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7 Days Machame Route. The Machame route is also referred to as the whiskey route as it is considered to be more difficult and more intoxicating than the Marangu (coca-cola) route. The Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro is slightly more challenging than the other routes. The climb begins at Trek Kili.

Machame Gate in the Mt Kilimanjaro rain forest and ascends through the forest on the South Western side of the mountain until it reaches the Shira Plateau, where you will enjoy stunning views across the Shira Plateau, Western Breach, and Kibo. From the Shira two camp, you will hike across the plateau to the Barranco wall and then will follow the southern circuit path to Barafu Camp. The descent for the Machame route is via the Mweka route, this route is best done in 7 days.

This tour is offered by Simba Paka Safaris.

Departure Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Return transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya (private)
  • All Park fees.
  • All food while on the Mountain.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts/ camping where applicable.
  • All guiding services
  • Porter support for the climb.
  • Personal clothing and equipment Tips and gratuities for guides and porter (recommended to be 10 - 15% of climb costs)
  • Beverages while not on the mountain


Day 1; Nairobi- Manchame

Pick up from your Nairobi hotel and drive to the Namanga border where our Tanzania counterpart will be on hand to take over the tour drive to Machame gate and walk through the forest to Machame Hut at 300m. Dinner and overnight at Machame Hut.

Day 2; Machame – Shira Hut

After breakfast cross the valley and continue along the step ridge going onto rock ridges and through heather. The route turns west into a river Gorge leading to Shira Hut at 3800m – Dinner and overnight at Shira Hut.

Day 3; Shira Hut –Baranco Hut

After breakfast continue towards Kibo, passing the junction then east towards the lava tower. You will then climb down to Barranco Hut at 3,940m shortly thereafter.

Day4: Baranco –Barrafu Hut

From Baranco a steep rocky climb up the Baranco walls on through to Karanga valley with a final stop at Barrafu Huf 4, 600m. Dinner and overnight at Barrafu Hut.

Day 5: Barrafu Hut – Mweka Hut

An early start to the summit, first to Stella point and onto Uhuru Peak at 5,895m then begin your descent via the Mweka route. Dinner and overnight at Mweaka Hut.

Day 6: Mweka Hut – Arusha

Continue down to Mweka Gate and meet up with your driver for the drive to Arusha where you will enjoy a steaming hot shower before dinner overnight at a hotel in Arusha.

Day 7: Arusha – Nairobi

After a well–earned rest and a hearty breakfast depart for the Namanga border where our driver will be on hand to pick you up and drop you at your hotel.



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