Before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, it’s best to know that there are seven well-established routes that you can choose for your trekking adventure.
But, which is the best route to scale Mount Kilimanjaro? The answer to this question depends on your experience, fitness, and the views you want to see. If you’re an inexperienced climber, the best route for you is the Marangu route. It’s the easiest route and only takes five days to trek.
However, if you’re an adventurous person and want to see the best views in Kilimanjaro, the Machame route will suit you best!
Picking the best course for your Kilimanjaro climb can be daunting, as you have to consider several factors, such as:
- Route’s scenery
- Route’s difficulty
- Traffic on Mount Kilimanjaro
- Altitude acclimatization points
Thus, we made this guide to help you come up with the best route possible for your Kilimanjaro climb. So, without much further ado, here are the seven routes in Mount Kilimanjaro:
Route 1: Marangu ‘Coca-Cola’ route
The Marangu ‘Coca Cola’ route is the oldest, most well-established path on Kilimanjaro. Many trekkers prefer this route as this is the most straightforward course on the mountain due to its gradual slope.
In addition, it’s also the only track that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations. Using this route will only take you five days to complete your climb.
However, the success rate of this route is pretty low due to acclimatization. Using a longer route will help your body acclimatize better to the mountain’s environmental conditions.
The route’s short time frame makes the acclimatization more difficult. This trail approaches from the southeast and is less picturesque compared to other tracks as it has the same ascent and descent route.
Pros in Using the Marangu Route
- It’ll take five to six days to climb
- The easiest and most established path out of the seven Kilimanjaro routes
- The only route that offers sleeping huts
- cheapest route
Cons in Using the Marangu Route
- low success rate
- need to have a better acclimatization
- less scenic
- Most crowded route
6 days Marangu itinerary
If you’re looking for the breakdown of itineraries for the Marangu route, you’re in the right place!
|DAY 1||Marangu Gate||1970||6400||Mandara Hut||2700||8858||Rain Forest||4-5||8||5|
|DAY 2||Mandara Hut||2700||8858||Horombo Hut||3720||12,205||Moorland||6-8||12||7|
|DAY 3||Horombo Hut Zebra Rock||3720 4100||12,205 13,451||Zebra Rock Horombo Hut||4100 3720||13,451 12,205||Moorland||1-1.5 1-1.5||2 2||1.2 1.2|
|DAY 4||Horombo Hut||3720||12,205||Kibo Hut||4703||15,430||Alpine Desert||6-8||10||6|
|DAY 5||Kibo Hut Uhuru Peak||4703 5895||15,430 19,341||Uhuru Peak Horombo Hut||5895 3720||19,341 12,205||Ice Camp Alpine Desert||6-8 4-5||6 16||4 10|
|DAY 6||Horombo Hut||3720||12,205||Marangu Gate||1970||6400||Moorland Rain Forest||5-7||20||12|
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