Kilimanjaro Machame 7 days

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania




9 days

Tour Type

Explore Tour

Unforgettable 7-Day Kilimanjaro Machame Expedition

With a remarkable 97 % success rate, ascend the legendary Whiskey route to summit the snow-capped Kilimanjaro.

Find comfort in high-altitude tents for a well-rested adventure, whether it’s your first 5000-er or a milestone in the Seven Summits challenge. Stand atop Africa and conquer the world’s largest free-standing mountain at the breathtaking summit.


Tour Plan

Touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and begin your adventure!

A scenic 1-hour drive takes you to the vibrant town of Moshi, nestled at an altitude of 890 m, your gateway to unforgettable experiences.

Driving time: 1 hour

After breakfast, depart Moshi for the southeast entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park—Machame Gate (1640 m).

Upon arrival, complete check-in and registration, marking the beginning of your Kilimanjaro ascent. Traverse through lush woods and the enchanting rainforest, where towering eucalyptus trees and diverse bird species await. Keep watch for the elusive Colobus monkeys with their distinctive black or white fur!

After several hours of trekking, the trail opens up to Machame Camp 2850 m, which is situated in a clearing in the forest, where you'll rest and recharge.

Be prepared with suitable gear and footwear for the muddy terrain often found at these lower altitudes.

Driving time: 1 hour

Hiking duration: 5 - 6 hours / Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1210 m

After breakfast, we slowly leave the rainforest behind and the landscape becomes more open, providing panoramic views.

Then we pass through moorland zone, which is characterized by low shrubs, grasses, and unique plant life adapted to higher elevations.

Breathtaking panoramic vistas we get at the Shira Plateau - a high-altitude desert-like expanse with vast, open spaces.

Hiking duration: 4 - 6 hours / Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 960 m

The trail from Shira 2 Camp (3810 meters) to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower (4630 meters) is a challenging yet rewarding section of the Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

We will take an acclimatization hike to Lava Tower for lunch, before descending to the Barranco valley. There’s the possibility to scramble up the prominent volcanic formation itself. It's essential to stay hydrated and monitor for any signs of altitude sickness while at Lava Tower.

The trail descends towards Barranco Camp and the descend involves navigating rocky terrain and may require careful footing. As we descend, the landscape transitions, and we may encounter the Barranco Wall, a steep rock face that must be traversed to reach Barranco Camp, a picturesque campsite with stunning views of the surrounding peaks, including the nearby Kibo summit.

Hiking duration: 6-8 hours / Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 820 m

Descent: 654 m

The trail from Barranco Camp (3976 meters) to Karanga Camp (3995 meters) is a relatively short but crucial segment on the Machame Route of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The day typically starts with a challenging ascent of the Barranco Wall, a steep rock face that requires some scrambling.

Later we enter the scenic Karanga Valley which is characterized by a mix of alpine desert landscapes with rocks, low vegetation, and stunning views of glaciers on the upper slopes of Kilimanjaro. The trail meanders through this valley as climbers gradually gain elevation.

Our today's destination is Karanga Camp situated on a ridge above the Karanga Valley.

Hiking duration: 4-5 hours / Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 98 m

The trail from Karanga Camp (3995 meters) to Barafu Camp (4673 meters) is a crucial part of the Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro, as it marks the final ascent before the summit attempt.

The trail involves both ascending and traversing across rocky and alpine desert terrain. As we progress, the landscape transforms into an alpine desert, characterized by loose scree, volcanic rocks, and minimal vegetation.

While the terrain may be challenging, the views of the surrounding glaciers and the crater rim become increasingly spectacular. We may have clear views of the summit, Uhuru Peak, as we ascend, providing motivation for the final push.

We spend the remainder of the day at Barafu Camp, resting and preparing for the summit night.

Early bedtime is crucial for the energy needed for the ultimate challenge: Kilimanjaro's summit!

