Kilimanjaro Climb

Nature Discovery Machame Route (7D6N)


The Roof of Africa

The Machame (Whiskey) Route is the most popular camping route on Kilimanjaro. It’s a rugged combination of routes from the rainforest at Machame Village on the southwest side of the mountain, and over six days, rises onto the edge of the Shira Plateau, down into the beautiful Great Barranco Valley, then circumvents the Kibo massif counter-clockwise through alpine desert until reaching Barafu Camp.

From here, the trek to the summit is done overnight to the crater rim on the steep scree slopes of the east-south-east facing Mweka Route. The trek winds through beautiful scenery, which changes quite dramatically every day.

The route is physically challenging for most people. Due to the high altitude and short amount of rest before the overnight summit attempt, the last two days (the trek from Barranco to Barafu and then the overnight trek to the summit) requires mental and physical toughness. There are no huts on this route and the accommodation is in mountain tents and dining is in a mess tent.


At a glance

  • Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 sleeping tents

  • Dining mess tent

  • Private toilet and shower tents

  • Hyperbaric chamber on every trek



  • Scenic view of Mount Meru from Arusha National Park, near Mount Kilimanjaro

    Day One

    Arrive at the Outpost Lodge in Arusha, in the shadow of Mount Meru, to meet with the rest of your group at the comprehensive climb briefing.

  • Machame Route day 1

    Day Two

    Departure from Arusha at around 8am for the Machame Gate. Upon completion of entry formalities, begin walking through the mist for about an hour into the forest. The track ends, and the trail continues up through the verdant forest. Trekkers will likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above and see monkeys in the trees. It’s 20km and around 6 hours to the first camp, Machame, sitting at 3000m just inside the heather zone.

  • K Shira 2 camp

    Day Three

    Wake early to a steaming cup of tea or coffee served in your tent. After breakfast, begin up the steep track up through a savannah of tall grasses and trees of giant heather. The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the glaciers atop which mark the summit of Uhuru Peak. Scramble around large boulders as you enter the moorland zone, marked by the bizarre lobelia plants and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards, which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. 4-5 hours of trekking brings you to Shira Camp at 3950m.

Community & Culture

Nature Discovery’s mountain guides and core crew are recognized as the most capable and professional crew on the mountain. All mountain guides are WFR (Wilderness First Responder) trained and certified.

A Kilimanjaro climb would not be possible without porters. They are the backbone of all Kilimanjaro expeditions but the working conditions for many are far from ideal. Since 2008, Nature Discovery have been committed to developing systems and procedures, which promote fair working conditions, honesty, and transparency. The Kilimanjaro Porter’s Assistance Project (KPAP) has been the driving force of this change in attitude and practice, with Nature Discovery recognized by KPAP as a leader in creating and affecting change in revolutionizing how Kilimanjaro porters are chosen, outfitted, treated, paid, and tipped.


Nature Discovery are a leader in setting standards of sustainability in Tanzania, winning awards presented by a UN based organization called ‘Responsible Tourism Tanzania’ in 2018 and in 2019, as the Most Responsible Tour Operator in Tanzania for practicing the 16 of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Along with their treatment of porters, some of their efforts include being official partnership with Carbon Tanzania to offset operational emissions, practicing ‘Leave No Trace’ environmental ethics, and developing green transport in Arusha through selling bicycles, using the proceeds to develop a weekly youth cycling program.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

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In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

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