Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (5,895m high) and free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is composed of 3 volcanic cones: Kibo (dormant), Mawenzi & Shira (extinct). Kilimanjaro supports five ecological zones (rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine, desert & glaciers). There are five distinct routes that lead to the summit, the most common are four: Machame, Lemosho, Marangu, and Umbwe.
On arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport hikers are met by our driver and transferred to Moshi town for overnight, ready to start climbing. Drive time to Moshi is about 1 hour.
Marangu Route: climb 5/6 days
Marangu route also known as `Coca-Cola’ route, is the most popular route for tourists. It is the easiest and shortest route to the Kilimanjaro Summit (Uhuru). Often recommended for first-time climbers or those not accustomed to spending longer time on the outdoors. It also has comfortable facilities as you climb the mountain- sleeping huts, solar lights and comfortable beds (sponge mattresses) and other communal facilities.
Machame Route: climb 6/7 days
It’s the second popular and scenic route, also known as Whiskey route often considered the route for `physically fit people` or more adventurers with climbing experience as the days are longer and harder due to vertical feet covered compared to Marangu. This route has designated campsites, with basic facilities along the trail.
Lemosho Route: climb 7/8 days
Lemosho route is the longest route to reach the Summit, it offers a slow and steady ascent up Kili’s western front. It is the most demanding hike of all the routes due to slow and steady pace; it also offers less vertical ascent per day than any other trail, which allows more time for acclimatization. Lemosho is one of the few routes where an armed ranger accompanies climbers since there are still animals in the forest around the Lemosho Glades.
Umbwe Route: climb 6 days
The Umbwe route runs parallel to Machame and offers a very similar climb, the only difference is that it is steeper and shorter than Machame route. Both routes meet up at Barranco Camp. Once at Barranco hut you continue on with the Machame hikers. Since it is very short and direct route, it is not recommended for little altitude experience.
Send us an email which one will be convenient for you. We will send you the tour program and price upon request.