Hiking duration: 4-5 hours / Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 678 m

The trail from Barafu Camp (4673 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5895 meters) and then descending to Mweka Camp (3068 meters) is the final and most challenging part of the Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

The ascent to Uhuru Peak typically begins in the late evening or early morning from Barafu Camp, so we start the ascent with headlamps, navigating the steep and challenging terrain in darkness.

After several hours of ascent, we reach Stella Point, which is on the crater rim and is often considered a significant milestone, and climbers may experience the first light of dawn, providing awe-inspiring views of the surrounding glaciers and landscapes.

From Stella Point, we continue along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro, which offers breathtaking panoramic views, and we may witness the sunrise over the African continent.

Depending on the timing, snow might greet you on the path toward Uhuru Peak – Kilimanjaro's zenith at 5895 m. Celebrate this monumental achievement with a photo at the Uhuru Peak Sign amidst the astounding views.

Eventually we descend back to Barafu Camp and the descent is often quicker than the ascent, but it requires caution on the rocky and uneven terrain. Once back at Barafu Camp, we take a break, rest, and have a meal before continuing the descent to Mweka Camp, where we often celebrate our successful summit, share experiences, and express our sense of achievement.

Hiking duration: 12-16 hours / Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 1222 m

Descent: 2827 m

Driving time: 1 hour

The trail from Mweka Camp (3068 meters) to Mweka Gate (1640 meters) represents the final descent of the Machame Route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

The day begins with a descent from Mweka Camp, located in the lush rainforest zone and the trail initially passes through the moorland and heath sections before entering the dense rainforest.

Afternoon arrival to Mweka Gate, which is the exit point for completing the Machame Route and where we'll gather for a farewell lunch bidding adieu to our incredible mountain crew.

Exiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we'll journey back to Moshi for a well-deserved shower and a memorable celebratory dinner!

Hiking duration: 4-5 hours / Distance: 10 km

Descent: 1428 m

From Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or off to the wonders of Safari and Zanzibar – your journey continues beyond the trails.

Driving time: 1 hour


  • Meet & greet at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Return airport transfer and all land transfers within the tour
  • Kilimanjaro National Park fees, taxes, and permits (worth cca $900)
  • 2 x accommodation in a hotel in Moshi area on bed & breakfast basis in twin or double rooms
  • Accommodation in tents for two people on the mountain,
  • Local team: qualified guides, assistant guides, porters, waiter, cook – depending on the number of people in the group
  • A porter that carries 15 kg of your luggage (duffle bag)
  • All the food on the mountain: breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner
  • Water for everyday personal care/hygiene,
  • Unlimited amount of (cold or hot) water on Kilimanjaro trekking for drinking
  • A pulse oximeter, Emergency oxygen, and Complete First Aid kit
  • Summit certificate of National Park Kilimanjaro
  • Organization and taxes


  • Compulsory tips for the guides, porters and cook - $200 per hiker
  • Tanzanian visa (on arrival) - $50 per person for EU citizens
  • Single room in Moshi – cca 30-50 €/per night per person
  • Heath and travel insurance that covers hiking up to 6000 m
  • Flights or tour extensions like Safari or Zanzibar
  • Food and drinks before/after the climb, personal expenses, and souvenirs.

Other Information

Trip Information

Before and after the trek you are accommodated in a hotel/lodge in the Moshi area in double or twin rooms. A single-room supplement is not obligatory unless you want a room for yourself; otherwise, we find you a same-sex roommate. Triple rooms are possible to arrange on request.

During the Kilimanjaro Machame 7-day hiking tour you sleep in the high altitude tents. For your comfort bring a comfortable sleeping mat, warm sleeping bag and a pillow.

Our Izimanija team members will wait for you outside Kilimanjaro International Airport JRO and take you to the accommodation in Moshi area. All land transports within the program are already included in the price. For smaller groups we use taxis / cars / vans and for bigger groups minibuses / buses, private “dala dala”.

