About Mount Kilimanjaro

and Its Routes

About Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This immense mountain is made up of three volcanoes: Shira, Mawenzi, and our goal, Kibo, the tallest one in the middle.

Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain. Though Mount Kilimanjaro is frequented by an estimated 50,000 hikers a year, the trek is not to be taken lightly. Sufficient physical conditioning and a lot of preparations must be made in order to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience.

Kilimanjaro Routes

Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route is clearly the most scenic unspoiled route to Uhuru peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.  The route can be hiked in 8 or 9 days.  By hiking the route in 9 days, the additional acclimatization day will significantly increase your chances of reaching the summit.

The Lemosho route boasts high numbers of successful ascents primarily due to the similar topographical features as the Machame route.  Trekking at higher altitudes during the day and then spending the nights at lower altitudes greatly assists in acclimatization.

For those seeking a quiet route away from the crowds, Lemosho is often a far better choice than Rongai.  However, the Lemosho route combines with the Machame route and later the Umbwe route drastically increasing the number of trekkers.

The starting point of the route is quite far and often partially inaccessible during heavy rains.  Thus, the Lemosho route is not recommended in November and April as heavy rains are more frequent during this period on this side of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Machame Route

The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to Uhuru Peak. The route can be hiked in 6 or 7 days. By hiking the route in 7 days, the additional acclimatization day will significantly increase your chances of reaching the summit.

The high success rate of the Machame route is due to its topography, which allows Trekkers to better acclimatization by climb high during the days and camp at slightly lower altitudes during the nights. The route offers some of the best scenery, second only to the Lemosho route. The route descends via the Mweka route, providing additional opportunities to see new scenery.

Along the route an area just before the Shira ridge and later along the Barranco Wall are both physically demanding and can also present problems for Trekkers that have a fear of heights.

Rongai Route

The Rongai route is the least used route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The route ascents Kilimanjaro from the North-East and can be hiked in 6 or 7 days. The 7 day trek is recommended in order to increase your chances of reaching the summit.

While the route has a sense of wilderness, it is considered to be one of the least scenic routes up Kilimanjaro. The route also becomes much too busy when it connects with Marangu route just before reaching Kibo hut and then continues along Marangu for the descent.

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