10 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trek Trip Machame Route

Machame route on Kilimanjaro is a seven days camping route, which allows for excellent acclimatization and particularly diverse sceneries. 

It has been called the whiskey route in the past and nowadays about 40% of all climbers on the mountain use it. The other reason is that the seven days program begins on the south west of the mountain and traverses around to the south east side, enabling you to sleep at the same altitude for three consecutive nights, this means that our summit success rate on this route is quite high.



Days Summary

  • Day 1: arrival arrival in Tanzania on your custom dates.
  • Day 2: resting, hydrating and briefing, with time to pick up rental items and buy any snacks in town.
  • Day 3: Moshi to Machame gate and hike to Machame Camp.
  • Day 4: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
  • Day 5: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
  • Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp.
  • Day 7: Karanga Valley to Barandu Camp.
  • Day 8: Baradu Camp to Uhuru Peak and descend via Barafu down to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp.
  • Day 9: Descend to Mweka Gate and transfer back to hotel.
  • Day 10: Departure Day or the start of any safari.


Day 1

Arrive into Tanzania. Most people fly into Kilimanjaro airport either direct or via Kenya. Overnight in Moshi Town Hotel.

Day 2: Day in Moshi

  • Elevation 900m

The day is spent in Moshi, meet the BEYOND ALPINE TREKKERS staffs and have time for hiring equipment’s or relaxing in the hotel. This is a good day to hydrate fully for the start the next day.

 Day 3: Transport To Machame Gate

  • Elevation: 900m-1790m-2980m
  • Distance: 10kms –
  • Time: 5hrs

Transport to Machame Gate, (1hour up to 1790m) (
registration sometimes can take a few hours or so for this process). Trek to Machame Camp through beautiful montane forest on good path. Camp overnight at the edge of the forest.

Day 4: Machame Camp To Shira Plateau.

  • Elevation: 2980m-3840m
  • Distance: 7kms
  • Time: 6-7hrs.

Uphill through thinning forest and onto a huge Volcanic plateau. Camping is more exposed here with great views of the summit massif.

Day 5: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp.

  • Elevation: 3849-3950m
  • Distance: 10kms
  • Time: 7-8hrs.

Traversing two Valleys skirting the base of the summit massif. High desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley Breach. This day ascends a maximum of 700 meters but the net height gain is only about 100 meters.

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley.

  • Elevation: 3950m-3950m
  • Distance: 4kms
  • Time: 5hrs

Starting with a scramble over the Barranco wall and over a further two Valleys to get to this open campsite with great views of the Heim Glacier. Another up and down day but no net gain in height which is all good for acclimatization.

Day 7: Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp.

  • Elevation: 3950m-4550m
  • Distance: 4km
  • Time: 4-5hrs.

Heading upwards towards the open rock and colder temperatures. Barafu means ‘ICE’ in Swahili and the camping is amongst the rocks. Early dinner.

Day 8: Summit Day

  • Elevation: 4550m-5895m-2800m
  • Distance: 18kms
  • Time: 7hrs up, 6hrs down

Night time ascent on rock and scree, snow and ice. To the crater rim and the summit. Expect cold temperatures with windchill. The final slope the crater rim and Stella point has loose the sree and is very slow. From Stella Point it is a further 45 minutes up the escarpment to the summit of Uhuru. Descend in sunlight to Barafu for early lunch, and then walk down to millennium Camp, normally arriving midafternoon.

Day 9: Millennium to Mweka Gate.

  • Elevation: 2800m-900m
  • Distance: 11kms
  • Time :  4-6hrs

Descent through the lush forest to Mweka Gate where you sign out and pick up the summit certificate. Legs will be very tired! Meet our driver at the gate for transport back to the hotel, arriving normally at about 2pm. The gate is where tips are handed out and you say kwaheri (good bye) to the mountain staff, but it can still be done at the hotel. A hot shower and an afternoon relaxing.

Day 10

Depart to the next destination, either start a safari or depart back to your sweet home. 


$2400 P/P. Minimum 2Pax

Price and booking enquiries.

Note: the cost of this trek will vary depending on the number of the persons traveling as well as the dates of travel.
Please indicate preferred date of travel, number of adults and number and ages of children if any.

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Quotation price Includes:
  • Pick up from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Airport.
  • Three or Two night accommodation in Moshi hotel B&B.
  • All government fees (Entry fees, Camping fees , Rescue fees, Crew fees and forest fees).
  • Guide and Porter wages.
  • Food three meals a day while you’re on the mountain.
  • Oxygen bottle
  • (Equipment) Tent, table, chair, mattress, mess tent, private toilet etc.
Not included are:
  • Personal Gear like sleeping bag, walking stick, cameras etc.
  • Tips for the crew.
  • Flight ticket
  • Visa

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