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The Routes of Kilimanjaro

The Routes of Kilimanjaro

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Descriptions and photos of the major trekking routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Descriptions and photos of the major trekking routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

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Published by: M.G. Edwards on May 03, 2012
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© 2012 Brilliance Press. All rights reserved.
The various trekking routes on Mount Kilimanjaro are featured in my book  Kilimanjaro:
One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill  ,which chronicles my attempt to summit Africa’s
highest mountain. The book is on sale now as an e-book for $3.99 and in paperback for $9.99 at   Amazon and  other booksellers.
 The routes on Mount Kilimanjaro are as varied as its terrain and vegetation. All ways tothe top are difficult, but none are alike. None guarantee you will reach the summit andmake it back safely. Some routes, such as the Marangu and Rongai, are considered
“easier” than the others because they offer a
better chance of success to most climbers.The slopes they ascend are more gradual and longer, and hence give climbers more timeto adjust to the high altitude. Steeper climbs, such as those on the Machame and Umbweroutes, are often preferred by more seasoned trekkers. For those seeking a moreroundabout way to the summit with great views or a wide range of biodiversity, the ShiraPlateau-Lemosho and the Northern Circuit routes could be options. The route you choosedepends on you.
 Maps from "Kilimanjaro
A Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain" by Henry Stedman. Trailblazer Publications; 3rd edition. Courtesy of Henry Stedman.
The following are general descriptions of the major routes on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lemosho Route:
A longer, lesser-used route that passes through the Shira Plateau, itmerges with the Machame Route. Climbers usually reach the summit either via theWestern Breach or Machame Route. Lemosho is a walking safari with possible animalsightings, and guides carry firearms in the event that climbers stumble upon predators.
© 2012 Brilliance Press. All rights reserved.
Marangu Route:
Also known as the "Coca-Cola" Route, this is the most popular way tothe summit and typically takes six days. Its camps have better facilities than those onother routes. The trail starts at the Marangu Gate and passes through Kibo Huts to thesummit. Some claim that it is the easiest route and has a higher success rate because itallows climbers more time to acclimatize and a more gradual ascent.

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