Mt Kilimanjaro Climbs
The Roof of Africa - 5895 meters
Crowned by eternal snows, Kilimanjaro is an overwhelming presence on the African landscape and to climb its slopes and stand on the crest of Africa is a dream of every adventurer.
The Machame (Whiskey) Route is the most popular camping route on Kilimanjaro. It’s a rugged combination of routes which begins through the rainforest at Machame Village at the southwest, and over 7 or 8 days, rises onto the edge of the Shira Plateau; down into the beautiful Great Barranco Valley, then circumvents the Kibo massif counter-clockwise through alpine desert until it reaches Barafu Camp.This trek begins in cloud forest at 1800m, meanders beneath the spectacular glaciers of the mountain’s southern face, climbs to magnificent alpinescenery and makes a total altitude gain of nearly 3900m on the way to Uhuru Peak, the summit, at 5895m. Even though porters carry all the gear (you only carry a daypack), the steep ascent and high altitude make it a very challenging trek.
This itinerary allows the good time for acclimatization and therefore has the greatest summit success rate with a longer, slower ascent with the extra night at Karanga Valley Camp. This gives the body even more time to acclimatise to the altitude gradually.The route has the added benefit of traveling across the Shira Plateau - a World Heritage site and one of the Kilimanjaro distinct wilderness areas.
Why we like it
- Hike from the jungle to snow
- On the Roof of Africa
- The friendly guides & porters
- High success rate
- The challenge