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Experience the thrill of trekking the Machame Route to climb Africa's tallest mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro - on this 8-day guided climbing tour. This popular route, also known as the Whiskey Route, is well-paced and offers some amazing views as you stay at the stunning Machame, Shira, Barranco, Barafu and Mweka camps en route.

Enjoy the late afternoon sunset at the Shira Camp, the misty revelations at the Barranco Wall, and the stunning ice curtains of the Western Breach. Though a taxing climb, the changes in elevation are slow, giving you the chance to acclimatise gradually. The up-and-down of the Machame Route is the secret to its high success rate.

  • Tour duration: 8 days
  • Start: Arusha
  • End: Arusha
  • Destinations:
  • Accommodation:
    1 night at Springlands Hotel
    1 night at Machame Camp
    1 night at Shira Camp
    1 night at Barranco Camp
    1 night at Barafu Camp
    1 night at Mweka Forest Camp
    1 night at Springlands Hotel
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Type of Tour: Package
  • Type of Accommodation: Mixed

Itinerary Highlights

  • Spend six days on the mighty Kilimanjaro - five nights in tents
  • Popular climb with gradual start & high summit success rate 
  • Trek rainforests, heathland & lava ridges 
  • Magnificent views of Kili, Kibo Peak & the ice fields
  • Ascend & descend two different routes for varity of scenery
  • Guide, porters & cooking crew

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Arusha

On arrival the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Springlands Hotel for the night. Later in the evening your guide will brief you on your trek, before you enjoy a delicious dinner (not included).

Day 2

Ascend to the Machame Camp

This morning you begin the first section of your adventure climb up Africa's highest mountain. Transfer to the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park where you’ll complete the park entrance formalities.

Begin hiking through the lush rainforest of the lower slopes as you make your way to the Machame Camp which is about 3,000m above sea level. Relax after your initial day as the guides and porters prepare dinner, and set up your camp.

Day 3

Enjoy a scenic climb to the Shira Camp

Rise early and enjoy breakfast before starting your day's climbing. You’ll make your way out of the rainforest into gentle moorland, stopping for lunch and a rest. Continue your day’s hike up a ridge to the Shira Plateau for excellent views of Kibo's glaciated dome.

Enjoy the views and scenery while you continue to your final destination, the Shira Camp, at a height of 3,800m. Enjoy some much needed relaxation as your guides and porters set up camp and prepare your dinner.

Day 4

Cross a valley to the Barranco Camp

Heading eastwards towards Kibo, you’ll cross below the prominent landmark of the Lava Tower where you'll stop for lunch. Enjoy the views while taking a break, and then descend the scree slopes of the Western Breach to the Kilimanjaro Barranco Campsite.

Enjoy a memorable sunset from the Great Barranco Walls as you wait for dinner. Overall your highest ascent for the day will have been 4,600m though your campsite is at 3,900m.

Day 5

Enjoy views of the ice fields at Barafu

Begin your day early to tackle the day’s challenging climb. The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley and crosses the Karanga Valley, which is the last water point for your ascent.

Continue along a steep climb over rocky slabs to the Barafu Campsite at a height of 4,600m. The campsite offers stunning views of the ice fields.

Day 6

Make it to the snowy summit

Wake up around midnight to begin your ascent to the Stella Point on the crater rim in time for sunrise. After taking in the amazing view, continue your walk to the Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5,896m.

After a short rest at the summit, you'll descend through the lower moorland and forest landscape to the Mweka Campsite where you’ll stay overnight and relax after a long, but worthwhile climb.

Day 7

Get a good night's sleep in Moshi

This morning you’ll descend the rest of the way through the forest to the gate at the Mweka Wildlife College. Here, you'll be met and transferred back to the Springlands Hotel for dinner and a much deserved shower and bed.

Day 8

Ending your trek in Moshi

Spend the day at leisure before transferring to Kilimanjaro Airport for your onward flight. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool, or head into Moshi to explore the town.


  • 2 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • Park fees and camping fees
  • Meet and greet services
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • 5 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • Use of tents on the mountain
  • Services of an experienced English speaking mountain guide
  • Porters to carry backpack/rucksack and camping equipment
  • Rescue fees (evacuation from mountain to the park gate only)
  • Government taxes


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 16 Dec 2013 - 15 Dec 2014 $1745

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"This route requires a little more experience, effort and time but will reward you with unparalleled contrasting views as you ascend the one side of majestic Kili and descend the other."



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