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7 Days Nature tour itinerary for Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame & Moshi: Take The Whisky Route Up To Kili

Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame, Moshi

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
Camping Tour

Climb the highest free-standing mountain in the whole world and the highest mountain on Africa's continent. Machame Route is popularly known as “Whisky Route”, though no whiskey available. The route is indeed is a less difficult climb and it does have much higher success rates. On the 3rd Day, it allows ample acclimatization as one climbs high and sleep low.

DAY 01

Moshi - Machame Gate - machame camp.

  • Drive from Moshi town to Machame Gate, which takes about 50 minutes passing the Machame village, located in the lower slopes of the mountain. 

  • Meet the rest of your team [porters], check-in the park gate and start trekking through the tropical rain forest to reach Machame Camp in 5 -7 hours. Lunch would be packed for you. 

Dinner and Overnight at the Camp. 

Hiking distance: 11 km.

DAY 02

Machame camp - Shira camp

  • After having breakfast, leave the glades of the rain forest, crossing a little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge. The route then turns to the west reaching  Shira Camp in 4 - 6 hours. Lunch will be provided in a halfway.

Dinner and overnight at the camp. 

Hiking distance: 5 km

DAY 03

Shira camp - lava tower - Baranco camp

  • From the Shira plateau, continue to the east up a ridge passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo with your Kilimanjaro trekking guide.

  • Continue trekking towards South-East via Lava Tower.

  • Have lunch from this point and continue down to Barranco Camp.

Dinner and Overnight at the Camp. 

Hiking Distance; 10 km in 6-8 hours

DAY 04

Baranco - Karanga camp.

  • After breakfast, leave the camp and climb a non-technical but steep ridge Barranco Wall.

  • Continue trekking in a series of hills reaching Karanga Camp.

Dinner and overnight at the Camp. 

Hiking Distance: 5 km in 4-5 hours.

DAY 05

Karanga camp - Barafu camp

  • Right after breakfast and gearing up, start trekking, passing the junction to Mweka trail continuing up to the Barafu Camp.

  • From this camp, Mawenzi peak and the Kibo peak are very visible.

  • Have an early dinner and resting ahead of the summit the next day.

Hiking Distance: 4 km in 4 -5 hours.

DAY 06

Barafu camp - Uhuru peak - mweka camp

  • Wake up at around 2300 hours, and have a simple breakfast.

  • Gear up and start the journey to the summit in the dark. This is the most challenging part on your bodies both mentally and physically.

  • Walk at a pace of your own step after the other not competing with other hikers or teammates. It is said “ Pole Pole” meaning slow but sure.

  • At Stella point [18,600ft], you will be rewarded by the epic sunrise if the weather is clear.

  • Then, continue in about an hour along the crater rim to the summit.

  • At this point, Uhuru Peak, you are now on the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. 

  • Spend a short time at the summit taking photos and start descending down to Barafu Camp for lunch and a rest.

  • Afterwards, continue trekking down to Mweka Camp.

  • Enjoy the last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Hiking Ascent Distance: 5 km in 6-7 hours.

Hiking Descent Distance from the summit to Mweka: 23 km 6 hours.

DAY 07

Mweka camp - Moshi town

  • After the breakfast and a little celebration, pick up your day packs and start descending.

  • On arriving at the gate, you’ll be rewarded with certificates of achievement.

  • Board a vehicle which will drive you back in your hotel in Moshi or onward destination.

  • 2150 USD Per Adult (* Prices based on per person 2 sharing)
  • Transport from Kilimanjaro Airport and back.

  • Transport from Moshi hotel to park gate and back.

  • 2 nights accommodation in a standard hotel in Moshi based on bed and breakfast.

  • Paying for entrance and camping fees and Government taxes.

  • Vehicle rescue fees.

  • Paying of porters, cooks and guiding services.

  • 3 meals a day whilst on the mountain.

  • All camping tents, sleeping mats and equipment.

  • International flights.

  • Travel and health insurance.

  • The hiring of mountain hiking gears eg sleeping bags, hiking boots, etc.

  • Personal snacks.

  • Tips or anything else not listed above.

  • Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the whole world and highest mountain on Africa's continent. By hiking up this mountain, you get to summit one of the seven summits. Welcome!

  • This route is popularly known as “Whisky Route”. Machame Route is indeed less difficult climb and it does have much higher success rates. Choosing a seven days itinerary gives you a very short hiking time on 5th day ahead of the summit attempt, which leaves plenty of time to recover and acclimatize. Here is the seven days itinerary.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame, Moshi

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
Camping Tour

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