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Climb Kilimanjaro

The climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is generally trekked along any one of the five main routes, Machame route,  Marangu route,  Lemosho route,  Rongai route or the less used Umbwe route.
All of our treks and safaris in Tanzania are run with Zara, one of the top operators in the area for the last 28 years. This is our way of ensuring that not only do you have a safe and expertly run trek, but also that we guarantee to put something back into the local Tanzanian community through the many charity organisations that Zara run or support.

Here you can buy the complete Kilimanjaro guide and map

Climb Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Machame Route

MACHAME: ‘WHISKEY’ route. Second most popular route to Climb Kilimanjaro. Beautiful forest, very good for acclimatisation, scenic traverse to Barafu. 49km – 6 or 7 day trek

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Lemosho Route

Long access drive, remote, less frequented, beautiful forests, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. Excellent for acclimatisation and to climb Kilimanjaro, 56km  – 7 or 8 day trek

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Marangu Route

‘COCA COLA’ route. The easiest route to Climb Kilimanjaro. Very popular. Gentle gradients and long sections up to 4700m. Beautiful forests and moorlands, comfortable but basic huts. The 6 day variant provides good time for acclimatisation. 64km – 5 or 6 day trek

Umbwe

Umbwe Route

Shortest and steepest route for climb Kilimanjaro. Beautiful forest, spectacular ridge, good for acclimatisation, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. 37km – 6 day trek

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Rongai Route

Regarded as the second easiest route for Climb Kilimanjaro. Long access drive, remote, less frequented, some fine, wild, high-altitude mountain scenery, camping. Good for acclimatisation. 65km – 6 or 7 day trek

Climb Kilimanjaro

From our base hotel near Moshi we are able to organise daily departures for groups of any size.

All of our treks on Mount Kilimanjaro are run by Zara Tours – one of the longest standing and top operators in Northern Tanzania. Your safety and comfort on the trek is of paramount importance to both EWP and Zara, so every step is made to ensure that your experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one that will fulfil your dreams and be the creation of life-long memories.

Many travellers are attracted to the highest point in Africa, and one of the world’s ‘7 Summits’. The main Uhuru peak of Kilimanjaro reaches a height of 5963m and can be reached by any one of the 5 main routes that we offer on the mountain – Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Rongai and Umbwe, each have their own personalities and styles and will appeal to different people and groups. If you are not sure which route to take to climb Kilimanjaro you can find some advice on each route page or over here on our Which Route to Choose post.

Most fit individuals with some mountain walking experience can make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. You do not need to be super fit – just take it slowly (pole-pole the guide will say) and be determined. ZARA is one of the top Kilimanjaro operators with an excellent reputation and a very high success rate. But success depends mainly on you – it is up to you to make some important choices; in particular which route you ascend and for how many days. If you have little previous mountain walking and camping experience and are not sure of your fitness then go for the Marangu Route (entirely hut based) and make sure you have at least one acclimatisation day at Horombo Hut or that you have acclimatised on Mt Meru or Mt Kenya or elsewhere previously. Please read the route descriptions carefully and if necessary discuss your choice with us.

REMEMBER – All of our treks can be combined with any or all of the following trips – Mt Meru trek, Safari, Zanzibar or other destinations in East Africa. Click on your Route Option for further information.

Route Descriptions to Climb Kilimanjaro in 2016

MARANGU: ‘COCA COLA’ route. Easiest and very popular to climb Kilimanjaro. Gentle gradients and long sections up to 4700m. Beautiful forests and moorlands, comfortable but basic huts. The 6 day variant provides good time for acclimatisation. 64km – 5 or 6 day trek

MACHAME: ‘WHISKEY’ route. Second most popular route to climb Kilimanjaro. Beautiful forest, very good for acclimatisation, scenic traverse to Barafu. 49km – 6 or 7 day trek

RONGAI: Regarded as the second easiest route to climb Kilimanjaro. Long access drive, remote, less frequented, some fine, wild, high-altitude mountain scenery, camping. Good for acclimatisation. 65km – 6 or 7 day trek

LEMOSHO: Long access drive, remote, less frequented, beautiful forests, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. Excellent opportunities to acclimatise for your Kilimanjaro climb 56km  – 7 or 8 day trek

UMBWE: Shortest and steepest route to Climb Kilimanjaro, tough. Beautiful forest, spectacular ridge, good for acclimatisation, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. 37km – 6 day trek

Climb Kilimanjaro Route Map

Climb Kilimanjaro

Here you can buy the complete Kilimanjaro guide and map