7 Days Machame Route

7 Days Machame Route

Arusha, Tanzania

7 Days

Tour Type


Group Size

10-20 People


Any Language


Uhuru peak stands at 5895m (19,340ft), and its name is the Swahili word for freedom. There are seven routes up Mount Kilimanjaro, which range in difficulty. Roughly half of the climbers choose the Machame Route because it offers stunning views. This is a harder climb than the Marangu route, with steeper inclines that go on for longer. Climbers also sleep in tents, rather than the huts that are found on the Marangu route.


The Machame Route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, was one of the most popular routes and crowded on Kilimanjaro. 

  • But now many people have been choosing Lemosho as an alternative to avoid crowds which makes the route less populated compared to Lemosho. 
  • Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to "trek high & sleep low" hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. 
  • A 7-day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.

Include / Exclude


  • Pick up at International Airport
  • Transfer to the hotel Parkview inn or Kilimanjaro wonders hotel
  • Professional mountain crew.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits Fees
  • Camping/hut fees
  • 3 meals daily
  • Modern tents
  • First aid kit
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick)
  • Portable flush toilets can be provided for free upon the client's request
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery, and cutlery)
  • Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel
  • Accommodation after the climb
  • International certificates for a successful ascent
  • Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.


  • Flights tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Personal gear rental
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry services
  • Tips for the mountain

Tour Itinerary


Day 1 : Machame Gate, climb to Machame Camp

  • Elevation:1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
  • Distance:11km/7mi
  • Climbing Time:5-6 hours
  • Habitat:Montane Forest

Your 7 days machame route climbing start for driving you from Arusha or Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate it takes about 45 minutes. After paper work the journey start passing through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.


Day 2Climb Machame Camp to Shira Camp

  • Elevation:3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance:5km/3mi
  • Walking Time:4-5 hours
  • Habitat:Moorland

After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.


Day 3 : Climb Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

  • Elevation:3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance:10km/6mi
  • Walking Time:5-6 hours
  • Habitat:Semi-desert

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.


Day 4 : Climb Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation:4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance:5km/3mi
  • Climbing Time:34 hours
  • Habitat:Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.


Day 5 : Climb Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation:4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance:4km/2mi
  • Climbing Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat:Alpine Desert

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.


Day 6 : Climb Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation:4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance:5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Climbing Time:5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat:Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.


Day 7 : Climb Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha or Moshi

  • Elevation:3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance:10km/6mi
  • Climbing Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat:Forest

After breakfast we continue descending 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).

Bestday Safaris vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel.

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