Kilimanjaro Trek ~ Machame Route

Kilimanjaro, TanzaniaHike and Trek

Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek - 9 Day Machame Route from SGD 4,079 per person

Experience the splendour of Kili with an extra day on your trek to acclimatize to the summit of Africa's highest peak. Considered by many to be the most scenic path to the summit, the Machame boasts different routes to the summit and back. Known as the "Whiskey Route" because of the tougher challenge, this path leads you through magnificent forests before traversing a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. It offers beautiful scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Icefields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp. Camp along the route with support from local guides and porters. As a world leader in Kili treks, we'll take you to new heights in adventure!

A more challenging and less-travelled 10D Kilimanjaro Trek using the Lemosho Route is also available.

9 Nights
From SGD 4,079Per Person

9D Kilimanjaro Machame Route Trek

This is a popular Kilimanjaro route nicknamed the Whisky Route. This trek takes you up steep paths through magnificent forests before passing through the moorland zones and Shira Plateau. This diverse scenery keeps things interesting as you make your way up the mountain. Higher up, the summit challenge starts at Barafu Route. We offer two options for this tour spending either 6 or 7 days on the mountain. The extra acclimatization day is best spent on the Shira Plateau, preparing for the final days to the summit. The Mweka Route is used for the descent. Accommodation for this route is in tents, which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek offering a good rate of success.

Arrive at any time.

After an hour drive to the start of the Machame trail (1490m), hike through the lush lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Slowly gaining altitude while admiring the diverse flora and fauna of the rain forest, you’ll arrive to your first campsite, the Machame Camp, situated at 3000m above sea level.

Hiking time: 5-7 hrs.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
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Day 03 / Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Rise early and climb steeply through the savannah, and continue up a gentler ascent through the lower alpine moorland, which is notable for beautiful wild alpine flowers and the unique Giant Lobelia and giant groundsel (senecio) plants. Traverse across the Shira plateau west towards a river gorge; if it is a clear day, you will have direct views of Kibo, the peak and ultimate goal of your adventure. Here you’ll camp at Shira Campsite, at 3840m.

Hiking time: 5-7 hrs.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we turn east and continue to climb “pole pole” (slowly, slowly) through increasingly rocky and barren terrain. We have lunch and ascend the rocky scree path to the Lava Tower (4630m). From the Lava Tower, we descend steeply for 2 hours, more than 600m, into the Great Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views and some great photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. You will feel the benefits of this acclimatization day as we lose altitude down to the camp, situated at 3950m.

Hiking time: 7-8 hrs.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Hike via Great Barranco Wall and the vast alpine desert of Karanga Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Short hike as you gain altitude to prepare for your summit attempt.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Wake up before midnight. In the cover of darkness, you begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek – your hike up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After several hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. Continue on through the scree and snow-covered trail to Uhuru peak, which is the highest point in Africa, at 5895m. Take a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, and start back down the same trail. Head down the rock and scree path into the Heather zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Mweka hut in the late afternoon.

Hiking time: 14-17 hrs.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Enjoy the forest and higher oxygen levels of the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro as you complete this adventure. Upon arrival at the Mweka gate, successful hikers will receive their summit certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1-hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage.

Hiking time: 4-5 hrs.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style Active
Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types.

Service Level Camping
Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating Challenging
Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Trip Type Small Group
Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10.

Age requirement 18+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Price per person in SGD

  • $4,079 ~ Adult Twin
  • $447 ~ Option 'My Own Room'

**If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, indicate this option during the reservation process.

Inclusions

  • G Adventures for Good Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi
  • 7-day guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Machame Route with local guides, cooks and porters
  • Additional acclimatization day during ascent
  • All permits and fees
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations Simple hotels (2 nts), full-service alpine camping (6 nts).
  • Meals 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners; allow USD70-95 for meals not included.
  • Transportation Private minibus, trekking.
  • Staff & experts Certified mountain guide throughout, local representative, cook, porters.

Trip Dates

  • Departs most Saturdays
  • Please check with us for confirmed dates & availability.

Trip Map

Trip map for 9D Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route

Trip map for 9D Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Machame Route