6 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

Nicknamed the "Whiskey" route because the route is popularized as somewhat difficult and more expensive than Marangu route.

On an overall comparison of the routes to scale Kilimanjaro, this is one of the best routes to take, both in terms of acclimatization and cost.

The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous trekkers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.

The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. However, due to its popularity there are increased numbers of trekkers, it loses some of its splendour. The Machame route approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using the Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field.

In certain sections this route is steeper than the Marangu and Rongai routes and physically more demanding but is easier overall.

Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities.

Challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones.

Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting.

Very popular trail.

6 Days Machame Route Mount Kilimanjaro itinerary 

 Day 1: Machame Gate (1800m) To Machame Camp (2835m)

Drive from the hotel in Moshi to Machame gate for registration formalities and trekking preparations. Start climbing through coffee and maize plantations leading into the rainforest. The trail leads to Machame camp where hot dinner will be awaiting. Overnight at the camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp (2835m) To Shira Cave (3750m)

Hike through the rainforest into the moorland zone displaying magnificent view of Kibo and Mawenzi (Kilimanjaro’s peaks). Climb steeply crossing over Shira plateau for a lunch break. The path moves on to Shira camp to arrive in the evening. Dinner and sleep at the camp.

Day 3: Shira Cave (3750m) to Lava Tower (4600m) Barranco Camp (3900m)

Trek from the Shira plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’, to climb the great Lava Tower called “shark’s tooth”. This is meant for acclimatization which enables your body getting used to high altitude. Get time to rest while at the tower and have lunch. Descend down the tower and proceed with walking to arrive at Barranco camp in the evening. Dinner and sleep at the camp.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3900 m) to Karanga Camp (4000 m) To Barafu Camp (4673 m)

Climb steeply up the Barranco wall leading into the Karanga valley with stunning views of the Heim glacier. Arrive Karanga Camp by afternoon to have lunch. Trek out of Karanga valley to hit the junction connecting with Mweka trail. The path leads on to Barafu camp. Rest upon arrival and drink large amounts of water in preparation for the summit day. It’s recommended to sleep early by 19:00.


Day 5: Ascend To The Summit (Uhuru Peak) 5895m

Wake up by 23:30 for a hot cup of coffee and putting on trekking gears. Start climbing by midnight through the volcanic screen to reach Stella point (5756m) by sunrise. Take time to rest and make the final round trip to reach Uhuru Peak (5895m). At the summit, take pictures while feeling accomplished standing at the roof of Africa. Start descending which is quite fast. The path leads to Mwekahut (3,100m) to arrive in the eveningfor dinner and sleep.

Day 6: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1640m)

Descendthrough moorland into the beautiful lush green forest. Arrive at the gate by mid-day for tipping the crew (guides, porters and cookers) and certificate awards. Green certificates are awarded to hikers who reached Gilman’s and golden to the ones who reached Uhuru peak. Drive back to Arusha for resting and much celebrations or a flight back home.

End of tour!

Price Include:

Kilimanjaro park permits

Professional mountain crew (guides, cooks and porters)

Two nights accommodation (before and after climb)

Camping facilities

Boiled water while at the mountain

Sleeping bags

First aid kit

3 proper meals+ mineral water and tea/coffee

Certificates for successful climb

Price Exclude:

International flights

Tanzanian Visa

Trekking gears rentals

Tips for guides and cooks

All things of personal nature

Extra meals and drinks

Extended tours


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