Mount Kilimanjaro routes
Kilimanjaro trekking routes
Detailed information on Kilimanjaro routes, maps and descriptions are below. First of all Kilimanjaro routes are official ways which are followed by mountaineers when trekking Kilimanjaro to the summit. Tourists have to choose one among seven Kilimanjaro trails/ways established .
Each Kilimanjaro route differs from each
other on physical features like formation of rocks and elevation. Each Kilimanjaro climbing route has its own advantages and disadvantages when selected, so read careful. When selecting the route, make sure it is the appropriate route for your desires, physical
ability, and altitude and comfort level. For example people originating from ITALY, AUSTRIA, SWISS, UK, and NORWAY can climb Kilimanjaro well because these are mountaineers countries with high altitude. Machame route, Umbwe route and Lemosho trail are challenging
People originating from low levels such as near Sea level, have to make some exercise, get acclimatization day and choose easier route like Marangu, Northern circuit and Rongai.
List of all Kilimanjaro routes are Marangu, Rongai, Machame, Umbwe, Lemosho, Northern circuit and Mweka. Mweka is special for descending from Machame, Umbwe, Lemosho and Northern circuit, others are for ascent.
Acclimatization at Crater camp
It is advised to make overnight near Kilimanjaro summit which is the Kibo's crater, called Reutsch Crater (19,140 ft/5,800 m). Wonderful scenic things here are glaciers, between Reutsch Crater and the summit is one of Mount Kilimanjaro's last remaining glaciers, Furtwangler Glacier.
Tourists overnight here just few meters down the glaciers. This Overnight camp is called Crater Camp (18,800 feet/5,750 m) that can be used the night before or preferably after the summit attempt.
Details of each Kilimanjaro routes
Climbing Kilimanjaro routes description of values are below:
Machame route is highly recommended for scenic beauty value. Has great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities. Machame route unlike other routes has challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones. Machame route gives high success rates due to good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting
First Whitemen from Europe climbed Kilimanjaro in 1889. Marangu route is also famously known as Coca Cola route. Marangu route is considered easiest route how ever due to lack or exercise, fail to summit can be experienced.
Marangu route can be the shortest and cheapest route if taken in 5 days how ever has less time to acclimatize, therefore lower success rate.
Shira / Lemosho trail
The best Kilimanjaro route with high success rate and good for acclimatization. Lemosho route is remote and spectacular, dramatic gorges and views of west Kilimanjaro
Converges with Machame on day 4 at Baranco Shira plateau.
It is northern approach to Kilimanjaro which offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb.
It is difficult steep, short route with lower success rate.
Has poor acclimatization because of rapid ascent, so experienced mountaineer is needed.
Umbwe is very remote and quiet
This is very scenic beauty Kilimanjaro route and has very low traffic due to very long time on the mountain usually 8 to 9 days. Northern circuit traverses nearly the entire mountain including the north side. Begins from Lendorosi gate or Rongai gate and traverses nearly the entire mountain counter clockwise before approaching the summit from the east.