KILIMANJARO TREKKING THROUGH MACHAME ROUTE (WHISKEY ROUTE)
It is not difficult to see why the Machame Route is so popular with everyone. Starting on the southwestern side of the mountain, this 40.16km trail passes through some of the mountain’s finest features. These include the cloud forest of Kili’s southern slopes and the dry and dusty Shira Plateau. The Machame Route is widely known to be harder than the Marangu Route and is thus being nicknamed the ‘Whiskey Route’, in opposition to Marangu, which is often called the ‘Coca Cola trail’. To reach the actual summit you have two options with the split happening at Lava Tower, at the foot of Kibo.
The first option, and the one the vast majority of people take, is to head south-east via the Barranco Campsite. The next day they start off by tackling the Barranco Wall (also known as the Breakfast Wall), a section of scrambling and perhaps the steepest section of any trail on the mountain.
After descending from the Barranco Wall it’s a lengthy, long-winded climb up the Barafu trail. The climb to the actual summit is, as always, conducted at night. Nearing the summit, the Rebmann Glacier will constantly edge into your field of vision on your left as dawn breaks behind Mawenzi behind you.
For the descent on the Machame Route you come down via the Mweka Route. This is a steep but very pretty descent that encompasses inhospitably dry mountain desert and lush lowland forest in a matter of a few hour