Machame Kilimanjaro Trek


About this activity

  • Instant Booking
  • Free Cancellation Free cancellation up to 30 day(s) prior departure, after which the tour cancellation policy applies Learn More.
  • Duration:7 Day(s)
  • Activities
    • Camping and Stargazing Tours
    • Cultural Walking Tours
    • Nature Tours
    • Trekking and Hiking Tours
  • Travel StylePremium
  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
    • French
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • For Art Lovers
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Africa, Tanzania,
    • Moshi
    • Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Moshi
  • Pickup


    From: To:
    8:00 AM 8:30 AM
  • Drop-off

    Hotel or Airport

    From: To:
    12:00 PM 2:00 PM
  • Age Range 5 - 100 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights

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 just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 days trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.

Tour Introduction

The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for us. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. 


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.

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.

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.

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 southeastern 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.

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.

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

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! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel


Location Nights Type Property Name Rating Occupancy
Moshi 2 Hotel Lindrin Lodge 3 Star Private
2 nights accommodation included, 1 before tour and the second after the tour.
Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Airport Transfer
  • Bus Terminal
  • Hotel

We coordinate transfers from clients location to their reserved accommodation before tour commencement and take them to the departure areas after tour.


All clients are accommpanied by professional and knowledged guide during their tours.

  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Three Meals a day will be provided during the 7 days of the hike but the 2 days at the hotel only breakfast will be served.


We have property Insurance covered for our clients items once placed in our offices but we advise clients to have their travel Insurance which would help them cover both International and local Damages.

  • Shuttle

We provide transport to all destinations where the tour is to begin or end to all our clients but not transport for personal moves therefore for personal movement there will be charges.

Other Included

Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees

18% VAT on tour fees & services

3 Season mountain tents

Double layered Sleeping Mats

Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters

Filtered water throughout the trek

Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority


  • Flights
  • Extra Services

Other Excluded:

  • Tips to mountain crew
  • items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • A doctor for the group

Covid Safety

All equipments before and after tour are sanitized, clients need to be checked their temperature level daily as well as the crew to ensure everyone is safe. There is also provision of enough water, and soap to enable every one's hands are clean. All the team will have masks too for safety.


Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 100 % of the tour amount

Cancellation Made Within Refund Policy 6 days prior to departure Non-refundable 7-15 Days Prior to Departure Date 50% of total purchase amount can be refunded 16-24 Days Prior to Departure Date 75% of total purchase amount can be refunded 25 or more Days Prior to Departure Date 100% of total purchase amount can be refunded In case of a “NO SHOW” 100% cancellation fee charges • Please note that cancellation fees are calculated based on the date we receive your signed Cancellation Request note. • All cancellations must be made directly • In most cases, reservations paid the refunds will be processed by wire transfer and 6% surcharges will be incurred BOOKING AMENDMENT • Kindly Note that Obrey Safaris allows indefinite holds on client’s deposits and the amount can be used for future tours. Free Cancellation Single Day Tours: Cancel at least 7 Days in advance of the start date of the experience for a full refund.

Tour Date Change Policy

Tour Date can be changed 2 day(s) prior departure


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