Climbing Kilimanjaro Routes
Professional advice by KILIMANJARO SAFARI HOLIDAYS Co.Ltd, a DMC and mountain climbing Outfitter in Tanzania, helps you to plan well your Kilimanjaro trips.
Some of the information to know when planning trekking Kilimanjaro is to understand Kilimanjaro trails and choosing your suitable climbing Kilimanjaro route.
Usually people climb Kilimanjaro to see various scenic beauty features of Kilimanjaro and finally to arrive at Kilimanjaro summit. Kilimanjaro summit is the dream destination of climbing Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro summit is the highest point in Africa, so it is known as Roof of Africa. Kibo peak is the roof of Africa, Kibo peak is one of 3 highest Kilimanjaro volcanic peaks, and others are Mawenzi and Shira.
There are several routes through which leads tourists to reach Kibo, or Uhuru Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. These routes are known as Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Umbwe, and Machame and Northern circuit route. Marangu route is mentioned first because was the first Kilimanjaro route to be developed and Marangu was used by first European/white men to climb to Kilimanjaro summit in 1889.
Some short description of each Kilimanjaro trekking routes are below. You read, narrow down to 2 or 3 routes and then ask for detailed itinerary so that you choose one.
Northern circuit route : This is scenic beauty route with panoramic Kilimanjaro view. Northern circuit is new route at Mount Kilimanjaro. Has very low traffic/few tourists due to very long time on the mountain, traverses nearly the entire mountain including the north side. Long route with great views and is ideal for private Kilimanjaro climb; it is an example ecotourism trek.
Lemosho route : Lemosho route is also scenic beauty Kilimanjaro climb route. Duration to climb Lemosho route is from 7 days to 8 days. Long access drive, remote, less frequented, beautiful forests, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. It has excellent for acclimatization.
Machame route: Climbing Kilimanjaro through Machame is cheaper and shorter than above routes. Machame route is s econd most popular route. Has beautiful forest, very good for acclimatization at Baranco or Karanga valley, scenic traverse to Barafu. Summiting is through Barafu or arrow glacier.
Marangu route is also called Coca cola route. Marangu route is very famous and hence crowded with tourists. Accommodation is mountain huts online other routes which are tents. Marangu route has gentle gradients and long trekking up to 4700m (2.9 mi). Have beautiful green forests and moorlands, comfortable but basic huts. The 6 day variant provides good time for acclimatization .
Rongai route : Is second easiest Kilimanjaro climbing route and it is Northern part. Has long access drive, remote, less frequented, some fine, wild, least scenic, camping. Good for acclimatization.
Umbwe route : Umbwe route is the s hortest and steepest route, very physically taxing and requires serious endurance. Has beautiful forest, spectacular ridge, scenic traverse to Barafu, tented camping accommodation.