The Machame Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro and is reputed to have the highest success rate. The route offers a longer period for acclimatization than the popular Marangu approach and has the added advantage that it incorporates different routes up and down the mountain so there is no backtracking.
The first day of trekking is about 5 hours through dense rainforest. The second day continues through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into the moorlands. The third day is quite helpful for acclimatization as you ascend to the Lava Tower (15,000 feet / 4600m) before descending to the campsite. The area before the campsite is known as the "Garden of the Senecios", which features many huge Senecio plants as well as the shorter Lobelia plants. The fourth day starts with the ascent of the Barranco Wall the most difficult part of the climb outside of the actual summit ascent. The high camp at Barafu sits on a barren volcanic plain and you can spend the afternoon resting here before the final push to the summit. The climb begins at midnight and takes about 6 hours with most climbers reaching the crater rim just as the sun begins to rise. Going back down the trek takes you to Mweka Gate where transport will be waiting to take you back to Moshi to enjoy a final farewell dinner.
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