Machame Route, Gold Level Premium Climb

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 3
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Arusha, Tanzania
  • Ends Arusha, Tanzania
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  • Machame: Camps along the trek are favourably located for the smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day, Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp. 
Start and end in Arusha, the trip "Machame Route, Gold Level Premium Climb" is a guided adventure trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Uhuru Peak, Machame Park Gate, Machame Camp and 7 other destinations in Tanzania. "Machame Route, Gold Level Premium Climb" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, meals and others.

The second most popular option among the climbers, Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”, offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area. All guides have "Wilderness First Responder" and "Wilderness First Aid" certificates, along with over 7 years of experience in climbing. At the end of the tour, you will receive an International certificate for a successful ascent!
  • Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha Area (45km – 1hr)
  • Day 2: Machame Gate – Machame Camp (hiking 11km – 5/6hrs)
  • Day 3: Machame Camp – Shira Camp (5km – 4/5hrs) / Lava Tower – Shira Camp (acclimatization Hike 2km – 1/2hrs)
  • Day 4: Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Descent Barranco Camp (11km – 6/8hrs)
  • Day 5: Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp (hiking 11km – 8/10hrs)
  • Day 6: Ascent Uhuru Peak – Descent Millennium Camp (hiking 15km – 8/12hrs)
  • Day 7: Descent Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate (hiking 12km – 4/5hrs) – Arusha Area
  • Day 8: Arusha Area – Departure Kilimanjaro (45km – 1hr)
  • 2 night’s hotel accommodation
  • 5 night’s camp accommodation 
  • Camping/hut fees
  • Modern the North Face VE-25 tents
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery)
  • 3 square meals daily on the mountain
  • The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; juices, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and water
  • Breakfasts at the hotel before and after the ascent 
  • Arrival and departure shared transfer in an air-conditioning vehicle from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Transfer to the trailhead
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Operated with English- and German-speaking professional mountain crew 
  • All guides have "Wilderness First Responder" and "Wilderness First Aid" certificates, along with over 7 years of experience in climbing
  • *There is no guarantee that you will be part of a group, or part of the same group during the tour. Airport transfers will be operated with English-speaking drivers
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: hike from Machame Gate to Machame Camp (Day 2); hike from Machame Camp to Shira Camp (Day 3); hike from Shira Camp to Lava Tower and Descent to Barranco Camp (Day 4); Hike from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Day 5); Ascent to Uhuru Peak and Descent to Millenium Camp (Day 6); Descent from Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate (Day 7)
  • Meet & Greet at Kilimanjaro International Airport 
  • Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters
  • First aid kit
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick)
  • Meeting the group at the National Park exit
  • International certificates for a successful ascent
  • Expanded ration, which means a wider choice of products in the mountains
  • The North Face sleeping bags (comfort −18°C / extreme −34°C)
  • Iridium 9575 Extreme satellite phone. Uninterrupted contact with our support team
  • Portable toilet and shower
  • Mountaineering insurance up to 6,000 meters by World Nomads
  • Visa fees
  • Domestic flights 
  • International flights 
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent)
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Tips for the mountain crew 
  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program
  • Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Machame Route, Gold Level Premium Climb tour. You can cancel the tour up to 35 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 34 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 29 October 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 29 October 2021, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Machame Route, Gold Level Premium Climb tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Machame Route, Gold Level Premium Climb tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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