Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Treks and Hike Tours

Welcome to our Kilimanjaro Climbing Adventure! If you're seeking the ultimate mountaineering challenge and breathtaking natural beauty, look no further than Mount Kilimanjaro. As the highest peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro attracts adventurers from around the globe, ready to conquer its majestic summit and create lifelong memories.

At Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris, we specialize in providing unforgettable Kilimanjaro climbing experiences. Safe and expert-led Mount Kilimanjaro climbing treks. Climb Kili with the top certified WAFA hiking guides. Choose from the most recommended trekking options with affordable prices to hike Kilimanjaro by working with the leading mountain agency.

Our expert guides and well-established routes ensure a safe and exhilarating journey to the top. Whether you're an experienced climber or a first-time trekker, we have the perfect route to match your skill level and preferences.

Choose from the renowned Machame Route, famous for its scenic vistas and high success rates, or the iconic Marangu Route, also known as the "Coca-Cola Route," offering comfortable hut accommodations along the way. If you crave solitude and a more off-the-beaten-path experience, the Rongai Route awaits with its stunning landscapes and fewer crowds.

Our carefully selected routes cater to different levels of difficulty and duration, ensuring a personalized adventure for every climber. With each step, you'll immerse yourself in diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to alpine meadows, witnessing nature's wonders up close.

Safety is our top priority, and our experienced guides are trained to handle the challenges of Kilimanjaro's unpredictable weather and altitude. We provide top-quality equipment, thorough briefings, and comprehensive support throughout your journey, giving you the confidence to push your limits and reach the summit.


Marangu route is one other highly preferred Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing rout

Marangu Route Kilimanjaro – 6 Days

Kilimanjaro climbing via Umbwe route

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route 7 Days

The Rongai route is the one and the only route that approaches from the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro, along the Kenya – Tanzania border. The Rongai route is a moderately challenging trail that offers a gentle approach towards Uhuru Peak, which is the main summit. We strongly recommend the Rongai route as one of the routes for climbers who are first-timers or with less trekking, hiking, and backpacking experience.

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 7 Days

The Northern Circuit route is the newest route up Mount Kilimanjaro and arguably the best. That’s because the a combination of all of the best elements of the other routes, rolled into one fantastic hike. If you’re looking for beautiful scenery, plenty of solitude, a healthy challenge, and the potential to spot wildlife, this is definitely the route for you.

Kilimanjaro Northern circuit Route – 9-10 Days

Lemosho route

Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro – 8 Days

Machame route mount Kilimanjaro climbing

Climbing Kilimanjaro Machame Route Trek

Safe Mt. Kilimanjaro routes for climbing tours

Join us for an awe-inspiring Kilimanjaro climb that combines adventure, accomplishment, and camaraderie. Embark on this life-changing expedition and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Get ready to conquer the roof of Africa with Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris as your trusted partner in this extraordinary endeavor.

What are the success rates for climbing Kilimanjaro

When it comes to climbing Kilimanjaro, success rates can vary depending on the route you choose. Understanding the success rates of different routes is essential for climbers seeking a rewarding and achievable summit experience.

There are eight main officially discovered, established, and registered routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: the Machame Route, Lemosho Route, Marangu Route, Rongai Route, Northern Circuit Route, Shira Route, and Umbwe Route.

5 Day hike 6 Day hike 7 Day hike 8 Day hike 9 Day hike
Lemosho Route  - 60% — 70% 80% — 90% - -
Machame Route - 60% — 70% 80% — 90% - -
Marangu Route <  50% 60% — 70% 80% — 90% - -
Northern Circuit Route - - - 90% — 95% 90% — 95%
Rongai Route - 60% — 70% 80% — 90% - -
Shira Route - 60% — 70% 80% — 90% - -
Umbwe Route - 60% — 70% 80% — 90% - -

Each of these routes also has varying levels of popularity, ranging from 48.06% to 54.78% for the Machame Route, 32.60% to 38.73% for the Lemosho Route, 28.08% to 30.00% for the Marangu Route, 18.01% to 22.49% for the Rongai Route, 9.23% to 12.99% for the Northern Circuit Route, 4.21% to 7.94% for the Shira Route, and 0.97% to 2.39% for the Umbwe Route. These popularity rates depend on various factors such as the steepness of the route, traffic, success rate, duration of the climb, difficulty level, and price, as per the collected data.The aforementioned established Kilimanjaro climbing routes, namely the Machame Route, Marangu Route, Lemosho Route, Umbwe Route, Rongai Route, Northern Circuit Route, and Shira Route, are regarded as the best options for ascending Mount Kilimanjaro. These seven routes are widely chosen by climbers and lead them to the summit of the mountain. However, it is important to note that the Mweka Route is exclusively designated for Kilimanjaro descents and is not used for ascending the mountain.

By understanding the success rates of each route, you can choose the path that aligns with your skill level, preferences, and desire for a successful summit of Kilimanjaro.

Climbing Kilimanjaro via Machame Route

Machame route mount Kilimanjaro climbing

Machame route map mount Kilimanjaro climbing

Machame Route Map

When climbing Kilimanjaro via the Machame route, you have an over 90% success chance to hike to the summit. Machame is certainly the most popular of all Mt Kilimanjaro climbing tours because of the route's gradually alternating elevations along the way, offering climbers time to get acclimatized as they trek into the higher altitudes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Climbing the Kilimanjaro mountain via Machame route takes about 6-7 days for most climbers.

