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  • Enjoy trekking, as you climb steadily and pass through magnificent, dense rainforest see breath takking views.
  • See Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance
  • Enjoy viewing the jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond which are breathtaking
  • Visit the Heim and Kersten glaciers
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About This Route
The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for us. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain.

The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 7 days but a 7 day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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Kilimanjaro Trekking 8 Days Machame Route

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5.0 out of 5 | Excellent March 2017 Expect In Africa Safari Recommend: Yes
The person who organized our trip was an honest one, caring of our needs and very nice. I would definitely trust this company for a Safari in Tanzania.
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I visited Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park with this company and I had a truly amazing experience: the places were astonishing and the tour was well organized. The car was comfortable and the driver was nice and he explained to us lots of curiosities and was very compliant to every request we had and, most important, he was responsible and capable which made me feel safe the all way through. Food and drinks were given for lunch, and the places where we spent the night were and clean and comfortable.
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Day 1: Arrive In Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged Hotel in Arusha town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Hotel is bed & Breakfast

Day 2: Machame Gate (1790m) To Machame Camp (3010m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

approx. time taken: 6 hours

Two hour’s drive from Arusha lies the gate to the Machame route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crew of porters and start to climb! The first section of the route climbs steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot.

Day 3: Machame Camp (3010m) To Shira Camp (3845m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 5.4km / 3.4mi

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Looking back, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance.

Day 4: Shira Cave (3845m) To Barranco Camp (3960m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 10.8km / 6.7mi

Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body’s acclimatization to altitude.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) To Barafu Camp (4640m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi

Approx. time taken: 8 hours

Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640m) To Uhuru Peak (5895m) & Down To Mweka Camp (3100m)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi

Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Day 7: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) To Mweka Gate (1630m)

Meals: Breakfast

Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles

Approx. time taken: 3 hours

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel

Day 8: Depart Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 2,420

Price Per Day:

$ 303 per person
Start DateEnd DateDouble Standard 
Nov-08-2017Nov-15-2017$ 3,540Reserve
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  • Deposit Price: $ 520
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 3,540
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Arusha
  • Airport transfers
Trip Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
Meals Included:

All Meals during your Kilimanjaro Trekking is Included

Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 22

Start City Arusha
End City Arusha
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations by Expect In Africa Safari
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Cancellations by Customer
If the customer chooses to cancel the tour reservation, the effective date of the cancellation is the date Expect in Africa Safari receives written notification.
The cancellation penalties are as follows:
45 days from departure – deposit will be refunded
Between 30 and 45 days from departure – deposit is forfeited
30 days from departure - no refund.
All cancellations that are refunded will be refunded the above amount less any expenses incurred
Administration fees, bank charges, booking fees, etc.
No refund is available for any unused portion of the tour once commenced.
Change of Contract
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Customers with Special needs
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No liability shall be attached to Expect in Africa Safari for the provision of an unsuitable tour, or for any person where that persons special needs have not been disclosed at the time of booking.
Special Requests
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The customer is responsible for obtaining full travel and health insurance. It is the responsibility of the customer to read their insurance policy before they travel to ensure that the insurance provides the customer with the appropriate amount of coverage.
Passport and Visas
It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure they are travelling with a valid passport. It is recommended to ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after you travel.
It is the responsibility of the customer to obtain the correct visa to enter Tanzania.

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Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Max Age: 80

Additional Information:

The following is very important to consider

You will need visas for entry to Tanzania. Though you can get these in Africa, your travel will go smoother if you get them in advance through the respective embassies.

Make a photocopy or list of the following items: Passports (including the page with the visa stamped in them and the pages with photos and data), plane tickets, yellow booklet showing your yellow fvaccination, list of all medications you might require, listing of all travelers' cheque numbers and money if possible, list of serial numbers for cameras, etc. Keep this list someplace apart from where you keep these other items

Keep track of your passport above all. Loss of a passport can destroy your trip and cost considerable money during the time required to replace it. On your international flight, pack as if the airline might misplace your bags. Keep things you will need right away in your carry-on. It seldom happens, and almost always the bags arrive a couple of days later, but this way, if the bags do not arrive with you, you will be able to continue on your safari while the airline finds them
If bags get misplaced at the airport

We hope you don't lose your bags, but this happens sometimes. If your bags do not show up, do the following:

Report the problem to your air carrier inside the airport at the Baggage Claim before passing the CUSTOM and fill out the required paperwork. Request compensation for your inconvenience (often $50.00 for emergency purchases and a bag with simple toiletries and a tee shirt). Ask them when they expect the bag will arrive and tell them where you will be based on your itinerary. Leave the keys with the airline so they can clear the bags through customs. Ask the airline to go with you to advise Customs Officer that bags were lost so there will be no problems further in getting your bags cleared when they arrive. Inform our staff so we can work with the airline to get your bags to you at the earliest convenience.

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