Machame route

Distance covered: 63km

Machame route: minimum of six days

The Machame route is often considered the most striking and has spectacular views of the summit, but it is weather dependant. The route faces the wind and is on the southern side of the mountain where rainfall is heavier and the vegetation more dense.

The route is steeper than both the Marangu and the Rongai routes and physically more demanding, but very good for acclimatisation. It joins the Lemosho route from New Shira Camp. Machame route is the most popular route with our guests – about 60% of our guests climb Kilimanjaro via the Machame route. Machame is nicknamed the ‘whiskey route’. You will descend along the Mweka route. This option is generally for slightly fitter hikers.

Machame route up Kilimanjaro

Scheduled climbs on this route


Machame 6 Day Climb

The Machame route is one of the most beautiful trekking tours to the top of Kilimanjaro.


Private climbs on this route


Machame Route

Private departures for the picturesque and popular Machame Route can depart on whatever day you choose.



Machame Route 7 Days

Enjoy this popular and picturesque route at a more leisurely pace to take in more of the sights and better prepare yourself for the summit


Machame Route with Crater Overnight

This new route allows a unique experience of spending 1 night in the crater rim of Kilimanjaro before you summit.