7 Days Machame Route - Kili Climb (Whisky Route)

 Destinations: Mount Kilimanjaro

Tour Overview

Regarded as the most scenic route to the summit, Machame boasts several paths to its
highest point and back. Popularly known as the “Whiskey Route” because of the tough
challenge, this path leads you through magnificent forests before traversing a ridge
which leads through moorland to the Shira Plateau. It offers great scenery beneath the
glaciated precipices of the Southern ice fields before summiting from the higher Barafu
Camp. Accommodation here is by camping at camp sites along the route with support
from local guides and porters. As professionals in Kili treks, we’ll take you to new heights in adventure!


Day 1: Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by our representative
and be driven to a hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight. While at the hotel, you will
be briefed about the climb and have your necessary equipment checked accordingly.

Meals: Dinner and Breakfast
Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel

Day 2: Arusha- Machame Hut Camp (10, 000′)

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your Hotel in Arusha and drive for 1 hour to
Machame gate (10,000 ft) for registration. Here you will meet the rest of the crew (Cooks and Porters) and we shall all prepare for the climb. We will start the climb through the rain forest and the giant heathers for 6 hrs. until we reach Machame Camp which first camp for overnight.

Meals: Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Machame Camp

Day 3: Shira Camp (12, 480′)

This will be a short day but rather a steep rocky and dusty trail. It is a slow hike with
plenty of breaks and enough time to acclimatize. Most of the route is rather bare of
vegetation providing little shade from heat. You will cross many ridges and see the first
of many Sceneries.

Meals: Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Shira Camp

Day 4: Barranco Camp (13, 000′)

We will start climbing over boulders and very few rocks before making our way to a
steady uphill climb to Lava Tower where we shall stop for picnic lunch around noon. For those interested, we may climb up the Lava tower, which is 14850ft (you may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change). From Lava tower we will go down for about 2 hrs through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000ft.

Meals: Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Barranco Camp

Day 5: Karanga Valley Camp (13, 450′)

We start scrambling up the Barranco wall for an hour and half. As this is steep, you will
be using your hands to reach and steady yourself like in the case of rock climbing
although it is not as challenging. At the top of the wall, you can see Barranco valley and the campsite you spent at; the night before. You will walk up and down the greener valley which is the last water point to the mountain with dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.

Meals: Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Karanga Camp

Day 6: Barafu Hut Camp (14, 200′)

This will be a short but steep uphill climb across barren landscape with lots of boulders
and shattered rocks. You will see the decken glaciers on your left. We will keep going
through a very steep ridge until we reach a rocky section for more scrambling, which will last for about 1 ½ hrs. Our next camp will be Barafu Camp which is on large rocks with very steep cliff faces. We will cap off the night early as we need to wake up at 11:00 pm for the summit.

Meals: Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Barafu Camp

Day 7: Summit Day and Mweka Camp (10, 500′)

We will start the climb at around midnight. We will start with very steep rocks for 1 hour,and enter a snow-covered area where you can see glaciers above.
If it’s a moonlit night, you may turn off your headlamp and continue a moon lit guided
walk; indeed, a wonderful experience. The next 2 hours is headed towards Stella Point
and we will take a break every 15 minutes as the climb gets more mentally and physically challenging.
Afterwards, we will make our way to Stella Point where the Lava fields are like loose sand.It’s a rather enjoyable and frustrating experience because you will take a step up andslide back gaining 0 distance and if you’re not careful, you will slide back 2 steps and gain negative 2 steps.
After breakfast, we will climb to Uhuru peak for 1 hr just as the sun appears over the
Mawenzi peaks. We will be at Uhuru peak (19370ft) around 6-7 am. We will start our
descent, which is steep and rigorous via Stella Point to Barafu Hut Camp.

Meals: Dinner and Breakfast
Accommodation: Mweka Camp

Day 8: Descent and back to Arusha

Today’s hike will take us about 4 to 5 hours to make the 4,500 feet descent to the park
gate. We will check out and receive Kilimanjaro climbing certificate at the park gate office,then eat our lunch and say goodbye to our mountain staff. After lunch, we will drive through very beautiful coffee plantations and small villages of the Chagga people back to Arusha. At the hotel, this will be the perfect time for you to take a nice swim, a hot shower, and a well-deserved celebration before retiring to be after dinner!

Meals: Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast
Accommodation: Mount Meru Hotel

End of Trip

  • Guiding Fee
  • Guiding Fee Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group Porters (transport of tents, cooking equipments etc for the group)
  • Drinking Water
  • Accomodation
  • All Taxes / VAT
  • AirPort Transfers
  • International Flights ( From / To Home )
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Alcohol Drinks
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Rescue Fee
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Climbing Gear

Booking Form


Phone: +255 754 691 320

Mob: +255 784 691 320

Email: info@wodystours.com

Address; Arusha,Tanzania – East Africa

Wodys Tours is an abbreviation for World Odyssey Destination Services, a medium sized education oriented tour company. It specializes in taking small groups on educational safaris to learn and experience Tanzanian’s natural heritage, cultural richness, and diversity in agriculture, agroforestry, forests, rangeland, wildlife, beaches, geology, history, unique-landscape and mountains and above all to interact with the people of Tanzania.


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