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The Machame route, famously known as the “Whiskey” route, is a popular and breathtakingly scenic option for climbers aiming to conquer Kilimanjaro.

6 Days

5 Nights

Machame Route

Experience Price

From $2,150 per person

Machame Route

6 Days

5 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,150 per person


This six or seven-day camping route provides an ideal balance of stunning vistas, a reasonable level of challenge, and ample time for acclimatization. Its popularity is evident, with approximately 35% of all climbers on Kilimanjaro opting for this trail, according to statistics from Kilimanjaro National Park. Dubbed the “Whiskey Route” due to its perceived difficulty compared to the Marangu route, often referred to as the “Coca-Cola” route, Machame offers a distinctive experience. Unlike Marangu, where hikers stay in huts, Machame allows for camping throughout the journey, meaning trekkers will sleep in tents until reaching the summit. Traversing the Machame Route rewards trekkers with encounters with renowned landmarks on Mount Kilimanjaro, such as the illustrious Lava Tower and the awe-inspiring Shira Plateau. The path meanders through valleys and ridges, adding a touch of strenuousness to the hike but offering hikers some of the most captivating views on the entire mountain.

It is widely acknowledged that the Machame route is the most visually stunning among all the routes up Mount Kilimanjaro, presenting a plethora of unique and diverse landscapes to traverse each day. Starting on the mountain’s south side, the trail passes beneath the Southern Ice Field and approaches the summit from the Barafu Camp. For travellers with extra days at their disposal, the Machame route proves to be an excellent choice. Allowing for one or two additional days of acclimatization significantly improves the chances of reaching the summit. Despite its increased challenge in comparison to the Marangu route, climbers who opt for Machame often achieve a higher success rate. Among the route’s notable challenges, the Barranco Wall stands out as one of the most formidable and intimidating. At first glance, the cliff face can be quite daunting. However, the Barranco Wall is not as frightening or difficult as it initially appears. Careful foot placement and occasionally utilizing handholds for extra support may be necessary, but the climb usually takes around an hour to an hour and a half to complete. The view from the top of the wall makes the effort entirely worthwhile, offering a rewarding vista to behold.

Experience Expectation

Embarking on a 6-day Machame Route itinerary to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, climbers can anticipate a thrilling and awe-inspiring adventure amidst the grandeur of nature’s masterpiece. With each passing day, the ascent unveils a tapestry of breathtaking landscapes, from lush rainforests to moorlands adorned with vibrant flora. As climbers steadily gain altitude, they are immersed in the ethereal beauty of the Shira Plateau, where the vastness of the sky merges with the sprawling plains below.

This journey challenges both physical and mental stamina, rewarding climbers with unforgettable panoramas, including the imposing Barranco Wall and the lunar-like terrain of the Karanga Valley. The summit day, steeped in anticipation and excitement, culminates with a victorious arrival at Uhuru Peak, the pinnacle of Africa. Throughout this exhilarating experience, climbers forge bonds with their fellow adventurers and witness the indomitable spirit of the human will.


  • Beautiful scenery: Stunning landscapes and breathtaking views.
  • Varied terrain: Encounter rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts.
  • Gradual ascent: Allows for better acclimatization and reduces altitude sickness risk.
  • High success rate: One of the most popular and successful routes to the summit.
  • Challenging but rewarding: Requires physical and mental strength.
  • Experienced guides and porters: Knowledgeable and supportive team.
  • Camping experience: Overnight stays in tents along the route.
  • Barranco Wall: Exciting and memorable climbing section.
  • Uhuru Peak: Reach the highest point in Africa.
  • Personal achievement: Conquer the challenge and celebrate your accomplishment.

Experience Suitability

  • Experienced hikers looking for a challenging adventure.
  • Individuals with good physical fitness and endurance.
  • Those who enjoy high-altitude trekking.
  • Adventurers seeking breathtaking views and diverse landscapes.
  • People with prior experience in multi-day hikes.
  • Hikers looking for a popular and well-established route.
  • Individuals who can acclimatize well to high altitudes.
  • Those who prefer a moderate-paced climb.
  • Nature enthusiasts wanting to explore the Kilimanjaro ecosystem.
  • Hikers with a desire to reach the summit of Africa’s highest peak.

Day to Day Experience

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Take this day to relax and prepare for your upcoming trek. You can explore the vibrant city of Arusha or simply rest and rejuvenate in anticipation of the adventure ahead.

