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Climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route

Tour Length8 days
Priced from pps $2090 R30157 £1570 1845 A$2947 C$2780 NZ$3048 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Hiking Tour

  • Max. Group Size 10 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Accommodation Hotel / Bungalow or Chalet
  • Transport Microbus
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This fully inclusive 8 day Kilimanjaro Hike follows Machame Route, starting and ending in Usa River, near Arusha. The Machame Kilimanjaro Hike is considered the most beautiful route offering spectacular views and passing through a variety of habitats.

The Machame Route, known as the "Whiskey" route is a steep trail up Kilimanjaro and is generally done by climbers that are physically fit with some previous hiking experience. On the Machame Route your accommodation will be in tents with your meals served to you in your tents or if the weather is good, on a blanket outside.

This route is a 6 day hike up Kilimanjaro allowing you time to acclimatize, which is important in preventing altitude sickness. There is a high success rate amongst hikers reaching the summit at Uhuru Peak. The decent is down the Mweka trail where you will stay at Mweka Camp for your final night.

This guided Kilimanjaro Hike helps to ensure that you reach the "Roof of Africa" successfully summiting the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Usa River/Arusha, Lodge transfer

This Machame Kilimanjaro Hiking Package starts with collection from the Kilimanjaro International Airport, located between the Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions in Northern Tanzania. From the airport you are transferred to the Meru View Lodge (or similar) - our pre-trek lodge in Usa River. Located 23km east of Arusha city, Usa River is the capital of Meru District in the region of Mount Kilimanjaro.

On day one you will be briefed on the Kilimanjaro Trek with the remainder of the day free for you to enjoy as you choose. Relax under the old indigenous trees in the 10-acre tropical gardens of the lodge and take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool. The lodge offers a peaceful retreat, featuring a restaurant, lounge and bar. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to Arusha and explore the bustling town.

In the evening a briefing is held at the lodge, in preparation of our epic trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Dinner

Day 2: Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

Today you will be collected from the lodge near Arusha, after breakfast and driven to the Kilimanjaro National Park. At the park entrance, you get a glimpse into the preparations required for this hike up Kilimanjaro as you watch the mountain team getting ready for the Machame climb - an impressive feat.

Once your guide has completed the necessary entrance requirements you proceed into Kilimanjaro National Park for your Kilimanjaro Trekking Adventure. We head into the mountain forests covering the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and are soon surrounded by the ancient rainforest. Walking on we listen to the sounds of the wild animals and birds inhabiting the forest as we encounter towering trees, primordial ferns, lichen and carpets of moss draping the trees and forest floor. Walking through this ancient habitat we keep our eyes and ears open for black and white colobus monkeys found in the treetops.

Our 5 - 6-hour walk brings us to our first overnight stop, Machame Camp, located just above the tree line at the base of Kilimanjaro. After our first day of hiking, we enjoy dinner and rest at Machame Camp, situated at 3010m.

We sleep in twin-share mountain tents with sleeping mats. Single travellers are usually paired up with another group member of the same gender, sharing a tent for the duration of the hike.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Please note: Single tent occupancy can be arranged at extra cost if you prefer not to share a tent while hiking.

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3840m)

We leave Machame Camp early in the morning hiking up the steepening path through moors and heathlands. Here the vegetation opens up providing us with magnificent views over the surrounding landscapes and dramatic mountain range.

On day three our walk is shorter bringing us to our next campsite by mid-afternoon. The camp is located at the Shira Plateau offering a spectacular view of Kilimanjaro mountain. At the end of the day the rock faces and glacier of Kibo take on a warm glow as the sun sets.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: New Shira Camp (3840m) – Lava Tower Hut (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Our trek for the day begins with a long climb from the Shira Plateau towards the Lava Tower Hut lying at 4640m. We will ascend around 700m on day four camping at a slightly higher elevation than the night before. This gives your body time to acclimatise to the increasing altitude as we hike up Kilimanjaro to more than 4500m high over the next two days.

