OUR CLIMB ITINERARIES
There are a number of routes to climb the beautiful Kilimanjaro. Each have their own beauty and challenge, but all are wonderful and very exciting.
The Rongai Route is thought to be one of the easiest Kilimanjaro routes. It typically has very little foot traffic hcompared to the other routes. The minimum duration for this Rongai trip is 6 days, but, as always, we recommends adding an additional day for acclimatization, making the Rongai Route a 7-day trek and increasing your chance of success. The Rongai Route is much easier than the Machame Route and more scenic than the Marangu Route. Consider that and Rongai Route’s very high success rate and this might be the route for you. It is also the only route that begins from the North side Mount Kilimanjaro. This will require a 4-5 hour drive to the park entrance, which perhaps contributes to this Rongai being one of the least traveled routes. Unlike the huts of the Marangu Route, you will sleep in tents, which will be transported by your porters. Meals are served in a mess tents. The Rongai Route meets up with the Marangu Route where you will make your summit.
The Shira route on Mt. Kilimanjaro, is one of the least used initial ascent routes on the mountain, partly because of its remote location. The climb begins at a high elevation, Morum Barrier Gate at nearly 12,000 ft. (3600 m). Thus, you have to start slow and easy on this route. You start your trek in the heather zone, bypassing the wet forest behind, and immediately find yourself on the first day of the trek on the Shira Plateau.
The first day of your Kilimanjaro climb is simply short to begin the acclimatization process. You spend the next two days hiking across the plateau, which is said to be one of the most stunningly beautiful hikes in Africa. The plateau itself is grassland, heath and moor, and is home to especially large senecias (up to 10 meters high). On the plateau, one can often see elands, sometimes buffaloes, leopards and other animals. The Shira Cone, which is an ancient crater, rises about 200 meters above the plateau. Along the southern ridge of the Shira Plateau there are two dramatic peaks, Cathedral and the Needle. All of these create fantastic scenery to enjoy on this route.
The Â Shira route trail Â eventually merges with Machame Route on day three. From this point all the two Â trails continue to Lava Tower, and then down into the Great Barranco Valley,
where the Umbwe route joins from the south.
The Lemosho Route begins from the west side of Mount Kilimanjaro, running just below the Shira Route. Starting much lower than Shira, climbers are able to gradually increase altitude and greatly reduce their chances of experiencing altitude related symptoms from the start. Although Lemosho is becoming more popular due to its very high success rate, it still has slightly less foot-traffic than other routes.
It eventually meets up with the Shira Route at Shira Camp 2. Unlike the huts of the Marangu Route, you will sleep in tents, which will be transported by your porters.Meals are served in a mess tent.
Machame Route is a very popular route on mount Kilimanjaro which is also known as the "Whiskey" route. It is the second most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain.
All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside.
It is done over 6 or 7 days so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high. It is for physically fit people with some hiking experience. Descent is down the Mweka trail staying at the Mweka camp the final night on the mountain.
The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillows.
There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens' and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp but are very basic.
All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere.
This route is usually done in 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization (climb high and sleep low). The extra day can be spent resting at Horombo hut and practice acclimatization walk to the beautiful Zebra rocks.
Our 6 days Umbwe Route is without doubt the most challenging and strenuous route up Mount Kilimanjaro, due to the steepness of ascent through rainforest and the rapid altitude gain over the first two days. As a result of both these factors Umbwe route leads in having the highest incidence of altitude mountain sickness and therefore the lowest summit success rate Umbwe route joins up with the Machame route at Barranco Camp after day 2, continuing over the Great Barranco Wall and over into the Karanga Valley. It is possible to climb the Umbwe route over 5 days, however, an extra day for acclimatization is recommended as 5 days are far too short for acclimatisation and as such we only offer the Umbwe route over 6 days as a private climb.
Despite Umbwe route being is very steep and arduous, it is not a technical climb. The route does not offer the opportunity to acclimatise well as you cannot “walk high, sleep low” it is all uphill all the way to the summit. For those who have been to altitude before and know that they acclimatise well then they can benefit from the first two days being very quiet and also enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Mount Meru is an active stratovolcano located 70 kilometres (43Â mi) west of Mount Kilimanjaro in the nation of Tanzania. At a height of 4,565 metres (14,977Â ft), it is visible from Mt Kilimanjaro on a clear day, and is the ninth or tenth highest mountain in Africa, dependent on definition. Much of its bulk was lost about 8,000 years ago due to an eastward volcanic blast, similar to the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the U.S. state of Washington. Mount Meru most recently had a minor eruption in 1910. The several small cones and craters seen in the vicinity probably reflect numerous episodes of volcanic activity.