The Machame Route, which approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest, is the second most popular Kilimanjaro route. Because it is more challenging than the “Coca-Cola” (Marangu) route due to its longer and steeper treks as well as the absence of overnight shelters along the way, it is also known as the “Whiskey Route Kilimanjaro.”

The route begins on the mountain’s southwest slope and takes roughly six days to complete. But it is advised that climbers take seven days to complete the route since one day should be used to acclimatize to the altitude for safety and to improve the chances of summit success.

Climbers will sleep in tents that will be erected at specified campsites. There are two ways for hikers to go to Uhuru Peak. Most hikers follow the lengthier Barafu Trail, which provides a stunning view of the Rebmann Glacier. The other route is the Western Breach Route, which is more thrilling because it passes via Lava Tower and the Arrow Glacier.


Stunning scenery and amazing diversity:

The path begins in a verdant jungle, then passes through several moorlands before reaching Shira, an arid and dusty plateau. After climbing to Uhuru Peak, which is in the Arctic temperature range, hikers must descend the difficult Mweka Route, which passes between a lowland forest and a dry alpine desert. This is the route to choose if you are okay with hiking in a larger group and want a more challenging and interesting journey up the mountain.


Why choose us for your nine-day Machame route trekking?

We are an established local tour company with all required permits and don’t subcontract any of our labor. As a result, we are positioned to offer our clients the best service at a competitive price.

The mountain and safari guides we employ have successfully finished comprehensive training to obtain their respective licenses. They have a wealth of knowledge and have successfully guided 98% of our clients to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. They help you maintain safety while traveling on the safari and in the mountains.

Our guides will have portable oxygen tanks with them on the mountain and use pulse oximeters to take readings frequently as they ascend.

Our guides always have first aid supplies on the safari and while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

​All of our guides have been educated to “Leave No Trace” and to abide by all of the rules surrounding the removal of waste from the mountain because we run a socially and environmentally conscious business.

​We take pleasure in providing answers, and from the start of the planning process through the conclusion of your trip, we will draw on the first-hand experience of our team members to address any questions you might have.

We take the responsibility of planning individualized itineraries very seriously as a result. All of our team members have undergone training in customer service to adjust to each customer’s particular needs. We make it a point to pay attention to even the slightest things when caring for our customers.




Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and be transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, the hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy room, hot water, polite staffs, a swimming pool, and internet access. In the evening, there will be a briefing with our guide on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. Gears which is missing can be rented on this day.


Day 2 Machame Gate

Machame Gate

 (5,905ft/1,800m) to

Machame Camp (9,840ft/3,000m)

  • Hiking Time:6-7 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: 9,840ft
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Distance: 11km/7miles


Your day start with a breakfast and 45 minutes’ drive from Moshi to the machame gate. You will receive a lunch park at the gate and you can also drink bottled water. After registered at the gate office the group will start trekking up to machame camp (3,000m). The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense forest this path is less well trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy under foot so we are recommended you take not only spare clothes but also your raincoats. On your route you will experience a wonderfully with rainforest with ancient trees, primeval ferns, liana & lichen to mention but a few. Another favorite to look out for on this day is the black and white thumb less colobus monkeys.


Day 3: Machame Camp

Machame Camp

 (9,840ft/3,000m) to

Shira Camp (12,600ft/3,840m)

  • Hiking Time:5-6 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: 12,600ft
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Distance: 7km/4miles


Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent into shira plateau at around mid-afternoon. As you walk will notice the dramatic change in the landscape – from lush and green rainforest to dry moor and heathland. You will also have gradual exposure to increasingly higher altitudes to help with acclimatization process. After lunch, you will climb the Lava Tower 300 meters filled shira plateau then hike through arid pathways. And the most spectacular views of Kibo peak can be seen from shira camp and watch for the shrinking vegetation the higher you ascend Kilimanjaro, including the exotic Lobelia Deckenia and the Scenecio dwarf shrub.

