One of the most important things to consider when embarking on Kilimanjaro expeditions is which route to choose. The highest peak in the entire continent of Africa offers some spectacular adventure opportunities, both for the novice trekkers and the seasoned climbers. But not every climbing route is suited to the needs and abilities of everyone. Each route varies considerably depending on difficulty, length of climb, scenery, etc, so it’s important to do your homework and choose a route that will meet your requirements.
There are six ascent trails leading up to the foot of Kibo peak. These are (running anti-clockwise, beginning with the westernmost trail): the little-used Shira Route, the Lemosho Route, the Kilimanjaro Machame route, Umbwe Route, Marangu Route and, running from the north, the Rongai Route. Each Kilimanjaro route has its own advantages and disadvantages, so when selecting the route, make sure it is the appropriate route for your desires, physical ability, aptitude and comfort level. There are many variables that may affect your choice.
- Who: Who is climbing? Every person who is part of the group that will be climbing Kilimanjaro should be taken into account while finalising the trekking route. Their abilities must be factored in and their preferences must be taken into account. After all this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone. You should pick a route that best fits everyone.
- What: What limitations surround your climb? Are you bound by a budget? Or the number of days on your trip? Are there any specific limitations affecting the climbers like health issues or previous illnesses? These questions must be taken into account before selecting the Kilimanjaro climb route..
- How: How do you see your trek? There are certain expectations that everyone will be having from this trek. Does your group wish to appreciate the natural beauty of the region or they are willing it to be a more adventurous experience. Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions have something for to satisfy the tastes of everyone.
- Where: Where do you want to begin your climb? The routes start from all sides of the mountain. Where you begin affects cost, scenery and scenic variety as well as the overall nature of the climb. Certain routes will offer more strenuous activities while others will offer an easier climb. This factor also affects the kind of surroundings that you will be passing through while on the trek.
- Why: Why are you climbing? Is it very important to summit? Then choose a route with a high success rate. Do you want to take the best photos? Then pick the most scenic route. The main aim should be that your goal behind this Kilimanjaro tour should be fulfilled.
- When: The various routes Kilimanjaro offers for climbing vary on the basis of the season as well. You should pick a route that will be safe and will offer the best possible experience in the current weather circumstances.
Paul is a seasoned trekker who has conquered the summit of Kilimanjaro many times. In order to help others achieve the feat, he runs an organization called Private Kilimanjaro that organizes custom made treks to climb Kilimanjaro through many scenic routes.