What is the Best Route to Climb Kilimanjaro? Kilimanjaro Routes
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What is the Best Route to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Taking an adventure to Kili will be one of the lifetime hiking experiences. There are different routes to take you top on Kilimanjaro! Kilimanjaro expeditions routes are like the Lemosho route, Machame Route, Marangu Route, Umbwe Route, Rongai Route, and Shira Route.

Kilimanjaro Price

Trekking price and costs differ according to routes and length/number of days you wish to take up to mountain/ Uhuru peak.

Kilimanjaro Prices – Costs for 2020

  • Kilimanjaro budget Trekking

Budget Travel in Kilimanjaro starts from 1 Day to 7 Days and average costs and price differs. For the Best Budget, Mount Kilimanjaro Tours & Trips price will range and start from 5 Days Kilimanjaro Marangu Route $1980 per person per trekking,  this is for a budget. 6 Days Kilimanjaro Machame Route $2150 per person per trekking.

Compare Kilimanjaro Trekking & Hiking Offers and booking our best deal for Kilimanjaro Budget Safaris with a big discount. Conquer the Mount Kilimanjaro on this stunning adventure tours and inquire online. Lemosho Route average cost and price start from (8 days/7 nights) $2590 per person per trekking.

  • Kilimanjaro Luxury Trekking

Premium services: Luxury Kilimanjaro trekking is for VIP hiking with all modern equipment and staying in your comfort zone! Private toilet, hot shower daily, rustic luxury tents, high classic washbasin with soap every day, portable altitude chamber, and oxygen supplies. A well Private, bespoke, and tailor made travel designed to suit your budget. The 6 Days Machame Route Private Kilimanjaro trekking average price starts from $ 5900 to $ 7500 per person per trekking.

What is the best Kilimanjaro route?

  • Lemosho Route


The best route for Kili trek. it takes 7 – 8 Days to reach the summit.

Lemosho Route is an advanced route to Kilimanjaro, which approaches from the west. Due to a fewer crowd, scenic variety and high success rates, Lemosho is one of the most favoured routes in spite of it is a difficult and long route.

The trek starts from the rain forest, crossing the spectacular Shira Plateau and the path combines with the Machame Route. The route holds a longer distance to cover the whole ecosystem as compared to other routes.

Although is considered a difficult route, the extra days to trek the mountain make the acclimatization better. As the trail of this route begins from the rain forest, It is scenically considered the most varied and the most beautiful route.

Perfect Route

Lemosho route is a perfect route for those who are good with altitude acclimatization, and who are confident in their ability to walk over steeper paths for extended periods and want a lesser-used route. However, Lemosho is a little more expensive than the other routes as it offers more adventure.

The Lemosho route is approximately 70 km/ 42 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience.

From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius). Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather.

Best Trekking Months. There are two distinct trekking seasons which constitute the best time to climb Kilimanjaro. They are January-March and June-October. January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit.

  • Machame Route

How long is the Machame Route? it takes almost 6 – 7 Days Trekking! It can be budget trekking or luxury one depending on your request.

Machame Route is one of the most favoured routes for a number of hikers. The reason behind this is the highest success rate, great for acclimatization and this route also allows the climbers to naturally “walk high and sleep low”.

The route offers great scenery, which changes every day as you walk higher. If summiting Kilimanjaro is your ultimate priority, then the Machame route will give you the best result. Machame route is undoubtedly the most crowded route since it holds a great success rate and is really attractive.

To make your trekking more enjoyable, we make sure all our groups to hit the trail early and get ahead of the crowds. Our porters will be there before you reach and will welcome you with a nice hot drink and snacks.

Whiskey Route

Even though the Machame route can be conquered over 6 days, normally 7 days is recommended for this. The extra days can make a huge difference to the success rate as it improves the acclimatization and allows you to submit easily.

The Machame Route is known as the “Whiskey Route” in comparison to Marangu’s “Coca Cola Route”. This is because Machame is a more difficult route, and does not have sleeping huts for accommodation like Marangu Route. Machame is the most popular and challenging route when considering to get to the Kilimanjaro mountain with the best scenic views.
The trek starts in the south-west area of the mountain at Machame Gate. The route takings six days minimum to thorough, although you can trek Kilimanjaro via Machame in 7 days. The descent is down Mweka, on the south-east side of the mountain.