  • From Machame Gate to Machame Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 5,400ft to 9,400ft
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After an early breakfast, we will drive to the Machame Gate, the starting point of the Machame Route. Here, we will complete the necessary registration and meet the rest of the trekking crew. The trail begins in the lush rainforest, offering a scenic and refreshing start to the trek. We will hike through the dense vegetation, listening to the sounds of nature and enjoying the diverse flora and fauna. The hike to Machame Camp takes approximately 5 to 6 hours, and upon reaching the camp, we will settle in for the night.

  • From Machame Camp to Shira Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 9,400ft to 12,600ft
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After a hearty breakfast, we will continue our ascent towards Shira Camp. The trail gradually becomes steeper, and as we leave the rainforest behind, we enter the moorland zone. The vegetation becomes sparse, and the landscape opens up to reveal breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. The hike to Shira Camp takes approximately 4 to 5 hours, and upon arrival, we will set up camp and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

  • From Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 13,000ft (Lava Tower – 15,190ft, acclimatization point)
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-Desert

Today, we will embark on a challenging but rewarding hike towards Barranco Camp. The trail takes us to the famous Lava Tower, an important acclimatization point. We will reach an altitude of 15,190 feet before descending to Barranco Camp at 13,000 feet. The descent helps our bodies adjust to the altitude, increasing our chances of a successful summit. Along the way, we will encounter spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and unique rock formations. The hike to Barranco Camp takes approximately 6 to 7 hours, and upon arrival, we will set up camp and rest for the night.

  • From Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,100ft
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we will tackle the challenging Barranco Wall, a thrilling section that requires some scrambling. Once we conquer the wall, we continue our trek through alpine desert landscapes, surrounded by vast expanses of rocks and boulders. The trail offers magnificent views of the nearby peaks, including Kibo, Mawenzi, and stunning glaciers. We will make our way to Barafu Camp, our final base camp before the summit attempt. The hike to Barafu Camp takes approximately 7 to 8 hours. Upon arrival, we will rest and prepare for the summit bid.

  • From Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,341ft (Uhuru Peak) to 10,000ft
  • Distance: 16 km (round trip)
  • Hiking Time: 12-14 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic Zone

Today is the most challenging yet rewarding day of the trek. We will start our ascent in the middle of the night, aiming to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, at sunrise. The trail is steep and demanding, and the high altitude presents its own set of challenges. However, with determination and the support of our experienced guides, we will conquer the summit.

Standing at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa is an indescribable experience and a moment to cherish. After celebrating our achievement, we will begin our descent back to Barafu Camp. Here, we will take a short rest before continuing down to Mweka Camp, situated at 10,000 feet. The descent can be tiring but is filled with a sense of accomplishment. We will spend the night at Mweka Camp, savouring the memories of our incredible journey.

  • From Mweka Camp to Arusha
  • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi.

From Hotel in Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a restful night in Arusha, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Bid farewell to the beautiful landscapes and warm hospitality of Tanzania, taking with you memories that will last a lifetime.

Note: This itinerary is a general guideline and may vary slightly depending on weather conditions, group pace, and the overall fitness of the participants. Your experienced guide will ensure the best possible experience while prioritizing your safety at all times.

Experience Accommodation

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Upon your arrival in Arusha, you will be accommodated at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha, Arusha Serena Hotel or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha. Both hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options, providing you with a relaxing environment to rest and prepare for your Kilimanjaro trek.

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During the Hike

During the trek on the Machame Route, you will be provided with high-quality camping equipment, including spacious tents, sleeping mats, and dining facilities. Each night, our experienced team will set up the camp at designated campsites along the route. The campsites are carefully selected to offer scenic views and a comfortable setting for a good night’s rest. You will be provided with comfortable sleeping arrangements to ensure you are well-rested for each day’s trekking.

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After the Hike

Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, you will be transferred back to either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha, Arusha Serena Hotel or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha, where you can unwind, relax, and celebrate your accomplishment. Both hotels offer modern amenities, comfortable rooms, and excellent services to ensure you have a pleasant post-trek experience. You can enjoy a hot shower, indulge in delicious meals, and take some time to rejuvenate before continuing your onward journey or departing for your home country.

