The journey from the national park gate at 1,900 meters to the Uhuru Peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days. You will cross different ecological zones, each subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases. There are different routes to the peak. The most famous ones are Marangu, Machame and Rongai. Depending on the route, it will take you at minimum 3 days to reach the peak and another two back down again.

It is a great once in a lifetime journey. You will have your personal guide and a number of porters to help you carry the equipment and food. Our excellent cooks will prepare your fresh and varying meals along the way. At Marangu route you will spend the nights in solid huts. For all other routes we will provide modern tents.

We will not fool you. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a tough undertaking. Throughout the climb, temperatures vary considerably with the altitude and time of day. It’s an unforgettable adventure with rain, sun, snow, ice and winds. If you are not used to high altitudes you should take it slow and plan an extra days or do a Mount Meru climb before the trip to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a great and wonderful experience. Affectionately known as the “Coca-Cola route”, Marangu is by far the most popular and fastest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is also the only route where climbers overnight in huts instead of tents along the entire route. But do not underestimate how hard it can actually be to reach the top of Kilimanjaro.

For acclimatization our guides will walk you pass the camps to spend some time at higher altitudes before going back down to spend the night in the hut. Additionally the Marangu route does offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route to a 6-day march, greatly increasing your chances of success. Have a look at the information provided below before you decide which route you will climb.

Vegetation and animals

You might see some baboons or mongoose on the way. And you will see a great deal of nature. You will cross different ecological zones, each subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases. There will be tropical rain forests, deserts and glaciers. Your trip is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days.

Acclimatization (5-6 Day)

This is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are portered and a cook prepares all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame (also referred to as the “Whiskey route”) better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him with a scenic splendour such as not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning scenic “slide show” over 6 days.

The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days. There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – acclimatisation. The Machame route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the day 3 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is the secret to successful acclimatization.

Vegetation and animals

You might see some baboons or mongoose on the way. And you will see a great deal of nature. You will cross different ecological zones, each subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases. There will be tropical rain forests, deserts and glaciers. Your trip is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days.

Acclimatization (6-7 Day)

The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro. It is considered more scenic than the Marangu route, easier than the Machame route and has a high summit success rate. The Rongai route is also one of the quietest routes as it does not converge with any other route until it joins the Marangu for the ascent on the summit.

Vegetation and animals

You might see some baboons or mongoose on the way. And you will see a great deal of nature. You will cross different ecological zones, each subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases. There will be tropical rain forests, deserts and glaciers. Your trip is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days.

Acclimatization (6-7 Day)

The Lemosho route is the best non-technical route on the mountain with the most probability to reach the Uhuru Peak because the route takes 7 to 8 days. The route is also extremely photogenic approaches the Mountain from the northwest. You walk through rain forest rich in game, like elephants or white and black colubus, Eland, Jackal, Blue Monkey and Buffalo. On the end of day three the route joined up Machame route after Shira Plateau.
The Lemosho route is not taken as often as the Marangu or Machame route by climbers, since it requires more time. The hiking will be (Pole Pole) Means slow slow to give to you good time to enjoy the scenic of the mountain. This seldom traveled route starts at a low elevation in the Montana forest and requires no technical experience, only that you are in great physical shape and have the desire to stand on the roof of Africa.

Acclimatization (7-8Day)

The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. It is considered to be very difficult and is the most challenging way up Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the quick ascent, Umbwe does not provide the necessary stages for altitude acclimatization. Although the traffic on this route is very low, the chances of success are also low. The route is offered at a minimum of six days, though seven days is recommended when attempting this route.

Day 1: Umbwe Gate > Umbwe Cave Camp 8kms 4- 6hrs up 1200m

Day 2: Umbwe Cave Camp > Barranco Camp 6km 4- 6hrs up 1100m

Day 3: Barranco Camp >> Karanga Valley 6kms 3- 4hrs up 250m down 250m

Day 4: Karanga Valley >> Barafu Camp 4kms 3- 4hrs up 650m

Day 5: Barafu Hut 4600m > UHURU PEAK 5895m > Millenium Camp 19kms 12- 14hrs up 1295m down 2105m

Day 6: Millenium Camp 3730m > Mweka Gate 1660m 10kms 5hrs

Acclimatization (7-8Day)