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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.

9 Days

8 Nights

Machame Route

Experience Price

From $2,700 per person

Machame Route

9 Days

8 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,700 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

When embarking on a 9-day Machame Route itinerary to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, climbers can set their expectations for an exhilarating and challenging adventure. The Machame Route is known for its scenic beauty and diverse landscapes, offering climbers a unique experience as they ascend the highest peak in Africa. Over the course of nine days, climbers can anticipate a gradual and steady climb, allowing their bodies to acclimatize to the increasing altitude.

The journey begins in the lush rainforest, where climbers will be surrounded by vibrant flora and fauna, creating a sense of awe and wonder. As the route progresses, climbers will traverse through various climatic zones, including the moorland and alpine desert, before reaching the snow-capped summit. Throughout the trek, climbers can expect to be rewarded with breathtaking vistas, including panoramic views of the surrounding plains and distant mountains. However, it is important to be prepared for the physical demands of the climb, as well as the unpredictable weather conditions that can range from scorching sun to icy winds. With proper training, determination, and the support of experienced guides, climbers on the Machame Route can look forward to an unforgettable journey towards the roof of Africa.

In addition to the awe-inspiring landscapes and physical challenges, climbers on a 9-day Machame Route itinerary can expect a rich cultural experience. As they navigate through the different ecological zones, climbers will have the opportunity to interact with the local guides and porters who accompany them on the expedition. These experienced individuals not only provide support and expertise but also offer insights into the local Tanzanian culture and traditions. Sharing stories and learning from their vast knowledge of the mountain creates a sense of camaraderie and connection. Furthermore, along the route, climbers may encounter other trekkers from around the world, fostering an international community united by the common goal of conquering Kilimanjaro. Together, they will face physical and mental challenges, encourage each other, and celebrate their achievements. Climbing the Machame Route is not only about reaching the summit but also about immersing oneself in the spirit of adventure and embracing the unique journey towards one of the world’s most iconic peaks.


  • 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 your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our team and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Take this day to rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the exciting journey ahead. Your adventure to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro begins tomorrow.

  • From Machame Gate to Machame Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 5,380ft to 9,840ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After a hearty breakfast, we will drive from Arusha to the Machame Gate, the starting point of the Machame Route. Once you complete the necessary registration and meet your experienced guides and porters, the trek will commence. The trail winds through lush rainforest, providing an enchanting backdrop of flora and fauna. The day’s hike is moderate, with occasional steep sections, and will take you to Machame Camp, where you will spend the night.

  • From Machame Camp to Shira Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 9,840ft to 12,600ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Today, you will leave the rainforest behind and enter the heath and moorland zone. The trek involves ascending through picturesque landscapes, offering panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding valleys. As you reach Shira Camp, situated on the Shira Plateau, take in the breathtaking vistas, and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

  • From Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 13,000ft (Lava Tower) to 12,950ft (Barranco Camp)
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

This day is crucial for acclimatization as you ascend to the Lava Tower, which stands at 15,190 feet above sea level. This elevation will help your body adjust to the altitude, enhancing your chances of a successful summit. After lunch at the Lava Tower, you will descend to Barranco Camp. The descent offers incredible views and introduces you to the stunning alpine desert environment. Barranco Camp is nestled in a valley below the imposing Barranco Wall, and here you will spend the night.

  • From Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 12,950ft to 13,106ft

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek begins with a challenging scramble up the iconic Barranco Wall. You will overcome the wall’s obstacles and be rewarded with remarkable views. As you continue, the trail levels out, and you traverse beneath the southern face of Kibo, the summit cone of Mount Kilimanjaro. Your day ends at Karanga Camp, a picturesque campsite situated on a ridge overlooking stunning valleys and glaciers.

  • From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Elevation (ft): 13,106ft to 15,331ft
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

The trek to Barafu Camp will take you higher into the alpine desert, bringing you within reach of your ultimate goal. As you ascend, the landscape becomes more barren and rockier, preparing you for the final push to the summit. Barafu Camp, perched on a ridge, grants you spectacular views of Mawenzi, another peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the vast Tanzanian plains.

  • From Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft) to Millennium Camp
  • Elevation (ft): 15,331ft to 19,341ft (Uhuru Peak) to 12,530ft (Millennium Camp)
  • Distance: 17 km (Up) + 3 km (Down)
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours (Summit) + 4-6 hours (Descent)
  • Habitat: Arctic

Tonight, you will begin your summit attempt, embarking on an extraordinary journey towards the “Roof of Africa.” You will ascend through the steep scree and snowfields of the Kibo slope, guided by your experienced team. As dawn breaks, you will stand triumphantly atop Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, experiencing an indescribable sense of accomplishment. After capturing memories and savouring the moment, you will descend to Millennium Camp, where you will spend the final night on the mountain.

  • From Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation (ft): 12,530ft to 5,380ft

  • Distance: 12 kmHiking

  • Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Rainforest

On the last day of your trek, you will descend through the rainforest, enjoying the lush surroundings and reflecting on your incredible achievement. As you reach the Mweka Gate, you will receive your summit certificates, commemorating your successful ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. From there, a vehicle will transport you to Mweka Village, where you will bid farewell to the mountain and drive back to your hotel in Moshi.

Today marks the end of your unforgettable Mount Kilimanjaro adventure. After breakfast, we will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Take with you cherished memories and a sense of accomplishment that will last a lifetime.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions, group preferences, and the advice of your experienced guides to ensure your safety and maximize your chances of a successful summit. Alkebulan Travels is committed to providing you with an exceptional and memorable trekking experience on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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 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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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.

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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