Tour overview

6 Days Machame Route

Sometimes called the Whisky Route, the Machame route may be a popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro for only 6 days up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields to hitch the Barafu Route to the summit.

Machame map

An extra day on the Shira Plateau, where you’ll walk to the Shira Needles, could be added to the itinerary. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.

On the mountain, you’ll sleep in tents that the porters will set up for you. You will need a bag, warm clothes, and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the bounds of a fit individual won’t to walking in mountain areas


  • 2 Nights accommodation bed and breakfast  in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Quality mountain  tents
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • All Fresh, nutritious  meals while on the Mountain
  • Porter service on the climb
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Mess  tents with table and chairs
  • Rescue Fee
  • Park hut fees and camping fees

Not Included

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival and $100 for U.S. nationals
  • Lunch or dinner at the hotel
  • Tips
  • Optional Tours e.g. (short safari after your climb etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Mountain equipment (e.g. sleeping bag)
  • International Flights
  • Optional activities

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation: 5,380 ft. to 9,350 ft.
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest It takes about 50 minutes to drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park entrance. The journey passes through Machame, a village on the mountain's lower slopes. Climbers are asked to make final arrangements for the climb once we arrive at the park entrance. Porters can be seen putting together their packs, which will contain food, water, gas cookers, and other products. Make sure you've got all of your day pack items with you because the porters travel very quickly. The guides are going to be pleased to help with any additional information. We now leave the park gate and rehearse the rainforest on a winding trail to the primary uniport Hut which is found at an altitude of (3048 m) we continue a brief distance until we reach the Machame Hut. We set up camp, relax, eat dinner, and sleep here. We have now reached an altitude of (3100 m).

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Carve 

Elevation: 9,350 ft. to 12,500 ft.
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Heath We leave the Rain Forest Glades after breakfast and continue up an ascending slope, crossing a small valley and walking along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather until the ridge ends. At (3658 m), the path turns west into a river gorge, where the Shira Hut campsite awaits a rest, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 3: Shira  Carve to Lava Tower to Barranco

Elevation: 12,500 ft. to 15,190 ft.
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft. to 13,044 ft.
Distance: 3 km
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert We continue east from the Shira Plateau, passing the junction on our way to Kibo's summit. As we press on, our course shifts to the south-east towards the Lava Tower, also known as "The Shark's Tooth," and shortly after the tower, we reach the second junction the arrow glacier. We've now reached a height of (4876 m). we now continue right down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of (3950 m) we set up camp, relax, eat dinner, and sleep here.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Hut

Elevation: 13,044 ft. to 13,106 ft.
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft. to 15,331 ft.
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert We leave Barranco after breakfast and continue on a steep ridge past the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley, and thus to the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. We still the Barafu Hut which is found at an altitude of (4600 m) where we make camp. Rest enjoy dinner and overnight. From this vantage point, the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen.

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 15,331 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft. to 10,065 ft.
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest Early start for the climb between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to the rim of the Kibo Crater (4 hours); the final portion before the rim An ice ax or ski stick is useful for balance when the ground is covered in snow. From here an extra hour results in Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and therefore the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. Before moving on to Mweka Hut, which is situated in the giant heather zone on the forest's edge, stop at Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch. Those with enough energy on the summit may want to descend to the Reutsh Crater and see the Eastern Icefields' spectacular ice pinnacles.

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate 

Elevation: 10,065 ft. to 5,380 ft.
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest After breakfast, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. We proceed another hour from the gate to Mweka Village. At Mweka Village, a vehicle will be waiting to take us back to the hotel in Moshi.