Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and is Africa’s highest peak. A dormant volcano located in Northern Tanzania, its summit Uhuru Peak stands at 5,895m or 19,341 ft. Trekkers on fast routes can conquer Kili within 4-5 days, with other routes lasting around 8 days. The success rate for reaching the peak is around 67%, and you could easily be one of the 50,000 thrill-seekers who climb this beauty each year.
Routes to the Summit
With six different options, it can be slightly overwhelming to decide which to go for. Around two thirds of climbers opt for the Machame or Marangu routes, with the latter being arguably the most luxurious as it’s the only route with sleeping huts rather than tents. It can be hiked in only 5 days, which can also make it the cheapest because of its short length. The Machame is the most successful route for summiting, and it’s recommended that you take 7 days on this trek to acclimatise properly for the best chance of reaching the peak.
If you want to get off the beaten track and miss the crowds, you’d be better going for a combination of existing routes by using the little-known detour known as the Northern Circuit. This links part of Lemosho to a section of Rongai, thus avoiding the busiest areas on the mountain and making for an even more memorable adventure away from the hordes of people.
The Shira route is arguably the most scenic, but is only open to those who have been acclimatised at 4,000m by hiking either Mt Kenya or Mt Meru a few days before attempting to summit Kilimanjaro.