This ethical climb takes you along the most popular route up Mount Kilimanjaro – the “Whiskey” route. Plus, your climb will be carbon offset!
Mount Kilimanjaro resides in Kilimanjaro National Park, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Machame Route is also known as the “Whiskey” route. Compared with the Marangu route, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. The Machame route is considered a difficult route and is better suited for more adventurous folks and those with some hiking or backpacking experience.
The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended (this climb has 7 walking days). We will stay in Moshi for one night both before and after the trek.
The Machame Route is scenically beautiful and varied. You’ll go through the jungle, see a fabulous view of the moorland, and have a panoramic view of the Shira Plateau. You’ll be able to see Mt. Meru, ravines, and glaciers before finally reaching the spectacular summit of Uhuru (which means “freedom” in Swahili).
Seasonal Notes: The best time for this Kilimanjaro climb is June through October, and December to March. June through October will have less rain than December to March. Temperatures are relatively consistent year-round (around 75-80°F / 24-27°C), being on the warmer end from December to March. Please note that this route is very popular, which means it can be crowded at times. Unfortunately, traveling during the shoulder season during April, May, and November is not advisable due to bad weather that can cause safety hazards.
This is a set itinerary. Download detailed itinerary to read more.
Day 1: Moshi [Tanzania] (arrival day)
Day 2: Moshi (1890m) to Machame Hut (3100m)
Day 3: Machame Hut (3100m ) to Shira Caves (3840m)
Day 4: Shira Caves (3840m) to Lava Tower (4600m), then to Barranco Camp (3900m)
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3900m) to Karanga Camp (4000m)
Day 6: Karanga Camp (4000m) to Barafu Camp (4600m)
Day 7: Barafu Camp (4600m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m), then to Millennium Camp (3000m)
Day 8: Millennium Camp (3000m) to Mweka Gate (1640m)
Day 9: Moshi (departure day)
We focus on organizing responsible and ethical tours that make places better for people to both live in and visit. Our dream is to combine community development with cultural tourism and conservation. We believe that the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world's natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities.
We are a member of Carbon Offsetting Tanzania and for every climbing trip done with us, we offset the carbon impact and travelers will receive their carbon offset certificate. We provide Leave No Trace Tanzania training to our workers and donate some of our profits to planting trees in Moshi.
Our company has created employment opportunities for more than 400 locals (porters, guides, chefs), which helps with Tanzania's unemployment problem.
We do not believe in "cheap climbs." Our prices reflect fair and ethical wages for all. We do not exploit any of our Mountain Crew (porters, guides, and chefs), without whom our climbs would not be possible. To ensure this, we are a member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) which requires that our Mountain Crew are paid fair wages, receive proper equipment and sleeping conditions, and are fed well. KPAP audits our climbs raises public awareness of fair treatment of porters. We also collaborate with KPAP to provide financial education to our Mountain Crew about saving, spending, and investing their money.
We profit share with our community to ensure they benefit from the tourism revenue as well (for example, we support disabled children and help fund the building of schools.)
For every client, we ensure one child in Moshi gets health insurance for 1 year.
We stay at hotels that use or are trying to use renewable energy and eco-friendly cleaning products. We also stay in tents during the climb.
Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.
A specific route map is included in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Prices vary based on the number of travelers.
Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
To reserve your spot on a tour, a non-refundable deposit equal to 30% of the trip price will be required. If you need to cancel, your deposit will be kept as a lifetime credit which can be used on a future trip.
This trip has a variable start date, so you can plan a departure date that suits you.
This is a private tour, meaning you will only be traveling with those you book the trip with.
Be sure you have traveler's insurance.
Please be fully vaccinated and boosted before traveling. You may also need proof of a negative Covid test before arrival to the country. Keep a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.
TEMPERATURE CHECK DURING CLIMB
BAGS AND LUGGAGE
SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS ON MOUNTAIN
FOOD AND DINING
DURING YOUR CLIMB
Remember that this is your once-in-a-lifetime trek. Simple, common-sense practices implemented by both guests and the Mountain Crew will help everyone feel at ease – without intruding on your enjoyment of this awe-inspiring experience!!
Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Mildly Strenuous" mean?
A: Kilimanjaro climbing involves physical training. You will have to be fit for this trip as it involves hiking for long hours.
Q: What are the accommodations like?
A: This is a mid-range tour that includes 3 to 4-star hotels at Moshi. While on the climb you will be sleeping in a four-season tent.
Q: Is this tour fully escorted?
A: Yes, this trip is fully guided by a professional Mountain Guide who will escort you throughout the climb.
Q: Is this trip safe for solo travelers?
A: Yes, it is safe and feasible for solo travelers. Solo travelers can book this as a private tour.
Q: Do I need a visa?
A: Yes, you will need a visa upon arrival in Tanzania.
Duration: 9 days; guests choose their desired start date.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Transportation: We will use a Hiace (small van) to transfer you to the trailhead.
Accommodation: 3-4 star hotels, tents.