Just three degrees south of the Equator lies the 5,895m/19,340ft high, permanently snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest, tallest free standing mountain and one of the most climbed mountains in the world. It offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without needing any technical climbing ability. Anyone who is reasonably fit, healthy ,mentally and physically prepared for some physical exertion and exercise can climb Mount Kilimanjaro and trek for one week up to see the actual fabled snows of Mount Kilimanjaro. It involves approximately 45-75 kilometers of walking in total as per different routes without any technical climbing.
Choosing the right Kilimanjaro holiday is vitally important. You want to get to the top, you want to go with a Kilimanjaro trekking company which is highly knowledgeable & highly trained, is fully committed to practices that keep you safe during your trek. Climbing Kilimanjaro can be done in all routes, i.e, Marangu Rongai Machame,Umbwe, Shira/Londross and, Lemosho.
Please select the routes we’ve put together in this excellent range of responsible Mount Kilimanjaro climb and treks.
Routes for Mount Kilimanjaro Tours
There are many routes to reach Kibo, or Uhuru Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. For successful Mount Kilimanjaro climbing, you need to make an appropriate choice of the route best suited to you.
Marangu Route Kilimanjaro Climbing
This route takes 5 or 6 days if you are determined to climb with full zest. It’s often known as the Coca Cola Route due to the availability of snacks for your purchase as you require spending your nights in camps of permanent huts. Climbing through this route is not difficult initially, but it is more likely to be complicated on summit day when you come across the sudden rise in altitude catching up with several people. However, most experienced outfitters dishearten people for this route even if it is so popular among the trekkers. The majority of poorly prepared climbers and less experienced guides often leave the idea of choosing this route as they are aware that it is endowed with the lowest success rate for reaching the summit. Check our Marangu Route Itinerary page.
Rongai Route Kilimanjaro Climbing
This route is the least used one because of its remote starting location that is the North of Kilimanjaro. It is also known as Nale Moru or Loitokitok route. The climb normally takes 6 days and you have to go through some wooded areas. There is a great possibility of coming across local wildlife than other routes. If you are determined, then you can take this route or you can simply prefer taking assistance from the leading operators available. Check our Rongai Route Itinerary page.
Machame Route Kilimanjaro Climbing
This route requires 6 to 8 days for your climbing task. It is similar to all other routes except Marangu. You can sleep in tents each night if you are not interested in spending your night in a hut. Altitude is reached on the climb that facilitates the climbers to have more chances to acclimate prior to the arduous summit day. Most experienced outfitters recommend this route because there are more chances of reaching the summit. Check our Machame Route Itinerary page.
Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Climbing
This route is the shortest but hardest one. It is one of the most scenic routes up Mount Kilimanjaro. Those who love tough uphill struggle, it is the best one to opt for. Through this route, you would come across the best views for which many guides often insist. Check our Umbwe Route Itinerary page.
Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climbing
It is least used route of Kilimanjaro and probably the most beautiful one. Usually, this route takes 7 days. You don’t have the opportunity to stay in huts. You have no choice other than making your accommodation arrangements in tents. It is best suited for slightly more adventurous climbers. Check our Lemosho Route Itinerary page.
Londross/Shira Route Kilimanjaro Climbing
Londross – Shira Route is one of the most beautiful and little used as well as less crowded one. It normally takes 7 days to complete your climbing. It approaches Kilimanjaro summit from the west and across the caldera of Shira Volcano prior to heading beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. Accommodation on this route is in tents only. Check our Londross/Shira Route Itinerary page.