The second most popular route is the Machame Route. It is also known as the "Whiskey route". This Route is 6 days with longer hiking distances than the Marangu route. There are no sleeping huts, so climbers sleep in tents. This route is more beautiful and a higher percentage of climber reach the summit. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more hardcore adventurous climbers and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.
Pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Meet on arrival and transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut (9,300 ft)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Machame gate, after clearing all summits formalities ready to start your hiking.
- Hike time: 7.5 hrs
- Elevation change: +1,200 m
- Estimated distance:
Start your acclimatization through the dense forest. The path continues to follow the ridge, rising steadily with several sleep sections. The gradient eases slightly as the forest merges into heather covered ground we will reach Machame Hut in 10 km (6.2 miles) after a 1,200 meter (3,936 ft) ascent and 5-7 hours of walking. Dinner and overnight at Machame Hut.
Day 2: Machame Hut to Shira Hut (12,300 ft)
- Hike time: 7 hrs
- Elevation change: +800 m
- Estimated distance 6 km
- Final elevation: 3,800 m
From the Machame Hut we cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge crises-crossing a few times before reaching Shira Hut at the base of a semi-circular wall of rocks. We will have ascended 900 meters (3,000 ft) in 5-7 hours and 6 km (3.72 miles) of walking. Dinner and overnight at Shira Hut.
Day 3: Shira Hut
Final elevation: 3900 m from Shira Hut hike to Lava Tower (15,000) and then proceed to Baranco via the Great Baranco Wall. This route offers panoramic views of Kibo through Karanga Valley as we hike high and sleep low, dropping back down to Baranco after lunch. Today's hike will take most of the day Baranco campsite located on elevation of 3,950 m. Dinner and overnight at Baranco Hut
Day 4: Baranco to Barafu Hut (4,600 m)
- Hike time: 3.5 hrs
- Elevation change: +600 m
- Estimated distance: 4 km
- Final elevation: 4,600 m
Today involves gaining a little more elevation, acclimatizing and resting for the summit attempt the next morning. This day will take us 4 to 6 hrs of walking. Dinner and overnight will be at Barafu Hut.
Day 5: SUMMIT DAY-High Camp to the Summit and then Rau Camp (10,500 ft)
- Summit time: 7 hrs
- Elevation change: +1,300 m
- Estimated distance: 5 km
- Final elevation: 5,895 m
- Descent time: 5 hrs
- Elevation change: - 2,800 m
- Estimated distance: 12 km
- Final elevation: 3,100
We will start trekking early before sunrise (1-2 am) as the walk today will take 10-14+ hours. We will avoid the mist that sets in later in the day; the scree and snow will still be safely frozen. The 1,100-meter (3,600 ft) ascent in just over 3 km (1.86 miles) will take us about 6-8 hours. After a brief stay at the summit of the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak, at over 5,898 meters (19,340 ft), we descend via the Barafu route roughly 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) in 12 km (7.44 miles) in about 4-7 hours to Mweka Camp..
Day 6: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate (6,000 ft)
- Descent time: 4 hrs
- Elevation change:-1,250 m
- Estimated distance: 10 km
- Final elevation: 1,828 m
Today we descend about 1,400 meters (4,592 ft) through the forest on a jungle path for about 10 km (6.2 miles) in 3-4 hours to reach Mweka Gate. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel in Arusha.
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for taking in a flight and back home. And thus mark the end of your tour.