For mountain climbing; Tanzania has two main attractions; Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, which are both equally as stunning to climb. Here at Nyange Adventures we offer responsible and ethical climbing packages for both mountains.
Rich in diverse fauna and flora, Mount Kilimanjaro stands at 5,895 metres making it the tallest mountain in Africa and the world’s highest freestanding mountain.The main attraction in Tanzania, Mt. Kilimanjaro will greet you on arrival with its recognizable flat, white peak. A climb to the “Roof of Africa” is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and we’re here to help you make it to the top!
Conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro is mostly a matter of fitness and determination mixed in with how well your body adjusts to the high altitude. Our staff are well trained in recognizing signs of altitude sickness – the biggest enemy to a successful summit.
Your health will be expertly monitored along the way. By listening to your guides and heeding their advice, you will have the greatest opportunity for a successful and healthy climb.
Over the course of a few days, you will pass through several climate zones, from equatorial rainforests surrounded by banana and coffee plantations, to near arctic conditions. This makes packing the right layers vital. Click here (link to preparation page) for further information on how to prepare for a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.
A Mount Kilimanjaro climb can be accomplished in as few as five days, but we always recommend taking longer routes (six to eight days) for the best chance of acclimatisation and reaching the summit. There are several route choices, which you can find below.
Mount Kilimanjaro Routes
6 Days/ 7 Days
Also known as “The Whiskey Route,” Machame is one of the more popular routes on the mountain. Whether you’re a well-seasoned adventurer or a first-time high-altitude climber, this route is great for both! Known for being beautifully scenic, the Machame Route also has the best summit success rate. This route allows you to “climb high, sleep low”, giving your body time to adjust to the changes in altitude over several days.
7 Days/ 8 Days
The Lemosho Route is one of the newer routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro starting on the western side of the mountain just beneath the Shira Route. Although it is one of the longer routes, it is also one of the most scenic and highly recommended for good acclimatization. There is also the option to include an overnight stay in Kibo Crater – a popular choice for adventurers who have the budget and time.
6 Days/ 7 Days
The Rongai Route is the only one that approaches the summit from the north and starts near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. For those looking for a more remote route, Rongai is an excellent choice, as traffic is low and it offers a different perspective of the mountain as you conquer it from the north.
5 Days/ 6 Days
Below is a route which can take anybody from any corner of the planet to the “Roof of Africa”. Famously known as the “Coca Cola Route”, Marangu is the easiest, cheapest and one of the busiest routes to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This is the only route to offer sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodation.
The Shira Route is one of the less-trodden routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It starts on the western side of the mountain and is almost identical to the Lemosho Route. Although Shira is considered a scenic and varied route, due to the higher elevation of the starting point, it is possible climbers could experience symptoms of altitude sickness as early as the first day. We therefore only recommend this route to those who are experienced high-altitude climbers.
Short and steep, the Umbwe route is considered the most challenging route on the mountain. Traffic on this route is very low, which might make it an attractive route to climbers. However, due to its quick ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro it has one of the lower success rates for reaching the summit. We therefore only recommend this route to experienced hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize.
The Northern Circuit Route is one of the newer routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro, which follows the Lemosho trail in the beginning, approaching the mountain from the west. However instead of following the southern traverse like most other routes starting in the west, the Northern Circuit traverses the mountain around the northern slopes. Taking nine days to complete, it is the longest route on the mountain, but is also one of the quietest and rarely used routes making it an attractive option. The Northern Circuit is a wonderfully scenic track that is highly recommended for good acclimatization.
Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest in Africa. It’s a great alternative for those on a stricter climbing budget and some even regard it as a more scenic climb than Mt. Kilimanjaro itself. It’s also a great climb for acclimatisation before conquering Africa’s highest peak.
The mountain is a stratovolcano located within Arusha National Park, giving trekkers the chance to spot some of wildlife that inhabit the area. Over 400 species of animals roam the lower slopes of the volcano. These include various birds, buffalos, baboons, warthogs, duikers and the black and white colobus monkey.
The ascent is quite steep, with the route to the summit passing over streams, through parkland, montane forest, a giant heather zone and moorland. The summit is reached by a narrow, barren ridge, which provides stunning views of the ash cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater.