Kilimanjaro Climb Routes

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest trekkable and largest freestanding mountain in the world, the highest mountain in Africa, and has the only snowfields on the equator. What’s the best way up?

We offer 5A�main Kilimanjaro climb routes, varying in the number of days you spend on the mountain to reach the summit. We also offer a bespoke service to customize any route to meet your specific needs.A�Our chief guide has successfully completed over 500 summits inA�the pastA�20 years! Pathlighter Adventures is here to get you to the top with an unforgettable experience.

Kilimanjaro Hiking Routes


We recommend either the LemoshoA�or RongaiA�routes, offering stunning scenery and good acclimatization to maximize the chance of a successful summit. We have explored the area in great detail and are proud to offer alterationsA�on these trails to provide the best possible environment for you; these routesA�adhere to the ‘climb high, sleep low‘ mantra for reducing the risk of altitude sickness.



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The Lemosho Route is a relatively new variation on the traditional Shira Plateau Route. This route takes the western approach across the caldera of Shira Volcano, and traversesA�beneath the southern icefields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest volcano. This is one of the least trekked routes allowing plenty of time for acclimatization and stunning panoramic views:A�Lemosho is often regarded as the most scenic route on Kilimanjaro.


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The Rongai Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and is less crowded than the most popular trails. Its gentle gradient and theA�accessibility of local wildlife are an added bonus, along with a fantastic view across to Kibo and the chance to walk across “the Saddle”. Our variation on this route makes for an safe and scenic choice on your Kilimanjaro summit.


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The Machame route begins on the south-western side of the mountain and passes through some of the mountain’s finest features: the cloud forest of Kili’s southern slopes, the Shira Plateau, and the Barranco Campsite. The only major downside of Machame is the crowding during the high season.


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TheA�uber popular Marangu route is a 5 or 6 daysA�trek, and is the only trail to offerA�huts for sleepingA�rather than tents. Overall, theA�success rate is low — a mere 40% — andA�has the least scenic variety of all routes.


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The Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct route. The quick ascent is very difficult and recommended only for very strong hikers. The dramatic views and blissful solitude are available to to trekkers that march to their own uphill beat.

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