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8-day Kilimanjaro - Machame Route

The Machame Route (also referred to as the "Whiskey route") is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are portered, and a cook prepares all your meals. Accommodation is in tents. There are no shower / bath facilities while doing the climb, and toilets will be long drops. You will be provided with a bowl of warm water each morning, on request, to wash with. This makes Machame better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him with a scenic splendour such as not seen on the Marangu route.

The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 hiking days. There is an option to include an extra day for acclimitisation.

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  • Arusha
  • Mount Kilimanjaro


  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook and porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers


  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights 
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc. 
  • Travel insurance


Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania


Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania


8 days

Countries visited



Small Group. Set departure dates


From USD$2,160
per person sharing*

Group Size

2+ people

Safari Type

Adventure Camping


Adventure Camping


tailoring_safari.pngThis itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what is possible.  We can tailor this safari to suit your specific requirements.  Call us on (09) 270 9440. (03) 9018 5625.

Day 1 - Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the Green Hills of Africa. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the small town of Arusha (taxi might be required). In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at the Green Hills of Africa. 

Day 2 - Machame Gate (1,790 m) – Machame Camp (3,010 m)
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After breakfast, you will be picked up at Green Hills of Africa and taken to the entrance gate of Kilimanjaro National Park, about an hour’s drive away. While your guide is busy with the registration forms, you can watch the mountain team prepare for the climb and once this is all done, your Kilimanjaro adventure will begin. In no time, you will be deep within the magnificent mountain rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana, lichen and moss that carpets the ground and drapes from the trees. You will hear and with a little luck, even spot the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys in the treetops. After 5 to 6 hours, you will reach today’s destination – the Machame Camp which is situated just above the tree line at 3,010 m. Here, at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, you will have your first dinner followed by an overnight stay in tents.  

Day 3 - Machame Camp (3,010 m) – New Shira Camp (3,840 m)
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After an early morning start, the path steepens and the landscape changes into moor- and heathland and the open landscape allows you to see the impressive mountain range. Today’s stage is shorter than the previous day and you will arrive at the New Shira Camp by mid-afternoon. The camp has a breath-taking view of the mountain and during sunset, the evening sun lights the rock face and glacier of Kibo. 

Day 4 - New Shira Camp (3,840 m) – Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today you will climb about 700 m but you will be camping at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise as a height of over 4,500 m will be reached over the next two days. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to an afro-alpine desert. The route passes through the sweeping Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours, you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp. 

Day 5 - Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Barafu Camp (4,640m)
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today's stretch starts with the climb of the “Barranco Wall”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it traverses up and down, you can enjoy the splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have lunch, followed by a 2 to 3 hour climb to Barafu Camp (4,640 m). Once at the camp, you can relax, have dinner and call it an early night.

Day 6 - Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. By torchlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. After 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark, you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. The simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday, you should arrive at Barafu Camp, where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp (3,080 m) where supper and a well-earned rest await you.

Day 7 - Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Arusha

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours' descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to Green Hills in Africa and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement. 

Day 8 - Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.  

tailoring_safari.pngThis itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what is possible.  We can tailor this safari to suit your specific requirements.  Call us on (09) 270 9440. (03) 9018 5625.

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