7 Days Machame Route Kilimajaro Climb


Our 7 Days Machame Route Itinerary is the most  popular climbing Kilimanjaro tours. The Machame trail is also known as whisky route, this climbing Kilimanjaro route is one of the most scenic and therefore popular trail on the Mountain and offers adventurous climbers amazing scenic vistas. With paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to late sunsets at Shira Plateau to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall.

It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. Because it can be done over longer periods and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of summit.

If you have more time, considering pairing this climbing Kilimanjaro tours with a lifetime Tanzania safari tours, or a relaxing holiday to Zanzibar to add to your Kilimanjaro trek!

Trip Type

We only offer private Kilimanjaro climbs.

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro: Yearly around – but during March and April are the rainy months at Kilimanjaro so we recommend that you avoid this time period.

7 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro Price for 2024 via Machame

  • $1,950 per person when 2 people travel together
  • $1,850 per person when 3 people travel together
  • $1,800 per person when 4 people travel together
  • $1,770 per person when 5 people travel together
  • $1,740 per person when 6 people travel together

NOTE: Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your tour has already been paid for.

Optional Climbing Kilimanjaro Activities

  1. 2  Days Tanzania Camping Safari ($412 per vehicle)
  2. 3 Days Tanzania Lodge Safari ($780 per person)

7 Days Machame Route Itinerary Include

  • Transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  •  Camping fees
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • High Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress and Pillow
  • Professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  •  Fair treatment of our crew
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

Machame Route 7 Days Itinerary Exclude

  • International and local flight from to back home
  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Optional activities

Day 1: Arusha – Machame Gate to Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft
  • Distance: 11km/7mi
  • Climbing Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be driven to Machame Village where your guides and porters will prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. After paper work the journey start passing through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

Day 2: Machame Camp – Shira Camp Hike

  • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira camp.

Day 3: Shira Camp – Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 4: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Climbing Time: 34 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Day 5: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 4km/2mi
  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

Day 6: Barafu Camp – Summit, down to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Climbing Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Day 7: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
After a well-deserved breakfast, you will have a short, scenic hike down to the park gate. Hiking trails in the rainforest at lower elevations are often wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts are probably sufficient but keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy on your hike. Remember to tip your guides, cook and porters at the gate as you will be leaving them there.After signing your name at the register, you will receive your summit certificates at Mweka Gate. Climbers who have reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who have reached Uhuru Peak will receive gold certificates. You will be served a delicious lunch at Mweka Village, after which you will be driven back to Arusha for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night.
End of your  Machame route 7 days Climb

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