The Machame route also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favorite for Ahsante Tours. Despite being a tough climb compared to the Marangu route, the Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates given the topography of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. Unlike the Marangu Route which is a gradual ascent, the Machame route has steeper trails and climbers walk longer distances. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain.
The Machame route starts on the southwest side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes at the Shira camp. The Machame route can be done in the minimum of 6 days but a 7-day trek is recommended so climbers are well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit. This is probably the most scenic route up Kilimanjaro, it is one of the most difficult routes on the mountain. It takes 7 days / 6 nights to accomplish the mission. The accommodation on the way up and down is strictly camping (mobile tents) only. This trek is good for adventurous hikers