Machame Route is most popular among hikers as it’s the oldest and most scenic route. Due to the popularity, Machame attracts more crowds as compared to other routes during Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing.
Kilimanjaro Machame Route offers a great acclimatizing opportunity. Normally 6 to 7 days Kilimanjaro Climbing is recommended to reach Uhuru peak though Machame Route.
Difficulty – Medium
Distance – 62km/39miles
Duration – 6-8 Days
Success Rate – High
The Machame Route (known as the "Whiskey" route), is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. The trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.
We have 85% success on the Machame Route 7 Days up Kilimanjaro. The Machame Route is one of the more beautiful routes on the mountain, giving you exceptional views throughout your journey. The Machame is strictly camping accommodation, allowing the climber scenic evenings looking out at the stars in this magical mountain environment.
The exact climbing distance for the Machame Route is 62km or 37 miles.
Due to its climb high sleep low profile, Machame Route Success Rate are very high. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all operators is 85% for the 7-days climb, and a 73% success rate for the 6-days climb.
The scenery is extremely varied, and you will pass through 5 climatic zones on your way to the summit. The Machame Route climb begins in rainforest on the lower slopes, before continuing up into the low alpine zone of wild grasslands and moorlands. You will encounter many incredible vistas and visit stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco and Lava Tower.
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7 Days Machame Route
This is also known as the whisky route which is famous route for its camping and spectacular view of Mount Meru and shira plateau. The six days (6)are possible, but seven days (7) a much for acclimatisation and resting before going to the summit (Peak).
Elevation: 800m - 1800m - 3000m
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
At every meal ( Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) the guide will be with you briefing of the next day ( point).
Elevation: 3000m to 3750m
Distance: 6 Km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Here before dinner you will be able to experience a spectacular view of Mount Meru, shira plateau, kibo peak and sun set.
Elevation: 3750m - 4600m - 3900m
Hiking time: 5- 7 hours
Habitat: Moorland/ Alpine desert
As it is important for acclimatisation on this day we will trek to lava tower 4600m and afterwards we will return to baranco campsite 3900m
Elevation: 3900m - 4200m -3995m
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
On this morning we will climb baranco wall 4200 for acclimatisation and cross ridges and valleys to karanga campsite where we will have lunch , after lunch if your trek is for 6 Days you will continue to Barafu campsite where you will be served an early dinner at 1700hrs and a briefing about the summit (Peak) . For those who are on a 7 days trek will rest at this karanga campsite.
Elevation: 3995m - 4673m
Distance: 4 Km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert
From karanga campsite the trek is tough to Barafu campsite due to Altitude. The distance is short but steep the pace is slow. Here you will be served lunch and get briefing before taking a nap. Dinner will be served early then you will take a rest before midnight when will start our final climb to the highest peak of Africa (Uhuru Peak) .
Elevation 4673m - 5895m - 3100m
Hiking time: 10- 12 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert and glacier
Here we wake up at midnight you are served a light breakfast before we start for the summit. The aim of starting at midnight before dawn is to make you be able to climb to the summit at easbeacause the trail is steep up to Stella point 5756m at this point you will start to view the glacier, crater and sunrise before reaching Uhuru peak which will take us almost an hours walk. We will have a moment of taking pictures depending on the weather and physical conditions. After this it’s our descending back to barafu campsite for a short nap followed with lunch and getting ready to go down to mweka campsite. At mweka camp you will be provided with a small basin of hot water and delicious meal before sleeping.
Elevation 3100m - 1800m
descending time 3 - 4 hours
Habitat: mountain forest
On this morning we have a moment of celebrating after breakfast. The crew sing and dance to the guest/ friends traditional African songs/ Jambo song to commemorate the trek. Here you will have the chance to give tips to the guide, porters, and cook for their service. After that we will descending to mweka gate where you will sign out and given your certificates then we will head directly to the hotel where you will take a long hot shower and a good rest.
Transport to and from
Allowance for the crew
First aid kit and oxygen tank for an emergency
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Drinks at the hotel
Tips for the crew
Hiking the Kilimanjaro is a lifetime experience where nature offers you its utmost beauty, love and peace. We enjoyed every moment, every challenge, pain, laugh, every
I had the privilege of having Martin as one of my guides on my Kilimanjaro trek. While trekking, Martin made the time go by with telling us stories, giving us history
Climbing Kilimanjaro was the adventure of a lifetime. The climb was thrilling and beautiful. The various ecological zones we passed through were incredible.
Martin was my guide climbing up the Machame route. I had limited trekking experience and there were a couple times I didn’t think I was going to make it up especially