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7 Days Nature tour itinerary for Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro & Mweka: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mweka

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
Adventure Sports Tour
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: Machame Route

Take the Machame Route, also known as the "Whiskey" Route for the popular ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro & witness the spectacular beauty of the landscapes around.

DAY 01

Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, climb to Machame Camp

  • Your 7 days Machame route climbing starts with driving you from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate it takes about 45 minutes. 

  • After paper work, the journey starts passing through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain.

  • We depart the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. 

  • At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3050m/9950ft

  • Distance: 11km/7mi

  • Climbing Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Montane Forest

DAY 02

ClimbMachame Camp to Shira Camp

  • After breakfast we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the valley along a steep rocky ridge. 

  • The route now turns west onto a river gorge until we arrive at the Shira campsite.

  • Elevation: 3050m/9950ft to 3850m/12,600ft

  • Distance: 5km/3mi

  • Walking Time: 4-5 hours

  • Habitat: Moorland

DAY 03

ClimbShira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

  • 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 “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation 4650m/15,250ft). 

  • Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. 

  • We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft

  • Distance: 10km/6mi

  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Habitat: Semi-desert

DAY 04

ClimbBarranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up to the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

  • Distance: 5km/3mi

  • Climbing Time: 34 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 05

ClimbKaranga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • We continue up to the Barafu Camp. 

  • You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft

  • Distance: 4km/2mi

  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

DAY 06

ClimbBarafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

  • Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. 

  • At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

  • From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

  • From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft

  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft

  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down

  • Climbing Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

DAY 07

ClimbMweka Camp to Mweka Gate and then drive to Moshi

  • After breakfast, we continue descending down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. 

  • At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

  • Moonlight Tours Expedition vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). End of your 7-day Machame route climbing

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

  • Distance: 10km/6mi

  • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours

  • Habitat: Forest

  • 1750 USD Per Adult
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents

  • 2 Nights accommodation

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:

  • All Park fees

  • Rescue fees

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Arrival and Departure transfers

  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:

  • Clean, purified drinking water:

  • Crisis management and safety procedures:

  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters:

  • Sleeping Mattress:

  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed above

  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mweka

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
Adventure Sports Tour

Contributed By

Justo Mfinanga

starting from
USD 1750
Type of Tour

Private Tour


This tour is offered throughout the year.

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