Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes: Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain awaits the brave and adventurous. The area around the mountain has been declared a National park, with an area of 756 square kilometers. The Kilimanjaro National Park attained its status in 1973 to preserve Mount Kilimanjaro outstanding scenic features and its flora and fauna. At an altitude of 5,895 meters above sea level, besides being the highest Mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is also the highest free-standing Mountain in the world with one of the largest volcanoes ever to burst through the earth’s crust.
The Park’s headquarters at Marangu on the forest edge is accessible by a tarmac road, 48 kilometers from Moshi town and about 90 kilometers from the Kilimanjaro International Airport. There are hotels and lodges near the park and in Moshi town
It is indeed a fascinating Mountain and climbing it will take you through 5 different climatic changes as you push for Africa’s highest point named Uhuru Peak, “Peak of Freedom”. It is a unique mountain with temperatures that range from +20 degree Celsius in the cultivated zone to -10 degrees Celsius and even more in the arctic zone.
Kilimanjaro is the highlight of many visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Hiking on Africa’s roof top is the adventure of a lifetime any enthusiast can be able to scale the snow peak. The most important thing about climbing Kilimanjaro is the level of time for altitude acclimatization, no matter how difficult the route may seem.
Physically the Marangu and Machame routes are rather different, the main force of kibo’s volcanic activity occurred out towards the west (the Machame side) and so Machame is steeper (especially in the first day and a half) and more rugged than Marangu. Machame is the most scenic route on the mountain. The traditional Machame route via barafu circumnavigates Kibo’s southern face offering gorgeous views of the mountain and surroundings.
Marangu offer relatively low scenic variation and it is largely up and back on the same trail. It is the only non-camping route, with sleeping huts at each overnight stop. As always with mountains, every route has its advantages and drawbacks.
Lemosho is one of four routes which approach form the west side of the mountain. These routes converge at a junction on the Shira Plateau and continue on the summit. The Shira six nights trek approaches the junction across the remote Shira Plateau, providing almost three full days of remote walking, away from the traffic of Machame route.
The Shira route approaches Kilimanjaro summit from the west and crosses the caldera of Shira Volcano before heading beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The route is seldom used by other trekkers and so your initial two days on the mountain are less crowded than on most other routes. The remainder of the route joins in with the routes from Lemosho and Machame. Your starting altitude is higher than your end point altitude.
There is only one route over on the northern side of the mountain, Rongai which is usually a five night climb. The lesser know track may not be quite spectacular as the western routes, but it does usually have far lower traffic than the other five night routes on the mountain. Rongai is the best route for people who are looking for a decent quality experience and are perhaps not absolutely confident about you fitness
The Umbwe route, which is based in the south, is a classic 6 day tour and is by far the most difficult one offered on Kilimanjaro. The first two days are extremely steep, muddy and generally strenuous making it only suitable for well-trained mountaineers. An acclimatization day is rarely offered on the standard programmed, but can be added whereby giving the climber an extra day in the Karanga Valley. The descent trail is the same as the Mweka Route
It is a new route, introduced for Kilimanjaro bike trek cycling. But before going to Kilema route you must go to Marangu route for registrations.