Rainforests, moorland, glaciers, and volcanic craters.

If you missed last weeks post, we’re in the process of mapping Kilimanjaro with our Trek Packs.

For our first trek our guide and cameraman, Joshua, will be tackling the Macheme route.

Also known as the Whiskey route, it is the second most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Macheme route

It starts in the tropical rainforest, approaches the peak area through the southern face of Mt Kilimanjaro and summit is done through Barafu Summit Camp. Descent is done through Mweka Route.

Rainforest (1,800m)

Moss-covered trees, seas of ferns and elusive monkeys abound in the rainforests that surround the mountain.

View points of interest in the Map the Paths Guidebook

Moorland (3,000m)

The thick rainforest starts to thin out. At an altitude of almost 3,000 meters (around 9,800 ft) you have arrived at the beginning of the moorland. Shorter trees as well as an increasing number of ferns and mosses are typical for this vegetation zone.

View points of interest in the Map the Paths Guidebook

Alpine desert (4,000m)

Now you have arrived at an altitude of about 4,000 meters (around 13,100 ft). The ascent is mostly less steep than before, and you’re walking on paths across seemingly endless expanses and scree fields.

View points of interest in the Map the Paths Guidebook

Volcanic Craters (5,000m)

Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Kibo, the youngest and highest, retains the form of a typical volcanic cone and crater.

View points of interest in the Map the Paths Guidebook

Uhuru Peak (5,895m)

Congratulations you are now at Uhuru Peak, Tanzania. 5895 AMSL.

View points of interest in the Map the Paths Guidebook

Explore the complete Macheme Guidebook

Map the Paths Kilimanjaro Macheme Route Guidebook

You’ve missed 3 scenes and many more points of interest showing more about the geography of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Macheme Route.

Explore the full Macheme Route Guidebook now on Map the Paths here.

Altezza Travel

This Guidebook would not have been possible without the studious team at Altezza Travel.

They’re taking bookings for the 2021 season, including the Macheme route. See the Altezza Travel website for more details.

More soon…

Sadly the weather meant we couldn’t film the entire Macheme route.

When the good weather for trekking returns again in June, we’ll be hoping for a few more drier days to capture the missing imagery with our Trek Packs.

Next week I’ll be sharing Joshua’s imagery from the Rongai Route…

Update 2021-05-14

Part 3: Rongai Route. Trek one of the quitest trails up Kilimanjaro from home.

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David Greenwood

Founder, Trek View

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