Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

Kilimanjaro climbing routes

There are seven established routes that lead to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. They are: Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Northern Circuit, Shira and Umbwe. There’s also a descent-only route called the Mweka route. Each of the seven Kilimanjaro routes has its own pros and cons, like cost, scenic variety and summit success rate. Each should therefore be thoroughly researched in order to make an informed and educated choice.


Which is the best Kilimanjaro route?

In our opinion, the best Kilimanjaro routes are the Lemosho, Machame and Northern Circuit routes. We like these routes because they’re beautiful and varied, and don’t require you to descend along the same path. They also enjoy high summit success rates, and of course we want our climbers to enjoy standing at the summit! If we had to choose just one Kilimanjaro route, it would be a toss up between the Lemosho route and the Northern Circuit, because they’re less crowded than the Machame.

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Choosing a Kilimanjaro route

Over the years, we’ve found that those engaged in their Kilimanjaro preparation want to know the following about the routes to help them make their choice:

The Information gives you a brief overview of the different Kilimanjaro routes and discusses the scenery, success rate and duration of each.




8 Days Northern Circuit Route

8 Days Northern Circuit Route

The Northern Circuit is the newest and longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It begins in the West

9 Days Lemosho Route Overnight Crater

9 Days Lemosho Route Overnight Crater

Crater Camp is a unique place. At 18,865 feet above sea level, it is the highest campsite on Mount Kilimanjaro.

7 Days Machame Route Climbing

7 Days Machame Route Climbing

Also known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is now the most popular ascent route