The Machame route, known as the “Whiskey” route is considered the most scenic route up in Kilimanjaro. Hiking the Machame route is more difficult, but not technically difficult. It covers more ground and involves more ups and downs. It wears you out more, takes more energy, not more skill but it offers much better acclimatization!

Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included)Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
Professional, experienced, mountain guidesTwo nights hotel in Arusha
All Park fees Rescue fees
All meals while on the MountainArrival and Departure transfers
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious foodClean, purified drinking water
Sleeping Mattress Flying Doctor Service
Crisis management and safety proceduresFair and ethical treatment of porters
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
Tips and any items of personal nature



Day 1

Arrive in Arusha: We stay at Ilboru Safari Lodge, which is a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Meru and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure. We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2

Machame Gate to Machame Hut (Full Board): The climb starts from Machame gate (1830 m), we walk through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while enjoying the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you will arrive to the first Machame Hut, situated at 3000 m above sea level. If is a clear day we may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. Machame Gate to Machame Hut (3,000 m): 6-7 hours walking.

Day 3

Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Full Board): A shorter day climbing up a steep ridge to reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic site, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is known for beautiful wild alpine flowers. The most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from Shira Camp. Machame Hut to Shira Camp (3,840m): 4-6 hours walking.

Day 4

Shira Camp to Barranco Valley (Full Board): Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m). Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,900 m): 5-7 hours walking.

Day 5

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Full Board): A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp. Barranco Camp to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4-5 hours walking.

Day 6

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (Full Board): A steep climb out of Karanga and an easy path on compacted scree with wide views through this empty, dry landscape, up to Barafu camps. The two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi can been seen from Barafu Camp. After a hot lunch at the Camp, The remainder of the day is spent resting as we prepare for the final ascent before an early night summit walk. Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m); 3-4 hours walking.

Day 7

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (Full Board): Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735 m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp. Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.

Day 8

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha (Half Board): A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge. Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours walking.

Day 9

Departure day: After saying bye to our team in operation then you need a Private departure transfer which is included from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight.
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  • in case of cancellation less than 3 days prior to the date of providing services – 50%
  • in case cancellation takes place on the day when services have to be provided the cost of services is not refunded

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