Machame Route

Embark on an extraordinary adventure to conquer the Roof of Africa through the legendary Machame Route, known as the "Whiskey Route." This iconic pathway stands as one of the most captivating and sought-after routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, boasting a blend of breathtaking beauty, thrilling challenges, and a remarkable success rate. Prepare to be captivated by the majestic wonders that await you on this unforgettable journey. The Machame Route begins at the southern base of Kilimanjaro, where an emerald sea of verdant rainforests envelops you in its enchanting embrace. Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of greenery as you take your first steps towards the summit, setting the stage for an awe-inspiring ascent. This lush sanctuary teems with life and provides a dramatic backdrop as you embark on your quest for the summit.

Ascending further along the Machame Route, you will find yourself traversing the remarkable Shira Plateau. This high-altitude expanse offers panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless. Gaze upon sweeping vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see, showcasing the astonishing diversity of landscapes found on Kilimanjaro. Prepare to be transported to a world where the sheer majesty of nature unfolds before your eyes.

The ultimate pinnacle of your adventure awaits as you make your way to the summit from the renowned Barafu Camp. This exhilarating section of the climb demands unwavering determination, as you navigate steep slopes and conquer the challenges presented by the high-altitude environment. The Machame Route requires physical fitness and prior hiking experience, as it presents you with demanding height gains and losses. But fear not, for it is within your grasp to conquer these trials and emerge triumphant.

The Machame Route is renowned for its acclimatization profile, making it the premier choice for those seeking optimal summit success. By exposing climbers to higher altitudes earlier on the route, specifically on day three, your body's natural adaptation to the challenging heights is stimulated, aiding in acclimatization and enhancing your chances of reaching the coveted summit.

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled experience of a lifetime, as the Machame Route unveils the wonders of Mount Kilimanjaro in all their glory. With meticulous preparation, unwavering determination, and the guidance of seasoned experts, you will embark on a journey that will test your limits, transform your spirit, and forge indelible memories. Choose the Machame Route and embark on an unforgettable odyssey that will forever hold a place in your heart as the pinnacle of exploration and triumph.


Starting Point Machame Gate
Ending Point Mweka Gate
Distance 62 Km
Height 4157metres

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Frequently Asked

Kilimanjaro is climbable all year round. The best months to climb are December-march, and September October, which are the warmest and driest months. The next best is June to august, but they are colder. July, august, and September are the busiest months. Summiting on or soon after a full moon is very beautiful and helps illuminate the landscape without using headlamps. However, it is also very bright for sleeping and stars are not as visible.

Malaria is a serious problem in east Africa so you must consult your doctor about getting effective malaria prophylaxis for your visit. Many people are avoiding lariam nowadays and using malarone. You cannot catch malaria above 3000 meters on Kilimanjaro, but you must be careful below that altitude, particularly if you visit the coast where the strains of malaria tend to be especially virulent.

Temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees celsius at the foot of the mountain and -15 to -20 degrees celsius on top plus wind chill. Lower down, it can be wet and humid, but higher up, there can be snow. Rain and snow may be encountered any time of the year!

It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

Your decision will depend on where you want to sleep and the hiking distance each day and number of days of each route. On the Marangu route, you sleep in huts with simple beds, while on all the other routes, you sleep in tents. There are two main routes on the mountain: the Marangu and Machame. You may also want to consider the Rongai route as it is far less traveled. The Lemosho route is a good choice if you want a longer route (8+ days). Kindly visit our kili routes page.


Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is a challenging and rewarding adventure. It's important to note that this guide provides general information, and for a successful Kilimanjaro climb, it's recommended to consult with a professional guide or tour operator who can provide specific guidance based on your individual circumstances.

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