Kilimanjaro climbing is one of the most popular and widely visited destinations in the African nation, Tanzania. Likewise, the popular wildlife safari in Tanzania, the Kilimanjaro climb, is an exciting destination for travel enthusiasts. The Kilimanjaro climb via Machame route is also known as the Whiskey Route which is the popular route for Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing. Approximately 50% of the hikers choose this route to summit Kilimanjaro as this trail offers smooth acclimatization, stunning views, and diverse scenery.
The Kilimanjaro Machame route takes you through the scenic landscapes and incredible views of the arctic zone, passing through the grasslands, tropical rainforest, alpine meadow, moorlands, and high desert to snow and ice. This route is relatively difficult as compared to others but there are no parts on the trail that require the technical skills of climbing and mountaineering.
The trip began with the scenic drive from Moshi to Machame gate located at the southern base of the mountain. The trail leads onto the lush rainforest. The trail further leads onto the Shira Plateau, before winding along the southern circuit of the mountain. The trail offers spectacular views of the valleys, tropical rainforest, and amazing landscapes. As you ascend up more, you’ll experience the dramatic shift in the scenery with tropical rainforest giving way to moorland. Afterward, you’ll climb up to the great Barranco wall and pass underneath the Heim and Kersten glacier to reach the Karanga Camp. At this camp, you’ll have ample time for acclimatization. The journey continues to Barafu Camp and sleep early and rest for the next day's summit push. The final day would be more challenging as you’ll wake up early at 2 am and start ascending towards the summit of Kilimanjaro. After 4 to 5 hours, you’ll reach the crater rim at Stella point from where you can experience the breathtaking views of the sunrise. You’ll see the stunning view of the Mawenzi peak from here. Continue ascending further for an hour, you’ll reach the top of Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) at your dreamland. The views from the top are breathtaking and after some time you’ll descend down to Millennium Camp through the same route.
Highlights of Kilimanjaro Climbing
- Seven days on the Machame route provides the sufficient acclimatization that ensures a success rate of up to 95%
- Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro to Uhuru Peak, the highest freestanding mountain in the world
- From the “Roof of Africa”, you’ll experience the breathtaking views of the African landscape and scenery below the clouds
- Experience the rich culture, ethnic people, and amazing hospitality with the delicious taste of Africa
- Explore the pleasant hike in the tropical rainforest via the Machame route
Facts of Kilimanjaro
Dominating the landscape like no other mountain, iconic and standing taller, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest peak in Africa and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain with an elevation of 5,895 m from the sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira, and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extant but Kibo ( the highest peak) could erupt again. In this region, almost every kind of ecological system is found such as cultivated land, rainforest, moorland, alpine desert, and an arctic summit. Italian Bruno Brunod scaled the fastest ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2001 which takes around 5hr and 38min. Also, the fastest roundtrip was accomplished in 2004 by a local guide Simon Mtuy who went up and came back in 8 hours and 27min.
The Machame route is suitable for more adventurous people or those who like to chase the authenticity of the high-altitude hiking and climbing experience. Footprint Adventure offers the best reasonable price, specialized local guiding, and amazing hospitality to climb the Kilimanjaro. We also offer a day tour in Tanzania, Tanzania Safari, Meru Climbing, and many more amazing tours and treks in Tanzania.