Trek Challenge

Massawe Adventures can offer a variety of Mount Kilimanjaro experiences. A noble and majestic African icon. The Highest Mountain on the continent. Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 metres above sea level and climbing it is or should be on many people’s bucket lists. Trekking from the savannah heat to the frozen summit.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a reasonable challenge for the keen hill walker looking for a new challenge. It does not have to be a particularly technical climb. In seven days, you’ll climb up from the hot plains through cultivated farmland, through tropical rainforest, high alpine heath, and alpine desert and onto the permanently glaciated summit of snow and ice for the glorious sunrise over Africa.

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What Route To Take?

Are you a hillwalker wanting to take in the beautiful dramatic scenery yet achieve the goal of reaching the summit or an experienced climber seeking your next exhilarating challenge? We have 5 main routes to explore, with eleven different itinerary’s.

The below guideline will start you on your journey to decide which route to go for. If you are unsure and need help to decide and more information give us a call  contact us.

Kilimanjaro Trek Routes

What Route is best for me?


The most popular, chosen by the tourists.

The second most popular, it is chosen by about a third of all tourists.

Experience Hikers

The busiest of all, it receives about a half of all Kilimanjaro trekkers.

Is the only route that approaches Mt Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan boarder.

Hardest route

Route via Western Breach – is the shortest and really beautiful route and is one of the least used routes up Kilimanjaro

Route via Western Breach

Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho route is extremely beautiful, and you can also include camping on the crater if you desire. Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu.
“Your third day on the mountain you’ll trek across the Shira Plateau with an optional climb to Shira Cathedral” 

Machame Route Kilimanjaro

The most popular trail with  the highest success rate for making it to the top.  The Machame route on Kilimanjaro allows for excellent acclimatisation and particularly diverse scenery. It has been called the Whiskey route in the past and nowadays about 35% of all climbers on the mountain use it. Machame also has the best protection from the weather or high  wind.”This zone experiences the most rainfall on the mountain so be prepared for afternoon showers” 


Machame Route: 11 Days

Climbing along a clear trail through the plantation and natural forest, thereafter a narrow forest path leads to the Machame hut


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Marangu Route Kilimanjaro

This is another popular trek which uses shared huts rather than camping. Some of you will find this more comfortable for sleeping, but beware it is less private, and the hut can become overcrowded during peak season.

The Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro.

“Mandara Huts are a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing with 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar-generated lighting”

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Marangu Route: 8 Days

Mandara Huts are a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing with 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar-generated lighting


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Rongai Route Kilimanjaro

The Rongai route is popular amongst experienced climbers offering a greater challenge than Marangu or Machame. This route is the only route that approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan border. The Rongai route has low crowds and passes through remote wilderness areas. It is probably the only route where seeing wildlife on the first days is possible.

You will then explore the indigenous Chagga culture and village, followed by a coffee production tour”

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Rongai Route: 9 Days

The Rongai Route is one of the least crowded routes on Kilimanjaro and is thought to have the best chance of viewing wildlife


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Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro

Umbwe Route is extremely strenuous walk up very steep paths. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath. This route is recommended only for experienced climbers.

“Look out for Colobus monkeys as you go! The ascent is steady through a magnificent dense rain forest”

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