There are 7 main Mount Kilimanjaro routes
) which lead to the summit, Uhuru Peak, one
of which starts on the Northern side of the mountain and the rest on the Southern side. After making the
decision to climb Kilimanjaro, you’ll need to choose your route.
The one question we are asked more often than any other is which is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro
And the answer depends on what you want. Here are our winners
Highest success rate and overall best route to climb Kilimanjaro
If you want the highest chance of summiting the best route to climb Kilimanjaro is the Lemosho route and Machame
route over 7 or 8 days – excellent acclimatization and an easier 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 best route to climb Kilimanjaro.
Most scenic route to climb Kilimanjaro
The Lemosho route
approaching from the West wins hands down for the best
views with spectacular vistas in all directions.
Shortest route to the summit & Accommodation on the climb
The shortest and only route that you do not have to camp on is the Marangu route so if you hate tents
this is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro for you. Be warned though the huts are very basic and noisy.
Quietest route to climb Kilimanjaro
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.
Most challenging route to climb Kilimanjaro
The toughest summit nights is on the Rongai
route it 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
routes as they reach the crater at Stellar point less than an
hour’s walk from the summit. An extra hour on what is already a very long day is often the straw that
breaks the camel’s back.