We offer several Kilimanjaro Hiking Tours and one of our Overland Camping Tours travels via the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania offering excellent views of Africa's highest mountain. The Kilimanjaro Hiking Tours are about a week long and range in levels of difficulty and distance. More about the Hiking Tours up Kilimanjaro:
The most popular route up Kilimanjaro, the Marangu Route is the easiest and shortest route to the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain. This popular hiking trail is called the "Coca Cola" or "tourist" route. The Marangu route is the only Kilimanjaro trail that offers the luxury of sleeping huts at all of the overnight camp stops en route. The Marangu route takes 5 days, or it can be done over a more leisurely 6 days for those who prefer to spend more time acclimatizing.
The Machame trail is the most scenic route up Kilimanjaro and the second most popular, after the Marangu Route. The Machame Route is the steepest route up the towering Kilimanjaro and is generally tackled by fit climbers with some hiking experience. The Machame Route up Kilimanjaro is also known as the “Whiskey” route and takes 6 days. Accommodation is in tents and meals are served in the tents or on picnic blankets if the weather permits.
This is one of the easiest and least travelled hiking routes up the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the relative ease of the Rongai Route your chances of summiting are very high. The Rongai Route begins just south of the Kenyan Border, starting on the North side of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Umbwe Route is one of the shortest, but also one of the most challenging routes up Kilimanjaro. The Umbwe hiking route is one of the least used routes up Kilimanjaro, due to its level of difficulty and therefore avoids much of the crowding experienced at some of the campsites in season. Even though it is shorter than the other hikes up Kilimanjaro the Umbwe Route still leaves enough time for proper acclimatization. This hiking trail is considered one of the most scenic routes up Kilimanjaro.
The Shira Route is a short, challenging and uncrowded route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro’s Shira Route generally appeals to climbers with previous hiking experience and the trail is fairly quiet due its level of difficulty. The long 4X4 ride to the trailhead provides beautiful views of the Great Rift Valley and Tanzania's second highest summit, Mt. Meru, and wildlife can sometimes be spotted en route.
One of the most scenic routes up Kilimanjaro, the Lemosho Route, is also the longest major route climbing Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho Route is one of the less crowded Kilimanjaro trails and on the first day of the hike climbers get to see plenty of game. The Lemosho hiking route takes 8 days and costs more than the other routes, because it is longer and the trailhead is more remote. One of the benefits of choosing the longer Lemosho Route up Kilimanjaro is that you get to acclimatize better increasing your chances of reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro.
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