A mention of Tanzania is incomplete without mentioning the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro. Standing at 5,985 meters (19,341 feet), it cuts an imposing figure and is a joy to behold whether you Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or just gaze at it. Known as ‘KilemaKyaro’ meaning ‘that which cannot be conquered’ in the local language, the snow-covered peak is the highest free-standing mountain on earth.
Given its status as the tallest mountain in Africa it should be difficult to climb, right? Contrary to perception, it’s not beyond a person with a good physical condition. The Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking is accessible through five distinct routes, each representing different degrees of difficulty, climate, and vegetation.
Most popular, least difficult, economical and the shortest way to the summit is the Marangu Route. Known as “Tourist Route” or the “Coca Cola Route”, it’s a busy route and attracts nearly half the climbers. Not the most scenic, it has provision for accommodation along the route and takes five days to reach the top.
The extremely scenic but physically demanding, six-day Machame Route is a favourite of adventurous hikers. Known as “Whiskey Route” for the level of difficulty it poses, it has become crowded in recent past with its growing popularity.
The five-day Lemosho Route is not for the faint-hearted. The challenging route has a very high success rate and will take you through some stunning scenery accompanied by sightings of some of Africa’s popular wildlife attractions.
If you are strapped of time and budget, then Rongai Route is the most ideal. Second easiest route after Marangu, Rongai offers a chance to experience varied climatic conditions along with spectacular wilderness.
If you are looking for an adrenaline fix then Umbwe Route is cut out for you. Arguably the least frequented, this five-day trial is most demanding and recommended only for experts.
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