RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Which Route Should I Use to Climb Kilimanjaro?

There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent). The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north. Selecting a route is a tough choice for most. To find the best Kilimanjaro route for you, considerations should be taken for the route’s scenery, difficulty, foot traffic and its altitude acclimatization characteristics, as depicted in the table below.

 

Kilimanjaro Route

Min. Days
Rec. Days
Difficulty
Scenery
Traffic
Rating

Northern Circuit

99highexcellentvery low****

Lemosho Route

68highexcellentmedium****

Rongai Route

67mediumvery goodlow****

Machame Route

67highexcellenthigh***

Shira Route

67highexcellentmedium**

Marangu Route

56mediumgoodhigh**

Umbwe Route

57very highvery goodvery low**

 

Recommended

Good

OK

Not Recommended

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