Aptly named ‘The Roof of Africa’ Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent at 5896 meters above sea level and has become a very popular destination for trekking to the peak (Kibo).
The climbs are generally not technical more a long up-hill walk with a bit of a scramble in the steeper parts on occasions depending on which route you choose. However, which ever route you take it is a serious undertaking and preparation needs to be made in order to make the trek safe. Altitude sickness is a common issue that needs to be taken seriously as it can be dangerous and in some cases fatal. That is why we use a reputable and competent company to escort our clients safely to the top on the mountain.
There are a number of routes up Kilimanjaro:
Marangu Route – this is the easiest and most trodden route and typically takes about 5 days and 4 nights, although an additional night is recommended in order to assist with acclimatisation, especially if you have just flown in to Tanzania. Other routes usually take six days (which costs more but helps acclimatisation) and pass through a wider range of scenic areas than the Marangu Route. It is the only route that uses the same path for ascent and descent so make is rather more touristy, and the only route that has hut accommodation as an option to tents.
Machame Route – is a more difficult ascent than Marangu, but not technically difficult but more strenuous with more ups and downs along the way. It takes 6 days which is better for acclimatisation and can also be done in 7 days which gives more time just before the summit to prepare. For this reason it has the highest summit success rate of about 60%. For scenery and variety this route is hard to beat and quite spectacular in places such as the Shira Plateaux, the Lava Tower and Barranco Wall. Due to its popularity it has become quite crowded which does detract somewhat from it’s over all appeal.
Rongai Route – this is a good choice for those that want a less crowded, scenic route with a wilderness feel to it, and a high summit success rate. It takes 6 days, but the down side is that it is a little more expensive but probably with it. The Rongai route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the north and descends in the south-east via the Marangu Route, and is the only route where you get to see both sides of the mountain.
We will advise you on which route is most suitable for you and ensure you know exactly what to expect when you embark on your climb.