Food and drinks
Our cook will daily provide you proper amount of food. Breakfast consists of eggs, pancakes, jam, peanut butter, bread, tea, coffee and similar. For lunch and dinner a soup, rice, French fries, pasta, potatoes, salad, various meat (chicken, beef, pork), fresh fruits and similar are served.

Unlimited amount of hot or cold water is provided daily during the trek. We provide you tea bags, coffee, milk powder and similar; but it is advisable to bring your extras to mix the cold water.

Health and safety
You need to have your health insurance that covers trekking up to 6000 m with you. Since 2023 there is a rescue helicopter as well. For your safety the main guide carries first aid kit, oximeter and emergency oxygen. Please consult with your doctor before coming.

Tanzania is generally safe country and people we work with are very trustworthy.

Tips and money
Official currency in Tanzania is Tanzanian shilling TZS (1 € = cca 2650 TZS) and you can change it at the airport on arrival or in the town of Moshi. Majority of the bigger payment you will make in USD, like the balance payment, visa, tips, safari and alike.

For appreciation of the staff there is a compulsory tip of $200, which you give to the main guide on the last morning of the trek, so he can share with other team members.

Equipment and luggage
We send you the equipment list
once you apply for the tour. Unfortunately there is no possibility of renting the equipment (like sleeping bag) in Moshi, so you need to bring everything from the list with you.

During Kilimanjaro trekking you can leave your extra stuff at the accommodation till you return. Luggage storage is free of charge.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

300 € at the time of booking; the rest on arrival in American dollars USD.

For cancellations more than 30 days prior arrival we keep 50 € per person; for cancellations 29-15 days prior arrival we keep 100 € per person; for cancellations 14 days prior arrival or no-show we keep the full amount.

*The trip can only be rescheduled once free of charge if we are informed no later than 30 days before the arrival. Price difference may apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the environment on Kilimanjaro look like?

The trek starts in the village crossing the rain forest with monkeys, later the trees become lower to bush. Above 4000 m we get to the alpine desert without vegetation and near the summit we can find snow. 

What to pack?

The equipment list we send you once you sign in for the tour. In short you need a warm sleeping bag, comfortable hiking boots, and warm clothes, because the temperatures can be as low as – 10 °C.

Can I rent the equipment in Moshi?

Unfortunately not. If it happens your duffle bag is lost by the airline, we will try to provide you complementary equipment for trekking, which might be of a lower quality.

How to prepare for trekking Kilimanjaro?

If you are sporty person there should not be a problem. It is advisable you run, cycle or do other cardio sports. Mountains experiences are very helpful. We recommend you to do some 12h-long night hike with cca 2000 m elevation gain and 3-day hike with cca 1600 m+ elevation gain daily. After all, you need to be stubborn, persistent, motivated and goal-oriented.

Who can climb Kilimanjaro?

Anyone who is physically and mentally fit can climb Kilimanjaro with some preparations beforehand. You need to be at least 10 years old; if you are 90 years old or older you are likely to set the record of being the oldest on the Kilimanjaro. You are never too old for this lifetime experience.

Which Kilimanjaro route to choose?

You can choose one of the following routes: Machame Route (Whiskey Route), Rongai Route, Marangu Route (Coca-Cola Route), Umbwe Route, Northern Circuit Route, Lemosho Route, and Shira Route. All of them are picturesque and bring you to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Depending on how much time you have and the preference, you choose the route.

When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

You can climb Kilimanjaro any time of the year, but you should consider rainy and dry seasons. Traditionally the best weather is expected from December to mid-March, and from mid-June to October. During this time you will get more chances of great views, clear skies, sunshine and little to no rain. November and April are usually the rainiest months. As the climate changes, it is hard to predict the weather.

How difficult is the Machame 7 days route?

