CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. Hiking on the ‘rooftop of Africa’ — the highest point on the continent at 5896 metres — is the adventure of a lifetime, especially because, if paced well, everyone from seasoned trekkers to first-time enthusiasts can scale the snowy peak.

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

Routen

Marangu-Route, 6 Days

Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the oldest, most well-established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path.

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Machame-Route, 6 Days

This route is very scenic and offers a medium to high success rate, especially in the seven-day variant. For beginners, the ascent in six days is not recommended.

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Rongai-Route, 7 Days

The Rongai rote is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, this route still experiences low crowds. Rongai has more gradual slope than the mountain's other routes.

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Lemosho-Route, 6 Days

Lemosho Route is a fresher route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west. It is a tough and long route, but one that is preferred by most trustworthy Kilimanjaro outfitters due to its smaller crowds, scenic diversity and high victory rates.

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Umbwe-Route, 6 Days

6 Days Umbwe Route this route should only be considered by those with some sturdy calf muscles and experience trekking at high altitude. It is the shortest route on Kilimanjaro, just 28 km to the top but there is no such thing as a short cut on the mountain.

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