Machame Route has a nick name “Whiskey Route”, and despite the fact that is relatively short, it is not easy to climb. It is not technically difficult, but it is pretty strenuous, with many steep trails that require extra strength and physical condition to pass.
But, Machame is very rewarding route, with spectacular sceneries such are Lava Tower, Barranco Wall, Shira Plateu which is why this route is considered the most scenic one.
Kilimanjaro’s famous but rarely visited Crater Camp is located at 5790M on Kibo’s crater rim next to the Furtwrangler glacier, a short walk from Uhuru Peak. It is one of the most spectacular places on earth. The Crater Camp is set in alien environment of soft sand and vertical glaciers with excellent views of the ice walls of the Furtwangler Glacier the Reusch Crater and ash pit. Getting to the Crater Camp incurs considerable extra cost when compared to the more conventional treks on Kilimanjaro because of the extra work our porters have to undertake to carry food and camping equipment to such high altitude. A night at the Crater Camp can be added to any of our Kilimanjaro programs, it will be the highlight of your ascent of the mountain…….and possibly you’re entire life.
The route starts at Machame Gate, and thru the beautiful rainforest, heading West around Kibo. There are 6 and 7 day options to trek this route, but note that the shorter one does not include acclimatization day to get used to the high altitude conditions. Machame is also the route where you spend the nights in tents, and requires a lot of strengths to complete. Descend is at Mweka gate.