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Kilimanjaro Mountain Routes
Climbing/Trekking Routes
   
 
Owing to the dense forest, ridges and gorges, well established routes are used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Several routes start from the lower slopes and join with some other routes on the upper parts of the mountain. Main routes are:  Marangu, Machame, Shira/Londorossi, Western Breach, Rongai and Umbwe.
Marangu Route: This is the easiest route, likely for old and non mountaineers; it is characterized by the different zones of vegetation. It is commonly used by most trekkers because it is straightforward. Trekking takes about 5 days to descend and serviced with huts for accommodation.
Machame Route: This is the route for experienced trekkers, it is dominated by the range of landscape and varied vegetation. The route takes up to 6 days to descend and serviced with campsites for accommodation. 
Umbwe Route: This is the route to follow if you are fit and trekking is your hobby. The route has steep slope and going straight to the Peak, but meet with trekkers from Machame and serviced with campsites for accommodation. 
Mweka Route: This is the straightest route, that is why it is used for descending only for the people who used Machame, Umbwe and Shira routes
Shira route: through Shira plateau from Londorossi Gate, is the most fascinating and scenic route in Kilimanjaro Mountain, providing great views of the Great Rift Valley, Mt Meru and Longido. It involves drive to high altitude on the first day
Technical Routes: There are two routes in the western part of the mountain: Breach and Lemosho, which requires a little bit of expertise in trekking.  
Western Breach Route: This is for experienced mountaineering. It is regarded to be the shortest through Shire Plateau, the glaciers, and Kili's dormant volcanic crater, and takes one to two days to the top with tough walk up steep scree and some easy rock scrambling.
Lemosho Route: This is also the same as Breach Route, though changing at Barranco; it has steep scree leads to Stella Point, half way between Uhuru Peak and Gillman’s Point, this route pass through Shire Ridge, which allows acclimatization.
Other routes include: Rongai and Loitokitok, which are less used, since they are on the eastern side of the mountain and takes about 1.5 hours drive from Marangu Gate to the starting point (in a road, which is now under construction).

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