The 7-day itinerary allows for a more gradual ascent, providing additional time for acclimatization compared to shorter routes. This can be beneficial for climbers who may need more time to adapt to the higher altitudes. It’s important for climbers to be adequately prepared, both physically and mentally, and to be aware of the potential challenges associated with high-altitude trekking.

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Zanzibar (6 days)


Consider extending your tour with a captivating Zanzibar, where azure waters meet pristine white sands and lush landscapes unveil a rich biodiversity. Zanzibar promises a memorable extension to your travel expedition.

Safari (3 days)


Embark on a thrilling safari adventure with our exclusive tour service, where you’ll traverse untamed landscapes in search of exotic wildlife. The Safari tour promises an unforgettable blend of excitement and awe-inspiring encounters with the untamed beauty of the wild.

Extra night accommodation (B&B)


An additional night’s stay in a hotel, lodge beyond what was initially booked. It’s a good idea to consider the local attractions and activities available during the extended stay to make the most of the additional time in the destination.

Kikuletwa Hot Springs (Day Trip)


Kikuletwa Hot Springs is a popular natural attraction located in Tanzania, East Africa. These hot springs are situated near the town of Moshi, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The site is known for its crystal-clear turquoise water and its picturesque surroundings.

Visitors often enjoy swimming and relaxing in the warm waters of Kikuletwa Hot Springs, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists seeking a natural and serene environment. The name “Kikuletwa” is derived from the Chaga language, spoken by the Chaga people who inhabit the region.

Materuni Waterfalls & Coffee Tour (Day Trip)


Materuni Waterfalls and Coffee Tour is another popular attraction in the vicinity of Moshi, Tanzania, often visited by tourists. Here’s an overview:

  1. Location:
    • Materuni is a village located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, near Moshi.
  2. Waterfalls:
    • Materuni Waterfalls is a beautiful natural cascade situated in lush greenery. Visitors often enjoy hiking to reach the waterfall and then taking a refreshing swim in the pool at its base.
  3. Coffee Tour:
    • The tour includes a visit to a local coffee farm, where you can learn about the coffee cultivation process from planting and harvesting to roasting and brewing. It offers an immersive experience into the traditional methods of coffee production.
  4. Cultural Experience:
    • Apart from the natural beauty, Materuni offers a glimpse into the Chaga culture. Visitors might have the opportunity to interact with local residents and gain insights into their way of life.
  5. Scenic Surroundings:
    • The area around Materuni is known for its scenic landscapes, with views of Mount Kilimanjaro adding to the overall experience.
  6. Tour Guides:
    • It’s common for tours to be guided by locals who provide information about the region, its history, and the significance of various cultural aspects.

Safari NP Tarangire (Day Trip)


Tarangire National Park is a popular wildlife conservation area located in northern Tanzania. Here are some key features and information about Tarangire National Park:

  1. Location:
    • Tarangire National Park is situated in the Manyara Region of northern Tanzania, approximately 118 kilometers (73 miles) southwest of Arusha.
  2. Size and Landscape:
    • The park covers an area of about 2,850 square kilometers (1,100 square miles). It is characterized by a diverse landscape that includes grasslands, acacia woodlands, and the Tarangire River, which flows through the park.
  3. Wildlife:
    • Tarangire is renowned for its large population of elephants, and it’s often considered one of the best places in East Africa to see these majestic creatures. The park is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and numerous bird species.
  4. Birdlife:
    • The park is a haven for bird enthusiasts, boasting over 500 bird species. This makes it an excellent destination for birdwatching, especially during the migratory season when various species of birds visit the park.
  5. Tarangire River:
    • The Tarangire River is a vital water source during the dry season, attracting a large concentration of wildlife. Visitors often enjoy game viewing along the riverbanks.
  6. Baobab Trees:
    • Tarangire National Park is dotted with iconic baobab trees, providing a unique and picturesque landscape. These ancient trees add to the charm of the park.
  7. Activities:
    • Common activities in Tarangire National Park include game drives, guided walks, and birdwatching. The park is also part of the northern safari circuit, and many visitors combine it with trips to other nearby parks, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Safari NP Arusha (Day Trip)


