter is recommended for a smoother acclimatization transition.

Day by Day Itinerary for

7-Day Machame Route


Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, after clearing with immigration, meet outside with your driver and transfer to the hotel located in Moshi town for overnight.


Breakfast and check out, your driver will pick you up from the hotel at 10 am and transfer you to the starting point Machame Gate to begin your trek. From the gate, you will walk for roughly 5 to 7 hours through the Montane forest until you reach Machame Camp (3000mts). You will enjoy a hot dinner and overnight stay at MACHAME CAMPSITE.


Early in the morning, we leave for Shira Camp (3800mts), which is a 5 to 7-hour walk through grassy moorlands. You will have a hot dinner and overnight stay at SHIRA CAMPSITE.


You will leave for another 5 to 7hour walk to Barranco Camp (3900mts). You will walk across a wide valley, climb a ridge crest, and across scree slopes. Tonight, you will have dinner and an overnight stay at BARRANCO CAMPSITE.


You will leave Barranco Camp for Barafu Camp (4600mts), crossing the floor of the Great Barranco Wall to the last water point on this route – the Karanga River. A hot dinner and overnight stay will be had at BARAFU CAMPSITE.


This is the day you’ve been waiting for!
With an early start around 1a.m, you will leave Barafu Camp for the summit – Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa at 5896mts. This will be a 6 to 7-hour walk via Stella Point. You will arrive at a sunrise view over Kilimanjaro.
After a short rest and photographs, you will descend to Mweka Campsite (3000mts) after a 5 to 7hour walk.
You will have your dinner and overnight stay at MWEKA CAMPSITE.


On your final day on the mountain, you’ll have an early breakfast and then descend 3 to 4 hours to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College. A driver will transfer you to your base hotel in Moshi for dinner and an overnight stay.


After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport,


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