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Machame Route

  • 6 Days, 5 Nights (1 Reviews) Code: KMCR6 $1650

Tour Description

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accomodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents. The Machame Route climb can be done in a minimum of six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, it is most often tackled over seven days (six nights), for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. The trek begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail.

Additional Info

  • Location Kilimanjaro
  • Duration 6 days
  • Min Age 15+
  • Max People 2+


Day 1: Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi Approx. time taken: 6 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance. Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi Approx. time taken: 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 3: Shira Cave (3845m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude. Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi Approx. time taken: 8 hrs Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day:4 Barranco Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp. Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi Approx. time taken: 8 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 5:Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest. Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 6: Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome hot shower. Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi Approx. time taken: 6 hours Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included

Price Includes

  1. Airport transfers
  2. Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping/hut and rescue fees
  3. Professional Up to date wilderness first responder trained guide or equivalent Assistance Guide
  4. Gamow bag (portable hyperbaric chamber)
  5. Emergency oxygen
  6. Expedition medical kit
  7. Pulse oximeter
  8. Comprehensive vital sign monitoring
  9. 3 person expedition tents (2 clients/tent)
  10. Mountaineering mattress
  11. Light weight mess tent
  12. Expeditions walk in mess tent
  13. Light weight aluminum table
  14. Luxury chair with back rest
  15. Purified water while on the mountain
  16. Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  17. Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  18. Salary for the porters
  19. Salary for the Guides
  20. Salary for the Cooks
  21. Government taxes
  22. VAT 18% on park entrance fees
  23. Hot steamy towel on the camp
  24. Bowl of hot washing water in the morning and evening

Price Excludes

  1. International airfare
  2. Excess baggage charges
  3. Costs of visas
  4. Immunizations
  5. Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary)
  6. Room service
  7. Souvenirs
  8. Laundry
  9. Medical or extra evacuation fees
  10. Staff gratuities
  11. Personal trekking equipment
  12. Additional transportation
  13. Meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness
  14. Medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes

Jhone Joan


I can't praise the guides, chefs and porters enough. Everything was perfect. Tent and sleeping bag (which I rented) were in great condition, warm and were always prepared when we got to camp each day.I would highly recommend Mori Tours & Safaris to anyone considering climbing Kili.

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