Climb Kilimanjaro routes - Choosing a route for Kilimanjaro

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Climb Kilimanjaro routes - Choosing a route for Kilimanjaro

 

Marangu route Machame route Lemosho route
Rongai route Umbwe route Shira route
     

 

Climb Kilimanjaro routes
One of the most important things when planning an expedition is choosing the correct Kilimanjaro route. Having summated Kilimanjaro 8 times over the last 18 years, our dedicated staff will be in the unique position to advise you in this matter and also the best time to travel. Not only summating Kilimanjaro, but also your personal comfort and safety are taken into consideration.
When hiking up Kilimanjaro you have the option of starting your ascent up six different route, (Marangu route, Machame route, Lemosho route, Shira route, Rongai route and Umbwe route). On final ascent from the base camp there are three options; from Barafuu camp to Uhuru peak via Stella point, from Kibo huts to Uhuru peak via Gilman's Point and lastly from Arrow Glacier camp via the Furtwangler Glacier to Uhuru peak.
Decending from the summit of Kilimanjaro only two save route option are available (from Uhuru peak down on the Mweka route to Mweka gate or from Uhuru peak down on the Marangu route to the Marangu gate).

 

Climb Kilimanjaro routes - The Marangu Route
Most comfortable route up Kilimanjaro.
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The Marangu route on Kilimanjaro is the most comfortable route of all, due to the fact that you will not have to camp in tents at each end of the day. The distance covered on each day, except for the summit attempt, is shorter compared to the other routes. Three permanent hut installations accommodate hikers on this route. The huts are communal, and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. Solar panels installed at the huts providing light for the evening.
There are 60 beds at the Mandara and Kibo hut and 120 beds at the Horombo hut.
Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts (Mandara and Horombo) and basic latrines at the last hut (Kibo).
All climbing groups on the Marangu route share breakfast and evening meals in a dining hut adding a great atmosphere.
Soft drinks, and beers (not recommended for drink while ascending) are sold at the huts. Prices increase the higher up you are. The Marangu route can be done in a minimum 5 days, but is recommended to be used as a six day route for more acclimatization. Due to the comfort up to base camp at Kibo huts, this route is also known as the Coca-Cola route.
 
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Climb Kilimanjaro routes - The Machame route
Best route for acclimatisation up Kilimanjaro.
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The Machame route on Kilimanjaro is the most scenic and interesting route option for an adventure climb up Kilimanjaro.
On the Machame route you will traverse up and down over river valleys on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. These fluxes in altitude gained and lost aid in the body’s ability to acclimatize sufficiently. The Machame route is definitely recommended for people experiencing high altitude mountaineering for the first time.
A minimum of 6 days on Mount Kilimanjaro is needed, but for more comfort and to increase your chance of success, 7 days are recommended. Accommodation on the Machame route will be in tents.
 
Kilimanjaro routes - Detailed information on the Machame route on Kilimanjaro
 

 

Climb Kilimanjaro routes - The Lemosho route
Scenic start on your Kilimanjaro Adventure.
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The Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro is un-spoilt, remote, beautiful and in the past not so frequently used on the way up to the Shira Plateau.
The Lemosho route is one of the few where an armed ranger sometimes accompanies groups, as the bush around the Lemosho Glades is rich in buffalo and other big game animals. The Lemosho route can be completed in six or more days. Accommodation on this route will be in tents.
 
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Climb Kilimanjaro routes - The Rongai route
A less populated start from the Northern side of Kilimanjaro.
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The Rongai route on Kilimanjaro start from the northern side of Kilimanjaro, close to the Kenyan border, and is the least traveled Kilimanjaro route.
It takes a long drive by vehicle to the starting point that is filled with fantastic views en-route. After summating Kilimanjaro hikers decent on the Marangu route. The Rongai route can be completed in six or more days. Accommodation on the Rongai route will be in tents.
 
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Climb Kilimanjaro routes - The Umbwe route
A steep ascent, yet spectacular way up Kilimanjaro.
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The Umbwe route on Kilimanjaro is also known as the “steep way” up Kilimanjaro, due to the steep slopes that are covered hiking on the first couple of days.
It is advised to attempt the Umbwe route should you already be acclimatized due to the steep increase in altitude on the first couple days of the route. This can be done by hiking up Mount Meru, situated in the Arusha National park prior to starting up Kilimanjaro. The Umbwe route can be completed in six or seven days.
Accommodation on this route will be in tents.
 
Kilimanjaro routes - Detailed information on the Umbwe route on Kilimanjaro
 

 

Climb Kilimanjaro routes - The Shira route
Scenic start on your Kilimanjaro Adventure. (Same as Lemosho route)
 
The Shira route is simular to the Lemosho route.
 

 

 

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