Trekking to Kilimanjaro Views towards the iconic Kilimanjaro |  <i>Natalie Tambolash</i> Trekkers descending Mount Kilimanjaro |  <i>Peter Brooke</i> The summit of Mt Kilimanjaro |  <i>Philip Verrall</i>

Mount Kilimanjaro Treks

Find your route to the top of Africa's highest mountain

With over 25 years’ experience offering treks to Kilimanjaro, our treks are designed to achieve the best possible acclimatisation which is reflected in our high summit success rate on Kilimanjaro. For prospective climbers, the fitter you are for the trip, the more of a holiday it will be, and experienced walkers will likely find that the altitude and the considerable amount of uphill and downhill plains are the main factors in determining the challenge of the trek.

We offer various routes to climb Kilimanjaro however we prefer to send trekkers along trails away from the crowds and along paths that will open them to the prolific wildlife and rich diversity of flora for which the region is renowned. Whenever possible we avoid the busiest routes of Machame and Marangu to offer you the best chance of enjoying your Kilimanjaro trek and reaching the prized summit.

Towering at 5,895 metres, Mt Kilimanjaro – or more fondly known as ‘Kili’ – is one of the famed Seven Summits and the world's highest freestanding mountain, so it has all the elements for an unforgettable trekking adventure.

Trekking on Mt Kilimanjaro: the various routes

Five different approaches to climb Kilimanjaro

Rongai Route

Climbing from the north side of Kilimanjaro, this route is ideal for those short on time or on a limited budget, while enjoying stunning sceneries in Mawenzi Tarn. Do not underestimate the challenge that climbing Kilimanjaro will bring as the six-day itinerary will test your physical limits with a shorter time frame to acclimatise. Despite this, we have 86% summit success.

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Incredible landscape of Mt Kilimanjaro |  <i>Peter Brooke</i>

Shira Route

This moderate to challenging trek on Kilimanjaro follows unchartered trails through dense forest and moorlands to the caldera of Shira volcano. Approaching Kilimanjaro from the west, you will traverse around the Moir Hut and Lent Hills before trekking beneath southern ice fields of Kibo to summit via the Barafu Camp. This slightly longer itinerary gives you more time to acclimatise with a 95% summit success to Uhuru Peak.

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Trekkers exploring Kilimanjaro Shira route |  <i>Kyle Super</i>
Lemosho Route

Passing through beautiful montane rainforests and exploring fascinating rock formations on the Shira plateau, this is one of the classic routes on Kilimanjaro. This trail is a great option for those who want a little more time to reach the summit where you traverse the southern side of Kilimanjaro to ascend to the summit from Barafu Camp. The route has great acclimatisation and a summit success of over 95%.

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Beautiful views of Kibo before summit |  <i>Natalie Tambolash</i>


Northern Circuit

Explore Kilimanjaro's less trodden trails for an uncrowded experience on Africa's highest peak. Unlike any other route on Kili, this lengthier itinerary takes you on a circumnavigation of the mountain (about 270 degrees), beginning from the western side to then swing north and around the mountain for spectacular views over the Kenyan plains. It combines the best vistas of Rongai and Shira for a comprehensive Kilimanjaro trekking experience.

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Taking in the stunning scenery at Shira Cathedral |  <i>Kyle Super</i>
Machame Route

It’s the most popular route to climb Kilimanjaro with around 50% of all Kilimanjaro trekkers on this route alone. The climb starts from Machame Gate and follows a ridge through dense montane forest and takes you to views of Kibo’s volcanic cones and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. Our camp near Shira Hut is the perfect resting spot with some of the most stunning views of Kilimanjaro. With seven days on the mountain, the trails are demanding but we allow for good acclimatisation, breaking up the final days before climbing to the peak to rest at Barafu Camp for a better summit success.

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Camp set up on Kilimanjaro |  <i>Charles Duncombe</i>
Considering a climb of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain?  To maximise your chances of a safe and successful trek it's important you ensure that your trek includes some basic safety precautions.

What to expect on our Kilimanjaro treks

Trekkers are met on the day before their Kilimanjaro climb begins and given a thorough briefing by our experienced trip coordinator, including details of the practicalities of the trek and particularly the summit day, and a check to ensure all clients have the required equipment for climbing Kilimanjaro.

Diverse terrain means you will need to feel comfortable in variable mountain conditions and the ascent to Kilimanjaro is a short and steep hike at altitude with expected rock scrambling.

You won’t need to carry a heavy daypack with the assistance of porters and all our Kilimanjaro trips provide the best ratio of guides – 2 trekkers to 1 guide – so when summit day arrives you’ll receive personal attention and encouragement if the hike proves to be difficult.

Camp in quality mountain tents designed for three people but only house two people inside, so there’s plenty of personal space and ample luggage storage area in the two porches. What’s more, you get three-course hearty meals included which are prepared fresh by our cooks with appropriate protein and nutrient-rich foods for a successful climb.

Combine your Kilimanjaro trek with a safari experience

Experience the most of Tanzania with the option to add-on a wildlife safari. Enjoy viewing wild game in the fascinating and thriving World Heritage Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, as well as the world-famous Serengeti National Park.

The fly-drive safari highlights the best game parks in northern Tanzania with opportunities to see large herds of elephants, endangered black rhinos, giraffe, zebra, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and gazelle, among other wildlife.

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