She is a true beauty, standing 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) tall with rainforest and heather as she welcomes you to her gates and a dormant volcano and glacier above the clouds, Kilimanjaro will always be a part of you.
Her name comes from Kilima (mountain) and njaro (shining) in Kiswahili. She was first conquered in 1889 by Hans Mayer and is now one Africa’s top destinations.
Unlike other mountains around the world, Kilimanjaro is walkable and is not technical, meaning no climbing gear is required. Climbers walks every day between 4 and 8 hrs at a very slow pace, as we say in Kiswahili ‘polepole’.
You can choose to climb Kilimanjaro via one of her 6 routes and select the number of days in which you wish to do it. We will help you design a route best suitable to your needs.
Mt Kilimanjaro Trekking Route
Known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is the most popular camping route on the mountain and usually takes 6 or 7 days. The Machame route has a high success rate in reaching the summit as climbers have the opportunity to climb high and sleep low, which helps with acclimatization. On Average about 85% of climbers reach the top.
The Lemosho is considered to be the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro. Lemosho Route is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate, over 80%. Unlike the popular Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. It also offers great acclimatization as it takes more days to climb. Lemosho route takes between 7 and 10 days to climb.
Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts with dormitory style accommodation. The minimum number of days required for this route is five, although the probability of successfully reaching the top in that time period is quite low. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended in order to enhance acclimatization opportunities.
The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. This route is one of the easiest routes up to Kilimanjaro’s summit and it joins with Marangu route at Kibo hut. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route. This route descends down the Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less hiking experience.
The Umbwe route is offered as a five day minimum trek, though six days are recommended. The 5 day Umbwe route should only be attempted by those who are very experienced hikers and are confident in their ability to acclimatize. The summit can be reached via the Western Breach or Barafu camp. If the latter option is chosen the route joins the Machame route at Barranco camp, with its beautiful views, landscape and the exhilarating climb up the Barranco wall. The Western Breach route, via Arrow Glacier hut is much quieter, but also more challenging. Descent off the mountain is along the Mweka route which follows a steep ascent down to Barafu camp, where you may rest briefly before heading down through the ever changing scenery towards the Mweka huts and the route off the mountain.
The Shira route is another path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and it is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike at 3500 m and spend their first night at the same elevation at Shira camp 1. Then, the route merges with the Lemosho route and follows the southern circuit route. It then joins the Machame route at Shira camp 2. The Shira route is one of the longest routes to the summit. The minimum number of days to complete the trek is 7 days.