Machame Route

Machame Route

Travel Style

Travel Style : Active

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Service Level

Service Level : Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating : 5 - Challenging

Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Age Requirement

Age Requirement : 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Machame Route Overview

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The Machame route is one of the first official trekking routes developed to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is also the most popular route on the mountain, meaning that it is the most trafficked route. Find More On The Overview Experience Of Machame Trail.

Duration: The journey to the Uhuru peak via the Machame route can take anywhere between 6-7 days to complete. Travellers looking to shorten the journey can skip the night spent in the Karanga Valley.

Location: The Machame route starts in the southern region of Mount Kilimanjaro, and can be accessed via a 45-minute drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate, where the trek starts.

Height: The Machame route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak, reaching a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet).

Trail Conditions: During your journey to the summit, you will travel through dense vegetation, rocky zones, and loose gravel trails in some parts. The route is incredibly scenic and provides hikers with panoramic views and varying landscapes.

Why To Choose Machame Route?

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6-7 days trekking

Being the most popular route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame Route offers a host of scenic views and diverse landscapes. The route starts with green rainforests at the foot of the mountain (800 m - 3000 m) where the humidity is high and light showers are common.

The various campsites along the routes are -

  • Machame Camp (3026 m)
  • Shira Camp (3766 m)
  • Barranco Camp (3900 m)
  • Karanga Camp (used by 7-day climbers, especially for acclimatization, 3960 m)
  • Barafu Camp (highest camp before summit, 4546 m)

85% Success Rate

The Machame route has a fairly good success rate, thanks to many ups and downs allowing better acclimatisation. To ensure higher success rate for the Machame route, it is best to take your time. The 7-day itinerary has an average summit success rate of 85%. For the 6-day itinerary success rate drops to 75% on average.

The success rate of Machame is good with about 85% - 90% of the climbers who opt for the 7-day trek reaching the summit with good Acclimatization options.

20339 Travellers Per Year

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We have good successfully rate over Kilimanjaro summit via Machame Route. Our Kilimanjaro overall statistics shows that, almost all clients climbed with us made to the top (Uhuru peak). We prepare well our trip, and we have good strategies over Kilimanjaro summit on all routes.

Normally 20339 Travellers Per year have been climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro via Machame Route.

High Traffics

The high success rate of the Machame route is due to its topography, which allows Trekkers to better acclimatization by climb high during the days and camp at slightly lower altitudes during the nights. The route offers some of the best scenery, second only to the Lemosho route. The route descends via the Mweka route, providing additional opportunities to see new scenery.

So in Machame Route, there is high no of traffics to and give the successful way to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Good Acclimatization Features

Machame offers amazing benefits when it comes to acclimatization. The route naturally follows the ‘climb high, sleep low’ rule by rising quickly to high altitudes and then descending again on the same day, thus facilitating to camp in a recommended manner. The acclimatization process is facilitated better by the steep ascent in the initial leg of the trek.

When it comes to acclimatization, Machame proves to be much better than Marangu, Rongai, Shira as well as Umbwe. But if acclimatization is your primary focus, the Northern Circuit will be your best bet because of its 360-degree traverse (though it is the longest route and quite expensive).

Excellent Kilimanjaro Scenery

The Machameroute is a treat to the eyes by being extremely scenic and is covered with beautiful landscapes.

According to statistics from Kilimanjaro National Park approximately 50% of trekkers use the Machame Route to ascend Kilimanjaro. The route is very scenic, providing hikers with incredible views and varying landscapes.

Shorter Itinerary Length

The total Machame route distance is approximately 62 kilometers from gate to gate.

One can complete the Machame route on a 6 or 7 day itinerary. Both options include a climb high, sleep low acclimatization day.The success rate is significantly higher when using the seven day route.

Machame route is also one of the cheaper routes due to its easy access and shorter itinerary.

Best Tips For Success

Be sure to wear your hiking boots before your adventure to Kilimanjaro to avoid blisters.

Stay hydrated and carries a reusable water bottle to reduce the impact of altitude sickness.

Before your trek, try to embark on a few practice camping trips to get familiar with your surroundings.

Make a packing list and triple check you have everything you need before you go.

Don’t forget to stop and take it the view along the way to the summit. After all, the journey is the best part.

Best Trail To Climb Kilimanjaro Via Machame Route

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Machame Route or the "Whiskey Route" is a standout amongst the most well-known courses because of its pleasant perspectives and changed scenes.

Be that as it may, moving through Machame Route is somewhat troublesome when contrasted with Marangu course. Despite the fact that the stroll on the Machame course is more extreme longer, still the success rate is higher than the Marangu course.

Machame Route isn't actually troublesome, yet the ascension is all the more debilitating as it has many high points and low points crossing a chain of valleys and edges. 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 summit Kilimanjaro through this course is six, however seven days is prescribed.

Machame Route Itinerary For Kilimanjaro

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6 Days Machame Route

85% Success Rate

Our 6 days Machame route is perfect 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. In spite of being a tough climb compared to the Marangu route, the Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates...

Summit Success Chance - Average
Altitude Profile - Excellent
Difficulty - Difficult
Scenery - Excellent

6 days

Starting from $1,750

7 Days Machame Route

85% Success Rate

The seven day Machame variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 7 day Machame route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the...

Summit Success Chance - Good
Altitude Profile - Excellent
Difficulty - Doable
Scenery - Excellent

7 days

Starting from $1,945

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