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Best Route Kilimanjaro

Whether it is your first time trekking or whether you have climbed dozens of peaks, we have the top Kilimanjaro routes for you. For an unrivaled experience on Mount Kilimanjaro, select the route that best suits you, and maximizes your comfort, enjoyment, and chance of success. We will take you every step of the way, until the summit of 5,895 meters, or 19,340 feet. What are the best routes to climb Kilimanjaro?

We prefer the quieter, lesser traveled camping routes of Rongai, Shira, Lemosho  and the new Northern Circuit. We believe these are the best routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. However, we do offer climbs on all major routes on the mountain.

We recommend taking longer duration climbs such as the Shira 10 day, Lemosho 10 day or Northern Circuit 11 day as these routes will give you the highest chance in successfully summiting. In addition to the additional time spent acclimatizing, the added days shorten the daily hiking distances reserving more of your energy for the summit hike.

We offer group climbs on set departure dates on Rongai 8 days, Machame 9 days, Shira 10 days, Lemosho 10 days and Northern Circuit  11 days. Private climbs can be arranged on the abovelisted routes, plus Rongai 9 days and Machame 8 days, on any dates.

Rongai Route: The Rongai route begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall. The Rongai route is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience. However, the route is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers. Rongai is a good choice for people who are looking for a quick hike with more gentle slopes. The Rongai route can be done in an 8 or 9 day trip. Rongai Route 8 Day – 6 days on the mountain. Group or Private.
Rongai Route 9 Day – 7 days on the mountain. Private only.
Machame Route: The Machame Route known as the “Whiskey” route, begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of mountain, within its green, abundant rainforest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut. Machame is the most popular route on the mountain, and campsites will be shared with numerous other groups. Machame is a good choice for people who want to enjoy a scenic hike on a challenging route in the shortest amount of time. The Machame route is an 8 or 9 day trip. Machame Route 8 Day – 6 days on the mountain. Private only.
Machame Route 9 Day – 7 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

Shira Route: The Shira approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. A 4×4 vehicle transports us through a rich, lush rainforest until we arrive at the ridge of the Shira Plateau, where our expedition begins. We trek across an alpine plateau and traverse the great Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut. The Shira route is ideal for those with backpacking experience and those seeking a more challenging adventure. The Shira route is a 10 day trip. Highly recommended. Shira Route 10 Day – 8 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

Lemosho Route: The Lemosho route is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. We begin from the west, trekking in the fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers of the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. The main difference between Lemosho and Shira is that we begin the Lemosho hike in the rainforest whereas Shira bypasses the rainforest with a vehicle and begins on the plateau. The Lemosho route is a 10 day trip. Highly recommended.Lemosho Route 10 Day – 8 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

Northern Circuit: The Northern Circuit Route is the most amazing journey on Kilimanjaro. Starting from the west, this is the only route that travels north around Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It traverses nearly the entire mountain before the summit push. This is absolutely the most scenic path available and has almost no traffic on its northern face. This is a relatively new route. Become one of the first to enjoy the Northern Circuit’s tranquility and stunning panoramic scenery. The Northern Circuit is an 11 day trip. Highly recommended.Northern Circuit 11 Day – 9 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

We have a variety of group climbs scheduled weekly throughout the year, with the exception of during the rainy season. These group climbs have a maximum capacity of 12-15 people.

We can also organize a private climb for you. No other parties or persons are added to these climbs. The persons in your party are the only ones on the climb.