Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes
Mount Kilimanjaro has several official trekking routes. These are: Northern Circuit, Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Londorossi Lemosho, Umbwe, Shira, and Mweka (descent only) all are the best Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes.
Route travel times range from five to nine days to summit and return to the base of the mountain. Huts with cooking facilities, bathrooms, and electricity are available on the Marangu route, and camps with fewer facilities are available on many other routes. All huts and many camps have rangers stationed at them with rescue facilities (modified wheelbarrows to transport trekkers stricken with altitude sickness to lower altitudes).
The Northern Circuit is also the longest route, taking 9 days. Because of its length, it’s the safest and most successful route up Kilimanjaro with an average top roof success rate of over 95%! If you have the time and want to get off the standard busier routes, this is probably the best option for you. The Machame Route is approximately 62 km/ 37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some trekking experience, but plenty of first-time trekkers use the route as well and do just fine.
Trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro typically have a support crew of guides and porters who are integral in helping climbers reach the summit.