For a great experience on trekking Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits with breathtaking view of the natural vegetation.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park by any name is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent it is also the tallest free- standing mountain in the world Kilimanjaro National Park is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination.
. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It means mountain of Light or Mountain of Greatness.
. One of the largest single freestanding mountains in the world and is unique in being so close to the equator and yet having yearlong ice glaciers, and boasts the largest alpine desert of all the glaciated mountains in East Africa.
. Extraordinary sunrises and sunsets
. Breathtaking views
. Only place where snow is found in Africa
. Wild animals on the slopes of the mountain
. UNESCO World Heritage site
WHEN TO GO
• Heaviest rainfall to the southeast forested slopes from March to May
• Shorter rains from November to December
• Driest months are from August to October
• The northern slopes receive far less rainfall. Both the rainfall and the temperature decrease with altitude up to the summit where there is permanent ice and below freezing temperatures.
• The clearest and warmest conditions are from December – February, but also dry (and colder) from July – September.
• Hiking and climbing the Mountain – can be accomplished by any normal, fit person.
• Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes. Climbs mount Kilimanjaro
With the distance of 65km, Machame route is one of the most popular for Kilimanjaro climbers. The main difficulty lies in an altitude gain of over 2,000m in 24hrs including summiting, resulting in a 7% drop in success rates. If you are planning to take Machame Route in November, April or May, the path may be eroded by rain making the climb more difficult. The 7-day programme, on other hand, offers success rates of 85% due to gradual acclimatization and will suit anyone aspiring to climb Kilimanjaro.
Marangu route is rightfully popular amongst Kilimanjaro. It is unique in that it provides extra comfort with its permanent huts. Fabulous vistas of Kilimanjaro’s Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are an added advantage of it! Marangu Route offers 6 and 5-day itineraries, the latter being the way to go for experienced trekkers. The 6 days Marangu Route itinerary with its longer acclimatization is preferable if this is to be your first climb. Those who climb Kilimanjaro on Marangu can look forward to a trek that covers the distance of 64 km with comfortable conditions resulting in a 92% success rate for the longer programme.
This route offers stunning sceneries and excellent acclimation. The least frequented route ideal for beginners. Offering captivating vistas, pristine wildlife and acclimation opportunities with no traffic of climbers. Lemosho is the most recommended route to reach the roof of Africa. It’s the most scenic route on Kilimanjaro. Lemosho offers the smoothest acclimatization and the highest success rates of 85%, 90% and 95% for 6, 7 and 8-day tours, respectively. The total distance covered on Lemosho Route is 46 km.
Rongai is the only northern route up Kilimanjaro. It will take you past the second-highest point in Tanzania, Mawenzi, while offering bird's-eye views of the mountain’s rainforest. The gentle gradient and its gradual acclimatization bring one safely to the highest point of Africa –Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak, at 5,895 m. Rongai Route boasts high success rates of 84 and 94 percent on 6 and 7-day climbs, respectively. Rongai is great for travelers with previous exposure to high altitude and offers an escape from fellow-climbers, as it requires the longest drive before reaching the park gate. Rongai Route will leave you with great impressions while testing your strength over the distance of 65 km.
Umbwe Route is arguably the least frequented on Kilimanjaro. Starting at the tropical rainforest it runs along Machame Route. The shortest of the routes, Umbwe - with its steep climb and short acclimatization periods - is amongst the most taxing on Kilimanjaro, while still showing off the beauties of the mountain terrain with its different habitat zones and panoramic views. While the camps along Umbwe Route to Uhuru Peak are well suited to acclimatization, this is still one of the more challenging ways to climb Kilimanjaro.
Northern Circuit is Kilimanjaro’s newest route. Being the longest way to Uhuru Peak makes it the least frequented. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the rainforest on the western slopes of Shira Plateau and passes through the northern part of the Kilimanjaro massif to end up on the eastern slope. Northern Circuit is also the only route that makes an arc of 270° allowing you to see different aspects of the Kibo Volcano This makes climbing Kilimanjaro on the Northern Circuit Route highly popular amongst photographers. Moreover, the longer duration of this trek makes for better acclimatization and an easier climb to Uhuru Peak.