Thinking of Climbing Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world.
The best times for climbing Kilimanjaro are the driest months of the year, especially Jan, Feb and Aug, Sep. But any time between Jan—mid March and June—October offers reasonable chances of good.
Which Route Should I Use to Climb Kilimanjaro?
There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent). The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north. The illustrations below depict a three-dimensional view of Kilimanjaro's climbing routes and a close up of the approaches to the summit.
The Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route to Kilimanjaro’s summit and is known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. This is the only route on Kilimanjaro with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and comfortable beds at every camp.
The Rongai Route is the only trail to approach Kibo from the north, on the Kenyan side of the mountain. It is considered more scenic than the Marangu Route, easier than the Machame Route and has a high summit success rate.
The Machame route on Mount Kilimanjaro is slightly more challenging than the other routes. The Machame route is also referred to as the whiskey route as it is considered to be more difficult and more intoxicating than the Marangu (Coca-Cola) route.
The Lemosho Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. It starts through green rainforest before climbing to the rim of a volcano, from which you’ll glimpse the peak for the first time. Kilimanjaro park authorities have created more trails to African’s highest peak.