There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro up to Summit the Uhuru Peak (5895m)
After deciding to climb Kilimanjaro, you’ll need to choose your route.
Selecting a Kilimanjaro Best Route is a tough choice for most.
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Suppose you want the highest chance of summiting the best route to climb Kilimanjaro: Northern circuit route, Lemosho route, and Machame route over 7 or 9 days. In that case, excellent acclimatization and a more uncomplicated summit night make these winners by a long way. And as reaching the top is the most important thing for most of our climbers, we make this our overall winners as the best route to climb Kilimanjaro.
The Lemosho route approaching from the West wins hands down for the best views with spectacular vistas in all directions.
If keeping away from the crowds is your top priority, the Rongai route has to be your choice as the best route for your Kilimanjaro climb. But be warned the success rate is lower.
If you are looking for an adventure and a unique wilderness experience, the crater camp option is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro for you- less than 1 % of climbers get to do this, and all our climbers who do it rave about it.
Our summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each route is below.
When you are planning your Kilimanjaro climb, there are six factors that you need to consider in deciding which is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro for you.
The golden rule is to walk high and sleep low when climbing to altitude, and following this rule minimizes the risk of altitude sickness and improves your chance of summiting. The best routes to climb Kilimanjaro for acclimatization are the Northern Circuit, Lemosho and Machame routes, as these naturally allow you to walk high and sleep low.
The most challenging summit nights are on the Rongai route and the Marangu route: they reach the crater rim of Kilimanjaro on the North, opposite Uhuru Peak and more than 2 hours from the summit itself. The best routes to climb Kilimanjaro to avoid this are the Machame and Lemosho routes as they reach the crater at Stellar point less than an hour’s walk from the summit. An extra hour on a very long day is often the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
The amount of climbers on the mountain varies a lot depending on the season and the day of the week, but even taking this into account, if you want to have the mountain more to yourself, the best route to climb Kilimanjaro is the Rongai route. This route starts in the North and is used by fewer climbers than the prevalent southern routes.
The only route you do not have to camp on is the Marangu route, so if you hate tents, this is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro. Be warned, though, the huts are very basic and noisy.
We consider all of the routes except the Arrow Point route relatively safe if walked sensibly. There is a higher risk of falling rock unmanageable at the Arrow Point route, and this is not the best route to climb Kilimanjaro.
As a result of the better acclimatization offered and the easier summit night, the best route to climb Kilimanjaro in terms of summit success rate is the 9 Day Northern Circuit route, Lemosho route over 8 days, followed by the Machame route over 7 days.
We operate group climbs starting every month through the year with different routes each week. If you are looking for a particular route, you can see when we are running that route below.