Mount Kilimanjaro Routes

There is a huge availability of routes to reach the Mount Kilimanjaro. Both Uhuru and Kibo Peak are the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Mount Kilimanjaro routes include Marangu, Shira, Umbwe, Lemosho, Rongai, and Machame. As one of the most popular mountains around the world, Mount Kilimanjaro welcomes around 50,000 trekkers every year.

Mount Kilimanjaro Routes 


Both the Umbwe and Machame route start from the southwest region from the mountain. After that, you can use the Southern Circuit through Barafu and Stella Point to arrive Uhuru Peak. The Shira and Lemosho routes utilize the Southern Circuit to reach the summit and the Mweka route to depart – both routes start from the far west side off the mountain.

The Marangu Route begins from the southeast and leads Uhuru Peak through Gilman’s Point. It’s only route with hut accommodation facility for the entire climbing adventures and uses the same trail for arrival and departure purposes.

The Rongai Route starts from the northeast and passes through the saddle present in between the Kibo and Mawenzi Peak to reach the summit through Gilman’s Point. The Rongai route starts through the Marangu route.

The current and longest route to access Mount Kilimanjaro is the Northern Circuit that utilizes the same starting point like the Lemosho that bends towards north before the Lava Tower that surrounds the north of the mountain and reach the Uhuru Peak through Gilman’s Point.

The Western Breach is the much difficult trail which was closed due to the unfortunate rock fall in 2006. The route has opened again and is used seldom for its poor acclimatization. It’s steep and remains unsafe for inexperienced trekkers.

Usually, trekkers those who choose the Western Breach access from the Umbwe Route up to the Lava Tower before taking a steep past Arrow’s Glacier and up the Western Breach to arrive the Crater Camp as well as the Uhuru Peak. Your departure can be through Mweka Route.

The first and foremost route is through the southern slopes of Kibo that takes up to Stella Point. After going west across the crater rim, you will reach the Uhuru Peak. It is chosen by trekkers going for Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe, and Machame routes.

The second route starts from the eastern region of Kibo that leads along the Gilman’s Point and head to west around the crater rim to reach the Uhuru Peak. The trekkers going along Rongai, Northern Circuit and Marangu use this route to arrive the summit.

Thirdly, trekkers choosing the more challenging adventure should reach the Summit along the Western Breach.

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Mount Kilimanjaro routes Summary

Route Description Days Length
Northern Circuit
Newest route on Kilimanjaro. Very low traffic due to very long time on the mountain, traverses nearly the entire mountain including the north side. Long route with great views. 9 90 kilometres (56 mi)
Lemosho Long access drive, remote, less frequented, beautiful forests, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. Excellent for acclimatization. 8 (-1) 56 kilometres (35 mi)
Machame Second most popular route. Beautiful forest, very good for acclimatization, scenic traverse to Barafu. 7 (-1) 49 kilometres (30 mi)
Marangu Very popular(crowded). Gentle gradients and long sections up to 4700m (2.9 mi). Beautiful forests and moorlands, comfortable but basic huts. The 6 day variant provides good time for acclimatization. 6 (-1) 64 kilometres (40 mi)
Rongai Long access drive, remote, less frequented, some fine, wild, least scenic, camping. Good for acclimatization. 5-6 65 kilometres (40 mi)
Umbwe Shortest and steepest route, very physically taxing and requires serious endurance. Beautiful forest, spectacular ridge, bad for acclimatization, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping.Dangerous route. 6 (-1) 37 kilometres (23 mi)

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