Duration: 8 Days
Total hiking distance: About 100 km's
Sometimes called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route
up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge
leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It
then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the
Southern Icefields to join the Barafu Route to the summit.
An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on
the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira
Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River.
The Mweka Route is used for the descent.
Accommodation on the mountain is in tents which the porters
will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm
clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek
within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in
This is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro.
All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook
prepares all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu
route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents
only This makes Machame (also referred to as the "Whiskey
route") better suited to the slightly more adventurous
hiker, however rewarding him with a scenic splendor such as
not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon sunsets
at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great
Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous
hiker a stunning scenic "slide show" over tent6 days. The
Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days.
There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the
most valuable commodity on the mountain - acclimatization.
The Machame route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on
the day 3 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an
overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is the secret to
8 day - Itinerary for the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
The Machame route can also be completed in 5 days. On day 3
on the itinerary below, you go directly to Kibo with an
overnight at the Arrow Glacier camp, with your final
summating attempt on day 4. An extremely physically and
mentally demanding option, not recommended for the average
Day 1: Arrival - Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, met and assisted.
Transfer to a hotel for an overnight. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2: Machame Gate (1490m) - Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 18 km's
Habitat: Montane forest
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast
and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910m) to the Machame
village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the
supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive
a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the
village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is
possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate,
Machame Forest but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take
about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate
office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest
almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in
the forest, which will transform the trail into a very
soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a
welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame
camping area in the late afternoon.
Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you)
will have erect your tent on your arrival. In the evening
the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the
cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for
the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing
point at this campsite.
Day 3: Machame camp (2980m) - Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 9 km's
Shira tent Camp. You rise early at Machame camp and after
breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest
and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the
moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up
a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be
able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach
with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and
after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3
840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water,
before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will
even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures
dropping to well below freezing.
Day 4: Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco camp
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 15 km's
Habitat: Semi desert
Lava Tower.The route now turns east into a semi desert and
rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an
altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is
served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree
path to Lava Tower (4630m). Definitely the toughest day so
far. It is normally around this point, where for the first
time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of
breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you
descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area
and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower,
the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear.
This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers
great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of
the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in
a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which
should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait
for the preparation of your dinner.
Day 5: Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 13 km's
Habitat: Alpine desert
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very
imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome
looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier
than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim
Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro
really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga
Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins
up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down
from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and
after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.
The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as
there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word
for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to
spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales
the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous
ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the
terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is
now a further 1345m up and you will make the Barafu Tent
Camp. final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment,
ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This
should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera
batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as
well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your
water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and
try to get some precious rest and sleep.
Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT
Barafu camp (4550m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak
7/8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: About 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Stella Point.You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea
and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head
in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree
towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to
Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically
the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m)
you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the
most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather
permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter
snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The
time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather
conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be
extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.
Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest
of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes
about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short
rest and collect the rest of your gear, before Summit Group.
heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not
difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path
into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp
is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be
expected in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water
will be prepared.
Day 7: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: About 15 km's
Mweka Gate.After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is
a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. It is
strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until
you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click
here for more info on tips. At Mweka gate you sign your name
and details in a register. This is also where successful
climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers
who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green
certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m)
receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will
continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km
(1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a
delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Moshi for a long
over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight in
Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back
home or continue with your safari schedule.
Basically, the above price include:
Guarantee Price, Guarantee Departure.
Free scheduled bus shuttle Nairobi-Arusha- Moshi-Nairobi.
2 nights accommodations in a mid-class hotel (Bed and
Breakfast), before and after the climb.
Accommodation in mountain tents/huts.
Meals (3 meals a day),
All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, and
Services of our own trained English-speaking mountain guide,
and a skilled cook, and enough numbers of porters for your
Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your
The price does not include:
-Item of personal nature.
-Tips to guide and porters