Given its reputation for being a challenging ascent, the Machame route—also known as the Whiskey route—is distinguished from the simpler Marangu path, which is known as the Coca-Cola way. Contrary to the Marangu Route’s moderate rise and hut accommodations, climbers on Machame trek steeper paths over greater distances while camped out in tents.
It takes a minimum of six days (five nights) to complete the Machame Route climb. For a better altitude acclimation plan, it is typically completed over seven days (six nights).
The trek starts at Machame Gate, which is situated in the lush, productive rainforest at the mountain’s southern foot.