Few things in the world are iconic and the name is just enough for them to describe and Kilimanjaro is one of them.
Touching the clouds of African Sky, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one breathtaking peak of the world.
Listed as the highest freestanding mountain of the world the mountain acquires 5,895m height.
There are almost 30,000 or more climbers attempt climbing Kilimanjaro out of which around 60% make it to the top.
The specialty of Mt. Kilimanjaro is the non-technical hike. The mountain is accessible easily and it allows all types of climbers to conquer their dream of summiting a mountain with stunning height.
Mostly compared with Everest, it is called as everyman’s Everest as trekkers don’t need any special skills to attempt climbing the mountain.
This sacred mountain rises dramatically from the plains of Tanzania and the highest point of Africa. Titled as the roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro offers a beauty that is beyond imagination.
This majestic mountain is a mystery to the nature expert. The reason is, the mountain’s peak is completely snow-filled and it resides close to the equator.
So it is difficult to have ice and glaciers on the top, however, the extreme height makes it possible.
The mountain offers 7 official routes to climb to its peak Uhuru.
Marangu Route- the oldest and the most established route of Kilimanjaro is the Marangu route. The route is more preferred by the new climbers. Providing 5 days of trekking itinerary the route is known as for low success rate of 50%.
Machame Route- another old route of Kilimanjaro that welcomes 50% of the total trekkers who come to climb Kilimanjaro. The route is more popular as it offers a great acclimatizing opportunity with an 85% success rate.
Umbwe Route- If you are someone who has decent physical strength and looking for the less crowded route you should try Umbwe for reaching Uhuru.
Rongai Route- the only route of Kilimanjaro that starts from the Northern side of the mountain. The route offers 5 to 7 days of climbing itinerary and can be taken as an alternative to Marangu.
Shira Route- It is one of the two longer routes of Kilimanjaro that starts at the western side of the mountain. It offers 7 to 8 days climbing itinerary and preferred by those who are looking for a less crowded and challenging journey.
Lemosho Route- Known as the Whisky Route, Lemosho is the second most popular route of Kilimanjaro. Lemosho is the most scenic route of the mountain traverse through breathtaking views with a high success rate of 90%.
Northern Circuit Rate- the longest route of Kilimanjaro that takes 9 to 10 days to reach the top of Kilimanjaro with a 95% success rate. The route offers a great acclimatizing opportunity however, less preferred due to the longest itineraries.
Mweka route is another route of the mountain which is usually used as a descending route. Most of the routes offer to descend via the Mweka route.
Not only the vibrant routes but also the mountain offers 5 different climatic zones. Due to its large size the mountain traverse through 5 different climatic zones which are iconic in it.
You will start your journey from the cultivation zone of the foothill. You will spot mostly villages and cultivating lands of Chhaga tribe.
Then your journey will continue through the lush rain-forest zone of Kilimanjaro. It is known as the 2nd zone of the mountain.
The third zone of the mountain continues through Heath-Moorland to the desert land of the 4th zone. 5th zone starts at an elevation of 6,000ft and continues up to 9,000ft.
The volcanic peak is a dream of many climbers worldwide. If you are one of them then just connect to Great Migration Safaris for a hassle-free and successful climbing experience.
The Machame Route is known as the “Whiskey Route”, is the second most popular route on the mountain.The Machame route is considered as a tough trail though its suit those who are more adventurous, the minimum days recommended is 6 days but extending to 7 days with acclimatization day which makes more sense with ability to reach the summit.Read More
One of the oldest, well established route which is also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, the Marangu route is a classic trek as it is considered to be the easiest trail on the mountain. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations from Mandara – Kibo.The minimum days needed for this route is five although the probability of successfully reaching to the top is quite low so we can recommend to add an extra day for acclimatization.Read More
The Umbwe Route is less crowded route on the mountain, it is also the most difficult route on the mountain. This route should only be attempted by those who are very strong and are confident in their ability to acclimatize.Read More
This route starts from the Northern side of the mountain, along Tanzania and Kenya border, it offers great opportunities of seeing wildlife compare to other routes. There’s several variations of this route beginning with minimum 5 days to 7 days including of acclimatization day. It is an alternative route to Marangu route for those who are looking for least crowded trail.Read More
The Shira Route it runs parallel to the Lemosho trail at the beginning but starts much higher up. The Shira Route meets up with the Machame Route at Shira 2 Camp. It is also known as the original Londorositrail where registration is done at Londorosigate followed by driving to an elevation of 3720m from here you will now start your trekking.Read More
Lemosho route recognized as one of the Londorosi route crosses over the collapsed volcanic crater known as Shira Plateau. A minimum of 7 days to attempt this route however we recommend 8 days in order to have extra day for acclimatization and summit success. The trailconnect to Machame route at Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.Read More
Is the new route which starts from Londorosi gate, it’s among of the best trailthat allows client time for acclimatization due to number of days spend on trek.With a high success rate, incredible varied scenery and a very low number of visitors, the Northern Circuit route is certainly one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro.Read More
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