The highest peak and most famous mountain in Africa, scaling the peak of mount Kilimanjaro is a heavy challenge, more from the rigours of altitude than the actual difficulty of the hike itself. The climb, which takes on average five days (you’re more likely to reach the top if you pace yourself), takes hikers through thick forests and alpine grasslands, desolate rockface and brilliant white glaciers.
This Kilimanjaro itinerary is a very successful trek with almost 100% of the climbers summiting. Obrigado safaris pioneered this route and we still think it is the premium route on the mountain. The route has the added benefit of passing though the Shira Plateau World Heritage Site and some other pristine wilderness.
This climb has all the features of the 7 night route plus an additional acclimatization day at Lava Tower (14,300 ft). If you have the time this is a very enjoyable route and further increases the summit success rate.
The Machame route is more a direct and shorter climb than the Shira route but it is ideal if you only have 6 nights to spend on the mountain. The additional day on this route allows more time for acclimatization before the summit day.
This shorter route up the mountain is a good climb through some spectacular scenery. Only 5 nights on the mountain leaves less time for acclimatization, nevertheless, our summit success on this route is high. Most climbers find the Machame route a challenging and enjoyable journey.