Kilimanjaro Tours typical itinerary for climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route can be seen below.

Prices for this climb can be found on our Tour Prices page.


Day 1 – Arrive at Mountain Inn in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 – Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Machame for the first section of the climb through the montane forest to Machame Campsite at 10000ft/3000m for overnight camp taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Machame camp

Day 3 – Following the steep ridge and across heath and moorland to ‘Picnic Rock‘ and the Shira plateau, to Shira Campsite at 12500ft/3800m for overnight camp taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Shira camp.

Day 4 – Heading towards Kibo, crossing a broad valley and climbing to a ridge crest, crossing scree slopes and a river valley to reach Barranco Campsite 13000ft/3900m for overnight camp taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Barranco camp.

Day 5 – Cross the floor of the Great Barranco Valley, up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga river – the last water point on this route to Karanga Campsite at 4000m for overnight camp taking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight Karanga Camp (Acclimatization day)

Day 6 – A steep climb over rocky slabs to Barafu Campsite at 15500ft/ 4600m for overnight camp taking 4 to  5 hours. Overnight Barafu camp

Day 7 – An early start for the summit – Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 19340ft/5896m taking 6 to 7 hours. Descend via Barafu Campsite through the forest to Mweka Campsite at 10000ft/3000m for overnight camp.- taking 5 to 7 hours. Overnight Mweka Camp.

Day 8 – Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College taking 3 to 4 hours to meet and transfer to Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9 – Breakfast at Mountain Inn. End of tour.

Optional Safari Tours with Kilimanjaro Tours

These are available, or a trip to Zanzibar can be added on by contacting Kilimanjaro Tours.

If you would like more information, or have any questions, please contact or call Kilimanjaro Tours on 0800 081 9014

The Machame Route, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro through Kilimanjaro Tours.

Machame approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest and descends using Mweka, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau; an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield. The descent of Mount Kilimanjaro occurs on the Mweka route.