The Machame Route

The Machame route, also known as the "Whiskey" route, is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Machame’s draw is in its scenic beauty. However, the trail is considered difficult, steep and challenging, particularly due to its shorter itinerary. Therefore this route is better suited for more adventurous folks or those with some high altitude, hiking or backpacking experience.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to Machame Gate. The path leads hikers through the rain forest to Shira Plateau. Here, many of Kilimanjaro’s routes converge. Then the route turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Tanzania Horizon safaris offers Machame as a seven day group climb or as a six day private climb. The six day variation combines days four and five, going from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without staying at Karanga.

All Kilimanjaro Routes:

The prices include

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after climb)

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro Airport

  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head

  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)

  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters

  • Private toilet

  • Four season, 3 person mountain tents, double occupancy

  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick

  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns

  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain

  • Breakfast at hotel

Not included in price

  • Airfare

  • Lunch or dinner at hotel

  • Beverages at hotel

  • Personal gear and equipment

  • Bottled oxygen (highly recommended, ask us for further information)

  • Tips