In contrast with the Marangu route, which is often called the “Coca-Cola route”, the Marangu route is known under the nickname the Whiskey route. This comparison is a little overdone and comes from the time when the Machame route was less developed. In our opinion, the Machame route is a little tougher than the Marangu, but the difference is small. The success rate on the Machame is even higher than on the Marangu.

The route is climbable in at least 6 days. Machame climbers use the Marangu route on the way back.

7-day climb

It is possible (and recommended) to split the long walk between the Baranco and Barafu camps into two days. If you choose this option, you will spend the night in the Karanga Valley camp (4.040m).

8-day climb

You can also choose for the 8-day climb which offers even better acclimatization and therefore also increases the change of success. In this case, you will split the (little adjusted) route between Baranco and Barafu into three days and you will spend the night in the Lava Tower camp (4.600m)

Western Breach

On the Machame route, there is an option to climb to the top via the more direct but also more dangerous “Western Breach” instead of climbing via Barafu camp. We also offer to climb via this route. If you would like to do so, please contact us.

Route options:
• 6-day climbDeparture dates & booking
• 7-day climb (1 acclimatization day) Departure dates & booking
• 8-day climb (2 acclimatization days) Departure dates & booking

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Day 1

You will be picked up by your hotel in the morning and then brought to the Machame Gate. After the registration process, you will enter the park and the challenge will begin! The first day is not a very heavy day and you will walk through the cloud forest for the biggest part.

After about 2-2,5 hours we will make a lunch stop at an open field in the forest. You will be halfway on the way to the Machame huts.

When the forest thins out, Kibo will be visible for the first time. After you have accomplished your first climb to the Machame huts, there will be snacks and warm drinks.

Day 2

The second day is a relatively short walk (5km) through a dusty landscape. This is also not a really tough day, but because you climb 815m over a short distance, the path will be quite steep at some parts.

After about 1-1,5 hours we will have a lunch break. From this point, we will have a 1-, 1,5-hour walk left to reach New Shira camp, which lays at 20 minutes distance of the Shira Plateau.

After arriving at New Shira camp you will be able to brush up and snacks and warm drinks are given.

Day 3

This is quite a long day for the ones who chose the 6- or 7-day climb. The ones who climb in 8 days (or climb via the Western Breach-route) camp roughly halfway in the Lava Tower camp (4.642m).

After about 3 hours walk (5km) we will make a lunch stop at about 4.493 meters. After lunch, we will have a choice between two routes. In case we would feel tired, we can choose the quick and easy option below the Lava Tower. In case we have enough energy left, we will take the more beautiful but little bit tougher route via Lava Tower Camp.

Today’s destination is Barranco camp.

Day 4

The fourth day starts with a steep climb up on the Great Barranco Wall (almost 250m). This day can be split up into two parts (the 7- and 8-day options); in this case, you will camp halfway in the beautiful Karanga Valley camp (4.040m). The ones with the 6-day option walk straight to the last camp. Barafu (Swahili for ice).

Day 5

Late this evening (around 23:00) the guide will wake you up. You will receive a small breakfast and warm drinks.

After breakfast, we will start our climb to the top! There will not be a lot of reference points along the way but after a good walk, we will reach Stella Point (5.752m, already enough for a certificate!), to continue our climb until we reach our final goal of the climb, Uhuru Peak (5.895m). Enjoy the magnificent views over Africa and see one of the most spectacular sunrises you will ever see! You can absolutely be proud of your accomplishment!

After taking some nice pictures we will go down, back to Barafu camp. After we reached Barafu camp we will take an hour break to have some rest and we will have a good lunch together. After lunch, we will go down to Mweka camp.

Dag 6

After breakfast, we will go down to Mweka camp. When we reach Mweka camp we will undergo some formalities to then step into the bus that’s already waiting for us. Back in the hotel, a well deserved warm shower awaits you!

Prices Machame

Prices upon request

Departure dates

The departure date could be any day of the year. It’s best to book at least 5 weeks in advance so that you can prepare yourself for the climb.

Already prepared (think about visas and vaccinations) and you would like to leave for Tanzania within a week? Contact us and we will most likely be able to realize it for you!