The Machame Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro and reputed to have the highest success rate. This scenic route offers a longer period for acclimatization and takes different routes up and down the mountain so you don’t do any backtracking over the same terrain. It features a tented camping experience.
The trip begins as when we pick you up from the airport at Kilimanjaro where we will take you to a hotel in Moshi for the night spend and you will be introduced to your mountain guide who will ensure you have all the necessary gear for the climb and brief you about the trip. The next morning it’s about an hour drive to the park gate where you will begin the trek. The first day of trekking is about 5 hours through the beautiful rainforest at the base of Kilimanjaro to the Machame Camp. The trek continues on the second day,third ,fourth and fifth through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands and finishes at Shira Camp,Baranco,Karanga and finally Uhuru peak. The trekking is quite helpful for acclimatization as you ascend to the Lava Tower before descending to the campsites .
Machame Route or the “whiskey route” is one of the most popular routes due to its picturesque views and varied landscapes.However, climbing through Machame Route is a bit difficult as compared to Marangu route. Even though the walk on the Machame route is steeper and longer, still the success rate is higher than the Marangu route.Machame Route is not technically difficult, but the climb is more exhausting as it has many ups and downs crossing a chain of valleys and ridges. Usually, the minimum days to summit Kilimanjaro through this route is six, but seven days is recommended.