Kilimanjaro Itinerary

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7 Days Machame Route

Experience the comprehensive Machame Route over seven days, crossing diverse landscapes and engaging with Kilimanjaros captivating ecological zones.

Kilimanjaro via Machame Route.

The second most popular and indeed one of the most beautiful routes up the mountain is the Machame Route. Also known as the Whisky Route, this trail is both longer and slightly more challenging than the Marangu Route. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. The route is better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route. Provided of its challenge about 80% of hiker makes to the summit of Africa.

  • Major Attractions:Mt.Kilimanjaro,freestanding mountain in the world.
  • Mountain Guides Language: English,Germany,French.
  • Start From: Moshi.
  • Ending : Moshi.

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7 Days Kilimanjaro Itinerary


You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town (Keys Hotel , Panama garden resort , or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel); 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. The missing gear can be rented on this day.Meals: No Meals Included..

Keys Hotel,Panama garden resort

Day :1


  • Elevation: 1830m to 3000m, 6000ft to 10,200ft
  • Distance covered: Approximately 11 kilometers
  • Vegetation: Montane Forest
  • Approx. time taken: 5-7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Our mountain guides and a support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning for pre-climbing briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park's entrance: Machame Gate (1,800 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group will start trekking up to Machame Camp (3,010 m). The trekking route will take you through the rainforest , so we recommend you take spare clothes, and your rain gears.

Please Note: This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended the following:

  • Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffee
  • Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
  • ake a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your physician prior to the trip in case of potential allergies

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Machame Camp

Day :2


  • Elevation: 3000m to 3840m, 10,200ft to 12,600ft
  • Distance: 5km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Vegetation: Moorland
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path up to a steep, rocky ridge. On the Shira Plateau, the trail passes through heather and open moorlands, then cross a large river gorge to Shira Cave Camp for lunch then after some rest, there will be a chance to do a short acclimatization walk before dinner and overnight..

Shira Camp

Day :3


  • Elevation: 3800m to 4630m to 3986m, 15,000ft to 13,700ft
  • Distance covered: Approximately 11 kilometers
  • Vegetation: Semi-desert
  • Approx. time taken: 5-7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the Sharks Tooth. Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3860m / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Barranco Camp

Day :4


  • Elevation: (3,950m/12,960ft) to (4,200m/13,780ft)
  • Distance covered: Approximately 5 kilometers
  • Vegetation: Semi-desert
  • Approx. time taken: 2-3 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Wakeup coffee. Today you will have two breakfast; starts with the climb of the Breakfast wall which is the (NIKE NAME) Barranco Wall. Safety is needed your guides will assist you wherever necessary. Following the ridge as it goes up and down, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the south glacier of Kibo. In the Karanga Valley you will have hot lunch.

Karanga Valley

Day :5


  • Elevation: 4200 meter to 4,640 meter
  • Distance covered: Approximately 2 kilometers
  • Vegetation: Moorland
  • Approx. time taken: 2-3 hours

Wakeup coffee. Today you will have 2 to 3 hours hike to Barafu Camp You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, you can relax have dinner and call it an early sleep and prepare for the summit day.

Barafu Camp

Day :6


  • Distance covered: Approximately 15.5 kilometers
  • Vegetation: Moorland
  • Approx. time taken: 5 - 7 hours

After hot coffee and light snacks, the hike begins at around midnight. By headlight, you will climb the screes of Kibo. About 5 to 7 hours of ascending in the dark you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours hiking along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (the summit) 5,895 meters.

Here you will see Kilimanjaro in all its glory, enjoying the 360° view over the landscape below as the sun rises. You are now standing on the Roof of Africa. After amazing pictures and all your explorations the simple descent runs almost along the same route and shortly before midday you should arrive at Barafu Camp, where the porters and the cook will be waiting for you. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp 3,080 meter for a well-earned rest await

Mweka Camp

Day :6


  • Elevation: 3100m to 1830m, 10,200ft to 6000ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Vegetation: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

The final ascend of your amazing Kilimanjaro adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional songs about Kilimanjaro and the life of Tanzanians ceremony with the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where you will be picked up and drive to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. After all is hiking day the Kilimanjaro national park will be prepared for your certificate. This will be for those who went to Uhuru Peak/Stella Point. After a warm shower the rest of the day is free relaxing and swimming. AFRICAN TRACES will bring your certificate at the evening time and collecting the questioner form plus the medical form.

Include & Exclude

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi.
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  • Camping fees.
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters.
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain.
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit.
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights.
  • Laundry (Available at hotel).
  • Personal items and toiletries.
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain.
  • Tips is recommanded for a group sharing as follows:
  • Guide $25-$20 per day
    Assistance 20$ -18$ per day
    Cook 18$-15$ Per Day
    Porter 13$-10$ per day

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