Kilimanjaro Climbing

Kilimanjaro Climbing

Kilimanjaro Climbing

Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Trails.

Keen on conquering the snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain during your safari holiday? We are local own based company in Tanzania with more than 20 years of ground handling experience on Kilimanjaro climbs in Tanzania. We cater for private and group ascents and we have a clear and transparent porter policy.

Best times are January and February, and July to October.

When to climb?

The mountain is climbed throughout the year, but the best times are January and February, and from July to October. The mountain has the same weather as the rest of northern Tanzania – which means short rains in November and long rains in April, May, and early June.

Which route or trail?

There are a number of different routes to the summit. Below is some information about each of them. We then suggest you email or call one of our tour consultants for more and detailed information.

Mount Kilimanjaro routes & Map

There are several routes by which to reach Kibo, or Uhuru Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, namely, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame.

Annually, approximately 15,000 people attempt to reach the summit of the mountain, of whom 40% do so. A brief summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each route is set out below.

Machame Route –

Rated by many as the most beautiful and scenic route to the top, the Machame route usually takes six days on the mountain, though many people choose to take a day longer to allow time to acclimatize.

  • Highly recommended with the best success rate
  • Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities
  • Challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones
  • Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting
  • Very popular trail, therefore can be busy
  • Fully catered camping only

Marangu Route –

This is the most popular route – and is sometimes called the ‘tourist route’ or” Coca-Cola route”. It is also the cheapest and depending on how many days you take to do the climb, generally regarded as the easiest.

  • Nicknamed the ‘Coca-Cola’ route due to the tea huts where Coke can be bought along the way
  • The shortest and cheapest route, but less time to acclimatize, therefore lower success rate
  • Dormitory style accommodation
  • Less scenic due to ascent and descent on same route

Shira Route –

The Shira route is a popular longer climb and scenically is superb. Although technically speaking it could be climbed in five nights, almost all trips are run with either six or seven nights on the mountain.

  • Recommended. High success rate. Good for acclimatization
    Remote and spectacular, dramatic gorges and views of west Kilimanjaro
  • Converges with Machame on day 4 at Baranco
  • Experience Kilimanjaro’s diverse climatic zones as you climb higher
  • Shira offers higher start point compared to Lemosho and poorer acclimatisation
  • Fully catered camping only

Rongai Route –

This route is fast gaining in popularity and is considered to be one of the easiest routes up the mountain. It is the only route starting from the north side of the mountain at Rongai a small village close to the Kenya border.

  • Only northern approach to Kilimanjaro
  • Least scenic route
  • Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb
  • Very tough final summit night from the North
  • Less acclimatisation opportunities Less scenic and flat
  • Fully catered camping only

Umbwe Route –

This is a much less utilized route. Those who know it argue this is the most beautiful route to ascend the mountain, however, it is much shorter than the other routes, it is also much steeper meaning there can be less time to acclimatize.

  • Steep, short route with lower success rate
  • Poor acclimatization due to rapid ascent
  • Very remote and quiet
  • Fully catered camping only

Of all the routes, Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain. The Rongai is the easiest camping route and the Marangu is also easy, but accommodation is in huts. As a result, this route tends to be very busy and ascent and descent routes are the same. Although the Rongai route is a flatter walk it offers less opportunities for acclimatisation. The Machame and Lemosho routes both allow better opportunities to “walk high and sleep low” which is critical to avoiding altitude sickness.