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The legendary Mt Kilimanjaro trek

There are seven traditional routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. It might be a challenge to choose which one is the right one for you, so this article aims to help you pick between the Umbwe route, Marangu Route, Machame route, Lemosho Route, Shira Route, Rongai Route and Northern Circuit. In this little guide you can find a short description of these routes and make a better choice the day you decide to conquer Africas highest summit. 


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Machame route Example: How Can your Mount Kilimanjaro trek Be organized

Day 1: From Arusha drive to the Machame route, often called the Whiskey Route. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. Slope of 1,200m and 5 to 6 hours walking.

DAY 2 : Emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. The Gradient is 840m and you can walk from 4 to 5 hrs

DAY 3: Starting from Shira, go up towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the uneven high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. 6 to 7 hours walking and only 110m total ascent but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists getting used to

DAY 4: Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley where you take a break for lunch. Subsequent to lunch hike on to Barafu Hut having hiked a total of 7 - 8 hrs and ascended 650m.

DAY 5: A stimulating 1am start to climb the steep ice-covered scree and each Stella Point on the crater border for sunrise another for almost 40 minutes and you are at the uppermost top on the continent that is Kibo: peak 5900m frequently in warm sunshine and then return on the Mweka fall route. The gradient of 1,300m high and about 7 hrs. trekking to the summit; 2,600m gradient and 6 - 7 hrs. trekking to the Mweka campsite 3400m on top of Mweka gate. 

DAY: 6 Back to Mweka. Starting Mweka campsite it is a 4 to 5 hours drop from side to side the forest to Mweka gate which depend on individual fitness to accumulate certificates and get together the vehicle ready to back Arusha for the night time.


What route should you choose for your Mount Kilimanjaro Trek?

There are seven traditional routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. It might be a challenge to choose which one is the right one for you, so this article aims to help you pick between the Umbwe route, Marangu Route, Machame route, Lemosho Route, Shira Route, Rongai Route and Northern Circuit. In this little guide you can find a short description of these routes and make a better choice the day you decide to conquer Africas highest summit. 

Marangu Route aka the "Coca Cola Route" ** - Crowded
The Marangu route is the oldest and the most established route. Many people will choose this one because it is considered the easiest way up due to its gradual slopes. The Marangu route is also the only route that offers mountain huts for sleep and accommodation. You will normally use at least five days to reach the top.

  • Views and scenery: Good. 
  • Difficulty level: Moderate.
  • Traffic level: High

Machame Route aka the "Whiskey Route" *** - Decent
Nowadays, the Machame route is the most popular. It is harder and more demanding than the Marangu Route, and will attract a more adventurous type of people with more hiking experience. You have to estimate a minimum of six days for this trip, but seven will probably be more accurate. 

  • Views and scenery: Excellent
  • Difficulty level: Hard
  • Traffic level: High


Lemosho Route**** - Recommended
This is a great choice if you want the most beautiful scenery with not too many climbers, at least up until it connects with the Machame Route. This is one of the newer routes, and starts on the west side of the mountain. 

  • Views and scenery: Excellent
  • Difficulty level: Hard
  • Traffic level: Medium

Shira Route** - For advanced climbers in a hurry
The Shira Route is almost the same route as Lemosho. It is actually the original route that Lemosho evolved from. Although the Shira Route is varied and scenic, Lemosho will get rated higher due to the lower altitude at the starting point. You may struggle with the height the first day on Shira. 

  • Views and scenery: Excellent
  • Difficulty level: Hard
  • Traffic level: Medium

Northern Circuit Route**** - Highly recommended
The Northern Circuit Route is the newest and probably the most exciting route up Kilimanjaro. It follows the Lemosho Route from west in the beginning, but instead of taking the southern traverse it will follow the northern quiet slopes to the top. This is the longest and, but maybe the most interesting route.

  • Views and scenery: Excellent
  • Difficulty level: Hard
  • Traffic level: Very Low

Rongai Route*** - Decent Route
By choosing the Rongai Route you can expect less traffic because it is the only route approaching Kibo from the north, close to the Kenyan border. The route is not as scenic as the western parts, but it passes through real wilderness before joining the Marangu route from the Kibo hut, and is gaining popularity among climbers.

  • Views and scenery: Very good
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Traffic level: Low

Umbwe Route** - Not recommended
The Umbwe route is short and steep. You should be an experienced climber as it is considered the most difficult route to the top. The quick ascent makes the acclimatization harder and the success rate is much lover than other routes. But traffic is lower too.

  • Views and scenery: Very good
  • Difficulty level: Very Hard
  • Traffic level: Very Low.