Arusha National Park is a popular wildlife conservation area located in northern Tanzania, near the city of Arusha. Here are some key features and information about Arusha National Park:

  1. Location:
    • Arusha National Park is situated approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of the city of Arusha. It is easily accessible, making it a convenient starting point for many safaris in the northern circuit of Tanzanian national parks.
  2. Size and Landscape:
    • The park covers an area of about 552 square kilometers (212 square miles) and encompasses a diverse range of landscapes. It includes Mount Meru, the second-highest peak in Tanzania, as well as forests, grasslands, and the Momela Lakes.
  3. Wildlife:
    • Arusha National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including giraffes, zebras, buffalos, elephants, and various antelope species. The park is also known for its rich birdlife, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.
  4. Mount Meru:
    • Mount Meru, which is within the park, offers trekking opportunities. Climbing Mount Meru is a popular alternative or acclimatization climb for those preparing to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
  5. Momela Lakes:
    • The Momela Lakes are a series of alkaline lakes within the park known for attracting a variety of bird species, including flamingos. The lakes also provide scenic views.
  6. Ngurdoto Crater:
    • Ngurdoto Crater is another notable feature in the park, offering a picturesque landscape and opportunities for wildlife viewing.
  7. Activities:
    • Visitors can engage in various activities in Arusha National Park, including game drives, walking safaris, and trekking. The park provides a unique combination of wildlife and scenic beauty.

Masai Village visit and Moshi Market (Day Trip)


Visiting a Maasai village is a unique and culturally enriching experience for many tourists in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. The Maasai people are a semi-nomadic ethnic group known for their distinctive customs, clothing, and traditional way of life. Here’s what you might expect during a Maasai village visit:

  1. Traditional Welcome:
    • Visitors are often welcomed with traditional Maasai songs and dances. The vibrant and rhythmic performances are an integral part of Maasai culture and are meant to express joy and hospitality.
  2. Cultural Exchange:
    • The visit provides an opportunity to interact with Maasai individuals and learn about their daily lives, customs, and traditions. You might have a chance to ask questions and engage in cultural exchange.
  3. Huts and Housing:
    • Maasai traditionally live in circular huts made of mud, sticks, and cow dung. The villagers may explain the construction process and the significance of the design. Some tours also allow you to enter the huts and see the interior.
  4. Livestock:
    • The Maasai are known for their strong connection to livestock, especially cattle. You might see herds of cattle, goats, and sheep. The Maasai often measure their wealth in terms of the number of cattle they own.
  5. Crafts and Artifacts:
    • Many Maasai villages offer an opportunity to purchase handmade crafts, jewelry, and artifacts. These items often reflect traditional Maasai beadwork and are created by the villagers.
  6. Cultural Demonstrations:
    • Depending on the village and the tour, you might witness demonstrations of traditional activities such as fire-making, beadwork, and spear-throwing.
  7. Educational Component:
    • Some village visits aim to educate visitors about the challenges faced by the Maasai people, including issues related to land, education, and modernization.
  8. Respectful Photography:
    • It’s essential to be respectful when taking photographs. Always seek permission before taking pictures of individuals, and be mindful of cultural sensitivities.

When participating in a Maasai village visit, it’s crucial to approach the experience with respect and an open mind. Choose tour operators or arrangements that prioritize responsible and sustainable tourism, ensuring that the visit benefits the local community. Additionally, be aware that practices and experiences can vary between different Maasai villages and regions.

Safari (2 days)


Embark on a thrilling safari adventure with our exclusive tour service, where you’ll traverse untamed landscapes in search of exotic wildlife. The Safari tour promises an unforgettable blend of excitement and awe-inspiring encounters with the untamed beauty of the wild.

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