The Machame Route is another popular route for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It’s a challenging route known for its scenic beauty and varied landscapes. 7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb via Machame Route is popularly known as the “Whiskey” Route, begins at Machame Gate, and takes 7 days, located at the southern base of the mountain, within its green, abundant rain forest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut. Machame is a good choice for people who want to enjoy a scenic hike on a challenging route in the shortest amount of time.
The beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro (5,892 m) is considered to be the highest mountain in Africa. Also, it is one of the ‘Seven Summits’, which is why mountaineers often seek to climb it. A 7-day Kilimanjaro Climb via the Machame Route allows for better acclimatization, increasing the chances of a successful summit. However, you should have proper planning and preparation for your Tanzania Kilimanjaro trek to make it safely and successfully. We are a professional tour operator in this country and can handle your group. However, you should be physically fit, confident, and have some experience of hiking to make your way to the summit. Well, we have the best team of efficient staff and trekking guides to help you with your Tanzania Kilimanjaro trek.
Here is the itinerary for 7 day Kilimanjaro Climb via Machame Route
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Always our visitor to well-prepared, physically and mentally, and follow the guidance of our experienced guides and support staff. Kilimanjaro climbs are challenging, and safety should always be a priority. Please note that Machame Route traverses a variety of ecosystems, including rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert, and arctic.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). To Arusha at the Hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure. We stay at The hotel, which is beautifully located on the slope of Mt. Meru and is a perfect place to prepare for your adventure. We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. Dinner and overnight at Moivaro Lodge.
Day 2: Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Camp
Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters, 3,935 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours
At 8 a.m., leave Arusha for Machame Gate, where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. The drive-through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about 1.5 hours. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Hike to Machame Camp via the mystical, moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. As the forest thins later in the hike, take in the heather, tall grasses, and wildflowers. If the weather is clear, enjoy the striking views of your ultimate destination, Kibo Peak. Our porters and cooks will go ahead and prepare the campsite before you arrive. Dinner and overnight at Machame Camp
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)
Elevation Gain: 840 meters, 2,760 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours
Today’s trek includes several uphill sections so carry plenty of drinking water as it can be hot hiking on a clear day. There are several viewpoints from which to view the plains and forests below, and the commanding Kibo and Mawenzi peaks above.
Notice the change in vegetation as you gain altitude. The trees diminish in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s famous high-altitude plants, Senecio Kilimanjaro and Lobelia deckeni. After lunch, climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled the Shira crater. Continue to Shira Camp and relax for the rest of the day. Kibo lies to the west and Mount Meru to the east.
A shorter day begins by climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau from here and it is a good rest point too, the trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Hut (3840m) which has some of the most stunning views on the Tanzania Kilimanjaro trek; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds. (4-5 hours walking)
Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
Total Elevation Gain: 690 meters, 2,264 feet
Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours
Although this up-and-down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.
After breakfast, hike east on the Shira Plateau before reaching the junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Camp (4,200m/13,780ft)
Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet
Distance: 7 Kilometers
Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour-and-a-half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places, you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.
Day 6: Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp
Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet
Distance: 6 Kilometers
Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours
After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through an alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep upon finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet
Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka
Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds, and glaciers.
At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.
Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet
Hiking time: 4 hours
After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha at the Hotel: Dinner and breakfast at City Link Hotel
Day 9: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Private departure transfer.
The price Includes:
– 2 Nights accommodation in Arusha ( Bed and breakfast)
– Private professional mountain guides
– All meals while on the Mountain
– Arrival and Departure transfers
– Government taxes, VAT, and all related service charges
– Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
– Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport and drop off after the tour
– Salary for guides/Cook and porters
– All park entry/camping/ rescue fees
– Camping Equipment/sleeping tents/mess tent/table/chair and sleeping matt.
– Transport from hotel to Londorosi gate/Mweka to Hotel
– Oxygen and oxygen meter available for body evaluation.
The Price does not Include:
– International or Domestic flight
– Tipping for Guides/Cook and Porters
– Personal climbing gears
– Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
– Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
– Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
– Any items of a personal nature.
– Flying Doctor
Machame Route 7 Days
Group size: 1-4 People
Departure date: Daily
US$2,200 Per Person
Group size: 4-7+ People
Departure date: Daily