The majestic Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano in northern Tanzania, touching the border with Kenya. Standing at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above the sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and the world's highest free-standing snow-covered dormant volcano. Nearly 75,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year so it is not the most untouched mountain, nor is it the toughest to trek. However, it is certainly a test of one’s endurance and determination, with altitude sickness being the main reason for the hikers not to summit.
There are six routes to summit the peak such as Shira Route, Umbwe Route Machame Route, Marangu Route, Rongai Route and Lemosh Route. Each route has its own pros and cons. Some are great for beautiful scenery, some are great for acclimatization and some are great for high summit success rates but are also quite crowded at certain times of the year.
Otherwise known as the “Coca-Cola Route” or the “Tourist Route”, Marangu route is the most popular route on the mountain. It is the only route that offers sleeping huts with drinks like Coca-Cola on the way. Considered to be the most tourist friendly region, Marangu is the easiest route on Kilimanjaro. The ascent profile is very gradual and steady and allows painless trekking for most of the way. The route is mostly chosen by inexperienced climbers, due to its reputation as an easy route.Read More
Machame Route is one of the most favoured routes for number of hikers. The reason behind this is the highest success rate, great for acclimatization and this route also allows the climbers to naturally “walk high and sleep low”. The route offers great scenery, which changes every day as you walk higher. If summiting Kilimanjaro is your ultimate priority, then Machame route will give you the best result. Machame route is undoubtedly the most crowded route, since it holds a great success rate and is really attractive. To make your trekking more enjoyable, we make sure all our groups to hit the trail early and get ahead of the crowds. Our porters will be there before you reach and will welcome you with a nice hot drink and snacks.Read More
The trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro using Shira Route is a remote and a beautiful path where you may come across fewer crowds, as it’s well suited to those with prior backpacking experience and a high level of fitness. The trail of Shira Route begins near Shira Ridge. This route is almost similar to the Lemosho route. However, the Shira route was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. Although Shira Possess a diverse and beautiful scenic route, it is less favourable than Lemosho due to the relatively high altitude of the starting point of Shira. Hikers can experience little altitude sickness symptoms on the first day while camping on 11,800 feet higher.Read More
The Umbwe Route is the least used and least crowded route to the mountain, as it is steep, constant and straight to climb the top. The route is mostly avoided since the ascent profile does not give hikers much time to adjust to the altitude. As the success rate is low, normally seven days is recommended but the route takes six days minimum to complete. The descent is through Mweka, which is on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira.Read More
The Rongai Route is the only route that connects Kilimanjaro from the north, and is close to Kenyan border. The ascent profile of Rongai Route is very similar to that of Marangu. It is one of Kilimanjaro’s easier routes to summit as the climb to the top is gradual and steady. Unlike Marangu, this route experiences fewer crowds and passes through remote wilderness areas. It is probably the only route where you can witness the wildlife in the first days of acclimatization. The Rongai route connects Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, alongside the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Holding a sense of perfect wilderness, it offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching from the north.Read More
Lemosho Route is an advanced route to Kilimanjaro, which approaches from the west. Due to a fewer crowd, scenic variety and high success rates, Lemosho is one of the most favoured routes in spite of it is a difficult and long route. The trek starts from the rain forest, crossing the spectacular Shira Plateau and the path combines with the Machame Route. Lemosho route holds a longer distance to cover the whole ecosystem as compared to other routes. Although Lemosho is considered a difficult route, the extra days to trek the mountain make the acclimatization better. As the trail of this route begins from the rain forest, It is scenically considered the most varied and the most beautiful route. Lemosho is a perfect route for those who are good with altitude acclimatization, and who are confident in their ability to walk over steeper paths for extended periods, and want a lesser used route. However, Lemosho is a little more expensive than the other routes as it offers more adventure.Read More