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Day by day itinerary
7 day Machame route

1 Arrive Kilimanjaro  
2 Machame Gate to Machame Camp 3000m
3 Machame Camp to Shira Camp 3850m
4 Shira Camp to Barranco Camp 3950m
5 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp 3930m
6 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp 4600m
7 Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut 5895m
8 Mweka Camp to hotel  
9 Depart Kilimanjaro  

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Machame route

Machame route to climb Kilimanjaro


  • Highly recommended route with best success rate
  • Allows climbers to "walk high, sleep low" enabling better acclimatisation
  • A challenging trek with stunning scenery over five climatic zones
  • Ascent and descent via different routes
  • Fully catered camping


The Machame route is one of our most highly recommended routes to climb Kilimanjaro as it offers great acclimatisation, allowing the climber to "walk high, sleep low", and as a result enjoys one of the highest summit success rate of all the routes to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. It goes by the nickname of "The Whisky route" although no whisky is available!

The Machame route approaches from the southwest passing through Kilimanjaro's five diverse climatic zones with stunning views to the west across the Shira Plateau where it joins the Lemosho/Shira route on day 3. It then continues on to the magnificent Lava Tower, followed by the Great Barranco Wall and Kilimanjaro's Southern Icefield.

Some people are concerned about short scramble up the Great Barranco Wall, but this really is not that tricky and you will be helped by your guide every step of the way. One stride around a rock outcrop is the most precarious part you will experience. Thousands of climbers safely travel this route each year, let alone the Kilimanjaro porters carrying heavy loads.

Owing to its high success rate the Machame route can be busy, but we ensure we hit the trail early to avoid the crowds. We also ensure that our porter team arrive into the designated campsites early so that your tent will be set up and ready for your arrival. Together with a nice hot drink prepared by our team cook. 

Although you can climb Kilimanjaro over 6 days via the Machame route we recommend taking 7 days. The reason for this is that it offers much better acclimatisation and allows the pre-summit day to be split into two which means that you have two shorter days trekking prior to your summit ascent. This really helps and has proved a great success and a more enjoyable way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

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