Take the challenge and summit Mt Kilimanjaro using one of the 6 routes
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain with a peak of
5,895m and is the world’s largest free standing mountain; a World Heritage site
covering some 3,885 square kilometres. Kilimanjaro has 3 main peaks; Kibo – the
youngest and highest, Mawenzi on the east of the mountain and Shira Ridge, the
oldest of the three on the west side. It is an exceptionally beautiful
mountain, with breath-taking views of Mount Meru, Pare Mountains and Usambara
Kilimanjaro has 6 routes in which it can be summited: Marangu,
Machame, Umbwe, Lemosho, Shira and Rongai. The mountain can be climbed in a
minimum of 5 days, although we recommend no less than 6 days. For those that
just wish to experience the sheer magnitude of the mountain a day hike along
the ‘Coca Cola’ route, will provide just that.
Mt Kilimanjaro routes and Itineraries that we arrange
The Marangu route is the
most popular and oldest routes and the only one that offers hut accommodation.
Known as the ‘Coca Cola’ route, as it once sold the drink along the way, it’s
considered the easiest route by most trekkers but still offers it’s challenges
with a steep incline and ascent to the summit, and is the only route that does
not allow for the rule; *‘hike high, sleep low’
Machame, nicknamed the
‘Whiskey’ route as it is a tougher route than the Marangu route, is by far
the most popular route and probably the most beautiful route to start your
ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Located on the southern side of the
mountain in lush, fertile rainforest, you will head towards Shira Plateau and
then circle along the southern circuit halfway around Kilimanjaro; from here you
will have great views from all angles.
Also referred to as the
Nalemuru, Nalemoru, Loitokitok, or Simba Route, the Rongai route is the only
route that approaches the mountain from the North side, close to the Kenyan
border. As it is relatively protected from the elements it is drier,
making it the best option during the rainy seasons and although it’s becoming
more travelled it is still less crowded than the other routes and offers a
gentler ascent through several different climate zones.
This is a longer and more
scenic option in comparison to the other routes. It is still a relatively
unused route, meaning less tourist traffic and is one of the best for
acclimatization due to the length of time taken to climb, it therefore has
a high success rate of climbers summiting the Roof of Africa. The route
approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from
Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking
through rainforest to Shira Ridge.