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Machame Route 7 Days

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7 Days 6 Nights
Availability : Jan 1’ - Dec 31’
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 16
Tour Details

The Machame 7-day climb is one of the most popular and scenic routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a seven-day trek that takes hikers through lush rainforests, scenic plateaus, and challenging rocky terrain. This route is also known as the “Whiskey” route due to its steep ascent and breathtaking views.

The Machame 7-day climb is an excellent choice for those who want to experience the beauty and challenge of Kilimanjaro without rushing the climb. The extra days on this route provide ample time for acclimatization, which is crucial for a successful summit. Hikers on this route will be rewarded with stunning views of the Shira Plateau, Lava Tower, and Barranco Wall. 

Summary of the Machame 7-day route 

  • Machame Route: The Machame route is one of the most scenic and challenging routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is known for its diverse landscapes and high success rate

  • 7-day Itinerary: The Machame 7-day route provides a slightly shorter duration compared to the Lemosho route. It still offers a good acclimatization schedule, allowing climbers to adjust to the altitude.

  • Altitude Acclimatization: Acclimatization is crucial when climbing Kilimanjaro to minimize the risk of altitude sickness. The Machame 7-day route provides appropriate time for climbers to adapt to the changing altitude.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Departure Time

2 Hours Before Flight Time

Machame Route 7 Days + 2 nights at the Hotel

Day 1Arrival in Tanzania

Sote Tours staff will be waiting at arrival to meet you and escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get a briefing about your next day’s trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi.

Accommodation at Panama Garden Resort

Day 2Hotel – Machame Gate (1,800m) to Machame Campsite (3,000m)

After breakfast, our vehicle will transport you from the hotel drive to Machame gate. Here you will do the required registration procedures then you will start the trek through the rainforest to Machame camp where you will find the tents that are already set up for you. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

Elevation:1,800m to 3,000m.
Distance: 13 km.
Hiking time: 5-7 hours.
Habitat: Montane forest.

Full Board

Day 3Machame Hut Campsite (3,000m) to Shira Campsite (3,800m)

After breakfast leaves the glades of the rainforest and continue ascending by crossing little valleys and steep rocky ridge covering with heather plants to the western side of the mountain where the camp is situated. At this camp you will able to get the spectacular view of Mount Meru, Shira Plateau, Kibo Peak, and sunset; then dinner and overnight.

Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame

Elevation: 3000m to 3800
Distance: 9km
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.

Full Board

Day 4Shira two campsite (3,800m) to Barranco campsite (3,950m)

This is a long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek East to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterward, you will descend down to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight.

Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame

Elevation: 3800m to 3950m
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Full Board

Day 5Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Karanga Camp (4,235m)

Today is a short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing the Barranco wall and reach 4235m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch, you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame

Elevation: 3950m to 4235m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

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Day 6Karanga Camp (4,235m) to Barafu Camp (4,600)

Today the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult because of altitude. The walk takes few hours because of the short distance but is steep which required a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You will walk across an alpine desert with strong, cold winds blowing down from Kibo peak and its glaciers. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you commence your push for the summit.

Keep on Machame Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame

Elevation: 4235m to 4600m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Full Board



Day 7Barafu Camp (4,600m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) Then Down to Mweka (3,100m)

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Departure for the summit is at 12:00 AM. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim (5,861 m/18,640 ft) between 4 and 5 AM. At this point, you will be having views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you.

Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend time taking photos. After your summit activities, you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your gear, and continue down through the moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Summit attempt of Machame  Route 7 Days, 6 nights Machame

Elevation: 4600m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice

Full Board

Day 8Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,640m), Drive to Moshi

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Accommodation at Panama Garden Resort

Elevation: 3100m to 1,640m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9Departure

Transfer to airport will be arranged depends on flight time, please remind Sote Tours staff about any changes of the flight.

You can extent your stay by going to  safari or relaxing on Zanzibar beach.


Number of PeopleCost Per Person in US($)
1 Pax2,600
2 Pax2,050
3 Pax1,900
4 Pax1,820
5 Pax1,750
6 Pax1,730
7 Pax1,700
8 Pax1,690
9 Pax1,670
10 Pax1,650

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Service of an English speaking mountain guide
  • (2 nights of accommodation in Moshi Bed and Breakfast)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • Drinking water and full board meals on the mountain
  • All National Park fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary for crew as approved by KINAPA
  • Hot water for washing
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Kilimanjaro gate transfers
  • Mountain tents
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • Oximeter on the mountain
  • Sleeping Mattress

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Medication
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

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