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Tanzania Kilimanjaro Hike 09 Days Machame Route

  • 9 Days(07 days hike + 2 hotel)
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Jun - Dec

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Machame Route is one of the most popular routes on Mount Kilimanjaro.

According to statistics from Kilimanjaro National Park approximately 50% of trekkers use the Machame Route to ascend Kilimanjaro. The route is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes.

The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro. Despite being a tough climb compared to the Marangu route, the Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates given the topography of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. Unlike the Marangu route which is a gradual ascent, the Machame route is has steeper trails and climbers walk longer distances. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain.

The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes at the Shira camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7-day trek is recommended so climbers are well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.

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Price Includes:

  • meet and greets at airport
  • All land transfers
  • 3 meals per day while trekking - Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
  • Two nights at moshi or Arusha breakfast included
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
  • Porters- a maximum of 3 per client
  • Oxygen, Ox meters, First Aid Kit with Diamox and other related medicines, Rescue fees
  • Government tax
  • Flying doctor insurance
  • New Wildlife Management Area Fees
  • New Tourist Development Levy
  • VAT in all service

Price Excludes:

  • International air tickets
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival (100 US$ for Americans & Irish Passport Holders)
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Gratuities for safari guide.
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Walking Poles
  • Sleeping Bags (recommended not to share) - rental fee 20 US$.
  • Tips (see below Currency)
  • Travel Insurance


Day 1 - Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Moshi

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear.
Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Moshi (1400m) - Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp (3010m)

Distance: 10.8 km
Hiking Time: Approximately 6 hours
Habitat: Mountain Rain Forest
After heavy breakfast from your lodge, your guide will brief you on the day.
One hour’s 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 rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot

Day 3 - Machame Camp (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)

Hiking time: 5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Distance: Approximately 5.4 km
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.

Day 4 - 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

Hiking time: 8 hours
Habitat: Moorland/Pine Forest
Distance: Approximately 10.8 km
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.

Day 5 - Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5.5 km
Habitat: Moorland
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine.
We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the south-eastern 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. 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.

Day 6 - Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 3 km
Habitat: Alpine desert
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 is important to keep hydrated and warm.
We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.

Day 7 - Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

Hiking time: 12-15 hours
Distance: Approximately 22 km
Today is “The Big Day” – the summit stage.
You will begin your final ascent around midnight which will be long and strenuous.
Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – where the sun will slowly start to warm up the land. You will have soon forgotten the cold of the night and after a further hike of 1 – 2 hours, you will reach Uhuru Peak at 5895m, the highest point in Africa.
Total exhilaration and satisfaction – you made it!

On your return to Kibo Hut, a warm meal awaits you followed by a 1 – 2-hour break before proceeding back down to Horombo Hut.

Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8 - Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

Distance: 12.1km
Hiking time: 6 hours
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride!

Those climbers who reached Gillman’s Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates.

After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a short transfer follows to take you back to your hotel in Moshi. Once there, you can take a warm and relaxing shower and celebrate your success in reaching the summit of the Kilimanjaro
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 9 - Kwaheri Tanzania

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 spare an hour of your day to visit the orphan’s home, as part of our community support after climb Kilimanjaro

* Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania                                                                                         

Meals: Breakfast Included


Group minimum 02, maximum 8.

EUR2000 Per person sharing
Rates reduce as the group number grows

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The temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro range from hot to bitter cold. Climbing Kilimanjaro is unique for many reasons, and one of these is that from origin to summit, climbers find themselves weaving through several distinct climate zones. It is said that the journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days!

We generally advise that the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and driest times of year, from December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October

From July until the end of October, conditions are generally colder, but much drier than the previous months. Whilst there is a chance of getting rained on throughout the year, particularly as you trek through the rainforest and moorlands, typically precipitation is low and infrequent.

If you remain dry, you’ll be more comfortable and the trek will be a more enjoyable experience overall. Another advantage of climbing during these months is that you’ll have clear and sunny skies, and spectacular views.

At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 degrees Celsius. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.


Bring USD US Dollars and in small notes.
If you opt for the visa on arrival, have a $50 note ready. On departure, $25 for airport tax.

Most meals are included on Kilimanjaro hike but some on Zanzibar are not. Expect $50 per person for tips given to crew.

Before you begin your climb you will meet your guide and porters. Typically guides can speak good English, porters less so.

Porters carry all your gear (excluding your daypack) and all the equipment you need on your climb (tents, cooking equipment, food, water etc.). Each porter carries up to 20kg on their back or head! Yes, 20kg.
Some tour operators limit the weight that porters carry to 15kg.

Porters race ahead of you and your guide to make sure they get to each Kilimanjaro campsite before you and have everything setup for your arrival (tent assembled, food ready etc.).

