DO YOU KNOW WHICH ROUTE TO TAKE FOR YOUR KILIMANJARO TREKKING?

KIAfrika adventure will explain the differences between the routes and help you decide which is the best for you. As the popularity of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro con‐tinues to increase, potential climbers are often uncer‐tain as to which route to take. There are seven major routes used to climb Kilimanjaro. Each route has its own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting the route, make sure it is the appropriate route for your
desires, physical ability, aptitude and comfort level.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING THE KILIMANJARO ROUTE

To choose the best Kilimanjaro route for you, there are plenty of variables to be mindful of:

WHO:
Who is climbing? The whole group’s abilities must be factored into choosing a route. Are there novices in your group? Are there people who have never been to
high altitudes? Pick a route that best fits everyone.

WHAT:
What limitations surround your climb? Are you bound by a budget? Or the number of days on your trip? There are cheaper and more expensive routes, and shorter and longer itineraries. Get an idea of how much money and how many days people are willing to spend on the mountain.

HOW:
How do you see your trek? Do you want the most challenging route or a less strenuous one? Kilimanjaro can bring out a lot of discomfort and suffering. Some
people don’t want to be pushed too hard. These answers will affect which route is for you.

WHERE:
Where do you want to begin your climb? The routes start from all sides of the mountain. Where you begin affects cost, scenery and scenic variety. For instance,
the western routes are more scenic because they cover more of the mountain.

WHY:
Why are you climbing? Is it very important to summit? Then choose a route with a high success rate. Do you want to take the best photos? Then pick a scenic
route. Do you just want to be there? Then choose a quick, inexpensive route.

WHEN:
When are you climbing? If you are climbing during the dry season, great. But if you are climbing during the rainy season or the shoulder seasons, then the route you select can play into the climb’s difficulty. Climbs around holidays and full moons are especially crowded.

GENERAL KILIMANJARO
KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN with its three volcanic cones; KIBO, MAWENZI AND SHIRA is a dormant volcano in TANZANIA. Its highest mountain in Africa “THE ROOF OF AFRICA ” come and climb the highest mountain of Africa in Tanzania with as summit about 4900meters from its base and 5895meters
(19340feet) above sea level. MT.KILIMANJARO, the largest free standing mountain in the world (meaning it’s the highest stand alone mountain and does not from part of any mountain range) and the highest point on the continent, rises above the dusty plains of TANZANIA AFRICA . The journey up the mountain took us through rainforest, heather and moorland, Alpine desert and ultimately the frozen summit zone. Each year they have more than 20000 climbers from the world do MT.KILIMANJARO and also is no technical climb and everyone can do it for challenge adventure.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO is a very special mount

  • It’s the highest singular mountain in the world. That’s means it has the greatest ascent from its base to its summit.
  •  It’s easiest to climb of the seven summit, interestingly the 1950 version of the seven summits also two more Holy Mountains Mt. Blanc  and Kosciusko and for us KILIMANJARO IS A HOLY MOUNTAIN
  • The highest holy mountain by over 5000feet andMone of the 3 Holy mountain’s that contain special Energy.

KILIMANJARO does not require any skills but instead alot of walking, just over 40miles and an ascent of about 13000feet, spread over 6 days ascending and an ascent 2 days descending. Do not be put off be believing you are too unfit, too old, too young or too whatever. More that anything KILIMANJARO requires persistence and determination.

CLIMBING KILIMANJARO; this huge mountain is not that different from the process that people go through in overcoming domestic violence, returning to work, improving relationships and confronting mental health problems or addiction. The main difference is that climbing mount kilimanjaro is easier than the challenges that most of the communities at face. This climb will be physically demanding: starting with strong base of good health and fitness is essential for all people who are attempting to overcome challenges. The climb will be mentally, emotionally and physically
challenging.
“If you can climb a mountain MT.KILIMANJARO, you can do anything ”

About kilimanjaro climbing; There several 5 up to 7 routes by which to reach kibo uhuru peak, the highest summit of mount
kilimanjaro . Normal famous route are Marangu route (hut accommodations) ,Machame route (camping route) and lemosho route the newest and long one have 98% to success rate (camping route).
Also cycling route the newest expedition. Also we have several basic itineraries for climbing kilimanjaro strong packages for Mounteering and for people which are easy beautiful climb kilimanjaro. We can arrangements for long itineraries for agreements between you and us, such as WESTERN breach kilimanjaro and northern circuit routes or to have crater camp before summit kilimanjaro. (Special ) Mt. Meru; normally people like do meru for preparation to do kilimanjaro obviously its take 4 days and if your experience hiker you can do for 3 days but I don’t recommend it for preparation for Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro trekking its depending on your route choice and number of the days you want to do on your optional trekking kilimanjaro but normally It will take 6 to 10 days to summit kilimanjaro .

