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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

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

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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Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

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Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

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Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

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Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

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Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

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Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

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Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

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James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

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Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

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Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

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This tour is operated by Altezza Travel. The Altezza team are a specialist Mount Kilimanjaro tour operator with an impeccable track-record for safety and summit success. They aim to make your Tanzanian experience as comfortable and memorable as possible.

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