6 Days Machame Route

The Machame route, also known as the Whisky Route is one of the most scenic and recommended routes on Kilimanjaro. This popular route with paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. Because it can be done over longer periods and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of summit. 

6 Days Machame Route
Day 1

Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation: 5,380 ft to 9,350 ft
meters(1800m to 3000m)
Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
The drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. As we leave the park gate, we walk through the dense rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge until we reach the Machame Camp.
Day 2

Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Elevation: 9,350 ft to 12,500 ft
meters(3000m to 3800m)
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Heath
We leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, we pass through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira 2 Camp.
Day 3

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
meters(3800m to 4600m)
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
meters(4600m to 3900m)
Distance: 3 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.
Day 4

Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 15331ft
meters(3900m to 4600m)
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp for hot lunch and soon after hot lunch we will proceed ascending for 3 hours to reach Barafu camp
Day 5

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
meters(4600m to 5895m)
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
meters(5985m to 3000m)
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Day 6

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
meters(3000m to 1650m)
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi for hot shower.

Budget Price

  • 1 Pax $1785
  • 2 Pax $ 1735
  • 3 Pax $ 1685
  • 4 Pax $ 1635
  • 5 Pax +$1555

Medium Price

  • 1 Pax $ 1988
  • 2 Pax $ 1937
  • 3 Pax $ 1888
  • 4 Pax $ 1835
  • 5 Pax + $ 1788

Luxury Price

  • 1 Pax $ 3550
  • 2 Pax $ 3350
  • 3 Pax $ 3150
  • 4 Pax $ 2950
  • 5 Pax +$ 2800







Two ways Airport Transport

Transportation to & from Kilimanjaro gate

Two night hotel Accommodation

Entry Fees

Camping fees

Huts fees (Marangu Route Only)

Rescue fees

Three meals per days and drinking water while on Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)

Fair Salary for the Porters, Cook and Guides

Sleeping Tents, Table and Chairs

4 inches - Quality sleeping mattress

2 Inches - Quality sleeping mattress

Purse Oximeter

Oxygen cylinder

Emergency First Aid Kit

Friendly and Professional Mountain team( Guides, Cook and Porters

Personal summit certificate stamped and signed by National park and your guide

Your hiking personal gear

Tips for the porters, Cook and Guide


International and Domestic flight

Travel Insurance

Laundry services

Lunch and Dinner while in Hotel


Hot water for washing

Hot shower while on trekking

Flexible portable bed and its comfortable mattress

Portable flushable toilet

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