Guides are responsible for managing the porter team and ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable hike. Most are fully trained in mountain first aid, and have many Kilimanjaro summits under their belt.

What is the ratio of support staff to trekkers?
The average ratio of support staff is 3 porters for every climber, 2 guides for every 4 climbers, cook and assistant guides vary depending on numbers.

Here are some typical ration numbers:

  • 1 climber: 1 guide / 2-3 porters / 1 cook

  • 2-3 climbers: 1 guide / 5-6 porters / 1 cook / 1 assistant guide

  • 4-5 climbers: 2 guides / 8-9 porters / 2 cooks / 1 assistant guide

  • 5-6 climbers: 2 guides / 11-12 porters / 2 cooks / 2 assistant guides

  • 7-8 climbers: 3 guides / 14-15 porters / 2-3 cooks / 2-3 assistant guides

  • 9-10 climbers: 3-4 guides / 17-18 porters / 2-3 cook / 2-3 assistant guides

How much should I tip on a climb?
We’ve provided a guideline and worked example for calculating how much you should set aside for tips. Please use this as a guideline only.

We suggest 10-12% of your climb cost (approximately $300-500) per climber.

Tipping amounts are as follows.

  • Per main guide – US$20-25 per day

  • Per assistant guide – US$15-20 per day

  • Per cook – US$15 per day

  • Per porter – US$10 per day

​Tips are usually paid at the end of your Kilimanjaro hike after you have reached your final checkpoint and signed out with the authorities.

It is customary to pay tips individually in separate envelopes unless advised otherwise (some tour companies suggest you pay your lead guide who then re-distributes the money). 


Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine.

Country specific diphtheria recommendations are not provided here. Diphtheria tetanus and polio are combined in a single vaccine in some countries. Therefore, when a tetanus booster is recommended for travellers, diphtheria vaccine is also given. Should there be an outbreak of diphtheria in a country, diphtheria vaccination guidance will be provided.

Those who may be at increased risk of an infectious disease due to their work, lifestyle choice, or certain underlying health problems should be up to date with additional recommended vaccines.

The vaccines which are recommended for most travellers visiting this country:
Hepatitis A

The vaccines which are recommended for some travellers visiting this country:
Hepatitis B
Tuberculosis (TB)
Meningococcal Disease
Yellow Fever
Certificate requirements

Please read the information below carefully, as certificate requirements may be relevant to certain travellers only. For travellers’ further details, if required, should be sought from their healthcare professional. ​

  • There is a low potential for exposure to yellow fever throughout Tanzania.
  • Under International Health Regulations, a certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • According to World Health Organization (WHO), from 11 July 2016 (for all countries), the yellow fever certificate will be valid for the duration of the life of the person vaccinated. As a consequence, a valid certificate, presented by arriving travellers, cannot be rejected on the grounds that more than ten years have passed since the date vaccination became effective as stated on the certificate; and that boosters or revaccination cannot be required.


Travellers should follow an ABCD guide to preventing malaria:
Awareness of the risk – Risk depends on the specific location, season of travel, length of stay, activities and type of accommodation.
Bite prevention – Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures.
Chemoprophylaxis – Travellers should take antimalarials (malaria prevention tablets) if appropriate for the area (see below). No antimalarials are 100% effective but taking them in combination with mosquito bite avoidance measures will give substantial protection against malaria.
Diagnosis – Travellers who develop a fever of 38°C [100°F] or higher more than one week after being in a malaria risk area, or who develop any symptoms suggestive of malaria within a year of return should seek immediate medical care. Emergency standby treatment may be considered for those going to remote areas with limited access to medical attention.

  • There is a high risk of malaria in all areas of Tanzania below 1,800m (including Zanzibar): atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycycline OR mefloquine recommended.
  • There is no risk of malaria above 1,800m: bite avoidance recommended

Altitude illness in Tanzania
There is a point of elevation in this country higher than 2,500 metres. An example place of interest: Mt Kilimanjaro 5,895m.

Travellers should spend a few days at an altitude below 3,000m. Where possible travellers should avoid travel from altitudes less than 1,200m to altitudes greater than 3,500m in a single day. Ascent above 3,000m should be gradual. Travellers should avoid increasing sleeping elevation by more than 500m per day and ensure a rest day (at the same altitude) every three or four days. Acetazolamide can be used to assist with acclimatization, but should not replace gradual ascent. Travellers who develop symptoms of AMS (headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and sleep disturbance) should avoid further ascent. In the absence of improvement or with progression of symptoms the first response should be to descend.

Trip Highlights:

Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, lies just three degrees south of the equator and is permanently snow-capped.

lt offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability.

The trek takes you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest.

The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

One day (day 5) for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Full Moon view Summit on day 7!

Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment!

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