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Machame is one of the most popular routes of Kilimanjaro.
Amongst the few old Kilimanjaro trekking routes, Machame is the prime one. Not only the oldest route but also Machame Route is the most populous one. The hiking via Machame starts at the rainforest zone and further traverse through rest 4 climatic zones.
Machame is widely known as the Whisky route. Machame Route offers quite a scenic view. The route is a popular choice by many trekkers due to its scenic view and high Success Rate. Out of All 6 Ascending Kilimanjaro Routes, Machame is preferred by 50% of the climbers.
There are 2 reasons for the popularity of Machame Route.
However, the Kilimanjaro Machame Route is a bit difficult for the climbers to climb up. The ascending through Barranco Wall on day four is the hardest one. The steppe climbing is though a complete non-technical climb.
If you are someone who has decent physical strength, Machame Route is highly recommended. The route offers a great acclimatizing opportunity following the “walk high and sleep low” rule. Hence around half the population of the climbers prefer Machame to ascend.
Compared to the Marangu Route, Machame offers a long itinerary. Usually, the Kilimanjaro Machame Route takes 6 to 7 days for ascending to the Uhuru Peak.
The hike to the Uhuru peak starts from the foothill and continues through the cultivation zone. The rest of the hiking goes through 4 more different zones such as;
Heath zone & Mooreland zone
Alpine desert zone
Few interesting facts about Machame Route:
Machame doesn’t come with hut accommodation like Marangu. It’s a camping route.
The journey to the Uhuru peak starts from the Machame gate. Machame route goes through Machame camp, Shira 2 camp, mweka camp, Lava tower, Shira 2 camp, Barranco camp, and Karanga camp.
The first stopover during the hike is at Machame Camp at the elevation of 9,350 ft. From Machame Camp the hike further goes to the next stopover Shira 2 camps elevated at 12,500 ft.
The trekking next takes the trekker to Lava tower from where you have to hike Shira 2 camp. Crossing Lava tower the hiking continues to the Barranco camp elevated at 13,044 ft.
Our next stop is the Karanga camp elevated at 15,331 ft. From Barranco, the hike goes up to Karanga Camp from where the further hike continues to Barafu camp.
From Barafu camp the final hike continues to the Uhuru peak at 5,895m. From there the descending starts following Mweka route crossing through Mweka camp and Mweka hut.
One of the most popular routes, Machame Route offers stunning views and varied landscapes. Beginning with the vibrant lush foothill forest the route offers 6 to 7 days of the itinerary.
The various campsites along the routes are –
Machame Route or the "Whiskey Route" is unique amongst all other routes of Kilimanjaro. As it has a pleasant perspective and changed scene it’s one of the preferred roués of Kilimanjaro.
Be that as it may, moving through Machame Route is somewhat troublesome when contrasted with the Marangu course. Kilimanjaro Machame Routes offers a longer itinerary but the success rate is quite high in comparison to Marangu.
Machame route isn’t very hard, however, the trekking down is more tiring. The route offers many high points and low points during the hike.
Accordingly, the course is most appropriate for individuals with some climbing or trekking encounters and for the individuals who love experiences. For amateurs the climbers, the course can be tiring.
Machame Route begins from the south, heading towards the east, exploring underneath the southern ice fields in front of summiting.
For the most part, the base days to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro through this course is six, however, seven days is prescribed.
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Our 6 days Machame route is perfect for those who want a thrilling as well as adventurous experience amid their journey. The Machame route, also known as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro. Compared to Marangu, Machame offers a bit more challenges. However, the route offers a high success rate.
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The 7 day Machame Route variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 7 day Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu hut is broken up into two days. The extra day added at Barafu hut is great for acclimatizing. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleeping deprived going into the...
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