Please note that the specific accommodation arrangements may vary depending on availability and other factors. Our team will make every effort to ensure your comfort and provide suitable accommodation options throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour

Rates per Person

  • 1 Person

  • 2- 4 people

  • 5- 7 people

  • 8- 10 people

Experience Inclusion & Exclusion

  • All camping and hut fees
  • All Entry fees.
  • All camping gears.
  • High-Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress & Pillow
  • Duffle Bags or Sleeping Bags (- 10°C)
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Oximeter machine
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Experienced and friendly trek staff (cooks and porters) and their salaries.
  • Meals (3 times per day)
  • Boiled/Purified drinking water.
  • Cook and kitchen utensils.
  • 18% VAT
  • English-speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Special Language Guide (for $20 per guide, per day)
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Daily briefing
  • 25% discount on gear rental (the discount applies for online shopping only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide.
  • International and local flights from back home
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters.
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Hotels for before and after trek night (available as an add-on)
  • Airport Transfer (50$ one way per car)
  • Personal mountain gear (We offer high-quality Gear Rental, see below for more info)


Safari Transportation

We understand the importance of comfortable and reliable transportation during your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. To ensure a seamless experience, we provide transportation services for various stages of your journey.

Airport Pickup:

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our professional driver will be waiting to greet you. We offer transportation options depending on the size of your group. For smaller groups or individual travellers, we provide a Toyota Alphard, a spacious and comfortable vehicle ideal for airport transfers. For larger groups, we have a Safari Land Cruiser, which offers ample space for both passengers and luggage. Our experienced driver will safely transport you from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, whether it’s the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Trek Day:

On the day of your trek, we will arrange transportation from your hotel in Arusha to the starting point of your chosen route. We utilize a private Coaster shuttle bus, which provides a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. The shuttle bus is spacious, allowing you to relax and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. Our experienced driver will ensure a smooth journey as you head towards the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, ready to embark on your trekking expedition.

After Trek:

Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, we will arrange transportation from the mountain back to your hotel in Arusha. Our private Coaster shuttle bus will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you safely and comfortably. You can relax and reflect on your incredible achievement as our driver navigates the scenic routes back to your accommodation at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Airport Dropoff:

When it’s time to bid farewell to Tanzania, we will arrange transportation from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. For airport drop-off, we offer both the Toyota Alphard and Safari Land Cruiser, depending on the number of clients and their respective transportation needs. Our reliable driver will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner, allowing you to catch your flight with ease.

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. Our well-maintained vehicles and experienced drivers will provide a smooth and enjoyable transportation experience, allowing you to focus on immersing yourself in the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes and the thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Important to Know

The Machame Route is one of the most popular and scenic routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some important things to know about the Machame Route:

    1. Difficulty: The Machame Route is considered to be a moderately difficult route. It involves steep sections and varied terrain, including rocky paths and some scrambling. Proper physical fitness and mental preparation are essential for a successful climb.
    2. Scenery: The Machame Route offers stunning scenery throughout the trek. You will pass through different ecological zones, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts. The diverse landscapes and breathtaking views make the climb a memorable experience.
    3. Camping: The Machame Route is a camping route, which means you will spend your nights in tents at designated campsites along the trail. The campsites are well-equipped with facilities such as toilets and dining areas, providing a comfortable camping experience.
    4. Acclimatization: The Machame Route has good acclimatization opportunities, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude gradually. The route includes longer hiking days and multiple camps at different elevations, maximizing your chances of successfully acclimatizing to the high altitude.
    5. Summit Day: The summit attempt on the Machame Route usually starts in the early hours of the morning. It involves a challenging and steep ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb is physically demanding and requires mental resilience, but the rewarding views from the summit make it all worthwhile.
    6. Guide and Support Team: Climbing the Machame Route requires the assistance of experienced guides and a support team. These professionals will provide guidance, and support, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. It is important to choose a reputable tour operator who provides trained and knowledgeable staff.
    7. Packing and Gear: Proper gear and equipment are essential for a successful climb. You will need to pack warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, and other essentials. It is recommended to consult with your tour operator for a detailed packing list and to ensure you have the necessary gear.
    8. Training and Preparation: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding endeavour. It is crucial to engage in pre-trek training and prepare your body for the challenges ahead. Regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking at high altitudes can help improve your fitness level and increase your chances of summiting.

Travel Insurance

All our Tours are covered by AMREF Flying Doctors Travel insurance

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our clients during their Tanzania safari and Kilimanjaro climb tours. That’s why we have partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to provide comprehensive tourist insurance coverage for all our trips within Tanzania.


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