Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is actually a mountain range comprised of 3 volcano cones; Shira, Kibo and Mwenzi.  Kibo is the mountain that everyone climbs, and the name of the summit is Uhuru Peak, which means Freedom Peak in Swahili.  Uhuru Peak is the highest point on the African continent.  The third highest point in Africa is Mwenzi Peak of which the summit is called Hans Meyer Peak, though no climbing is authorized on Mwenzi or Shira.

There are many different routes to choose from to reach the summit of Kibo.  Choosing the route that is best for you is important for both your enjoyment and success.  To learn more about each route, you can read about them by clicking on the links below.

Recommended Routes:

Rongai Route Lemosho Route Northern Circuit CW Northern Circuit CCW

Other Available Routes:

Machame Route Marangu Route Umbwe Route

Route Options:

Western Breach Alternate Crater Camp Supplement

Other Trips and Routes on Kili:

Mandara Hut Day Trip


Mweka Descent

This is the normal descent route for most trips on Kili and is not used to ascend except for porter resupply.

Shira Route

This route starts north of the Lemosho Route and joins it at Shira 2 Camp, however we do not recommended it because the start point altitude is too high to allow adequate acclimatization and would set you up for failure early in your climb.  This route is mainly used as an emergency route for vehicle rescues.  We will only consider taking clients up via Shira Route if they are immediately coming off of Mt. Kenya or Mt. Stanley.