Good question. Each route has its pros and cons. We offer 5 options (please see our selection below): Lemosho Route, Northern Circuit, Rongai Route, Machame Route, & the Marangu Route.
Lemosho: The Lemosho route is known to be one of the most scenic routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is an eight-day trek, allowing extra time for acclimatization, in turn, making this a very achievable climb. With an overall success rate of 95%, the Lemosho Route is hailed as one of the least crowded and most accessible routes on Kilimanjaro.
Northern Circuit: This relatively new route ascends the more scenic and tranquil western slope of Kilimanjaro and crosses nearly the entire mountain before the summit. This is easily one of the most picturesque paths and tranquil journeys up Africa’s highest point, as there are almost no other groups on the northern face.
Rongai: The upside is: there are very few climbers on the same path as you, adding to the vast, open wilderness and the incredible scenery. The downside? Because of the route profile, it isn’t as easy to acclimatize BUT, as we mentioned before, we do add an extra day to aid acclimatization.
Machame: Due to its high success rate (90% for a 7-day trek), it is one of the better routes to aid acclimatization. The views on this route are incredible and you also get the added challenge of the Great Barranco Wall. If your goal is solely to reach the summit, this should be your choice.
Marangu: The Marangu Route is considered to be one of the easier paths to the summit, given its gradual slope and direct path. Being only 6 days long, it can be slightly more challenging to acclimatize because the paths are more direct than others.