KILIMANJARO CLIMBING ROUTES – OVERVIEW
The highest mountain in Africa and second highest in the world with a height of 5,895 meters is among the best climbing, hiking, and trekking destinations in the world. The lower reaches of the mountain which are characterized by forests and woodland are accommodating a place for a substantial number of flora and fauna. This area around the mountain has been declared a National Park, with an area of 756 square kilometers which attained the status in 1973 and named as Kilimanjaro National Park. There are Eight Kilimanjaro Routes to reach the top, all different than the other in some way or other.
Kilimanjaro is the highlight of many visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Hiking on Africa’s rooftop is the adventure of a lifetime and with a little planning and preparation. it is within reach of any trekking enthusiast. The most important thing about Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the level of time for altitude acclimatization, no matter how difficult the route may seem.
As you climb your way across to the top, you’ll come across five different climatic zones which are based on the varying altitudinal levels. These are cultivation, forest, Heather-Moorland, Alpine Desert, and Summit climatic zones. To climb to the top, you’ll have seven options at your disposal as there are seven distinct Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes. These are Machame Route, Marangu Route, Lemosho Route, Shira Route, Rongai Route, Umbwe Route, and Kilema Route.
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
KILIMANJARO ROUTES OVERVIEW
Physically the Marangu and Machame routes are rather different, the Machame Route takes more days than Marangu to summit, and the route is not only longer rather steeper and rugged in comparison to Marangu. Yet this is now one of the most popular routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro and is especially visited by those who love adventure in their hiking. 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.
Its name means “endless plains” in the local Maasai language. Serengeti may be the world’s best-known wildlife sanctuary, and it is one of the top destinations for Bujo tours as well.
The Serengeti National Park has probably been the subject of more books, television documentaries, pictures, photos and digital images on African wildlife animals, than any other African national park. Hosting the annual wildebeest migration across its grassy plains – arguably the world’s greatest wildlife animal’s spectacle. At the peak of migration in May and June, central Serengeti is filled with over one million wildebeest, plus thousands of Zebras and other plains animals.
Lions sun themselves on kopjes while cheetahs stalk through tall grass. Birdlife abounds, with white backed vultures soaring overhead, secretary birds standing by the road side and colorful Fischer’s lovebirds in the grasslands.
Perhaps uniquely among the East African parks, the Serengeti has no low season. I t is a “must see” and highly rewarding at any time of the year. This Park is without a doubt a defining image of East Africa and more specifically Tanzania. Let Bujo Tours advise you on the best parts of the park to focus on during your visit.
Marangu having lower scenic views on its way to the summit but is sought by a number of climbers for its hut facilities at every stop point to rest and for the overnight stay. 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. This route simply intersects the Shira Plateau from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. After joining with the Machame route, Lemosho passes through the same route- through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu etc, known as the southern circuit. Lemosho is considered to be one of the most beautiful routes to the summit for its low traffic, scenic views and the high summit success rate. The minimum duration recommended for this route is 6 but the 8 days hike is always an ideal decision to make the success rate high.
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. Although Lemosho and Shira start form the western side: Shira is the original route while Lemosho is the improved variation. And especially, people love to take this route to enjoy the real natural settings of the mountain. Initially, in the first two days of your climbing, you would have the less crowded paths but the moment the route would join with Lemosho or Machame the route would appear you to be more crowded.
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
Umbwe: is a short route on Kilimanjaro which can be covered up within 6 days but, the route is considered to be the most challenging and the difficult one for its steepness. If you have no previous experience of mountaineering, then it would be foolish to try it. The first two days would remain extremely steep, muddy and generally strenuous. 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.
Bujo Tours offers the opportunity to experience the most recent route on Kilimanjaro. On the incredible 11-day Northern Circuit route, you will not only experience the newest, but also the longest and most visually diverse route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Through the length of the ascent, you will go through the optimal altitude acclimation. As a result, the Northern Circuit Route has the best chance of reaching the summit than all routes. Along the way, you’ll be able to see spectacular scenery and comb through the pristine wilderness and desert. Take a look at our itinerary and read what awaits you on the unforgettable Kilimanjaro adventure