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Kilimanjaro Empire Tours & Travel

  • Tanzania



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Tour Type


Safari Standard

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Tour Overview

The Machame route, also referred to as the whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro as well as Kilimanjaro Empire Tours’ most favourite. Despite being a tough climb compare to the Marangu route, the Machame route has the highest successful summiting rate given the topography which allows climbers to trek high and sleep low. This makes this route more favorable for acclimatization. It also offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts from the east side of the mountain proceeding steeply north traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho route at the Shira camp.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Elephant, Buffalo, Baboon, Blue Monkey, Vervet Monkey
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Minimum age:
    14 years old

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,000 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation & meals
  • Drinking water
  • Professional and experienced English speaking guide
  • Return airport transfers
  • Park fees & other associated fees
  • Government taxes

What's Excluded

  • International flights & visas
  • Guide gratuity
  • Personal Items


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Kilimanjaro Empire Tours & Travel
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Kilimanjaro Empire Tours & Travel‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

  • You will be picked up at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi
  • Meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek, then conduct an equipment check-up to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears
  • Missing gear can be rented on this day
  • Meals included
  • One hour drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb!
  • The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rain forest – this path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot
  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time taken: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
  • Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain
  • Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance
  • Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time took: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
  • Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek
  • We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp
  • The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude
  • Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
  • Approx. time took: 8 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
  • Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine
  • We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo – it’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring
  • Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for freshwater before the summit
  • From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m
  • For those feeling strong, we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night
  • Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
  • Approx. time took: 5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
  • After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m
  • The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all – it’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude
  • On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead – it’s important to keep hydrated and warm
  • We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up between 11 pm and 12 pm to start the climb to the summit
  • Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
  • Approx. time took: 3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
  • We start off at around midnight and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers
  • We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance, the views are spectacular
  • We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us
  • Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking
  • Another hour walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m)
  • We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest
  • Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi
  • Approx. time took: 12 – 15 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
  • A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride!
  • We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration
  • Overnight at the Park View Inn Lodge (or alternative)
  • Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi
  • Approx. time took: 6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included
  • The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home.
  • Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport
  • We also welcome you to spare an hour of your day to plant a tree, as part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro /Arusha region
  • Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania
  • Meals: Breakfast included
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