Trekking

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain rising 19,340 ft (5,895m). The highest free-standing mountain in the country. It is also one of the seven summits, the seventh highest point on any continent in the world. If you are physically fit, you can ascend Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the summit (Uhuru Mountain 5,895m) and view out over Africa. Our Mount Kilimanjaro climbing tours are planned at the strongly recommended lead of high altitude performance, Meijo Safaris has created specific climbing techniques carefully crafted to optimize personal protection and summit opportunities for climbers on the highest mountain in Africa and the largest non-mass mountain in the world.
From the shortest 6 days of the Marangu route, 7 days of Machame Route  to the longest 8 days of the Lemosho route, the experience of a passionate team is well established and has resulted in a high success rate of 95 per cent.s.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Routes

Choosing a Kilimanjaro route, which will satisfy your personal requirements as well as contribute towards your eventual summit success, is important. Factors which should be carefully considered includes:

  • A Kilimanjaro routes comparison in terms of a of an authentic wilderness experience
  • Kilimanjaro routes distances and trekking costs for each route
  • The Kilimanjaro routes success rates and best possible summit prospects
  • The possibility of additional days for a safer extended acclimatisation on each trekking route

Below follows a brief summarised comparison of all the current Kilimanjaro routes. For more detailed information regarding each of these Mount Kilimanjaro routes, including routes distances and route success rates, please refer to our detailed and comprehensive routes descriptions below.

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The Marangu Route

Often known as the "Coca Cola Route" – the Marangu Route is one of the most common roads to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers assume that the Marangu path is the easiest route to the Uhuru mountain, since it is the only route that can be hiked within 5 days (making it the cheapest option). It is also the only path providing mountain lodging in the A-frame huts. Unfortunately, it is well known that the 5-day Marangu path has one of the lowest peak performance rates of all the uphill paths. If you want the Marangu path, we highly suggest a 6-day hike to improve your chances of reaching the summit successfully. This is the only route that offers cozy shared sleeping huts, complete with beds and mattresses for any overnight stay. Mineral beverages, soft drinks, soda and chocolates are also available at most markets. The Marangu path uses the same route for ascending and descending.

The Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route, which is a newer option to the Shira Route, is without a doubt the most picturesque route to Kilimanjaro. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the finest experiences you will have on the top, and it is considered one of the easiest ways to the tallest peak in Africa. Beginning with a long journey from Moshi to Londorossi Gate, the route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. The first two days are spent walking to Shira Ridge via the rain forest. In a pleasant, somewhat level trek, the Lemosho path spans the whole Shira Plateau from west to east. Until the path joins the Machame trail near Lava Tower, there are few people. The route then follows the Southern Circuit trail beneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field before summiting from Barafu. The Mweka path is used for descent.

The Machame Route

Our most popular and effective route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro is the Machame road. The hikers sleep in the tents that the porters take up the mountain. The Machame path is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be done in 6 days, but we highly suggest hiking in 7 days, giving more time to acclimate. The key to the success of the Machame path is its topography, which helps hikers to ascend high and sleep low, helping to enhance their acclimatization. There are, however, two pitfalls to this route:
Firstly hikers will need to pass an area just before the Shira ridge and hike the Barranco Wall, both of which are physically demanding and also present a potential problem for hikers with a fear of heights.
The second problem relates to the route’s high success rate, compounded by the fact that other routes join the Machame route from day 3 on-wards – higher numbers of hikers can be therefore be encountered on this route. The route utilises the Mweka route as a descend route.

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