6 Days climbing Kilimanjaro-Machame Route

Duration: 6 Days
Length: 100 kilometers / 62 miles round trip

The Machame route popular as the “Whiskey Route” is longer than the Marangu route and has some difficult days. However, it gives you more time to acclimatize and offers some stunning views. It also has one of the highest success rates. It is a popular route for trekkers who want to take their time, and enjoy sleeping outdoors and watching the sunrise and set over the Great Rift Valley. You’ll enjoy inspirational views of Kibo Peak, the eternal ice fields, and Kili’s scree-covered dome… before the ultimate achievement of summit morning!

Day 1: Arrival
Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport for transfer to your hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight stay. There are also shuttle buses plying the Nairobi-Arusha route; depart Nairobi at 0800 hrs and proceed to Arusha arriving at 1300hrs. Depart for Moshi at 1400hrs arriving at 1530hrs.

Day 2: Machame Gate – Machame camp
Machame Gate (1490m) – Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 18 km’s
Habitat: Montane forest
Transfer from your hotel to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame. From here, you trek through the lush forest to Machame hut. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 3: Machame camp – Shira camp
Machame camp (2980m) – Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Machame camp Mt Kilimanjaro trekking Distance: About 9 km’s
Habitat: Moorland
Leave the forest. The path follows a steep ridge passing through open moorlands crossing a large gorge to reach Shira hut. Overnight stay at the camp

Day 4: Shira-Lava Tower-Barranco camp
Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 15 km’s
Habitat: Semi desert
You turn Eastwards and continue ascending through the dry landscape before dropping again to reach Barranco hut. Overnight stay at the camp.

Day 5: Barranco camp- Barafu camp
Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 13 km’s
Habitat: Alpine desert
The path climbs steep out of the Barranco valley and crosses the Karanga valley, then turns North to reach Barafu Hut . Overnight stay at the camp.

DAY 6: Barafu camp-Uhuru Peak-Mweka
Barafu camp (4550m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)
Be there Top of Africa!!!Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak
7/8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: About 7 km’s ascent – 23 km’s descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
A long day with an early start to reach the crater ream at the Stella point in time for sunrise, then to Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa. After wards, descend to Gilman’s point and down to Horombo hut. Overnight stay at the camp

Day 7: Horombo hut-Moshi Hotel
Descend down passing Mandara hut to the gate where you are transferred back to your hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. End of services.


  • 2 way Shuttle bus transfer: Nairobi- Moshi – Nairobi or 2 way KIA transfers
  • 2 transfers from Moshi to Machame park gate –return
  • 3 meals per day while trekking – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
  • 6 days Kilimanjaro trek- Machame
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in Tents while trekking (bring your own tent or hire one locally)
  • First and Last night accommodation at Keys Hotel Moshi -Bed and Breakfast.
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
  • Porters- a maximum of 2 per client.

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