Our Scenic Kilimanjaro Routes

Whether it is your first time trekking or whether you have climbed dozens of peaks, we have the top Kilimanjaro routes for you. For an unrivaled experience on Mount Kilimanjaro, select the route that best suits you, and maximizes your comfort, enjoyment, and chance of success. We will take you every step of the way, until the summit of 5,895 meters, or 19,340 feet.

What are the best routes to climb Kilimanjaro?

We prefer the quieter, lesser traveled camping routes of Rongai, Lemosho  and the newer Northern Circuit. We believe these are the best routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. However, we do offer climbs on all major routes on the mountain.

We recommend taking longer duration climbs such as the Lemosho 10 day or Northern Circuit 11 day as these routes will give you the highest chance in successfully summiting. In addition to the additional time spent acclimatizing, the added days shorten the daily hiking distances reserving more of your energy for the summit hike.

We offer group climbs on set departure dates on Machame 9-days, Rongai 9-days, Lemosho 10-days and Northern Circuit 11-days. Private climbs can be arranged on the above-listed routes, plus Rongai 8-days, Machame 8-days, Marangu 8-Days and Lemosho 9-days on any dates.

We have a variety of group climbs scheduled weekly throughout the year, with the exception of during the rainy season (November and March – May). Group climbs have a maximum capacity of 12 people.

We can also organize a private climb for you. No other parties or persons are added to these climbs. The persons in your party are the only ones on the climb.

Our Routes

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Kilimanjaro Route Overview

ROUTE DISTANCE (miles) TREKKING DAYS DESCRIPTION
Lemosho 46.37 7* or 8 The Lemosho route is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. We begin from the west, trekking in the fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers of the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit.
Machame 38.63 6* or 7 The Machame Route is known as the “Whiskey” route. It begins at Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the mountain, within its green, abundant rainforest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut.
Marangu 47.68 6* The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca-Cola” Route. It is the oldest summit approach on Mount Kilimanjaro. Marangu is considered the easiest ascent to the summit since it has a more gradual approach. This makes it one of the most popular routes. However, it is the least scenic. You will ascend and descend on the same trail. Because of this, it is also the most crowded route. It is the only route that offers the dormitory style sleeping huts.
Northern Circuit 53.79 9 The Northern Circuit Route is the most amazing journey on Kilimanjaro. This is a relatively new route. Become one of the first to enjoy the Northern Circuit’s tranquility and stunning panoramic scenery. Starting from the west, this is the only route that travels north around Mt. Kilimanjaro. It traverses nearly the entire mountain before the summit push. This is absolutely the most scenic path available and has almost no traffic on its northern face.
Rongai 42.53 6* or 7 The climb begins at the remote, northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall.This is a more gradual ascent, and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience, but is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers.
Northern Crater 56.5 10* The Northern Crater Route is a variation of the Northern Circuit Route that adds an additional night of camping at Crater Camp. Crater Camp is located near Furtwangler Glacier – part of the ice cap that once crowned the entire summit of Kilimanjaro. From there, if you are feeling up to it, you can take the short hike over to the Reusch Crater and Ash Pit – a site rarely seen by most climbers. The Northern Crater route is for the thrill seeker who wants a unique experience on Kilimanjaro.
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Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. We begin with a long transfer by vehicle to the western gate. From there, we trek in the often wet, fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers of the heath ecosystem. As we move east, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. We hike beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield and summit via Barafu Hut. The Lemosho route is a 10-day trip. This route has a high success rate and is highly recommended.

Lemosho Route 10 Day – 8 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

Rongai Route

The Rongai route begins at the remote northern side of Kilimanjaro, near the Kenyan border. We hike through a true wilderness area towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle, before climbing up Kibo’s eastern crater wall. The Rongai route has a more gradual ascent and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience. However, the route is equally enjoyable for even the most hardened trekkers. Rongai is a good choice for people who are looking for a quicker hike with more gentle slopes. The Rongai route is an 8 or 9-day trip.

Rongai Route 8 Day – 6 days on the mountain. Private.

Rongai Route 9 Day – 7 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit is the most amazing journey on Kilimanjaro. Starting from the west, this is the only route that travels north around Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It traverses nearly the entire mountain before the summit push. This is absolutely the most scenic path available and will have almost no other hikers on its northern face. As a relatively new route, you can become one of the first to enjoy the Northern Circuit’s tranquility and stunning panoramic scenery. The Northern Circuit is an 11-day trip. This route has a high success rate and is highly recommended.

Northern Circuit 11 Day – 9 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

Marangu Route

The Marangu route begins at the Southeastern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. We hike through the rainforest towards the jagged Mawenzi Peak, then cross a barren desert saddle before climbing up Kibo’s Eastern crater wall. The Marangu route has a more gradual ascent and is therefore preferred by those with little or no backpacking experience. It is the only route that has climbers sleeping in dormitory style huts. Marangu is a good choice for people want to climb during the rainy season and prefer a more gradual ascent. The Marangu route is an 8-day trip.

Marangu Route 8 Day – 6 days on the mountain. Private.

Machame Route

The Machame Route, known as the “Whiskey” route, begins at Machame Gate  located at the southern base of the mountain within its green, abundant rainforest. We climb to the Shira Plateau, then traverse the mountain beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut. Machame is the most popular route on the mountain, and campsites will be shared with numerous other groups. Machame is a good choice for people who want to enjoy a scenic hike on a challenging route and do not mind the company of other campers. The Machame route is an 8 or 9-day trip.

Machame Route 8 Day – 6 days on the mountain. Private only.

Machame Route 9 Day – 7 days on the mountain. Group or Private.

Northern Crater Route

The Northern Crater route is a variation of the Northern Circuit Route that adds an additional night of camping at Crater Camp. Crater Camp is located near Furtwangler Glacier—part of the ice cap that once crowned the entire summit of Kilimanjaro. From there, if you are feeling up to it, you can take the short hike over to the Reusch Crater and Ash Pit – a site that is rarely seen by most climbers. This is for the thrill seeker who wants a unique experience on Kilimanjaro.  The Northern Crater route is a 12-day trip.

Northern Crater 12 Day – 10 days on the mountain. Private.

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