Climbing the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is truly an unforgettable experience. Mount Kilimanjaro is the largest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain on the African continent. Kilimanjaro rises majestically from the plains to the snow and ice-covered peak at the height of 5895 meters. There are several routes you can walk . Please contact us for more information about the routes and possibilities.
Mount Kilimanjaro has six trekking routes and each route has its own advantages and disadvantages, so when selecting the route, make sure it is the appropriate route for your desires, physical ability, aptitude and comfort level as this will contribute to your overall summit success.
All routes (with the exception of the Lemosho Route) can be hiked within 6 days however 7 days is highly recommended to allow for acclimatisation and a successful summit.
Also known as the “Coca Cola Route” or “Tourist Route” as it is the most popular route on the mountain and also the easiest. Its ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking for most of the way. Marangu is also the only route which offers sleeping huts.
The Machame Route is known as the "Whiskey Route" and is the second most popular route on the mountain. The trek begins in the south-west area of the mountain. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain. Because of the ascent in the west and descent down the north, Machame offers great vistas of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame visits stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower. Machame is ideal for those who want a more difficult climb, and are confident in their ability to hike over extended periods of time on sometimes steep terrain. Climbers using Machame place a premium of varied scenery, but also accept heavy traffic.
The Lemosho Route
The Lemosho Route is the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west. It is a difficult and long route, but one that is favoured due to its smaller crowds, scenic variety and high success rates. A vehicle is used to bring climbers to the gate, where the trail begins in the rainforest. Lemosho trekkers have a longer distance to cover in the rainforest ecosystem than other routes, and as a result climbers do not exit the rainforest until the end of day two. This schedule means that the Lemosho Route is a longer route, usually taking seven to eight days to complete. Though considered a difficult route, the added days on the lower slopes of the mountain make this the best route for altitude acclimatization. The descent is down Mweka, in the south-east. Because the starting point is far from Moshi, it is more expensive to climb this route due to the added transportation cost of getting climbers to the gate. Scenically, Lemosho is considered the most varied and most beautiful because it begins in the rainforest, crosses the spectacular Shira Plateau, and then combines with the Machame route to share its viewpoints around the southern circuit. Lemosho has low crowds until it combines with Machame. Lemosho is ideal for those who place a premium on proper altitude acclimatization, who are confident in their ability to walk over steeper paths for extended periods, and want a lesser used route.