22 Feb

Kilimanjaro Routes: Isolate the Best One for Your Summit Success

By Jerry Tanzania Tours

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking depends on which Best Kilimanjaro routes you choose and how many days you take to travel.

The different route gives you different days of travel and different level of altitudes to be experienced. Main Kilimanjaro Route to be considered is the route that gives you more time on the mountain and lesser time on elevation.

However, every route has its own way of uniqueness and offers beautiful sceneries on the trail and mind-blowing landscapes. Some routes also give a chance to witness wildlife.

Here are Few Best Kilimanjaro route options which we have researched and curated for you;

Lemosho Route:

Lemosho Route Trekking

Lemosho route is one of the most preferred Kilimanjaro Routes compared to other routes and it starts through a lush forest and continues towards Shira plateau. Most of the tour operators recommend a minimum of 7 days’ attempt to this route but 8 or 9 days attempt would be preferred for higher acclimatization and a successful summit, making it the best Kilimanjaro route for trekking.

Uniqueness

  • The lesser crowd as it is one of the newer routes.
  • Panoramic Mountain View.
  • Majestic rainforest.
  • Most unique wildlife.
  • Longer itinerary for better acclimatization.

Summit success rate

If you go for 7 days your success rate would decrease by 20% that is, the 9 days trek would give you a 90% success rate but 7 days trek would you only 70% success rate, and in between the 8 days trek will give you 80% success rate.

Be wise to choose the longer days and enjoy the successful summit.

Advantages:

  • More time for acclimatization as it is a longer route.
  • Proper acclimatization leads to a successful summit.
  • Lesser crowd
  • Unspoiled new roads

Disadvantages:

  • The high price due to the longer itinerary.
  • If you are not prepared, you might suffer altitude sickness.

Machame Route

The Machame route is also called a Whiskey route, and one of the difficult routes to Kilimanjaro. Machame route is the most scenic route to Kilimanjaro hence it has become the most popular route for climbing Kilimanjaro. It takes almost 6-7 days to reach the summit.

Uniqueness

  • The most scenic route of Kilimanjaro.
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Amazing wildlife.

Summit Success Rate:

The Kilimanjaro Machame Route has a success rate of 60% to the summit, as it is a difficult route, and climbers come without any preparation.

Advantages:

  • Limited budget – The prices are dropped and less.
  • Most scenic panorama view of the Mountain and ice fields.

Disadvantages:

  • It is more crowded.
  • Trek terrains in a row.

Marangu Route

Marangu Route Trekking

The Marangu Route is referred to as the coca-cola route. This is the only route that uses the same path to and fro. Marangu route is the most crowded route to Kilimanjaro. The route is a comfortable walking path and an easy route to climb.

However, if you are doing it on 6 days with acclimatization, you will be able to successfully summit Mount Kilimanjaro.

Uniqueness

  • Stay in a hut accommodation.
  • The beauty of nature.

Summit Success Rate:

The Marangu route success rate depends according to the days taken to climb. If you are attempting a 5 days climb, the success rate would be 60-70% but if you are attempting 6 days or more with additional acclimatization, then the success rate would go up to 80-90%.

Advantages:

  • Low cost and within budget.
  • Hut accommodation, hence camp types of equipment are not required.

Disadvantages:

  • Lowest success rate
  • Too crowded
  • Camping is not allowed.

Rongai Route:

Rongai Route

The Rongai Route is the only route that climbs from the north, the climb is from the south-east and you can see both sides of the mountain. The extra cost makes this route a bit more expensive. The Rongai Route has easy climb profile as Marangu route and it rises steadily, there aren’t any steeps involved and also no ups and downs.

Uniqueness:

  • The only route from the north.
  • Drier route.

Summit Success Rate:

With a good operator, you have an 80% chance to make it to the crater rim and 70% to make it to the Uhuru peak.

Advantages:

  • It is a lot drier than the other side.
  • It is the easiest route.
  • It is the quietest route.
  • Good weather.

Disadvantages:

  • Higher Price due to additional travel.
  • Considerably less scenic.

Umbwe Route:

Umbwe Route

The Umbwe Route is a direct route, very steep, very tough route compared to other routes. The Umbwe route meets Machame route near the Barranco Camp on the trails of the next day and this shows how steep the Umbwe route is. This route is preferred by most experienced climbers and not for the fresh climbers. This is the route that is not used much.

Uniqueness:

  • Most challenging route
  • Joins Machame climbers at Barranco camp.

Summit success Rate:

The Umbwe route has a lesser summit success rate, as it doesn’t give much time for acclimatization and you may not be able to adjust to the altitude.

Advantages:

  • More privacy
  • Unspoiled wilderness.

Disadvantages:

  • The very low success rate.
  • Very steep and tough route.

Incredible Mount Kilimanjaro serves the best at its climbers. The reason behind the apparition is its eternal glory, challenging trails, and staggering wilderness. As this majestic mountain flourished its name as ‘Everyone’s Everest’, thus as per your concern and comfort, you can select the route. As Africa’s one of the finest travel organizers, we commit to serve the best at our clients. For More Information about Jerry Tanzania Tours Visit @ https://jerrytanzaniatours.com/

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    Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

    February 23, 2020 at 3:07 pm

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