Machame Route


Machame Route is also known as the “Whiskey Route”. It is a more difficult route compared to Marangu’s route. Machame route is suitable for adventurous people who love camping. It is the busiest route on the mountain however the route does not have sleeping huts like Marangu.  The route takes a minimum of six days but seven days is recommended for better acclimatization. The trek begins at Machame Gate 1800m (South-West) of the mountain and ends at Mweka Gate (South-East) of the mountainside. If you choose this route, you will see an amazing view of Shira Plateau, visit Shira cave, hike Barranco Wall and crossing the LavaTower. 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa! Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 19,340 feet, (5895m) this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world. Its permanent glaciers, in tropical Africa, give it its spectacular image and is the greatest reward for heroic climbers whose satisfaction lasts a lifetime. Mount Kilimanjaro can be the experience of a lifetime! It is a challenge that cannot be taken lightly.

Are you looking for an unforgettable Kilimanjaro trip? kindly contact Blessing Safaris, Our trekking specialist and professional team of guides, cooks and porters will help you get to the top of Kilimanjaro safely and happily. Book Now

Day 0: Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

You will meet our driver(s) at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), and transfer you to your hotel or lodge in Arusha.

Day 1:Machame Gate-Machame Camp

After breakfast, meet your driver and mountain guide(s) then drive to Machame Gate. After complete formalities at Machame Gate, you will leave the park gate and walk through the rainforest until you reach the Machame Camp 2835m.

Day 2:- Machame camp- Shira Cave Camp

The morning after breakfast, leave Machame to Shira cave camp about 5 km. After lunch, you will take a short walk to Shira cave. Dinner and overnight at Shira cave 3750m.

Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Leave Shira cave to Lava tower 4630m amsl for acclimatization. You will reach the junction connecting people from the Lemosho route, continue up to Lava Tower. After lunch at Lava Tower,  descend to Barranco camp 3950m amsl for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Barranco to Karanga to Barafu camp

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will conquer the Barranco wall which is also known as breakfast. It is somehow a technical part of the whole trek you will enjoy hugging and kissing the rocks. After a short break on top of the Barranco wall, you will continue ups and down to Karanga campsite 3995m amsl for lunch. After lunch at Karanga camp, you will continue up to the base camp. You will rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit night.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka

After light breakfast, you will start your summit journey at 12:00 am. Enjoy your special night by walking slowly (pole pole). You might be exhausted on the way up but never give up, just keep on going while drinking frequently. At Stella Point 5,756m you will be able to spend a short time drinking tea/hot water. It will take 45 minutes or 1 hour from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. Take your time to celebrate conquering the peak of Africa, enjoy the beautiful sunrise, crater view, and glaciers. After taking photographs to descend to the base camp for short rest, descend to Mweka camp 3100m. It will be your last night on the mountain. Hopefully, you will  get a better night’s sleep due to physical exhaustion

Day 6: Mweka camp to Mweka gate to Arusha

After the last breakfast on the mountain, you will descend about 3 to 4 hours through the rainforest to Mweka Gate to collect your certificates. Our drivers will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to take you back to your hotel or lodge Arusha.

Price Includes

  • Airport Transfers (upon Arrival and Departure) 
  • Transport to and from mountain gates 
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  •  All meals while on the Mountain 
  • Accommodation for all days on Kilimanjaro (Tents)
  • Camping equipment such as sleeping tents, mess tent, kitchen tent, sleeping mattress, table and chairs
  • Kilimanjaro entrance fees/conservation fees 
  • Kilimanjaro Camping fees
  • Rescue Fees and all taxes.
  • Fair salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
  • Emergency oxygen tanks and Pulse Oximeter
  • Private toilet
  • Walking poles & Sleeping Bag 

Price Excludes

  • International and local airfare. 
  • Optional tours 
  • Personal expenses example Laundry, beverages, etc. 
  • Yellow fever vaccinations 
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveler’s insurance.
  •  Tips for Porters, Cook, and Guides 

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