A Trip of a Lifetime
Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, and a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. The climbers, who reach Uhuru Peak, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the rim of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates and some fantastic memories!
The ascent of the slopes of Kilimanjaro is a tour of five climate zones ranging from tropical rain forest to the arctic zone. Depending on the route you chose, stunning views of Moshi and the Kenyan Plains can be seen along the way.
Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes
Selecting which route to climb is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when planning your trip.
There are a seven established climb routes on Kilimanjaro. They are the Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Northern Circuit Route.
While each route has its own character, some more difficult, some more lengthy, all routes offer stunning views and there is no single best climb route.
Deciding which route is best for you depends on your personal circumstances including personal preferences, time and money available, level of fitness and experience and time of the year.
Although we can accommodate custom routes, we focus on the Rongai, Machame, Lemosho and Marangu routes.
Setting you up for success
The more time you spend hiking and acclimatizing on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the greater your chances to reach the top.
Therefore our private routes include a minimum of six days of hiking, on group climbs a minimum of seven.
Group or Private Climb? What is the difference?
Group climbs have set departure dates and are a bit cheaper than private climbs as you’ll walk with and share the camp with others in your group. Our group climbs are limited to a maximum of 12 climbers to ensure the best chance of a successful summit. Any of our add-on options such as safari or day trips are available. Please inform us at the time of booking.
Private climbs are more expensive because they are your own personalized itinerary. You choose your dates, route, duration and any of our aforementioned add-on options. Private climbs are perfect for your group of friends and offer the highest chance of summit success.
Our Routes and Itineraries
The Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and exits via Marangu on the southern side of Kilimanjaro.
It is the route less traveled and remains more quiet than other routes.
Because of its northern approach it sees less rain than the southern routes.
The Machame Route begins at Machame Gate at the southern border of the mountain and exits at Mweka Gate, located east of the starting point.
It is a popular route and can get busy during high season.
Because it climbs high and sleeps low it is great for acclimatization.
The Lemosho Route begins in the west at Londorossi Gate. It circles around Kilimanjaro and joins the Machame Route on the third day.
It is one of the newer routes and features the longest itinerary, which is perfect for acclimatization.
Slowly becoming more popular.
The Marangu Route begins and exits at Marangu Gate, on the south-east side of Kilimanjaro.
It is the only route which ascents and descents via the same trail. It is also the only route offering dormitory style sleeping huts.
Busy and fast paced route.
Not much time for acclimatization.
Our Kilimanjaro Resources
From the bucket list, to stepping out of the comfort zone to find oneself, there are many different reasons why people decide to climb Kilimanjaro.
Whichever your motive, climbing Kilimanjaro is a unique, demanding and rewarding experience.
However, preparing for Kilimanjaro can be a bit overwhelming to say the least.
The Local Moshi team is your personal resource and available to answer any questions you may have. Starting with your planning process until the conclusion of your journey. We are here for you.