Machame Route Overview

The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, was one of the most popular routes ad crowded on Kilimanjaro. But now many people have been choosing Lemosho as altenative to avoid crowd which makes the route less populated compare to Lemosho. This is one of our favorite route due to its scenery and success rates. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain.

The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit,

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Trekking Ittinerarye

Our driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport for pick up and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

  • Hotels: Bed & Breakfast

Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

Machame Camp

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Shira Camp

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.

  • Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time taken: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Barranco Camp

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 8 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Karanga valley / Karanga valley camp.

This will actually be a short days which takes 3 to 4 hrs , where by soon after breakfast ascend the great Baranco​ wall then cross around the4 best of the summit . Heading on to Karanga Valley camp (alt 4100m) for hot lunch short rest dinner and overnight.

Barafu / Barafu camp.

After breakfast start the ascend through the Alpine desert to Barafu camp. You will have hot lunch short break thereafter take some walk to at least 200m higher. Dinner and overnight at Barafu camp (alt. 4600m).

Barafu + Summit midnight / Mweka camp.

After a cup of tea/coffee with some bites around midnight start ascends to the summit which takes 5 to 6 hours. Pole pole (slowly) is high recommended. At the time around sunrise you will be at the summit Uhuru Peak (5895m). After short break of summit celebrations descend to Barafu camp for lunch, short break then precede to Mweka camp (alt. 3000m) for dinner and overnight.

Mweka gate / Moshi.

After breakfast start descends through the rain forest to Mweka gate which takes 2 to 3 hours. There you will catch a waiting car ready for drive back to the hotel in Moshi.


This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

  • Meals: Breakfast Included


  • Private pick up and drop off at KRO (JRO)
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Hot Water For Wash
  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents.
  • Tips to mountain crew
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