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Route 1 Marangu

Marangu is the oldest, the most well-established and one of the easiest routes where you can use the same trail to ascend and descend.

PROS

• Low Cost
• Hut Accommodation
• No Camping Equipment Needed
• Easy Route

CONS

• Low Success Rate
• Very Crowded
• Camping is not Allowed
• Same Way Up & Down.

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Route 2 Machame

Machame route, although a difficult one, is now one of the most popular and scenic routes on Kilimanjaro.

PROS

• Relatively Low Cost
• Very Scenic
• Higher Success Rate than Marangu.

CONS

• Higher level of difficulty
• Very Crowded

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We are heading to the summit..., no, not quite, but to Lava Tower.  From left, Joseph, Yuki, Natalie, Matt and August.
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Route 3 Lemosho

Lemosho, starting from the west side of the mountain, is one of the newest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro and is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro.

PROS

• Very Scenic
• Fewer Climbers During the First Few Days.
• Provides Plenty of Time for Acclimatization

CONS

• Higher Level of Difficulty
• High Cost
• Very Crowded in the Last Few Days

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Route 4 Shira

Shira route was the original route which was improved to make Lemosho. Similar to that, it approaches Kilimanjaro from the west side.

PROS

• Very Scenic
• Fewer Climbers During the First Few Days

CONS

• Higher Level of Difficulty
• High Cost
• Very Crowded in the Last Few Days

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We are heading to the summit..., no, not quite, but to Lava Tower.  From left, Joseph, Yuki, Natalie, Matt and August.

Route 5 Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit is one of the most exciting routes on Kilimanjaro which approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and traverses the mountain around the quite, rarely visited northern slopes.

PROS

• Highest Success Rate
• Ample Time for Acclimatization
• Very Scenic

CONS

• Longest Distance Route

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Route 6 Rongai

Close to the Kenyan border, the Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north.

PROS

• The Easiest Kilimanjaro Route
• One of the Quietest Routes on Kilimanjaro
• Best Chances of Good Weather
• You Get to See Both Sides of Kilimanjaro as you Ascent and Descent from the Opposite Sides

CONS

• Considered Less Scenic
• Highest Cost

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Route 7 Umbwe

Marangu is the oldest, the most well-established and one of the easiest routes where you can use the same trail to ascend and descend.

This route is only suitable for people with mountain climbing experience and who are already well adapted to the altitude. We at Kili Quests do not recommend this route to less experienced or new trekkers.

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Crater

Crater Camp is a little-used campsite next to one of Kilimanjaro’s last remaining glaciers, Furtwangler Glacier. Situated just shy of the summit, it is called Crater Camp because it is a short distance from the source of Kilimanjaro herself, Reusch Crater (19,140ft). Crater Camp gives climbers an opportunity to climb to the crater rim and get up close to the glaciers. It is also used by climbers to rest before or preferably after a summit attempt.

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Western Breach

The Western Breach route is the most technically difficult approach to Mount Kilimanjaro starting from the Umbwe Route and continuing North and up from Lava Tower. Although difficult, it is considered the most rewarding and a beautiful trek approaching Uhuru Peak from the west. Due to challenging terrain, the route is usually only tackled by experiences high altitude trekkers.

The Western Breach climbers are also advised to wear helmets along with point crampons during the wet season as there has been a rockfall accident that claimed the lives of three climbers.

Although the re-opened in December 2007, Kili Quests’ operators no longer utilize the route due to safety concerns for clients and staff.

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