Asilia Africa chooses only Kilimanjaro’s most scenic, off-the-beaten-track routes. Tens of thousands of visitors attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro each year, and many are satisfied with the easy ‘Coca-Cola’ route that lets you buy fizzy drinks along the way. We are not! The routes we have opted for are less travelled, more scenic, more remote and, in our view, give you a more immersive and meaningful Kilimanjaro experience.
We have partnered with the best operators and mountain guides in Africa to give you the opportunity to stand on top of the Roof of Africa.
This relatively new route, which is considered the most beautiful on Kilimanjaro, has a high success rate. You can choose a six-day schedule or you can do it in eight days, which gives you a better chance to acclimatise to the altitude. The trek begins in the rainforest zone at the western base of the mountain at Londorossi Gate. The route heads across the Shira Plateau before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail.
At a glance:
- The Lemosho route is approximately 70 km from gate to gate.
- It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience.
- If you choose the eight-day trek, you have a 90% chance of reaching the Roof of Africa.
Rongai is the only trail that starts from the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro, and its remote location means that it is the least travelled of all Kili’s routes. It offers trekkers a relatively unspoilt wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo. Birdlife is prolific and you should also see some colobus monkeys. The northeast side of the mountain gets significantly less moisture than the southern slopes, which means that trekkers are less likely to encounter rain, mud and drizzle, and they are also more likely to get clear, unclouded views of the mountain. Summit night from Kibo Hut is steep and follows the same path taken by Marangu trekkers, passing Gilman’s Point to Uhuru Peak. Descent is via the Marangu trail.
You can do the route in six, seven or eight days; we recommend taking as long as possible as this gives you extra time to acclimatise. (Altitude sickness is the biggest cause of failure on Kilimanjaro.)
At a glance
• Rongai is the easiest route up Kilimanjaro, with a gentle slow ascent, and it has excellent success rates, however any ascent of Kilimanjaro is extremely challenging and requires physical fitness.
• Rongai route is 72km from gate to gate.
• Rongai traverses diverse climate zones and has spectacular views over Kenya’s Amboseli Plains.
• Rongai is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. You descend on the Marangu route on the southern side, so you get to see both sides of the mountain.