As we continue the vegetation thins out and the terrain becomes afro-alpine desert. The Machame Trek passes through Barranco Valley, an expansive area where giant senecioand lobelia plants grow. After 6 – 7 hours of hiking, we arrive at the overnight Barranco Camp where we have a well-deserved meal and a rest.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Today's hike starts with the challenging climb of the “Barranco Wall” a stretch where you will be secured to ensure your safety when necessary.

We follow the ridge as it stretches above the south glacier of Kibo admiring the views. We stop for lunch in In the Karanga Valley and prepare for the 2 - 3 hrs trek to Barafu Camp (4640m). At camp there is time for you to relax and have dinner, resting before we embark on the next stretch of our climb up Kilimanjaro.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

The next leg of the Machame Hike starts at midnight, with a hot tea and light snack before we set off into the darkness. We hike up the screes of Kibo by torchlight on this exhilarating stretch.

A 5 - 7 hour ascent through the night brings us to Stella Point, on the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro. After a further 1 - 2 hrs of climbing along the edge of the crater we reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at a mighty 5895m!

Having hiked to the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will be standing at the top of Africa's highest mountain!

Reveling in your achievement from the lofty summit of Africa’s Kilimanjaro you will be rewarded with the breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro's slopes and the sweeping landscapes below. Here you get to bask in the glory of this magnificent setting and the empowering experience of reaching the “Roof of Africa” on your own two feet.

We follow a simple route down Kilimanjaro descending along a similar path. Before midday we arrive back at Barafu Camp where the rest of the climbing team welcomes you with a warm meal upon your return. Following a much-deserved break of 1 - 2 hrs, we proceed to Mweka Camp at 3080m. In the evening we have dinner and enjoy a hard earned rest.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) - Usa River/Arusha

After breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides we set off on the last leg of this unforgettable hiking adventure. A gentle 2 -3 hrs descent takes us through the lush rainforest to Mweka Gate, at the base of Kilimanjaro.

Our driver meets you at the gate and takes you back to the Green Hills of Africa in Usa River for some comfortable rest and relaxation. Take it easy at the lodge soothing your aching muscles in the swimming pool or taking a nap as you recollect your adventures to the “Roof of Africa”.

  • Breakfast; Dinner

Day 8: Usa River/Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

On day eight you have a hearty breakfast at the lodge, before continuing with your travels or taking a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. This brings your memorable Kilimanjaro Hike via Machame to a close.

Please Note:

An additional day at Karanga Camp (4035m) can be added to this Machame Route Tour, giving you an extra day on Kilimanjaro. See the Full Pricing above for the cost of the 9-day hike, and please contact us for the detailed itinerary.

  • Breakfast

Kilimanjaro - Machame Route Itinerary




Altitude (m)

Walking time

Route description


Machame Gate (1790m)

Machame Camp (3010m)



A long first trek that offers a beautiful climb through the mountain forest.


Machame Camp (3010m)

Shira Camp (3840m)



Wonderful views of the Shira Ridge and the Kibos mountain range. The route is shorter than the previous day.


New Shira Camp (3840m)

Barranco Camp (3960m)

↑800m ↓680m


A longer stage with great views and fantastic vegetation.


Barranco Camp (3960m)

Barafu Camp (4640m)


↓ 50m


Begins with a steep climb then rises and falls. Views of the southern glaciers. The altitude will become noticeable.


Barafu Camp (4640m)

Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

↑1250m ↓2810m


Very steep, long and cold climb to Stella Point. Spectacular panoramic views of the crater ridge and the summit. Relatively steep and long descent with the altitude playing a major role.


Mweka Camp (3080m)

Mweka Gate (1630m)



Easier and relatively shorter descent with good paths. Luscious rainforest.

Discover more about Mount Kilimanjaro and the hiking routes up Africa's highest mountain in our blog post on Climbing Kilimanjaro.

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The 9 Day Hike programme starts every Monday. 

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