Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro

The Roof Of Africa – 5,895 Meters

Kilimanjaro Climbs Summed Up

  • Duration: 5-8 Days
  • Price: From $2,000
  • Season: Anytime
  • Difficulty: Medium

We offer private and group expeditions. For solo travelers and those traveling in 2s, it’s cheaper to join one of our scheduled group climbs. If you are looking to climb with like-minded travelers from all over the world and also want to spend less, this is the best choice for you. Our open group expeditions depart every few days, so you can always find the dates that will fit your holiday schedule. Most climbers on our expeditions are from the US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Brazil, Netherlands, Russia, and Ukraine

As you summit Africa’s highest peak, you get a chance to make new friends and see the world through their eyes. Private expeditions will be ideal for those who want to explore the wild with friends, family, or colleagues. For parties of 4 or more, it will be an even more cost-effective solution than open group climbs. We can schedule your private tour for any date and through any route of your preference. Contact our team to organize your private climb today!

Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho route

Lemosho Route

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities, and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you’ll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That’s where you’ll embark on your adventure through all climate zones – from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven, and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize the acclimatization transition – the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

climbing Kilimanjaro Machame route

Machame Route

The second most popular option among climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes, and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from your hotel in Moshi. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones, and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day, Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

climbing Kilimanjaro Marangu route

Marangu Route

Marangu or the “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route starts southeast of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base in Moshi. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones – from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded from July-September and December – March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro does come with its challenges.

In general, it’s best to be in good physical shape and be able to walk at least ten kilometers at a time (approximately 6 miles) over rough terrain. Cardio exercises shouldn’t be an insurmountable challenge if you want to climb Kilimanjaro. Learn more HERE.

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