Group 1 – Lemosho Route (8/9day) – November 3rd to 10th
Group 2 – Rongai Route (7day) – November 14th to 20th
There are several routes that you can take to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro each offering different views, experiences and challenges to overcome.
We’ve selected two Kilimanjaro routes for our climbs in 2020: Lemosho from the West side and Rongai from the East.
These aren’t the fastest routes, but they do offer a scenic, fun and very safe climb, and traverse different parts of the mountain.
Our trek up this route comprises of 7 days and 6 nights on the mountain. You will take 5 ½ days to go up and only 1 ½ to come down!
The route comes in from the East and follows the Rongai route via the Mawenzi Tarn, which is located in the foothills of the majestic Mawenzi Peak. Mawenzi is the second highest peak of Kilimanjaro, and is a partly collapsed (extinct) volcanic cone.
Here you spend a day acclimatising before continuing on to the summit. The extra day at Mawenzi includes trekking around an area of awe-inspiring scenery; and this day really helps to increase success rates on the route.
On summit night you join the famous Kilimanjaro crater rim at a point known as Gilmans Point (5685m) before setting off for the 2 ½ to 3 hour return trip to the summit, Uhuru Peak.
This trek comes in from the Western side of the mountain through forests and jungle and you spend 8/9 days and 7/8 nights on the mountain.
This will involve 6 ½ days of climbing and 1 ½ of descending. The route hilly that Rongai and more time is spent acclimatising as you cross the impressive Shira Plateau. Shira is technically the third (and smallest) volcanic cone on Kilimanjaro, however it is fully collapsed and more of a hill these days. Most people walk across it not even realizing it was once part of the three-cone volanic system.
The route passes through a diverse mix of terrain from rainforest to desert to glacier.
We begin our ascent from the quieter School Hut camp site, before hiking to the Kilimanjaro crater rim at a point known as Gilmans Point (5685m) before setting off for the 2 ½ to 3 hour return trip to the summit, Uhuru Peak.
Common aspects of both Routes
Both routes ascend to the summit via the School Hut camp site – it’s less crowded, and offers a more relaxed overnight climb to the crater rim.
Our hope is that all climbers reach the rim just in time for sunrise, to rest while watching the day begin, before continuing on to Uhuru Peak.
Both routes area trekking/hiking routes and are non-technical, meaning no equipment is required aside from your your two legs and a camera. 🙂