Kilimanjaro Treks Machame Routes

Kilimanjaro Treks Machame Routes

The Machame route, also known as the Whiskey route, holds immense favor among both guides and climbers for various reasons. Firstly, it stands out as one of the most picturesque paths to ascend Kilimanjaro. Winding through the Southern and Western slopes of the mountain, it encompasses five distinct climatic zones, including captivating cloud forests in the lower regions. Additionally, this route provides excellent opportunities for acclimatization by following the principle of “walk high, sleep low,” contributing to its comparatively higher success rate when compared to the Marangu route, also known as the Coca Cola trail. Opting for the Machame route requires an extra day or two compared to Marangu, enhancing acclimatization and success rates. Moreover, it allows the option of dividing the pre-summit day climb, ensuring better rest before the crucial summit push. An added bonus is the divergent descent path from the ascent, granting climbers the chance to relish more of Kilimanjaro’s scenery. However, its popularity can also be a drawback, often resulting in more crowds compared to alternative routes. Additionally, climbing via Machame tends to be pricier than Marangu, as implied by the Whiskey versus Coca Cola distinction.

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