Machame Route

The second in popularity on Kilimanjaro, Machame route boasts excellent acclimatization and great views.


The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents. The Machame Route climb can be done in a minimum of six days on the mountain.

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Difficulty rating: Challenging

Height: The Machame route leads to the Uhuru Peak summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at a staggering height of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet)

Trail conditions: On your way to the summit via the Machame Route, you will trek through a variety of vegetation zones namely: dense vegetation zones, rocky zones, and loose gravel trails. The Machame route is very scenic, rewarding climbers with panoramic views of the mountain and a variety of amazing landscapes

Climbing requirements:  Make sure you have all the required mountain gear and equipment as are no technical climbing requirements on this route

Toto Africa Adventures offers Machame route as a seven-day itinerary for Kilimanjaro group tours or as a six-day Mount Kilimanjaro private climb. The six-day itinerary combines the fourth and the fifth days, approaching Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without staying at Karanga Camp which is an added acclimatization day for the seven-day itinerary

Machame Trek Tips

To avoid getting blister while on the Machame Route, make sure you try out your hiking boots and if possible add more insoles to make them more comfortable.

Water is very vital on the mountain, always stay hydrated and carry a reusable and refillable water bottle to keep Kilimanjaro green and to minimize altitude sickness by staying hydrated.

To familiarize yourself with the Machame Route’s camping environment, try out a few camping experiences in your local area to get used to camping facilities and conditions.

Prepare a Machame Route packing list for Mount Kilimanjaro and double-check to make sure you have all the necessary Kilimanjaro climbing gear and equipment.

Enjoy the views on the Machame route’s scenic view and take it slow, it is also part of your mountain climbing adventure.

A day-by-day breakdown of the Machame route

Below is the detailed overview of the 7 days Machame route tour itinerary that shows the route’s accommodation, altitude and day-by-day outline.

Machame Route Map & Location

The Machame route trail leads to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro from the southern side of the mountain, beginning with a short and scenic drive from Moshi town or Arusha City to the Machame Gate. The route runs across the rain forest towards the extensive Shira Plateau.

The route itself offers stunning views and is very scenic with the advantage of boasting a great summit success rate.

Best way to climb Kilimanjaro via Machame Route

To help achieve our summit goal, and have an attractive trail to ourselves, we avoid the high traffic and crowding on the route by waking up ahead of the other climbers, very early in the morning. We also send some porters from your Toto Africa Adventures team ahead of you so that they arrive at the next campsites earlier than the others plying that route in order to make sure that you get the best spot for camping and also making sure that your tent is ready before you arrive from your trek. By the time you arrive, you will find hot coffee/tea and snacks waiting for you.


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Route: Machame Route

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Duration: 8 Days (6 Days Trekking + 2 Days Hotel)

Experience: Fully Assisted Camping (non-ensuite)

Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania

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Route: Machame Route

From Price: US $ 2,275

Duration: 9 Days (7 Days Trekking + 2 Days Hotel)

Experience: Fully Assisted Camping (non-ensuite)

Destination: Mount Kilimanjaro - Tanzania