8 Day Kilimanjaro Climb - Machame route

In Arusha, 8 days

Tour Overview

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Group Size:
1 - 22
Suitable Ages:
14 - 80
Pickup Time:
Dropoff Time:
Tour Provider:
Alaitol Safaris

The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for Alaitol Safaris. Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates given the topography of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain.

Tour route map


Challenging nighttime summit bid, Private toilet tents & nutritionist-planned meals, Perfect for group and charity treks, 7 days trekking, *Personal porter hire available for an additional fee


You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport by our Alaitol Safaris Team and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Overnight at Arusha Serena Hotel (or alternative).

Meals: Dinner Included

One hour’s drive from Arusha 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

Overnight: Machame Camp (9,850')

Hours trekking: 5-7

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Vegetation gets sparser as you ascend into the heath, where alien-looking giant groundsels tower over the rocky slopes.

Overnight: Shira 2 Camp (12,795')

Hours trekking: 4-5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Enjoy expansive views of the Barranco Valley from your camp at the base of the Barranco Wall.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,004')

Hours trekking: 6-7

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

A challenging scramble up the Barranco Wall is rewarded with breathtaking views from the top. Continue over ridges and valleys before a steep hike to camp.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,231')

Hours trekking: 4-5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

As you near the summit, the landscape starts to resemble the surface of the moon. Keep an eye out for towering lava formations, remnants of Kili's fiery past.

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,331')

Hours trekking: 3-4

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Headlamps snaking up the mountain light your way during an overnight summit bid. Celebrate your success with a few quick pictures at the top before trekking much of the way back down the mountain.

Overnight: Mweka Millennium Camp (12,500')

Hours trekking: 8-10 to Summit/ 4-7 to Mweka Millennium Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Complete your descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate at 5,364 feet. Our vehicles will be waiting to take you back into town for a shower and some rest before your transfer to the airport this evening.

Day room: Planet Lodge

Hours trekking: 4-6

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included


One night at 4* hotel (Arusha Serena Hotel (or alternative) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);

Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Alaitol Kilimanjaro Tents). 

Please note:

All accommodation is on a sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Climbing crew;

Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience.

Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.)

Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike.

All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost.

All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).


  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;

  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the Aiport/hotel.
  • Entry fees.
  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee, and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Hiking and safety equipment;

4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats.

All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery).

Oxygen cylinders and oximeters.

GPS-tracking service.

Complete medical kits.


International or Domestic flights

Mountaineering insurance.

  • International Flights.
  • Visa.
  • Tips for the mountain crew.



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