Kilimanjaro Trekking Tours

Traveller Reviews

  • A good time with a great group of people.

    Aaron B (July 02, 2009)
  • Good variety. Each of the three parts was just long enough and interesting enough so that I didn't get bored.

    David C (July 02, 2009)
  • I really enjoyed tour, it gave a bit of everything, and the fact that it went from roughing it and tough conditions on the mountain, ...

    Orla C (July 02, 2009)

With more than 1000 climbers a year, G Adventures is the world leader in climbing Kilimanjaro. Offering five routes, group and independent climb options, as well as a safari plus Kili climb option, we offer the best prices with a focus on safety and service. Reach the top of Africa on one of our Kilimanjaro trekking tours which have success rates as high as 96%!

The G Adventures Difference for Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

  • Group Climbs - we have G Adventures only group climbs available on Marangu, Machame and Rongai.
  • Multiple Route Options for Private Treks - our Kilimanjaro treks last from 5 to 8 days on the mountain. For private treks, choose from Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Marangu or multiple Machame climb options.
  • Permits included - unlike some operators, we include the cost of obtaining your climbing permit in your tour price.
  • Local Representation - we have G Adventures staff on the ground in Moshi to assist you at the hotel and get you ready for your Kili climb.
  • Guaranteed Departures - we offer departures 365 days a year, guaranteed to run once you're confirmed and paid.
  • Best Prices - our unbeatable prices include permits, meals on the mountain, local guides and porters. Why pay twice the price for the same experience?

Highlights on the Lemosho Route

Start at Londorossi Gate - 2250m
Mti Mkubwa campsite - 2750m
Shira ridge / Shira 1 Camp - 3600m / 3720m
Shira 2 Camp - 3840m
Lava Tower - 4630m
Barranco Camp - 3950m
Karanga Valley campsite - 3900m
Barafu Hut - 4600m
Stella Point / Uhuru Peak - 5725m / 5895m
Descent to Mweka Hut - 3100m
End climb at Mweka Gate - 1500m, proceed to Moshi.
Success rate to Uhuru Peak = 96%

Lemosho Route

Often called the “quintessential Kilimanjaro route,” this little used, beautiful 10-day trek takes you up the western breach of mountain following the Shira Plateau before joining up to the Machame route. It is more difficult than Rongai or Marangu, but offers splendid scenery. It is the longest route we offer and also has the highest success rate. This is one of the few routes where an armed ranger accompanies our groups, since there are still animals in the forest around the Lemosho Glades. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.

Accommodation on the mountain is in tents, which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is an ideal route to consider if you don't mind a little extra cost to maximize your chances of reaching the summit!

Highlights on the Marangu Route

Start at Marangu Gate - 1970m
Mandara Hut - 2743m
Horombo Hut - 3760m
Zebra Rocks - 4020m (optional acclimatization hike)
Mawenzi Hut - 4600m (optional acclimatization hike)
Kibo Hut - 4730m
Gillman's Point - 5681m
Uhuru Peak - 5895m
Descent to Kibo Hut, then Horombo Hut - 3760m
End climb at Marangu Gate - 1970m, proceed to Moshi.
Success rate to Uhuru Peak = 80%

Marangu Route

In terms of physical demand, this is the easiest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro and is sometimes called the Coca-Cola Route because of its popularity. Trekking at a gentle pace through forests, moorlands starts the journey before entering high-altitude desert scenery. Your early start for the ascent to Uhuru Point starts at Kibo Hut. The summit path zig-zags up steep scree which is easier to climb when frozen. Spectacular views from the crater rim are the reward for those who reach the top, and the summit.

Accommodation on the mountain is in comfortable huts. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a tough walking trip but manageable for anyone who is used to mountain trekking or is in good physical shape. Despite being the easiest physical trek up the mountain, success rates are lower than most other routes because of the short acclimatization period of just 5 days on the mountain.

Highlights on the Machame Route

Start at Machame Park Gate - 1800m
Machame campsite - 3000m
Shira 2 Camp - 3840m
Lava Tower - 4630m
Barranco Camp - 3950m
Karanga Valley campsite - 3900m (skipped on shorter Machame treks)
Barafu Hut - 4600m
Stella Point / Uhuru Peak - 5725m / 5895m
Descent to Mweka Hut - 3100m
End climb at Mweka Gate - 1500m, proceed to Moshi.
Success rate to Uhuru Peak 6-day / 7-day trek = 80% / 88%

Machame Route

This is a popular Kilimanjaro route nicknamed the Whisky Route. This trek takes you up steep paths through magnificent forests before passing through the moorland zones and Shira Plateau. This diverse scenery keeps things interesting as you make your way up the mountain. Higher up, the summit challenge starts at Barafu Route. We offer two options for this tour spending either 6 or 7 days on the mountain. The extra acclimatization day is best spent on the Shira Plateau, preparing for the final days to the summit. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.

Accommodation for this route is in tents, which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek offering a good rate of success.

Highlights on the Rongai Route

Start at Nale Moru Village / proceed to Rongai Gate - 1950m / 2100m
Simba Camp - 2750m
Kikelewa Camp - 3600m
Mawenzi Tarn Hut - 4330m
School Camp - 4750m
Gillman's Point / Uhuru Peak - 5681m / 5895m
Descent to School Camp, then Horombo Hut - 3760m
End climb at Marangu Gate - 1970m, proceed to Moshi.
Success rate to Uhuru Peak = 95%

Rongai Route

A fantastic, remote that is less frequently used. The approach to the mountain is from the north side and the descent is by the Marangu Route, offering great high altitude scenery. On your ascent it is possible that you will not see any other trekking groups, making for a intimate, personal experience. A different perspective of the mountain is to be enjoyed. The ascent to Uhuru Peak is almost the same as for the Marangu Route from Kibo Hut.

Accommodation on the mountain is in tents, which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek but within the limits of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas. As this route approaches from the drier north side, weather is generally good for climbing, however from November to February the short rainy season hits the northern side of Kili, so a different route may be advisable during those months.