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Kilimanjaro Machame Trek

A 7-day trek on 'The Whiskey Route' to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Fondly known as 'the Whiskey Route', the Kilimanjaro Machame Route takes hikers through a wide variety of landscapes and offer incredible views. 

The route begins at Machame Gate and takes trekkers along an exciting footpath through a tropical forests, moorlands, a lunar landscape and ends in an Arctic desert climate near the summit. 

This trek gives hikers the opportunity to explore the secluded areas of the Northern Circuit, and experience panoramic views of the Lemosho and Machame mountain regions.  

Summary

DURATION

9 days

LOCATION

Tanzania

START & ENDS

Moshi, Moshi

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Unforgettable scenic vistas of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Trekking progress is tracked using GPS so family and friends can monitor your progress in real-time
  • Reaching the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m
  • The route runs through all the climate zones taking you from tropical forest areas to Arctic dessert areas

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in MOSHI AND transfer to hotel

FOOD

No Meals

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Moshi (890m)

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You will be collected by one of our staff at Kilimanjaro Airport for transfer to your hotel.


After settling in you will be briefed about the climb and then a pre-climb check for your readiness will be conducted by your climb manager. 

Day 2: Trek From Machame Gate To Machame Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION GAIN

Moshi (890m) to Machame Gate (1,800m) to Machame Camp (3,010m)

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After a quick briefing we travel to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance, the Machame Gate. 


We gather our permits and register with search and rescue, we begin our trek to Machame Camp.


This first stage includes passing through a tropical rainforest. As we climb to a higher altitude, keep in check with your guide if you feel any symptoms of altitude sickness.

DAY 3: Trek to Shira Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 7 hours

ELEVATION

Machame Camp (3,010m) to Shira Camp (3,845m) and Lava Tower Camp (4,120m)

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After our breakfast we start trekking to the second high-altitude camp. Today we emerge from the rainforest and experience stunning views of the Shira Plateau.


When we reach camp, we'll have lunch, rest up and go on an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp. There's a 300m gain in altitude. This hike is designed to help with acclimatization for the trek going forward. 


When we get back down to Shira Camp a hotmeal for dinner will be served.

DAY 4: TREK to Barranco Camp 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 6 - 8 hours

ELEVATION

Shira Camp (3,845m) to Barranco Camp (3,960m)

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We leave Shira Camp after breakfast and make our way to Lava Tower where we stop for lunch.


Stopping for lunch at Lava Tower, sitting at 4,600m, is crucial for proper acclimatization.


Following lunch we descend to Barranco Camp where we spend the night. From here you can see the famous Barranco Wall that you will be hiking tomorrow.

DAY 5: Trek to Karanga Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

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We have an early start today so we can avoid the crowds up Barranco Wall. The steep wall may seem daunting but the trail is merciful. The photo opportunities from the top are unforgettable with Kibo Peak in the background!


Your guides will choose the best climbing spots and the rest of the route is full of ups and downs. 


We have lunch at Karanga Camp, where we will be staying overnight, and we go for an acclimatization climb towards Barafu during the day. 

Day 6: Trek to Barafu Camp 

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 5 - 6 hours

ELEVATION

Karanga Camp (4,035 m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m) 

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Today we head to Barafu Summit Camp where our tents will be set up ahead of time!


After a rest we complete an acclimatization climb towards Kosovo Summit Camp, it's highest point being 4,800m. 


We then head back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. Spend this time resting before your trek to the summit which begins at midnight.

Day 7: Summiting Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millennium Camp

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 8 - 12 hours

ELEVATION

Barafu Camp (4,640m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Millennium Camp (3,820m)

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Our summit hike to Uhuru Peak starts at midnight. The mountain air can pose a challenge to some, therefore a guide will monitor your condition the whole way. 


When we reach the summit you have the opportunity to see a glacier nearby before we head back to Barafu Camp and then begin our descent to Millennium Camp. The trail here is deceptively slippery, watch your footing!

Day 8: Descent to Mweka Gate

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Tented

ACTIVITY

Hiking 4 - 5 hours

ELEVATION

Millennium Camp (3,820m) to Mweka Gate (1,650m)

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You should wake today feeling much better. Sleeping below the forest line and having conquered the summit will provide much respite. 


We have breakfast upon arrival at Mweka Gate, have a short celebration with your entire climbing crew and receive your climb certificates. 


Congratulations! After this, we will take you to your hotel for the night.

Day 9: DEPARTURE 

FOOD

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Airport transfer

ELEVATION

Moshi (890m)

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Today we transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport and say farewell. Until we meet again!

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Kilimanjaro Machame Trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: April and May are the rainy months in Tanzania. We don't operate treks during this period.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 

What's Included

Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Hotel transfers
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate of Kilimanjaro National Park
  • All park fees for Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Hotel accommodation at Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge for 2 nights with complimentary breakfast
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • Equipment: 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
    All group equipment (spacious dining tent, camping table, chairs etc.)
  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park with Wilderness First Responder or First Aid certifications
  • Dedicated support crew 
  • Free rental of a down jacket, 4-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide including oxygen cylinders, oximeters and GPS tracking service.

Not Included

  • International airfare, visa fees and mountaineering insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature (gear rentals, beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing
  • 2-3 x hiking shirt + 3-4 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 1 x hiking shorts and 2 x trekking pants
  • 1 x warm trousers / storm pants
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet 
  • 2 x thermal underwear
  • Light, but warm gloves
Headwear
  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie 
  • Neck warmer
Footwear
  • Hiking boots 
  • 4-5 hiking socks + 1 x thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp
  • Gaiters
Bags
  • 20-25L daypack
  • 90-100L Duffel Bag (waterproof)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
Other Essentials
  • Four season sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Moshi where one can rent / buy most items listed above.

Travel Insurance

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Accommodation

3-Star Hotel in Moshi

In Moshi, you will stay in 3-star hotel accommodation with complimentary breakfast.

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Tented Accommodation

During the trek you will be staying in tented accommodation.  

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

ALTEZZA TRAVEL

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Altezza Travel runs high-quality tours around Tanzania and offers hiking and safari experiences, including climbing the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. The Altezza team are travel enthusiasts that have explored Tanzanian national parks extensively and can tailor their outdoor experiences to suit you. They aim to make your Tanzanian experience as comfortable and memorable as possible.

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