Mount Kilimanjaro has six different trekking routes, some are easy than others. Selecting the right route for you will contribute to your summit success. Most routes take 7 days this is recommended in order to acclimatise and prevent altitude sickness.
The Marangu route is also known as the “Tourist route” and the “Coca-Cola route.” This is because Marangu is the most popular route on the mountain. It is the only route that offers sleeping huts, along the way
Marangu is considered the easiest route. It’s ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking most of the way. However, due to its reputation as an easy route, Marangu is often selected by unprepared, inexperienced climbers, therefore it only has a summit success rate of 35%!
The trek begins in the south-east area of the mountain at Marangu gate. The route takes five days minimum to complete, although six days is more practical and recommended. The sleeping huts along the route are structures with a dining hall and bunk beds, equipped with mattresses and pillows. The descent follows the same path back down the mountain.
Scenically, Marangu is not a the best choice although, it is the best trail for rainforest
The Lemosho route is a newer route that approaches the summit from the west. It is a difficult and long route, but one that is favoured due to its smaller crowds, scenic variety and high success rates.
Lemosho trekkers have a longer distance to cover in the rainforest than other routes, and as a result climbers do not exit the rainforest until the end of day two. This schedule means that the Lemosho route is a longer route, usually taking seven to eight days to complete.
Though considered a difficult route, the added days on the lower slopes of the mountain make this the best route for altitude acclimatization. The descent is down Mweka, in the south-east. Scenically, Lemosho is considered the most varied and most beautiful because it begins in the rainforest, crosses the spectacular shira plateau, and then combines with the Machame route to share its viewpoints around the southern circuit.