Lemosho route starting point is relatively remote and hence provides trekkers with a rather untouched and wild start to their Mount Kilimanjaro adventure. Spotting large wildlife, like antelope, buffalo and even elephant is unusual but not impossible. The route also provides unparalleled and spectacular view of the dramatic gorges that characterize the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. It offers trekkers the experience of hiking across the Shira Plateau one of the largest high altitude plateaus in the world.
Trekkers on the Lemosho route typically converge with Machame route on day 3 at Barranco camp, and use the Barafu camp route to the summit, however it is now quite common for Lemosho route trekkers to veer north before lava tower to join the Northern Circuit which circles the north side of Mount Kilimanjaro.The Lemosho route can also used by trekkers planning to climb western breach to the summit.
Lemosho route is fully catered camping only, where Kilimanjaro Brothers is leading with the best camping tents in Kilimanjaro, The Lemosho route has 97% summit success rate. Lemosho route distance cover 70km or 42 miles over an 8 days itinerary and has the greatest elevation gain of all trails which give you more time to adjust an altitude, which gives you the highest chance to successfully reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lemosho route is the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro because of the high success rate on Mount Kilimanjaro than other route on the Mountain. The following are the advantages and disadvantages of the Lemosho route.
Advantages Of Lemosho Route.
- High recommended route.
- High summit success rates.
- Beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Possibility to see wildlife.
- Longer climb allowing for greater acclimatization (8 days climb recommended.) Cross the scenic shira plateau.
- Scenic western ascent.
- Lemosho route provides unparalleled and spectacular views of the dramatic gorges that characterize the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Lemosho is a camping route, you will stay in tents enjoying nature.
- Its gives many option of various number of days to climb as from 6 days climb, 7 days climb, 8 days climb and 9 days climb.
Disadvantages Of Lemosho Route.
- More expensive as there are additional fees and It is a longer ride to the trailhead.
- May not be possible to access the trailhead during wet season.
Machame route is one of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route. It is also one of the cheaper routes due to its easy access and shorter itinerary.
The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accomodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents.
The Machame Route climb can be done in a minimum of six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, it is most often tackled over seven days (six nights), for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. The success rate is significantly higher when using the seven day route.
The trek begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of mountain, which is just a short drive from Moshi or Arusha. The hike starts within Kilimanjaro's lush, fertile, montane rainforest. As you might expect, the lower slopes receive a quite a bit of precipitation. The trail may be steep and slippery, so trekking poles are advised. As the route heads toward the Shira Plateau, the trees disappear and are replaced by low brush in the heather zone. Then the route climbs high to the volcanic plug, Lava Tower, before dropping and circling below the South Icefield. This circular pathway from Barranco to Karanga to Barafu is known as the southern circuit. As it traverses halfway around the mountain, climber's are exposed to great vistas. The long, strenuous approach to the summit is made from the east through endless switchbacks up increasingly loose gravel until we reach the crater rim at a mark known as Stella Point. Then the route is relatively flat for another hour to Uhuru Peak - the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The quick descent follows the Mweka trail.
The Machame Route is approximately 62 km/ 37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, but plenty of first time trekker use the route as well and do just fine. It is rated as one of Kilimanjaro's better routes and thus is recommended. It is certainly a better choice than the typical tourtist's route - Marangu.
Advantages Of Machame Route. Highly recommended for scenic value Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities Challenging trek with stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting Very popular trail Fully catered camping only it takes 6–7 days for climbing
Disadvantages Of Machame Route.
Higher level of difficulty Very crowded
The Marangu route, is the oldest route on Mt. Kilimanjaro, also known as the “Coca Cola Route", traditionally the most popular trail, is the only route which offers sleeping huts. It is the only trail where camping is not necessary, indeed not allowed, trekkers sleeping in dormitory huts along the way from Mandara Huts trekkers climb up to the summit via Gillman’s Point.
The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the southeast. Marangu is unfortunately less scenic than the other routes because the ascent and descent are along the same path. It is also the most crowded route for that reason. The route begins at Marangu Gate at 1860m, and passes through the tropical rain forest to the Mandara Hut at 2752 m, close to the Maundi Crater.
The forest soon gives way to rolling alpine meadows with giant heather trees towards Horombo Hut. From here the landscape becomes progressively more rugged and rocky as you gain altitude with giant groundsels and lobelias appearing in the sparse moor.
The path skirts Mawenzi and then crosses the desert of the saddle towards the last hut nestling below Kibo at 4740 m. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro using Marangu route can be done for minimum of five days and considered the less expensive route climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Marangu route does however offer you the option of spending an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route to a 6-day trekking, greatly increasing your chances of success. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via Marangu route offers not only relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route but also soft drinks, mineral water.
Advantages of Climbing Marangu route
- It's the least expensive route
- Accommodation is in huts, no camping equipment needed
- Is the easiest route
The disadvantages of the Marangu Route
- Lowest success rate due to trekkers does not have enough time to acclimatize
- Very crowded
- Camping is not allowed it’s the only route that uses the same way up and down
The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the North Eastern Side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya with views of the Amboseli plains, the drive to the trail head takes about 3 hours from Moshi through many villages and coffee plantations, including a stop to register climbing permits at Marangu.
The descent is down the Marangu Route on the south side of the mountain, so climbers see the mountain from many view points.
Its descent via the Southern Marangu trail giving you the best of both worlds to see either side of the mountain both North and South. It is dryer than the southern routes and slightly popular from March to May for ascend, when southern trails are miserably wet and slippery
- Easiest summit bound route on the mountain
- Wildlife can be seen on the lower slopes
- Fairly remote and unpopulated
- Joins the Marangu Route at the Mawenzi Tarn Hut
- Beautiful views of the northern part of the park