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What route should I climb?


Around 80% of climbers choose the Marangu Route (5 or 6 days), which is commonly referred to as the "Tourist" or "Coca Cola" Route. The rest usually goes for the Umbwe, Rongai or Machame Route (6 or 7 days). The other two routes (Shira and Lemosho) are far less frequented and therefore allow for a more remote and natural experience.

Please note that many of the routes meet on a mid-way point and there are only three routes to the summit.

 

Route comparison table

  Marangu
5/6-day
Machame
6-day
Machame
7-day
Rongai
6-day
Rongai
7-day
Umbwe
6/7-day 

Shira
6/7-day
Lemosho
8/9-day
Day 1 Mandara
2740m
9000ft
5 hours
Machame
3100m
10,200ft
5 hours
Machame
3100m
10,200ft
5 hours
Rongai
2880m
9450ft
4 hours
Rongai
2880m
9450ft
4 hours
Umbwe
2800m
9200ft
5 hours
Shira 2
3840m
12,600ft
4 hours
Mkubwa
2750m
9000ft
3 hours
Day 2 Horombo*
3700m
12,100ft
5 hours
Shira 2
3840m
12,600ft
4 hours
Shira 2
3840m
12,600ft
4 hours
2nd Cave
3450m
11,320ft
4 hours
2nd Cave
3450m
11,320ft
4 hours
Barranco*
3900m
12,800ft
4 hours
Barranco*
3860m
12,700ft
6 hours
Shira 1
3500m
11,500ft
5 hours
Day 3 Kibo
4700m
15,400ft
5 hours
Barranco
3860m
12,700ft
6 hours
Barranco
3860m
12,700ft
6 hours
3rd Cave
3870m
12,700ft
4 hours
Kikelewa
3600m
11,800ft
4 hours
Karanga
4200m
13,800ft
4 hours
Karanga
4200m
13,800ft
4 hours
Shira 2
3850m
12,600ft
2 hours
Day 4 Summit/
Horombo
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
Barafu
4600m
15,100ft
8 hours
Karanga
4200m
13,800ft
4 hours
Kibo
4750m
15,600ft
5 hours
Mawenzi
4330m
14,200ft
4 hours
Barafu
4600m
15,100ft
4 hours
Barafu
4600m
15,100ft
4 hours
Barranco*
3860m
12,700ft
6 hours
Day 5 To Gate
1700m
5500ft
3 hours
Summit/
Mweka
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
Barafu
4600m
15,100ft
8 hours
Summit/
Horombo
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
Kibo
4750m
15,400ft
5 hours
Summit/
Mweka
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
Summit/
Mweka
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
Karanga
4200m
13,800ft
4 hours
Day 6   To Gate
6000ft
4 hours
Summit/
Mweka
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
To Gate
1700m
5500ft
3 hours
Summit/
Horombo
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
To Gate
1829m
6000ft
4 hours
To Gate
1829m
6000ft
4 hours
Barafu
4600m
15,100ft
4 hours
Day 7     To Gate
6000ft
4 hours
  To Gate
5500ft
3 hours
    Summit/
Mweka
5895m
19,300ft
11 hours
Day 8
              To Gate
1829m
6000ft
4 hours

* Here you can spend an extra acclimatisation day.

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