- Date 2018 - 2019
- Departure Kilimanjaro
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. Therefore, the route is best suited for people with some hiking or trekking experiences and for those who love adventures. For first-timers the climbers, the route can be tiring.
Machame Route starts from the south, heading towards the east, navigating beneath the southern ice fields ahead of summiting.
Usually, the minimum days to summit Kilimanjaro through this route is six, but seven days is recommended.
Popote Africa provides two tour packages along the Machame Route.
Both the itineraries for the 6 days and 7 days Machame Route are tour same with a single variation. Notably, the night stay at Karanga Valley of the Machame Route 7 day’s tour is skipped on the 6-day tour.
Machame or the ‘whiskey route’ sets off from the southern side of the Kilimanjaro through some of the most impressive geological structures ranging from arid dusty trails, lava cones, porous volcanic rocks, steep ridges, concentric craters, alpine zones, heath and moorland, glacial sheets etc.
Wildly popular with the trekkers, the route attracts about 50% of the traffic making it one of the most traffic routes on the Kilimanjaro. Machame has its advocates and popular opinion harps on the high success rates, but history tells us that most of the people who take the route are seasoned climbers. Success rate increased if your itinerary had more days. The trails are interspersed with steep and challenging hikes which are physically demanding. Trekkers with an adventure tooth and those with backpacking experience stand a better chance to make it to the top.
Machame’s ascent begins at the foothills which are lush montane rainforests, which are humid and rain is always a possibility. As you continue ahead, tress disappears and you will be in the heather moorlands which are characterised by wild grass and shrubs. Erratic temperatures reign here. Nights are cold and day scorching. Ascending upwards you venture into desert alpine regions where the temperature plummets to freezing low points. At the summit of Uhuru peak sit the glazing glaciers that complete your equator to the arctic journey.
Machame lives up to its reputation of the “Whiskey route”. It is hard but the scenic panoramas on offer make it equally appealing. It is also cost effective and won’t give you the feeling of being left in the cold. You will always have company.
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