Tanzania Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route

Trip code: DTM8

Trip Highlights

  • Climbing up the highest peak in Africa
  • Get to know about the stories of an extinct volcano from the porters and guides
  • Walk through different terrains and get closer to nature
  • Cross the Shira Plateau and the Barranco Wall
  • Sleep under the starlit sky in comfortable camps
  • Watch the world below from the Uhuru Peak

Tour Details


If you don't believe in magic, then perhaps this would surely help you in fixing your thoughts! The highest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro is every trekker's dream. Kick start your journey from Arusha, and commence your trek from the Mountain Inn, Moshi, hiking through lush rainforests and alpine deserts. The Machame Route, popularly known as the "Whiskey Route" and most of the trekkers choose this one, due to the picturesque landscape and gorgeous views. Crossing the Shira Plateau and climbing up the Barranco Wall - this trek would be the perfect adventure for your gap year abroad.


Day 1 - Arrival at Mountain Inn, Moshi

Once you arrive at the Mountain Inn, there will be a brief orientation about the trek, and you'll get to meet your fellow travelers.

Meals - Dinner

Day 2 - Trek to Machame Camp (3000m)

Start climb at Machame Gate (1800m) through montane forest. Today you'll be covering a distance of 9 km, trekking for approx 7 - 8 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Trek to Shira Camp (3845m)

Trek through grassy moorland and heather, crossing through Shira Plateau. You'll be covering about 7 km over 5-6 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Trek to Barranco Camp (3960m)

You'll continue your trek through the heather and moorland, crossing scree slopes and a river valley. Today you'll be covering a distance of 10 km, trekking for approx 7 - 8 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Trek to Karanga Camp (4035m)

Get ready for the real adventure! Today is an additional day for acclimatization where you will enter the alpine desert zone and climb up the steep Barranco Wall. Today, you'll cover about 6 km in 3-4 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Trek to Barafu Camp (4650m)

It's time for a short trek on compacted trail and steep areas over rocky slabs through the alpine desert. It's gonna be a difficult hike! Today, you'll be covering about 4 km in 3-4 hours.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Trek to Mweka Camp (3080m)

Today's the big day! Around midnight, you'll start for the summit to Stella Point (5740m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend via Barafu Campsite and then into the heather and moorland. It's gonna be a long day and you'll have to cover approx 19 km today!

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Descend to Mountain Inn, Moshi

Continue your descend through the forest zone of the mountain to Mweka Gate (1680m). Later, you'll be transferred to the Mountain Inn in Moshi.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - Trip Ends

As your trip ends today, you can head towards your new destination. You can either choose to opt for a safari tour in Tanzania or get in touch with us for airport drop.

Meals - Breakfast

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • 2 Nights accommodation at Mountain Inn on HB basis before trek (sharing basis)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park conservation fee
  • Kilimanjaro National Park camping or hut fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified English-speaking mountain guide/s
  • Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified porters (1 porter carrying personal mountain luggage of 15 kg max. per 1 pax)
  • All meals on the mountain on full board basis prepared by our trained chef/cook and eating utensils
  • 1 x transfer from Moshi to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to Moshi per group
  • Safe and luggage storage at Mountain Inn while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek provided from the first camp/hut onwards
  • Basic first aid kit per group
Price Excludes
  • Tips / gratuities
  • Additional transfers from park gates to Moshi
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bag etc.*
  • Specialised trekking equipment such as Oxygen cylinders, portable toilets etc.*
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • Metal water bottles, water bladders etc. (please note: no soft plastics are permitted on the mountain)
  • Items of personal nature

*Equipment can be rented out, please enquire for rental item list and prices.



Accommodation - Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service alpine camping (5 nts).

The idea of camping in Africa can be a daunting one. For those not accustomed to ‘roughing it’ for a few days we offer a full camping service. All tents are pitched for you, meals are prepared and served and the washing up is done by Go Discover Abroad staff. This leaves you with more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first-time campers who may be worried about the challenges such a trip can entail. When camping we are exposed to the elements, and whilst there are times when the weather is fine and temperatures are pleasant, there may be days when it is foggy, rainy and cool. In certain locations there may also be a number of bugs. These factors, however, should be seen as minor downsides to a camping experience which will allow you to get up close to the beautiful nature that Africa has to offer. All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply canvas dome tents with built-in mesh insect nets on the doors and windows. Mattresses are also available, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable. While on the mountain (7 nights), we provide full-service alpine camping at designated communal campsites. Your porters will be carrying your tents, which they will pitch for you at these sites. The campsites are fairly basic, and exposed to the elements. They will not have electricity, nor shower facilities, and toilet facilities are basic long drop latrines, which could become dirty at times (especially when it is raining), as many other hikers sharing the same facilities. Your crew will prepare basins of warm water for washing daily. All meals on the mountain will be prepared for you by your group's cook. The tents are two-person dome tents which are assembled by the porters. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also provided, which are warm and comfortable. Drinking water: On day 2, you should bring bottled water from the hotel for your first day's hike. Beyond that, purified (filtered) mountain water will be provided for you for the duration of the hike. Barafu Camp: The night before your summit attempt, on Day 5, you will be staying at a high altitude camp where there is no water facilities. You porters will carry water up to the camp for cooking, bathing, and drinking. This trek is not for the faint of heart, and the camp sites on Mt. Kilimanjaro are basic. However, many come out of their camping experience on the world’s largest free-standing mountain not only gratified, but ultimately rejuvenated by such an experience of a lifetime. Please note, if you need to alter the itinerary for any reason (e.g. travel delay or illness or in the event of having to descend from your climb early due to altitude sickness, injury or exhaustion), any unscheduled meals or nights spent in a location other than the tour itinerary will be at your own expense. The start/end hotel has a number of services and facilities available as follows; Internet, laundry, gear hire, luggage storage, telephone services, TV lounge, outdoor dining area and a shuttle service to/from Moshi as the hotel is located just a few kilometres from the centre of town.


Meals Included - 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

This includes all meals while trekking on the mountain, along with breakfast back in Moshi on final day after your hike. All meals you have during your trip will be prepared from fresh local produce. Shopping for food will be done before the trip departs. Breakfasts and dinners will be served at camp, while lunches will tend to be packed to have en route while trekking. All evening meals will be hot and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. We believe that providing more than enough food while on such a trek is of the utmost importance, and as such you can be ensured that your cook and crew will provide enough quality food for you. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival. Please note: bottled water (both before and after the trek) is at your own expense, however, during the Kilimanjaro trek you will be provided with drinking water. This water is collected from fresh mountain streams and then purified with tablets by your guides who will replenish your empty bottles/thermos flasks on a daily basis. For peace of mind, you are welcome to add your own chlorine or iodine tablets instead, if you are uncomfortable drinking the water provided.