The best season is January to March and June to October, normally January to March is colder than June to October.
Planning a climbing & trekking kilimanjaro? Our team have the destinations knowledge and understanding to ensure that we deliver great tours both domestic and international. Our team of passionate dedicated staff have first – hand experience in travel and destination management to adapt tours based on the wants and needs of each individual tour. Pick your tour by destinations or other activity alternately let us package a tailor made itinerary specifically

KILIMANJARO ROUTES OVERVIEW;
Below are brief descriptions of the climbing routes on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Cost: $ = low, $$ = mid, $$$ = high, $$$$ = very high
Difficulty: ^ = low, ^^ = mid, ^^^ = high, ^^^^ = very high

MARANGU ROUTE:
Marangu (“Coca Cola”) Route; Known as the “Coca-Cola”route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. 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. It is also the
only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodation. The minimum days required for this route is five, although the probability of
successfully reaching the top in that time period is not very high. Spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain is highly recommended when climbing Kilimanjaro using the Marangu route.

However, despite its immense popularity, we avoid leading climbs on the Marangu route. The route has the least scenic variety of all the routes because the ascent and descent are done on the same path and it is the most crowded route for that reason. Marangu is favoured mostly during the rainy season, where the hut accommodations are preferred over wet ground, or for those who only have five days to climb Kilimanjaro.
Popular tourist route, approaches from southeast, easy, gentle gradients, beautiful rain forest section and moorlands, comfortable but basic hut shelter, poor acclimatization profile, descent on same trail.
$/^
72 km
5-6 days.
– We are charging Marangu route 6 days climb 1650 USD per person
– We are charging Marangu route 5 days climb 1500 USD per person

MACHAME ROUTE:
Known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is now the most popular route on the mountain.
Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. The Machame route is considered a difficult route, and is better suited for more adventurous folks and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The route begins from the south, then heads east, traversing underneath
Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field before summiting. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied.
However, due to the heavy crowds, it loses some of its splendor. It is very famous route, scenic and it has beautiful panoramic views with all the endemic and amazing plants that can only be found on Mount Kilimanjaro and no where else in the world. Most of our clients choose the Machame route. Most popular route, approaches from south, very scenic route with southern traverse, difficult route but very good for acclimatization, camping.
$$/^^
62 km
6-7 days.
– We are charging Machame route seven days climb 2000 USD per person
– We are charging Machame route six days climb 1900 USD per person

LEMOSHO ROUTE:
The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and
rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until
the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although eight days is ideal. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and boasts panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favourite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly
recommended.
Long access drive to trailhead, approaches from west, remote, less frequented, beautiful heath section, very scenic with southern traverse, camping, difficult route but excellent for acclimatization, camping.
$$$/^^^
70 km
7-8 days.
– We are charging Lemosho route eight days climb 2100 USD per person
– We are charging Lemosho route seven days climb 1950 USD per person

SHIRA ROUTE:
The Shira route is another path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and it is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.
On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first night at the same elevation at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho and follows the southern circuit route. Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, Lemosho is recommended over Shira due to the high altitude of Shira’s starting point. It is possible that climbers will experience altitude related symptoms on the first day due to failed acclimatization. Climbers using Shira should be confident of their ability to acclimatize.

