Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

There are quite a few different ways to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and not surprisingly some are far more popular than others. It’s a good idea to choose your route early in the planning stages since it will impact the cost and duration of your climb. Once you’ve considered which route appeals to you most you can contact us

We would also be happy to review the route options with you to help you make the best choice.

Kilimanjaro Routes

There are 6 different routes that people use each year, but three in particular are more popular than all the others put together. Below you’ll see details on the five main routes with brief summaries, and much more detail is available by clicking the link beneath each summary.

Lemosho Route

Mount Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route is one of 2 routes that approach Kibo from the West (the Shira route being the other). The forest on the Lemosho route is the most impressive on the mountain. The Lemosho route is the second the most popular on Mount Kilimanjaro. The highlight of the Lemosho Route is the 2-day crossing of the Shira Plateau and the visit to the giant lava towers of the Shira Cathedral, regarded as the most picturesque section of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Shira Plateau used to be a massive crater before an eruption caused the volcano to collapse. Lava from a later eruption of Kibo flowed down the Western Breach, filling the remains of Shira’s creator forming the plateau. There is no set route across the plateau so the Lemosho Route is flexible, giving you greater control of what you see as you cross it.

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Marangu Route

We do recommend Rongai Route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as a substitute for Marangu Route, which is also the only route on the mountain where climbers do sleep in huts and not in tents. While we do not recommend you climb via the Marangu route unless you have very good reason to, we still offer it to climbers. We have suggested to put Rongai as the easiest for a novice climber and as such sees a lot of unprepared climbers each year. Please consider the route carefully before deciding to climb it. For some more advice, feel free to email us

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Machame Route

The Machame route is regarded as the best route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro by. Starting in the jungle, you climb through the forest on Kili’s south western slopes, spend a day on the Shira Plateau, get to see the Lava Tower and Barranco Valley, as well as having the option of summiting from Barafu Camp or the Western Breach, camping in the crater. This route also offers great views of Mawenzi. Another advantage of climbing the Machame Route is that you descend on the Mweka Route, meaning you get to see another section of Mount Kilimanjaro on the way down.

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Rongai Route

If climbing in peace and quiete no matter what time of season and it sounds like the thing for you, then you should consider climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Rongai Route. Approaching Kibo from the north, this is the least climbed of all routes on Mount Kilimanjaro but it is not in any way inferior, it’s just that most folks get excited about the big routes like Machame and Lemosho and Rongai tends to be forgotten about. Climbing the Rongai route lets you see a whole side of the mountain that few do and the best bit is that though you climb from the north, you get to descend via the southern Marangu Route, seeing both sides of the mountain on a single climb.

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Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is the toughest one for attempting the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.It doesn’t require any technical attempt, just very demanding skills.Why climb the notorious Umbwe Route then? Because a carefully organized and executed climb can still be highly successful regardless of the demands it will make on your body. Reaching the summit on this climb, you know that you have done what few people who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro have ever managed. You have conquered Umbwe.

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