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What’s your way to climb Kilimanjaro?

So… your next challenge has been chosen, and you’re ready for it: time to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro! It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and every detail is important for a successful adventure.

As first, the route you’re going to take. Kilimanjaro is wide; you can start climbing from different sides, planning more or less days to reach the summit, adapting the trekking to your real level of training.

It’s all about combining properly all these factors. The advice of an expert is important indeed. In the meantime, you can get a general idea reading our suggestions in this article.

Machame Route

The most popular way to Uhuru Peak. You can find a bit of everything along the way – it’s scenic and various, not the easiest but anyways good for acclimatization. You will need to do camping, as there is not accommodation in huts along this way. Ascent and descent are different, it means great vistas of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame visits stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower.
7 days advised

Marangu Route

The easiest and the cheapest, as well as the most suitable for regular tourists. Because the ascent is gradual, it is told to be feasible also for not trained people. There are comfortable sleeping huts along the way, so it’s not required to do camping. Scenically it is not the best route compared to all the others: it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety; aside ascent and descent follow the same way. However, Marangu has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek.
6 days advised

Rongai Route

This is another easy way to get to the summit, but more quiet and less crowded than Marangu. It starts from the very Northern side of Kilimanjaro, nearby the border with Kenya. It is probably the only route where seeing wildlife in the first days is possible. Scenically it is beautiful because it travels through an unspoiled rainforest and remote wilderness area; but anyways not such various as as Machame, Lemosho and Shira.
7 days advised

Lemosho Route

The best of the best, if you are an experienced climber! This is the longest and most various route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, not easy but recommended for well trained and experienced climbers. It is also the most expensive, but for real passionates of trekking and climbing it is really worthing the price. Besides it’s very good for acclimatization, so the success rate is high despite the difficulty. At one point it combines with Machame Route, crossing the Shira Plateau and other spectacular viewpoints.
8 days advised

Shira Route

This route is more extreme and challenging about acclimatization. In fact the first part across the rainforest is done by car, and the trekking starts at a higher altitude. It’s less beaten until it combines with Machame route, it’s as well scenic and crosses amazing viewpoints. It’s one of the most expensive routes as well, although the success rate is lower. It’s not enough to be expert and well trained when you choose this way; this is for very motivated climbers, who are really looking for challenge and who are ready to a possible fail as well.
7 days advised

Umbwe Route

The most difficult way to get to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It’s steep and doesn’t offer much space for acclimatization, and because of this reason the success rate is quite low. This is the choice for extreme and very well trained climbers, whose goal is mainly the challenge. This is the reason why this is also the less used track of Kilimanjaro.
7 days advised

And now… are you ready to leave to a great adventure that you’ll never forget? Ask our experts, sending an email to info@savannahtz.com. We’ll be happy to assist you the best way possible!