about kilimanjaro

Mountain Kilimanjaro  is the highest mountain in Africa  with its summit of 5,895 metres  (19,341 ft) above sea level.The mountain is part of Kilimanjaro national park and is a major climbing destination. Because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields, the mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano composed of three volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest, Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,893 ft) and Shira the lowest at 4,005 metres (13,140 ft). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct  while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again.Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim. 

 

MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO CLIMBING ROUTES

 

MARANGU ROUTE

 

The Marangu Route is the easiest ascent of Kilimanjaro, although any ascent can be challenging. Climbs can be done over 6 days.The Marangu route actually has the lowest summit success rate out of any route,This a favourite of local tour operators as it’s the shortest route and requires no camping gear to be carried. For this reason it is often the cheapest option. Because of its short profile.Drive to Marangu Gate. Walk through the rain forest also it includes Rest day at Horombo Hut and day walk to Mawenzi Hut.

 

MACHAME ROUTE

 

The route is typically done on a six or seven day hike probably the most scenic and most beautiful climbing route.The accommodation is camping and mostly good for adventurers.The  route starts from Machame Gate and travels upwards through the rainforest where there is dense vegetation, a muddy trail, and short sections of steep climbs. The first campsite, Machame Camp, is right after the dense tree cover in an area with lower but still thick bushlands.

 

LEMOSHO ROUTE

 

This is the Longest  access drive, remote, less frequented, beautiful forests, scenic traverse to Barafu camping. Excellent for accomodation.It  approaches from the Western side of the mountain and is less frequented than other popular Kilimanjaro routes. It is effectively a variant of the Machame route with only the first 2 days of the trek differing. The accomodation of Lemosho route is great, with repeated climb high sleep low opportunities throughout leading to high success rates.It takes nearly seven days to eight days

 

RONGAI ROUTE

 

This  route includes Mawenzi Hut variation which is perfect for accomodation. or Simba camp  The trip takes about 5-days to 6 six  total trip.The less frequented Rongai route approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the north and runs along the drier north-eastern side. It is easiest camping route and passes through true wilderness. The descent follows the Marangu route

 

UMBWE ROUTE

 

This route is based in the south and invloves  6-days  tour and is said to be the most  difficult  route  offered on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The first two days are  steep, muddy and  it is suitable for fit climbers. A day for accomodation is rarely offered on the standard programme, but can be added whereby giving the climber an extra day. The descent  is just like the Mweka Route.