Almost same as Lemosho, approaches from west, long access drive to trailhead, trail starts at 11,800 ft, remote, less frequented, beautiful heath section, very scenic with southern traverse, camping, difficult route but excellent for acclimatization if ok at 11,800 ft, camping.
$$$/^^^
56 km
8 days.
– We are charging Shira route eight days climb 2100 USD per person

RONGAI ROUTE:
The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border.
Though gaining popularity amongst climbers, Rongai has low traffic. It is the preferred route for those looking for an alternative to the crowded Marangu route, for those who would like a more remote hike, and for those who are climbing during the rainy season (the north side receives less precipitation). The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, and seven days are recommended. 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. This route descends down the Marangu route. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience.
Long access drive to trailhead, approaches from north, remote, less frequented, easy, gentle gradients, beautiful alpine desert section, good alternative to Marangu, camping, fair acclimatization profile, camping.
$$/^
73 km
6-7 days.
– We are charging Rongai route seven days climb 1950 USD per person
– We are charging Rongai route six days climb 1800 USD per person

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THESE ROUTES:
The routes have starting points located on multiple sides of the mountain.
The routes vary distance and accordingly so do the completion times.
There are relatively easy trails, difficult routes, and even dangerous ones.
Certain routes are favorable for altitude acclimatisation due to their route profile.
There are routes that are better when climbing during the rainy season.
One route offers hut accommodations while the rest are camping routes.
Machame is the most popular route on the mountain, with an estimated 45% of all climbers using this route.
Next is the Marangu route, with an estimated 40% of all climbers opting for this route. Lemosho and Rongai see far less use, but are the preferred routes for the more reputable (expensive) Kilimanjaro outfitters, and are thus growing in popularity. Shira, Umbwe and Northern Circuit barely have any foot traffic. Picking the wrong route can mean a unnecessarily difficult trek, a failed summit, or becoming ill and/ or injured. So it is important to compare the different elements that makes each route unique.

REMEMBER: PICK THE KILIMANJARO ROUTE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR PRICE;
1). All national park fees.
2). Rescue fees.
3). Camping/Hut fees.
4). Good salary for the crew.
5). All meals and water on the mountain.
6). A nice and comfortable mattress.
7). Tents {guest personal tent, mess tent for our guests to have their meals, kitchen tent as cooking place and to store our food, as well as shelter tent        for the crew use}.
8). Transport in general (from your arrival to your departure as well as from the hotel to the mountain and back).
9). Hotel staying in Moshi with bed and breakfast for 2 nights. One night before the climb and one night after the climb.
10). Professional and experienced Mountain Guides, amazing chef and trustee porters.
11). Portable chemical toilet (for camping routes).
12). Emergency Oxygen.
13). Pulse oxymeter to measure our clients heart beat and oxygen level.

NOT INCLUDED IN OUR PRICE;
1). Flights
2). Visas
3). Travel Insurance
4). Personal drinks and snacks
5). Tips for the climbing team
6). Lunch and dinner at the hotel plus extra days at the hotel
7). Personal equipment
8). Sleeping bags
Note that:
Our rates are very fair and reasonable as they contain almost all the important accommodations and services while travelling with us which is good and will make you comfortable too

Dinner: Three meal course: Sturter soup, bread
Main meals: beef, chicken, fish saved with rice, potatoes, makaron and pastas and vegetables + fruits.

Also we have alternative menu for vegetarian.  Our mountain cuisine normally the following;
Three healthy prepared meals a day that is (Breakfast, picnic lunch and Hot dinner).
List of menu items in our Kilimanjaro Menu: Breakfast: fruit juice, fruit, cereals/porridge, boiled eggs /Tea /coffee/milo.

Snacks: peanuts/popcorn /cookies
Lunch: sliced carrot and cucumber stripes, Avocado slices, boiled egg/ vegetables/fruit/meat cutlets/fruit juice
Dinner: soup of the day, (fresh vegetables soup/mushrooms soup) bread, salad, Rice/pasta/potatoes/chicken/fish/eggplants/mixed vegetables, fruit salad/macaroni/ Tea/coffe/milo.

On way to the summit (midnight snack)

Hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits, orange squash or soup.

Foods:
Breakfast (English breakfast; eggs, beacon, coffee, tea, milk, milo, bread toast, drinking choculate, porridge).

Lunch: Packed lunch
Food in pack lunch: boiled egg, meat cutlets, macaroni, meat sauce, bread, juice packet, piece of fruits, biscuits and some tea kept warm in flask and carried by guide. And at the end of the days walking  afternoon tea is served with biscuits, peanuts and salted popcorn.

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