Machame, known as the "Whiskey" route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. However, it is considered one of the better routes for acclimatization as it follows the mountaineering code of hiking high and sleeping low. The minimum number of days required for this route is six, although seven days is recommended for the highest opportunity to successfully reach the summit.
Climbers sleep in supplied tents at designated campsites, and eat meals either outdoors or inside a large dining tent. Porters set up all equipment at the campsite. Sleeping in individual tents allows for more privacy among the climbing group.
Machame is a scenically beautiful and varied route. Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka Route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Icefield.