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8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route in Tanzania

8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route

8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route overview

The 8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route is a special Kilimanjaro hike. Kilimanjaro Machame route also known as the “Whisky route”, has become very popular.
8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route is camping route which offers spectacular views of various landscapes such as Mt. Meru, Pare Mountains, Lake Chala and Lake Jipe.
8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route
Doing this will maximize your chance of reaching the top. You can read more on how long does it take to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro here.

Package Inclusion & Exclusions

Tour Inclusions
  • Guide, Porters
  • Park Fees, Tax
  • Gate transfer
  • Crew wages
  • Environment fees
  • During the climb you will be camping throughout you climb!
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Cook
Tour Exclusions
  • Flights
  • Tipping the crew
  • Visas

8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route itinerary

DAY 1: Moshi – Machame Gate (1790m) – Machame Camp (3010m)

You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning after breakfast and head towards Machame Gate which is an easy 45-minute drive from Moshi.

At the gate you will be registered by the National Park authorities. Once everything is prepared you can start your trek into the lush rainforest.

There is the possibility of spotting some Black-and-White Colobus monkeys on the way to Machame camp, which will take you about 5 to 6 hours to reach. You will spend the night just above the forest line at 3010 meters.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 2: Machame Camp (3010m) – New Shira Camp (3845m

Today the trail will be a somewhat steeper than on day one but it’s is a shorter stretch and you should reach your destination by early afternoon.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: New Shira Camp (3845m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Today you will ascend about 700 meters to the striking and rugged Lava Tower before descending again to Barranco Camp.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4035m)

Today you will tackle the steepest part of this route – the famous Barranco Wall, also known as the ‘Breakfast Wall’.

It’s not as difficult as it looks, and your guide will assist you through this passage in just a little more than an hour.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4035m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

The trail that you will take today passes back through striking alpine desert expanses and leads you to your final camp before the summit hike – the Barafu Camp.

This camp will be reached after about 3 to 4 hours and sits at an altitude of 4640 meters.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Crater Camp (5730m)

In the early morning you will start the most challenging part of the ascent as the sun rises.

You should reach Stella point, the crater rim of Kibo, after about 5-7 hours of strenuous climbing up the scree and ash paths.

From Stella Point you will head towards the highest camp on Kilimanjaro – the Crater Camp – which is situated at an altitude of 5730m.

From here there are breath-taking views of the surrounding glaciers.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Crater Camp (5730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

The first sunlight marks the start of your final ascent towards the summit.

It will be a slow and arduous 2 hours or so before you reach the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, which towers above anywhere else in Africa at 5895 meters.

From the peak, you will be able to see the surrounding summits, glaciers and landscapes being lit up by the warm morning sun – a truly unforgettable experience.

After a short break and the mandatory summit pictures, you will return to Barafu Camp where the rest of the climbing crew will await you.

Here you will have some time to rest and a much-needed warm meal will be served.

Afterwards, you will continue your descent to Mweka Camp (3080m) which will take you about 3 hours.

At Mweka Camp you will have an evening meal followed by a well-deserved deep night’s sleep.

Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Moshi

After breakfast you will be invited to take part in the traditional farewell ceremony with your mountain crew before the final leg of your climb leads you back through the lush rainforest.

A gentle descent of up to 3 hours takes you to Mweka Gate where our driver will meet you and bring you back to your hotel in Moshi.

The rest of the day is yours.

You may relax and stay at the pool, celebrate your accomplishment with a couple of drinks or just doze away contentedly.



8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Machame route in Tanzania
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