9 Days Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route

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Machame Route

Machame route is argueably the most scenic and probably the most beautiful route by which to ascend the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.  The trek begins in the south-west area of the mountain at Machame Gate and descends down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain thus offering climbers the most varied scenary of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame visits stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower. Machame route is known as the "Whiskey Route" in comparison to Marangu because it is a more difficult route and trekkers sleep in camping tents as opposed to huts. Machame is the second most popular route on the mountain. 

Nights are spent in 'mountain tents' sleeping two persons per tent (3 man tents, so there is space for your luggage).  All your supplies and camping equipment are carried by porters and your meals are prepared. 

Machame is ideal for those who want a more difficult climb, and are confident in their ability to hike for long periods of time over somewhat steep terrain. The route takes six days minimum to complete, although seven days is recommended to increase the chances of summiting. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain.

Day 1: Arrive Moshi 

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport you will be met by Utopia Safaris representative and transfered to your hotel at Moshi, where you will meet your climbing guide for briefing and final gear check. Overnight at Sal salnero Hotel. BB

Day 2: Moshi - Machame hut (9,840ft/3000m)

07h00: After breakfast leave the lodge for the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Machame for entry registration then start the trek to Machame hut through thick rain forest. 

12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. 

19h00: Dinner and retire for the day at Machame hut.

Day 3: Machame hut – Shira hut (12,470ft/3800m)

08h00: After breakfast, ascend past the Shira and through ridges and valleys heading to the next night stop at Shira hut.
12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. 

19h00: Dinner and retire for the day at Shira hut.

Day 4: Shira hut – Barranco camp (12,960ft/3950m)

08h00: Head eastward to a junction where we continue to Lava Tower Campsite (14,760ft/4500m), then descend to Barranco camp thus allowing your body to adjust to altitude change.  

12h30: Have packed lunch at a picnic site along the trail. 

19h00: Dinner and overnight at Barranco camp.

Day 5: Barranco camp – Karanga camp (13,450ft/4100m) 

08h00: After breakfast, hike the great Barranco wall then across the Karanga Valley and ascend to Karanga campsite.
13h00: Hot lunch at the campsite. 

This day is a short hike of about 3 hrs gaining only 490ft/150m of elevation which is good for acclimatization.

19h00: Dinner and overnight at Karanga campsite. 

Day 6: Karanga camp – Barafu camp (15,090ft/4600m)

08h00: After breakfast, hike the great Barranco wall then across the Karanga Valley and ascend to Karanga campsite for lunch.
12h30: Hot lunch at the Karanga campsite. 

13h30: Afternoon hike to Barafu camp.    

17h00: Have dinner and take the day’s rest ready for the hike to the summit.

Day 7: Barafu camp-Summit (19,340ft/5895m)-Mweka

00h00: Have a cup of coffee/tea and start the midnight trek to the summit via Stella Point. 

06h00: Reach the summit, Uhuru peak, have a short period of photo taking then descend to Barafu camp for breakfast/Brunch and a little rest.  

12h00: Continue down to Mweka hut for the days and night’s rest. 

Day 8: Mweka camp - Moshi

08h00: Walk down to the park gate where say bye to the guides and porters, have packed lunches on the way to the Sal salnero Hotel for a well deserved hot shower. Afternoon spent at leisure relaxing by the pool. 

19h00: Overnight at the Sal sanero hotel. BB

Day 9: Moshi/Kilimanjaro airport-Departure

After breakfast at the hotel then wait to be picked for transfer to the Kilimanjaro airport for departure flight home or further holiday destination.

End of the service


Utopia Safaris Limited uses 7 and 22 seater mini buses as well as 4x4 custom-made safari vehicles for airport transfers and transport to and from the mountain. All are equipped with communication system VHS/BLU manned by professional English speaking driver-guides. 

Included in our vehicles: 

  • Cooler box/ Ice box
  • Bottles of mineral water 
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Guide Books
  • Binoculars


  • You will be guided and transported by our expert guides who speak fluent English and are very familiar with the Flora and Fauna, Culture and Geography of Tanzania.
  • Our mountain climbing guides are very knowledgeable on altitude related sickness and are experienced in handling victims of the same on the mountain. 
  • Utopia Safaris Limited provides Gamow bags for climbers on request at a reasonable fee. 
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Rescue team has VHS communication system to convey messages to all stations on the mountain. 
  • Our guides use mobile phones to contact the offices throughout the climb.
  • Regular porters are hired to carry the clients’ climbing gear and other supplies. 
  •  Personal porters to carry clients’ daypacks can be hired on request at an extra fee.
  • Chemical eco-friendly toilet provided as a complimentary service for groups of 4 persons and above.

Quotation – NETT Rates in US dollars

1-2 PAX 3-4 PAX 6+ PAX
U$ 2,575 PP U$ 2,175 PP U$ 1,999 PP

Included in the Price
• Arrival & Departure Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro, Full briefing & Gear Check
• All meals while on climb(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
• Mountain Tent accommodation( 2 man tents)
• All park fees & Camping fees
• Guides’ and porters’ salaries
• English speaking, Professional guide
• 2 Nights accommodation at Moshi on BB(1 before and 1 after the Climb)

Not Included
• Sleeping bags and climbing gear
• Items of a personal nature
• Traveler’s insurance
• Tips to guides and porters

Terms & Conditions - Cancellation fees

-To secure booking and to confirm the group, you have to send a deposit to our bank account.

-A Deposit of 30% is required at the time of confirmation and the balance at least 35 days before the tour begins.   

The deposit may be forfeited in case of cancellations and/or amendments. Please refer to the conditions below 

-Visitors must settle personal bills in foreign exchange: US Dollars, Euro, and/or Sterling Pounds. 

Cancellation & Amendment fees

35 days: prior to tour departure 30% 

34 - 15 days: 50%

14 - No show: 100%

Child policy

Children below 16 years old Charged 80% of the adults rate

Utopia Safaris has taken a step to be part of the environmental conservation by no longer using disposable plastic bottles and instead using reusable metal water bottles. We believe this practice will help in saving the environment from the loss of species, and the extinction of the ecosystem due to pollution and human movement. This environmental conservation will assist in saving and helping both animals and trees as they both support each other in one way or another.

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