Tanzania is blessed with most spectacular peaks and hiking points around eastern Africa, those seeking adventure will have a wide variety of option to choose from.
The most intriguing of them all is the hike up Uhuru peak on the Kilimanjaro national park. Mount Kilimanjaro attracts a lot of visitors annually who seeks the adventure of conquering the highest peak in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro has different routes to the peak at 19340feet (5895meters) above sea level. The most popular routes being Marangu and Machame route, with Rongai and Shira plateau are also widely used by several Kilimanjaro outfitters.
MT. KILMAJARO TREKKING ITINERARIES
Which route? Each route is unique in its own way:
Marangu: Marangu approaches Kilimanjaro from the southeast. It is the oldest and most established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest route on the mountain, given its gradual slope and direct path.
Machame: Machame is quickly becoming the second most popular route. More scenic, and steeper in parts than Marangu, this route is best done in 7 days, but can also be done in 6 days by the fit adventurer.
Umbwe: Steep, direct, and considered the most difficult route up Kilimanjaro, Umbwe is only recommended for advanced climbers. Approached from the south, the fast ascension forced by this route can hinder proper acclimatization.
Rongai: Rongai route is the only route that you can climb from the north of Mt. Kilimanjaro, close to the Kenyan border. With its starting point at a higher altitude, a trek on the Rongai route is short and with less traffic than Marangu.
Lemosho: An improvement upon the Shira route, Lemosho is the longest route on Kilimanjaro, and provides beautiful panoramic views from various sides of the mountain.