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  Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing.

Mt Kilimanjaro: 005.00 degrees south, 036 degrees east, 5895m a.m.s.l. Crowned by an eternal snowcap, Mt. Kilimanjaro is situated inside the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania; it is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth.
Route travel times range from five to nine days to summit and return to the base of the mountain. Huts with cooking facilities, bathrooms, and electricity are available on the Marangu route, and camps with fewer facilities are available on many other routes. All huts and many camps have rangers stationed at them with rescue facilities (modified wheelbarrows to transport trekkers stricken with altitude sickness to lower altitudes).
   
Climbing Routes

 1. Machame

Highly recommended for scenic value
Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities
Challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones
Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting
Very popular trail
Fully catered camping only

The Machame route is probably the most popular route these days and is also called "the whiskey route". This route is steeper than the Marangu and Rongai routes and physically more demanding and for that reason better suited for the more determined and fitter climbers (view a map of Machame).

2. Marangu

Nicknamed the "Coca-Cola" route due to the older days when Coke used to be bought along the way in tea huts
Often selected by unprepared, inexperienced climbers because of its reputation for being the "easiest" route, attributing to the lower success rate
The shortest and cheapest route, but less time to acclimatize, therefore lower success rate
Dormitory style accommodation in huts
Less scenic due to ascent and descent on same route

3. Shira / Lemosho

High success rate. Good for acclimatization
Remote and spectacular, dramatic gorges and views of west Kilimanjaro
Converges with Machame on day 4 at Baranco
Shira offers higher start point compared to Lemosho and poorer acclimatisation
Fully catered camping only

The Lemosho route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. Rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira 2 Camp, in a pleasant hike. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. There are several options to complete the trek over [1](7, 8, or 9 days) based on your experience.

4. Rongai

Only northern approach to Kilimanjaro
Least scenic route
Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb
Very tough final summit night from the north
Less acclimatisation opportunities
Less scenic and flat

Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. Rongai is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. There a different options to complete the climb in 5, 6, or 7 days. [2] (Route Options)

4. Umbwe

Steep, short route with lower success rate
Poor acclimatization because of rapid ascent
Very remote and quiet
Fully catered camping only

Of all the routes, Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain. The Rongai is the easiest camping route and the Marangu is also easy, but accommodation is in huts. As a result, this route tends to be very busy and ascent and descent routes are the same. Although the Rongai route is a flatter walk, it offers less opportunities for acclimatisation. The Machame and Lemosho routes both allow better opportunities to "walk high and sleep low", which is critical to avoiding altitude sickness.

SAMPLE ITINERARIES
7 Days Marangu Route
7 Days Umbwe Route
Climb Machame Route 8 Days



 

 

MOUNTAIN  CLIMBING KILIMANJARO
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