Acclimatization hikes:

Change in Elevation: Shira Camp (3,840)

–Destination Point on route to Lava Tower (4,120m)

– Hiking Distance: 2km    -Hiking Time: 1-2 hours


Day 4: Shira Camp

Shira Camp

 (12,600ft/3,840m) to

Barranco Camp (12,960ft/3,950m) via an Ascent to the Lava Tower (4,120m)

  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: 12,960ft
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Distance: 10 km/6miles

After breakfast, you will climb rough 800m but sleep on a level not much higher than previous night’s starting at shira plateau, you will make your way up to Lava Tower, here you will rest a whole before continuing through the Barranco Valley to the beautiful barranco camp which lies on a col (a flat area). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Famous for being the most scenic one on the route. You will set up for the night surrounded by massive valley walls and the stunning Kibo massif. View spectacular glaciers draped with sunlight, plants like the exclusively Giant Lobelia and the enormous groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari) dominate the eerily tranquil landscape while you enjoy a hot, steaming meal.


Day 5: Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp

 (12,960ft/3,950m) to

Karanga Valley Camp(13,250ft/4,040m)

  • Hiking Time: 4-5hours
  • Overnight Altitude: 13,250ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.
  • Distance: 5km/3miles


Early wake up, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall, a huge ravine we then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. Its climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we heard towards the Karanga Valley some stage will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but not actual climbing is necessary, your guide will be with you every step of the way to lend a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow for further acclimatization and leads you to the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. Your trek will take between 3 to 5 hours.


Day 6: Karanga Valley Camp

Karanga Valley Camp

 (13,250ft/4,040m) to

Barafu Camp (15,100ft/4,600m)

  • Hiking Time: 4-5hours
  • Overnight Altitude: 15,100ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.
  • Distance: 4km/2miles


After a good night rest and breakfast in the morning, we will set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4600m the climb takes us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude as we progress, the temperature will begin to drop and the vegetation will diminish slothfully. The campsite is situated on a minimal, exposed zone of a smooth ridge. An energy dense meal will be served and resting for your midnight ascent to the summit is advised.


Day 7: Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp (15,100ft/4,600m) to

Uhuru Peak (19,340ft/5,895m) (Midnight start), descent to Mweka Camp (10,170ft/3,100m)

  • Hiking Time: 14-16hours
  • Overnight Altitude: 15,100ft
  • Habitat: Arctic.
  • Distance: 19km/12miles


We start off at around midnight we will begin the final ascent to the cloud covered Uhuru peak, Africa highest point. Your headlamp will illuminate the trail for the next six hours. The ascension to the crater rim is the most strenuous mission on the entire trek the gradient is incredibly steep until you reach Stella Point the high altitude causes the hike from stella point to Uhuru peak to be arduous and slow and the first rays of the sun hit us in (5,739). This last approximate one hour until you reach Uhuru Peak (5,895m) the spectacular ice cliff within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. We begin our descent by returning to stella point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu camp for breakfast, then we will rest for two hours before finally heading down to Mweka camp we will spend the next three to five hours walking to mweka camp. You can spend the last night star gazing and reflecting on your triumph.


Day 8: Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp (10,170ft/3,100m) to

Mweka Gate (4,920ft/1,500m)

  • Hiking Time: 7-8
  • Altitude: 60,046
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Distance: 18km/11miles

After warm breakfast in the morning after which we will head for the Kilimanjaro National Parks exit. Mweka Gate (1,500m). We will pass through the mystical cloud forest again but we ask that you remain cautions as the trail on the way down can be slippery. After your descent the whole crew will gather to congratulate you followed with a big celebration from the mountain crew, full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that tips will be presented to the mountain crew (guide, assistant guide, chef(S) and porters). Lastly, we will present your commemorative certificate. After sign out an Azania Tours vehicle will be there to transport you back to the hotel accommodation in Moshi (about 45 minutes) for long overdue showers and more celebrations.



Rest in hotel and Azania Manager will transfer you to the airport for your flight. If you have chosen to participate in a safari- well, that is a different adventure and we will take care of that too!


Hotel check out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check –out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee

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