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$3033/ Adult

Minimum 2 passengers

Please Note: This trip is currently only available for private bookings with a minimum of 2 people on the date of your choice. Pricing will be based on your level of accommodations and the number of people in your group. 

Why travel with us?

What's Included

  • 2 nights Hotel in Moshi (1-night on arrival and 1-night after climb) w/ Breakfast
  • All meals while on the mountain (large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food)
  • All camping fees
  • All camping gear (4-season mountain sleeping tent, sleeping pad, etc)
  • Dining Tent with Table and Chairs
  • Professional, Experienced, Mountain Guide (English Speaking, certified as Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Adult and Child CPR)
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Permits
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue Fee
  • Guides, Porters, Cook (salaries and park fees)
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide
  • Transport to/from the Airport
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Private Camp Toilet
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

What's Excluded

  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Hotel Stay
  • Beverages & meals not specified
  • Trekking Equipment for rent such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes)
  • Tips for your guide, porters, cook and crew, & drivers
  • Innoculations & Vaccinations
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa Fees
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Sustainability Commitment

Our local travel partner for the Mount Kilimanjaro Trek is a Moshi-based, family-owned company who encourages environmental conservation and regeneration practices and participate in mountain clean-up efforts and tree-planting activities in collaboration with the local government and various NGOs. Furthermore, they proudly support the Nguzo Women’s Foundation, a grassroots non-profit in the Hai District of the Kilimanjaro region, whose initiatives include providing menstrual kits and health education to young girls in six government primary schools. In addition, they have taken proactive steps to create opportunities for female guides and porters on their team.

Overview

The Machame Route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s attraction is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. This route is better suited for more adventurous folks, or those with some high-altitude backpacking experience. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south and the path leads hikers through the rainforest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the path turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit.

Adventure Highlights

  • The Machame Route is one of the most scenic and popular routes up Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s a challenging trek that takes about 6-7 days to complete, offering breathtaking landscapes and diverse climates.
  • Considered a moderately difficult route, it requires a good level of fitness and acclimatization. It involves steep ascents and descents, particularly on the Barranco Wall.
  • The Machame Route provides stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, including lush rainforests, heathlands, and the vast Shira Plateau. The scenery changes dramatically as you ascend.
  • The lower parts of the route are abundant in flora and wildlife, such as colobus monkeys and various bird species. The forest section is particularly lush and green.
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Daily Itinerary

Arrive in Moshi and you’ll be picked up at the airport by our representative at Moshi Airport (QSI) and taken to your hotel. Moshi is a small and clean town that offers many activities and sceneries to take part in.

Arrive a few days before your climb and visit the ever-beautiful and tranquil Lak Chala, or take a dip in the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. Take a village trip to Materuni waterfalls and Materuni Village for a local coffee-making tour or take a tour to Olpopongi Village located at West Kilimanjaro.

INCLUDE:
— Airport Transfer
-- Meals: Dinner

Overnight at Moshi Hotel

This morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moshi and driven 45-minutes through the village of Machame to the Machame Gate. Here, you’ll wait patiently for your permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Elevation: 1,640m/5,380ft to 2,850m/9,350ft
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: 11km/ 7 miles
Zone: Rainforest

Overnight at Machame Camp

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, you’ll level the glades of the rainforest and continue your journey on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route then turns west onto a river gorge until you arrive at the Shira campsite for your overnight stay.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Elevation: 3,050m/9,950ft to 3,850m/12,600ft
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Distance: 5km/ 3 miles
Zone: Heathland

Overnight at Shira 2 Camp

From the Shira Plateau, you’ll continue to the east, up a ridge, passing the junctions towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, your direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation 4,650m/ 15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, you’ll come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. You will now continue down to the Barranco Camp where you’ll spend the night. 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 the summit day.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Elevation: 3,810m/12,500ft to 4,630m/15,190ft
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Distance: 7km/ 4 miles
Zone: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation:4,630m/15,190ft to 3,976m/13,044ft
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance: 3km/ 2 miles
Zone: Alpine Desert

Overnight at Barranco Camp

After breakfast, you’ll begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall (elevation 4,250 m/ 13,900 ft), then you’ll climb a steep nearly 274m/ 900ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, you’ll cross a series of hills and valleys until you descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads you to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day and is meant for acclimatization and rest.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Elevation: 3,976m/13,044ft to 3,995m/13,106ft
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Distance: 5km/ 3 miles
Zone: Alpine Desert

