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Kilimanjaro Trekking (2)

7 daysShira Route 7 daysLemosho Route 6 daysMachame Route 5 daysMarangu Route

rongai Route 6 or 7 days Trekking

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Number of days needed: 7 or 8 (recommended)
Total walking distance: 56km


Starting elevation: 2250m (Londorossi Gate)
Price: $$$

Shira Route Itinerary

Rongai Route – The Only Northern Starting Point on Mount Kilimanjaro, The Rongai Route is flatter than the other Kilimanjaro routes but because of its profile it does not offer trekkers good options to climb high and sleep low.  Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by Marangu trekkers which passes Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. Due to its remote setting the Rongai Route receives the least traffic of all the routes on Kilimanjaro.  It can be hiked on a six, seven or even eight day route. The seven or eight day Rongai Routes are highly recommended as trekkers have extra days to acclimatise.

 

7 Days: Rongai Route or 6 days option 


 

Lemosho Route 7 or 8 days

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Number of days needed: 7 or 8 (recommended)
Total walking distance: 56km


Starting elevation: 2250m (Londorossi Gate)
Price: $$$

The Lemosho route is one of the longer hikes and has a higher success rate. Usually done in 7 to 8 days, this route takes a western approach. Due to the remote start and the longer climb time, this route does tend to be a bit more expensive than the others. Because it is a bite more remote with a long drive out to the trailhead, it is less crowded than the other routes. The environment around the trailhead is also quite unique. Because of its placement inside the forest, most of the houses you pass are made of wood and is quite something to see after being in Moshi or Arusha. Lemosho is also considered one of the more scenic routes with exposure to different landscapes including forest, rainforest and the rocky Shira plateau. After crossing the plateau, the route does link up with the Machame route (at the Lava Tower or at Barranco) where things can start to get a bit more crowded. Descent from the mountain is done via Mweka route. There are a few different variations to this route with different acclimatization days available. See the bold OPTIONS in the 8 day itinerary below.

Lemosho 7 days or 8 days itinerary


 

 

Machame route 6 or 7 days

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Number of days needed: 7 or 8 (recommended)
Total walking distance: 56km


Starting elevation: 2250m (Londorossi Gate)
Price: $$$

Machame, alongside Marangu route, is one of the most popular routes on the mountain. This route takes a south-southwest approach up the mountain and has a very high success rate due to the path the route takes. On the path you climb high and sleep low, assisting with acclimatization. It is also considered the most scenic route, offering spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. Interesting points on this climb are the Barranco wall and Lava tower. Ascent is done on the Machame route but climbers descend down Mweka. This makes it less crowded and allows for climbers to see more of the mountain. The path is a bit steeper on this route and the days are longer as climbers take the “polepole” slow pace up the mountain to each camp. This route can be done in as little as 6 days but 7 days is recommended.

7 Day: Machame Route


 

 

Marangu route 5 or 6 days

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Number of days needed: 5 or 6 (recommended)
Total walking distance: 56km


Starting elevation: 2250m (Londorossi Gate)
Price: $$$

The Marangu Route is the most established route on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Taking a southeast approach up the mountain, this route is one of the more popular routes. This is partially due to the short amount of days needed to climb, the shortest of all the routes, which is considered more budget friendly. Though the climb can be done in as short as 5 days, we do recommend 6 days to increase your chances of success in summiting. Accommodation on this route is also different than all other routes. Climbers stay in dormitory style mountain huts equipped with bunk beds, mattresses and pillows. This makes it an especially popular choice during the rainy season. Climbers take the same route back down the mountain and during high season this can make the route a bit crowded. The route below shows the 5 day itinerary. The extra day that can be added to make the climb 6 days is shown as the bold OPTION.

Marangu 6 Days or 5 days


 

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