As recommended on TripAdvisor

Machame Route

Considered to be the most beautiful and scenic of the various routes up Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame Route is appropriate for more adventurous hikers who wish for a more physically demanding climb than Marangu or Rongai can offer.

Machame is presently the most popular route despite its higher degree of difficulty, so you can expect to not be the only one climbing.

You can choose to complete this route in either six days or seven days.

At a glance

  • Approaches from the south of the mountain
  • Highly recommended for its scenic value
  • Considered a difficult route with steeper walks
  • Perfect for adventurous travelers and intermediate to highly experienced
  • backpackers
  • Con: Can get crowded as this route has become more popular over the years
  • Trek length: 6 to 7 days

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