Overnight at Karanga Camp

After breakfast, you’ll leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Continue up the rocky section to Barafu Camp. As you continue up to the Barafu Camp, you will feel a sense of accomplishment as you have completed the South Circuit, and will now have views of the summit from many different angles.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Elevation: 3,995m/13,106ft to 4,673m/15,331ft
Hiking time:
 
4-6 hours
Distance: 4km/ 2 miles
Zone: Alpine Desert

Overnight at Barafu Camp

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start (around Midnight) as you begin your push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. You’ll ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short breaks. At Stella Point (5,761m/ 18,900ft), you’ll stop for a short rest and be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see as you come over Mawenzi Peak. From here, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Finally, you’ll arrive at Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! Congratulations!

After photos, celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy, you’ll take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. You’ll then begin your steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for the uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Later, enjoy your last dinner and a well-deserved rest as you spend your last evening on the mountain.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 4,673m/15,331ft to 5,895m/19,341ft
Hiking time: 7-9 hours
Distance: 5km/ 3 miles
Zone: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 5,895m/19,340ft to 3,090m/10,150ft
Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Distance: 12km/ 7 miles
Zone: Rainforest

Overnight at Mweka Camp

After breakfast, you’ll continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer at lower elevations, the terrain is wet, muddy, and steep. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here.

A vehicle will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, and dinner, and celebrate your accomplishment of climbing the highest mountain in Africa!

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Elevation: 3,090m/10,150ft to 1,680m/5,500ft
Hiking time: 3-5 hours
Distance: 10km/ 6 miles
Zone: Rainforest

Overnight at Moshi Hotel

Today is departure day and there are no scheduled activities. At the appropriate time, a representative will pick you up and take you to the airport for your return home or to your next destination.

INCLUDED:
— Meals: Breakfast
— Airport Transfer

Departure

Kilimanjaro Machame Route Map
How is the food during the trek?

The food on the mountain consists of such staples as pasta, potatoes, meats, and stews. Vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated. For more specific requirements, please contact us to discuss. All dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Daily meals during the hike include breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner. Breakfast is generally between 7:30 and 8:00 am, and departure from the huts/camp is at 9 am after a medical checkup. Lunch is mid-day, a hot drink, and a snack are around 4 pm, and dinner is at 7 pm. Summit morning is different: full breakfast at 11:30 pm, start hiking at midnight or sometimes 1 am.

How difficult is the Machame Route trek?

The Machame Route is often considered challenging due to its steep ascent profile, especially in the later stages. However, it is also one of the most scenic routes and allows for good acclimatization. Most daily hikes take from 4-7 hours and the pace is slow with a rest at least once every hour and plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the view. When you arrive at the campsite, you will find your tents already set up and your bags ready to collect.

Where will I sleep during the trek?

Trekking the Machame Route involves camping throughout the journey. Several campsites are strategically placed along the trail, providing basic facilities like toilets and dining tents.

Do I need any permits for the Machame Route trek?

Trekking permits and park fees are required to climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route. These fees are included in the cost of your guided tour package.

What is the risk of altitude sickness on the Machame Route trek?

Sections of this trek take you above 9200 ft (2800 m), where it is common to experience altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is managed through a gradual ascent, adequate hydration, rest days for acclimatization, and prompt descent in case of severe symptoms.

What gear and equipment are essential for trekking the Machame Route?

Essential gear includes appropriate clothing layers, sturdy hiking boots, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and personal items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a headlamp. You will need to limit the weight of your duffel bag and its contents to be carried by the porters on the climb to 15 kg (32 lbs) or less. Extra luggage, including clean clothes to wear after your climb can be left at the hotel in Moshi. Temperatures at night can get very low when you’re above 3500 m, so clothing and a sleeping bag made for this kind of climate are essential. You can rent this at the beginning of your trip if you don’t have your own. Hiking for several days without a shower can be tough – be prepared for some dust and dirt. A mask, wet wipes, and a face cloth may become your best friends!

Do I need previous trekking experience to hike the Machame Route?

Although no mountaineering experience is required, a good level of physical fitness is necessary to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it harder than your average uphill hike.

Mt Kilimanjaro – Machame Route

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