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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route – 8 Days

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8 Days 7 Nights
Availability : 2018 - 2020
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 40

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route offer a mountain hiking experience that is unique especially with its unique sceneries. Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route is considered to be more difficult than on the Marangu route or Rongai route. Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route means sharing the mountain with many other trekkers.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route

Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route is relatively difficult as climbers need to be able to ascend the Barranco Wall on day four and contend with a steep incline up Kibo on summit night. That being said, there are no parts on the route that require any technical climbing skills. Accommodation on Machame Route is basically in tents and we traverse trekking routes that have diverse mountain vegetation with picturesque scenery ending up at Uhuru Peak, also known as the roof of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro being Africa’s tallest free standing mountain. The total Machame route distance is approximately 62 kilometers from gate to gate.

The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking 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 accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.

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8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route is a very popular safari and the Machame route is the second most popular ascent route. It is harder and most spectacular. It climbs Kilimanjaro from the South – west and enjoys some of the finest forest and health/moorland scenery on the mountaintop. The final push to the summit is via Western Breach or more usually the Barafu Route. The stipulate descent route for this path is the Mweka Route. Increasingly popular and recently renovated, this path is no longer the wilderness experience that it once was. Nonetheless it constitutes an exceptional fully rounded expedition.

Machame route gives you more time to acclimate and offers some stunning views. It also has one of the highest success rates. This is one of the best and most affordable climbing routes on Mount Kilimanjaro the Machame Route. This is a popular route for trekkers who want to take their time, and enjoy sleeping outdoors and watching the sunrise and set over the Great Rift Valley.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

7:30 am in the morning

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Transportation at destination

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees


  • Entrance Fees
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route is possibly the most scenic route to the summit, Machame boasts several paths to its highest point and back. En route to Uhuru, emerge onto high-alpine deserts with amazing views of ice fields and the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro! Known as the Whiskey Route, 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route leads you through magnificent forests before traversing a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route offers great scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the southern ice fields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp.

Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.

  • Sleeping bags one rated between
  • the temperature goes up to -10 and 0 degrees centigrade.
  • 2: Sleeping mat, Gloves , Woolen hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Water proof jackets, trousers, Sleeping and Climbing gears
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route, Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 1Arrival in Kia and pick up - Moshi Ossy Grand Hotel

Upon arrival you will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport {KIA} and head straight to Moshi Town which acts like the base of Kilimanjaro trekking.The drive from the Airport to Moshi normally takes 1.5hrs. On arrival check in Ossy Grand Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2Moshi - Machame Gate to Machame Camp

After the breakfast drive to Machame Park Gate, this normally takes 40min to get to the Machame Gate. On arrival you go through the registration with the park authority as we weigh the bags and food, this process normally takes like at least 45min depending with the number of people. The Kilimanjaro trek in this World Heritage Site begins at the end of the tarmac road, walking for about 6 hrs, gradually ascending through the cloud forests of Kilimanjaro and onto giant heather forested hills at Machame Camp (2850 m).

Day 3of the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route: Machame Hut to Shira Camp

Trekkers ascend an enjoyable ridge, traverse along a stream gorge and finally emerge on the Shira plateau volcanic moorland (3810 m). Total trekking time is approximately 6 hrs.

Day 4of the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

Trekkers follow the trail to Lava Tower (>4600 m), have lunch prior to spending an hour at Lava Towers, and then descend into the scenic Barranco gorge. Continue to Barranco Camp at 3975 m. Total trekking time is approximately 6 hrs.

Day 5of the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Hiking Machame Route: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Trekkers cross the Barranco Valley, ascend the well known and fascinating Barranco wall (not technical climbing), then follow the Kibo South Circuit. Descend and ascend again for about 2 additional hours to arrive at Karanga Camp (4000 m) for lunch and overnight. Total trekking time is approximately 5 hrs.

Day 6Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Another half day trek takes you across some splendid volcanic lands, with Kibo Volcano (highest of the Kilimanjaro volcanoes) and its remaining glaciers as the backdrop. Enjoy the final ascent to Barafu Camp (4673 m). Total trekking time between camps is approximately 5 hrs. After lunch and a couple of hours of rest, you begin a short trek up to Kibo Camp for further acclimatization, and then descend for dinner. Sleep until 11:00 p.m and then begin all night ascent. The summit is attainable since you should be properly acclimatized by now.

Day 7Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Lower Mweka Camp

Trekkers move “pole pole” (Swahili for “slowly”) to the north-west, with mountain guides at their side, up a defined trail toward Stella Point on the crater rim. Summit day is scheduled to coincide with a waxing moon, which will be nearly full. This 6-hour trek to Stella Point (5756 m) is the most mentally and physically challenging on the route. Temperature is usually -10° Celsius, and winds can make it even more challenging. At Stella Point, the group re-nourishes, enjoys the famous Kilimanjaro sunrise, and then continues for another hour to the true summit of Africa, Uhuru Peak. Photos and celebrations ensue.

A slow descent back to Stella Point, followed by a quicker descent on scree slope trails back to Barafu Camp for a well deserved rest and brunch. Break camp and hike down to Lower Mweka Camp by mid-afternoon. This is the day you appreciate your trekking poles and honor your guides and porters – you descend over 2800 meters from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp. If weather thwarts your summit bid, an extra day has been allowed if the group decides delay is advisable.

Day 8Mweka Camp To Moshi Or Arusha

This is the last day of the trek. The 3 hours descent to Mweka Gate is very enjoyable, provides good views of yesterday’s accomplishment, and provides excellent photo opportunity of Mount Kilimanjaro’s unique vegetation of the cloud forest. Check-out at Mweka trail head, and then shuttle to a welcoming Arusha Tourist Hotel in Arusha.


-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
-Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route as per the itinerary
-Full board accommodation in tents/huts whilst on the trek.
-Two porters are assigned to each climber. Camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements
-2 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek and in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s
-All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
-Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers


-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
-Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
-International flights and taxes
-Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

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