7 DAYS MACHAME ROUTE CLIMBING ITINERARY known as the “Whiskey” route, begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of Mount Kilimanjaro, within its green, abundant rainforest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Huts. Machame 7 Days route is recommended because it provides an additional acclimatization day and shortens some of the daily hikes.
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Our trips are for active, flexible-minded people who enjoy the unusual and adventurous.
For trips that have an emphasis on mountain trekking and wildlife safari, you need to remember that even the easiest trekking or walking safari involves some exertion, so you should be reasonably fit and sure that you will enjoy the activity.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO-SHIRA ROUTE 6 DAYS TREKKING

DAY 1: ARRIVE AT KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania On Foot will arrange a private vehicle from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi at Kiliwonders Hotel for overnight stay.
We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check, we will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
We stay at Kiliwonders Hotel, which is a beautiful hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare you for Kilimanjaro trekking adventure.
Dinner and overnight at Kiliwonders Hotel: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.
DAY 2: MACHAME GATE (1790m) TO MACHAME CAMP (3010m)
◊Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
◊Approx. time taken: 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
One hour’s drive from Moshi lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 3: MACHAME CAMP (3010m) to Shira Camp (3845m)
◊Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi
◊Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP (3845m) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3960m)
◊Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi
◊Approx. time taken: 8 hrs
Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP (3960m) TO KARANGA CAMP (3963m)
◊Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
◊Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
DAY 6: KARANGA CAMP (3963) TO BARAFU CAMP (4640m)
◊Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
◊Approx. time taken: 3 hours
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP (4640m) TO UHURU PEAK (5895m) AND DOWN TO MWEKA CAMP (3050m)
◊Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi
◊Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP (3050m) TO MWEKA GATE (1630m)
◊Distance covered: 10km / 6.6mi
◊Approx. time taken: 4 hours
A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Included
Dinner and overnight at Kiliwonders Hotel: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.
DAY 9 DEPARTING DAY
After saying bye to our team of guides then you need a private departure transfer which is included from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have a short safari or any other option we will discuss.
TREKKING KILIMANJARO FOR CHARITY CHALLENGE?
The above climb can be undertaken for your own personal charity or group charity.
MACHAME ROUTE CLIMBING ITINERARY INCLUDES:
• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
• Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi and Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
• Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)
• with bed dinner and breakfast
• Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb and return to your hotel after your climb
• Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
• All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees, and climbing permits.
• Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
• Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
• Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
• Salaries for the mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
• Water for washing up daily
• Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
• Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
• A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
• Flying Doctor Service
MACHAME ROUTE CLIMBING ITINERARY EXCLUDES:
• Flights and airport taxes
• Items of a personal nature
• Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from $ 230 to $ 300 per hiker – depending on the number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
• South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however, most other nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
• Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
• Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
• Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
• Snacks, personal medicine, and water purifying tablets
• Meals & drinks not specified and snacks
• Tips and any items of personal nature.
SAFETY
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen, and Pulse Oximeters).
TRAVEL INSURANCE
all customers traveling with Tanzania On Foot are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance.
The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure.
During travel, the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation, and repatriation cover.

 

 

 



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