Marangu route nicknamed “Coca cola route” is the oldest route and only one that offers hut accommodation
The Marangu route is the most popular and oldest routes and the only one that offers hut accommodation. Known as the ‘Coca Cola’ route, as it once sold the drink along the way, it’s considered the easiest route by most trekkers but still offers it’s challenges with a steep incline and ascent to the summit, and is the only route that does not allow for the rule; *‘hike high, sleep low’.
Rongai route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the
North side, close to the Kenyan border
Also referred to as the Nalemuru, Nalemoru, Loitokitok, or Simba Route, the Rongai route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the North side, close to the Kenyan border. As it is relatively protected from the elements it is drier, making it the best option during the rainy seasons and although it’s becoming more travelled it is still less crowded than the other routes and offers a gentler ascent through several different climate zones.
Machame, nicknamed the ‘Whiskey’ route, is by far the most popular route and probably the most beautiful
Machame, nicknamed the ‘Whiskey’ route as it is a tougher route than the Marangu route, is by far the most popular route and probably the most beautiful route to start your ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Located on the southern side of the mountain in lush, fertile rainforest, you will head towards Shira Plateau and then circle along the southern circuit halfway around Kilimanjaro; from here you will have great views from all angles.
Lemosho route is longer and more scenic option in comparison to the other routes. It is still a relatively unused route
This is a longer and more scenic option in comparison to the other routes. It is still a relatively unused route, meaning less tourist traffic and is one of the best for acclimatization due to the length of time taken to climb,
it therefore has a high success rate of climbers summiting the Roof of Africa. The route approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through rain forest to Shira Ridge.
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Best Time to Climb Mt Kilimanjaro
April – June
The main rainy season lasts from the end of March through to mid June. As elsewhere in the world, when exactly it rains and when it stops is impossible to predict. It’s the warmest time of the year in Tanzania, but those months are so wet that many operators simply do not offer climbs in April/May at all.
June – August
The rain gradually decreases, and so do the temperatures on Kilimanjaro. The weather on Kilimanjaro is fairly dry and clear but the nights will be bitter cold. June is quiet, but the number of climbers increases as the year progresses.
August – October
August and even more so September is the peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro. The weather is good with many clear days and warmer than in June/July. You may, however, get clouds blanketing the forest/moorland zone, and on the southern routes you may get rained on on the first days. But once you leave the rain forest behind all is good! The good conditions last into about mid Occtober when the build up for the short rains begins.
The weather on Kilimanjaro becomes more unstable and the number of climbers drops. As in all tropical regions of the world, the wetter time of the year announces itself with afternoon clouds and occasional thunderstorms. As long as you are equipped to withstand the occasional shower, this should not present any major problems.
November is the small rainy season, and the rain lasts into mid December. The temperatures have dropped and the rain brings with it all the hazards that I described at the top of the page. Not the best time to climb Kilimanjaro.
The four to six weeks around Christmas and New Year are the second peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro. Traffic is extremely high despite there still being a good chance of rainfall and thick clouds in the lower regions. It’s not a time I would choose.
Mid January to mid March is also a good time to climb Kilimanjaro. The weather is reasonable, not too cold, not too wet, and there aren’t as many climbers. The days are mainly dry, beautifully clear with few clouds and occasional brief showers. In March the chances of rain gradually increase as you approach the long rainy season
Mt. Meru is indeed the perfect preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb
Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second highest mountain with an elevation of 4,565m, stands in the centre of Arusha National Park 70km west of Mount Kilimanjaro. With several different vegetation zones, you will experience spectacular scenery and even get to spot wildlife.
The climb begins at 1,800m through evergreen forest, an ideal habitat for primates such as the blue monkey and small duiker antelopes. The route leads into floral meadows where you might see buffalo, giraffe or warthog. A zone of giant lobelia and groundsell is next, followed by the silence of alpine desert.
The mountain can be climbed in 3 or 4 days and although shorter than Kilimanjaro, it’s often more challenging as the ascent is steeper.
Mt. Meru 3-4 days itinerary
Day 1: Moshi to Arusha National Park
Once at Arusha National Park we will complete registration formalities before driving to Momela Gate (1,500m). You begin your ascent through bushy grassland, the track skirts to the south and becomes steeper as you begin to climb through a densely forested area. After a short hike of 4 – 5 hours you will reach Miriakamba Hut (2,514m), where you have views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 2: Miriakamba Hut (2,514m) to Saddle Hut (3,570m)
After early morning breakfast we will continue our ascent to Saddle Hut (3,570m). Although this is a short hiking day of just 3 – 4 hours, it is extremely tiring due to the steep incline of the path. The vegetation consists of montane forest and heather and offers beautiful views of the summit ridge and across the crater floor. Once at Saddle Hut you can relax for the rest of the day or take a one hour acclimatization hike to Little Meru (3,820m).
Day 3: Saddle Hut (3,570m) to Meru Summit (4,565m)
Waking at 1am you will have a hot snack and drink before heading to the summit of Meru. This is a 4 -5 hour ascent following a narrow ridge along the western rim of the crater. We will aim to arrive at Socialist Peak (4,465m) at sunrise, when the views are spectacular as the sun rises on Mt. Kilimanjaro in the east.. The descent back to Saddle Hut taking 2 – 3 hours is breathtaking as the sharp morning sun lights up the outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall. Once at the camp you will have time to rest and enjoy brunch before continuing your hike to Miriakamba Hut.
Day 4: Miriakamba Hut (2,514) to Momela Gate (1,500m)
We will take the same route down as we took on the way to the summit (4 – 5 hour trek). You may have chances of spotting wildlife along the way. Once at the gate you will receive your certificate of completion before heading back to your hotel for a hot shower and a well deserved rest. All of our itineraries are tailored with you in mind so that every experience is unique, however, the following examples will hopefully begin to inspire your ideal African experience.
Getting ready for the Trek
Mt Kilimanjaro equipment checklist also available for rent
Main preparation items you should have when planning your Mt Kilimanjaro trek
Recommended Mountain Clothing
Warm Windproof Jacket with hood
Waterproof jacket and over trousers
Down Jacket and over trousers
Down jacket (Summit Day)
Pair of Tshirts dialy wear
Trekking Trousers daily wear
Leggings 2 pairs
Shorts minimum 2pairs
Socks at least 6pairs
Warm sleep clothing
Comfortable trekking boots
Recommended Mountain Equipment
Warm Sleeping bag
Camel nga / Water Bottle
Head torch & Extra batteries
Suntan lotion and Lip balm
Day bag / Ruck sack
Wash kit, Towel
Health & Safety
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