Climbing Kilimanjaro via the  Marangu route

Marangu route is one other highly preferred Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing rout

The Marangu route is one other highly preferred Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing route. The Marangu Route, also known as the "Coca-Cola Route," is one of the most popular and well-established paths for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Offering a unique experience, this route provides climbers with comfortable accommodations in mountain huts along the way. The Marangu Route is known for its gradual ascent, making it suitable for climbers who prefer a less strenuous trek. With stunning scenery and diverse ecosystems, including lush rainforests and alpine landscapes, the Marangu Route promises an unforgettable adventure. Choose the Marangu Route for a memorable Kilimanjaro climb that combines comfort, natural beauty, and a successful summit bid.

The Marangu Route offers options for climbing Kilimanjaro in 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 4 days, 5 days, or 6 days. When you book to climb Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route you will be provided with mattresses and pillows. However, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bags for your own comfort.

Kilimanjaro climbing via Lemosho route

Lemosho route

The Lemosho Route is a remarkable choice for those seeking an unforgettable adventure while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Renowned for its scenic beauty and lower foot traffic, this route offers a more secluded and tranquil experience offering climbers panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain with great summit success rates of about 98%. With its longer duration and gradual ascent, the Lemosho Route allows for better acclimatization and higher chances of reaching the summit successfully. As you navigate through diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests and alpine moorlands, you'll be treated to breathtaking views and unique wildlife encounters. Choose the Lemosho Route for an extraordinary Kilimanjaro climb that combines serenity, natural wonders, and a higher chance of summiting Africa's highest peak. It offers a unique balance for every mountain climber type because of the relatively lower climber numbers, astounding scenery, and higher rates of success.

Kilimanjaro climbing using the Northern Circuit route

The Northern Circuit route is the newest route up Mount Kilimanjaro and arguably the best. That’s because the a combination of all of the best elements of the other routes, rolled into one fantastic hike.

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Northern Circuit Route on your Kilimanjaro adventure. As one of the newest and most scenic routes, the Northern Circuit offers a unique and less crowded experience. This route takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, alpine meadows, and stunning valleys, allowing you to witness the incredible flora and fauna of Kilimanjaro. With a longer duration and gradual ascent, the Northern Circuit Route ensures optimal acclimatization and higher summit success rates. Whether you're an experienced climber or a first-timer, the Northern Circuit Route is the perfect choice for an unforgettable Kilimanjaro journey.

The northern circuit route is the longest route you can take to hike the Kilimanjaro mountain. It gives views of Kilimanjaro's glaciers, valleys, and forests, as well as the chance to spot unique wildlife along the way. The success rate of reaching is about 98%.

Embark on this remarkable expedition and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Kilimanjaro climbing via Rongai route

Climbing Kilimanjaro snow glaciers summit

The Rongai Route on Mount Kilimanjaro is a hidden gem for adventurous climbers seeking a unique and less crowded experience with an 85% approximate success rate for climbers. As the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, starting from near the border with Kenya, the quieter less crowded Rongai Route offers stunning views, diverse landscapes, and a wilderness atmosphere that will surely take your breath away. This scenic path takes you through lush forests, vast moorlands, and rugged terrains, providing a sense of solitude and tranquility throughout your journey. With its gradual slopes and manageable challenges, the Rongai Route is ideal for climbers of various skill levels.

Your trekking will gradually ascend through the lush forests, and moorland, culminating in a rather challenging summit climb traversing Gilman's Point.

Kilimanjaro climbing via Umbwe route

Kilimanjaro climbing via Umbwe route

The Umbwe Route on Mount Kilimanjaro offers thrill-seekers a challenging and exhilarating adventure. Umbwe is the most preferred route for experienced mountain climbers. You will need 6-7 days to summit this very challenging climb. The success rate is low for most novice climbers because of the many steep intervals of trekking.

Known as the "Vertical Route," it is the steepest and most direct path to the summit. While physically demanding, the Umbwe Route rewards climbers with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment. This less crowded route provides a true wilderness experience, with its untouched forests and rugged terrain. If you're seeking an off-the-beaten-path challenge, the Umbwe Route is the perfect choice.

Contact us to help you undertake this epic journey and conquer the heights of Kilimanjaro while immersing yourself in nature's raw beauty.

What is the best time for climbing Kilimanjaro?

If you're planning to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, timing is crucial for a successful climb. The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry seasons, which typically fall between January to March and June to October. These months offer clear skies, less rainfall, and milder temperatures, providing optimal conditions for a safe and enjoyable ascent. It's important to note that Kilimanjaro's weather can be unpredictable, so it's essential to be prepared for varying conditions even during the dry seasons. By choosing the right time to climb, you can maximize your chances of reaching the summit of Africa's highest peak and create unforgettable memories along the way. Plan your Kilimanjaro adventure during the best time and embark on a remarkable journey to the Roof of Africa.

Is it possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro alone?

Adventurous and it might be, it is neither allowed nor possible to climb Kilimanjaro unaccompanied by a certified mountain climbing guide. Besides that, you will need the support of porters to carry your climbing and sustenance equipment along the way.

If you are solo climber interested in climbing Kilimanjaro, it is easy to join a group of other climbers as organized by several tour operators. You can also have a solo climb in the company of your own support porters and certified climber guide if you prefer not to go with others.

What is the easiest route for climbing Kilimanjaro?

For climbers who prefer a quick and easy adventure, the Marangu Route is the easiest climb because of its relatively regular gradual inclination. Even then, the Marangu route requires all the preparations necessary for mountain climbing and it is very possible to fail if one is underprepared because of underestimating the challenges it involves. You could alternatively opt for the shorter 5-day climbing option.