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Climbing Kilimanjaro

What is the best route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Deciding for the best route for climbing Kilimanjaro is a very individual question as this depends on your fitness level and on the time that you want to spend on the mountain. In general you can say that the more time you spend on the mountain, the higher is your chance to make it to Uhuru Peak. Your body will have more time to adapt to the high altitude and you can avoid suffering from Altitude Mountain Sickness.

There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. We are offering all routes including the very challenging Western Breach Route:

All Kilimanjaro Routes:

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Kilimanjaro Uhuru peak route map

All climbs start from your accommodation in Moshi from where we will drive to the different entrance gates around Kilimanjaro. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Mweka Gate is used only for descent. The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes arrive from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north. Below you see an illustration of Moshi Town and the different Gates for your climb.

The best route to climb Mount KilimanjaroUnlocking the Summit: Choosing the Best Route to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Are you ready to conquer Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro? Embarking on this awe-inspiring journey requires careful planning and selecting the right route tailored to your preferences and experience level. With Tanzania Horizon Safaris as your trusted guide, we’re here to unveil the best route suited to your aspirations, whether you seek the camaraderie of group climbs or the intimacy of a private hike.

Machame Route: The Ultimate Adventure

Renowned as the “Whiskey Route,” Machame is a popular choice for adventurers seeking a challenging yet rewarding experience. This route offers diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests to barren alpine deserts, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your ascent. With its gradual incline and ample acclimatization time, Machame increases your chances of summit success.

Marangu Route: The Classic Path

Known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” Marangu is famed for its comfortable hut accommodations along the trail. Ideal for those preferring a less rugged camping experience, Marangu offers a more structured journey to the summit. While it’s often considered less scenic than other routes, its gradual ascent and well-defined paths make it a popular choice for first-time climbers.

Rongai Route: The Serene Escape (great option during rainy season)

Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Rongai Route. Nestled on Kilimanjaro’s northeastern slopes, this path offers a more secluded trek through remote wilderness. With its gradual ascent and stunning panoramic views, Rongai provides an unforgettable journey for both novice and experienced climbers alike.

Umbwe Route: The Challenge Seeker’s Dream

For the thrill-seekers craving an adrenaline rush, the Umbwe Route presents the ultimate challenge. Known as the steepest route on Kilimanjaro, it’s not for the faint of heart. With its steep terrain and rapid altitude gain, Umbwe demands a high level of fitness and previous hiking experience. However, for those daring enough to conquer it, the sense of accomplishment is unmatched.

Northern Circuit: The Unexplored Gem

Embark on a journey of discovery with the Northern Circuit, Kilimanjaro’s longest and most remote route. Offering unparalleled seclusion and pristine wilderness, this path takes you off the beaten track for an unforgettable adventure. With its gentle slopes and extended acclimatization period, the Northern Circuit maximizes your chances of reaching the summit while immersing you in the splendor of Kilimanjaro’s northern slopes.

Lemosho Route: The perfect balance of scenery and adventure

The Lemosho Route stands out as one of Kilimanjaro’s premier paths, revered for its breathtaking scenery, diverse landscapes, and high summit success rates. This route offers an unparalleled adventure, combining the beauty of the Shira Plateau with the tranquility of remote wilderness, making it a top choice for seasoned climbers and novices alike.

Western Breach: The ultimate challenge

Experience the ultimate thrill with the Western Breach route, a challenging ascent that tests your limits. Scaling Kilimanjaro’s western flank, this route offers a unique perspective of the mountain’s rugged terrain. With its steep inclines and technical sections, the Western Breach route is best suited for experienced climbers seeking an adrenaline-fueled adventure.

At Tanzania Horizon Safaris, we specialize in Kilimanjaro group climbs, private Kilimanjaro hikes, and tailor-made adventures designed to exceed your expectations. Our experienced guides and personalized service ensure a safe and unforgettable journey to the summit. Contact us today to start planning your Mount Kilimanjaro expedition and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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