Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular mountains in the world, and for good reason! Whether you're looking to scale the summit or take a more leisurely route, there are plenty of great options to choose from. Here are our top picks for the most thrilling and exciting hiking the Kilimanjaro experiences:
1. Machame Route: This route starts at 2,000 meters elevation and climbs steadily for 10 hours, reaching the summit at 5,895 meters. The views along the way are among the best in Africa and make for an unforgettable experience.
2. Lemosho Route: This route is a bit more challenging than Machame, but offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro’s slopes and glaciers from its higher altitudes. It takes approximately 11 hours to complete and is considered the “hardest” route on Kilimanjaro.
3. Rongai Route: This route begins at 5,600 meters elevation and takes hikers up to 6,200 meters before descending back down to Rongai Hut (5,100 meters). The hike is long but relatively easy with plenty of opportunities to take in the beautiful scenery.
4. Shira Route: This route starts in Rongai and provides more moderate hikes that take about 10 hours to complete. The highlight of the route is the Shira Plateau, a high mountain eco-system that offers stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro from 6,000 meters.
5. Lemosho Route (Shira after Dark): In December 2017, Kilimanjaro’s Shira Plateau became one of the first places in Africa (and possibly the world) to receive full moonlight on a night with no moon. While this made for an amazing photo opportunity, it also required some changes to the trail and its route to keep the guided hike safe and well-lit during its return trek at night.
The peak of Kilimanjaro is a mountain that offers hikers an incredible experience. There are many different hiking tours that offer different levels of excitement, so if you’re looking for the most thrilling and exciting mountain experience, be sure to choose one of best tours.