The best route to climb Kilimanjaro

Machame Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro and reputed to have the highest success rate. This scenic route offers a longer period for acclimatization and takes different routes up and down the mountain so you don’t do any backtracking over the same terrain. It features a tented camping experience as opposed to the Marangu Route which makes use of an extensive mountain hut system.

Since the slope in the west and descent depressed the north, Machame provides countless views of Kilimanjaro. Furthermore, Machame stopovers fabulous places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower.

  • Marangu Route

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route, it’s the easiest route to get at the top of the mountain.  (how long does it take Marangu Route to reach the peak? (Always it take 5 – 6 Days to reach Gilman point/ Uhuru peak.)

Marangu route is the most popular route on the mountain. It is the only route that offers sleeping huts with drinks like Coca-Cola on the way.

Considered to be the most tourist-friendly region, Marangu is the easiest route on Kilimanjaro. The ascent profile is very gradual and steady and allows painless trekking for most of the way. The route is mostly chosen by inexperienced climbers, due to its reputation as an easy route.

The trek starts from the south-east area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. The accommodation along the route offers a dining hall and bunk beds, well equipped with mattresses and pillows. It is also cheaper to climb, due to the close proximity of the gate to Moshi. The descent is through the same path, contributing to Marangu’s cramped feeling.

Scenically, Marangu is not that much attractive as compared to other routes. However, the trek is through the trail of the rainforest. Still, it offers great views of the Mawenzi. Marangu is a good choice for the hikers, who are less confident about their ability to hike over steeper paths.

Kilimanjaro Marangu Route is the only route which offers residence style of accommodation to visitors. So book your tour to Kilimanjaro Marangu today. The Trekker will ascent and descent through the same trail experiencing 5 and 6 Days Hiking.

  • Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is the only route that connects Kilimanjaro from the north and is close to Kenyan border. The ascent profile of Rongai Route is very similar to that of Marangu. It is one of Kilimanjaro’s easier routes to the summit as the climb to the top is gradual and steady.

Unlike Marangu, this route experiences fewer crowds and passes through remote wilderness areas. It is probably the only route where you can witness the wildlife in the first days of acclimatization.

The route connects Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, alongside the border between Tanzania and Kenya.
Holding a sense of perfect wilderness, it offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching from the north. The climbing high and sleeping low principle is not applicable here due to the topography of the route.
Hikers may suffer from altitude sickness as compared to other routes.
Kilimanjaro  Route is considered to be less crowded with high summit rates and gentle incline and sense of unspoilt wilderness.

High crowded Route

  • The only the northern approach to Kilimanjaro
  • Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb
  • Very tough final summit night from the north
  • Fewer acclimatization opportunities
  • Less scenic and flat than other routes

Also known as the Nalemuru route. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. Rongai is a moderately difficult route and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. There are different options to complete the climb in 5, 6, or 7 days.

( Take 6 – 7 Days to get at the top).

  • Shira Route

The trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro using Shira Route is a remote and a beautiful path where you may come across fewer crowds, as it’s well suited to those with prior backpacking experience and a high level of fitness. The trail of Shira Route begins near Shira Ridge. This route is almost similar to the Lemosho route. However, the Shira route was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. Although Shira Possess a diverse and beautifully scenic route, it is less favourable than Lemosho due to the relatively high altitude of the starting point of Shira. Hikers can experience little altitude sickness symptoms on the first day while camping on 11,800 feet higher.

Umbwe Route

All routes are suitable for trekking. It depends on your preference and focus. We offer free quote consultation from start to finish. In our recommendation ( use the best one such as Machame Route, Marangu, and Lemosho). The Umbwe Route is the least used and least crowded route to the mountain, as it is steep, constant and straight to climb the top. The route is mostly avoided since the ascent profile does not give hikers much time to adjust to the altitude. As the success rate is low, normally seven days is recommended but the route takes six days minimum to complete. The descent is through Mweka, which is on the south-east side of the mountain. Umbwe is not as scenically varied as Machame, Lemosho and Shira.


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