One of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on the seven continents), Kilimanjaro lies within the 292-square-mile (756 square kilometers) Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa about 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level, making it the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. There are three volcanic cones that make up Kilimanjaro: Kibo is the summit; Mawenzi at 16,893 feet (5,149 meters); and Shira at 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim.
The world’s tallest freestanding mountain is on many people’s bucket list. Hikers with a moderate level of fitness, .properly equipped, positive attitude, and a body that adapts reasonably well to altitude have a good chance of success. It’s no surprise to learn that the number of people attempting the climb is high. Though the high elevation, low temperature, and occasional high winds make this a difficult and dangerous hike. Acclimatization is essential and even the most experienced hikers suffer some degree of altitude sickness. But the relative ease of the climb means some routes are overcrowded and some are less trodden.
Machame Route is also known as Whisky route with stunning different routes that gives energetic and adventurous hiker the glimpse of scenic show piece of Kilimanjaro. Ascend from the high alpine deserts through superb forests, moorland to Shira Plateau with marvelous views of the ice fields. The route is an extremely physically and mentally demanding option offering you scenery views and not recommended for the average climber.
Lemosho Route is among the less travelled, scenic, most spectacular, longest successful and rewarding route to hike Kilimanjaro. Lemosho route can be climbed in 7 days however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 8 days as one day for acclimatization, reducing the effects of altitude sickness and give you more time to rest before attempting the summit hence making it to the summit.
Northern Circuit Route
Northern Circuit Routeis the newest and longest route up Kilimanjaro summit with the very low traffic due to very long time on the mountain. The only route to traverse all of the Northern Slopes on a circumnavigation of the mountain which offers beautiful scenery from the western approach. Because of its length, ths route has the highest summit success rate.
Rongai Route winds its way up moderately placid gradient and this makes it easiest route of trekking Kilimanjaro. The Rongai route is the most beautiful and unique scenery and less trekked route than the Marangu (Coca cola) Route and Machame (Whisky) Route.
Marangu Route is the easiest, shortest and most popular route to hike Kilimanjaro’s summit. It is a two way route as you hike up through this route. You will be accommodated at Mandara Hut, 9 km from the gate; Horombo Hut, 12 km from Mandara and Kibo, 12 from Horombo. This route is usually done in 5 days, but you can do it in 6 days for better acclimatization.
These mountain routes takes you through five different ecosystems where the hike through savannah, montane forest, low alpine, heath and moorland, alpine desert, snowfield and glaciers for instance, make the ascent to the summit similar to traveling to the Arctic from the Equator in the space of only a few kilometers offering a stunning 19,340 foot view, reminding you of having been to the roof of Africa.