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Kilimanjaro: Route Comparison

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  Marangu
5-day
35km/22mi up
35km/22mi down
Machame
6-day
40km/25mi up
23km/14mi down
Machame
7-day
40km/25mi up
23km/14mi down
Trail Head /
Park Gate
Marangu Gate
ELEV: 1860m/6100ft
DRIVE: 1 hour
Machame Gate
ELEV: 1830m/6000ft
DRIVE: 45 minutes
Machame Gate
ELEV: 1830m/6000ft
DRIVE: 45 minutes
Day 1 To Mandara Hut
ELEV: 2700m/8875ft
DIST: 8km/5mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To Machame Camp
ELEV: 3050m/9950ft
DIST: 11km/7mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
To Machame Camp
ELEV: 3050m/9950ft
DIST: 11km/7mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
Day 2 To Horombo Hut *
ELEV: 3700m/12,200ft
DIST: 12km/7.5mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
To Shira 2 Camp
ELEV: 3850m/12,600ft
DIST: 5km/3mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
To Shira 2 Camp
ELEV: 3850m/12,600ft
DIST: 5km/3mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
Day 3 To Kibo Hut
ELEV: 4700m/15,500ft
DIST: 9km/5.5mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
To Barranco Camp
ELEV: 4000m/13,000ft
DIST: 10km/6mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
Lava Tower
ELEV: 4650m/15,250ft
To Barranco Camp
ELEV: 4000m/13,000ft
DIST: 10km/6mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
Lava Tower
ELEV: 4650m/15,250ft
Day 4 To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 6km/4mi up
TIME: 6-8 hours up
Gilman's Point
ELEV: 5700m/18,700ft
To Horombo Hut
ELEV: 3700m/12,200ft
DIST: 15km/9mi down
TIME: 3-4 hours down
To Barafu Camp
ELEV: 4700m/15,350ft
DIST: 9km/6mi
TIME: 6-8 hours
Top of Barranco Wall
ELEV: 4250m/13,900ft
Karanga Camp
ELEV: 4050m/13,250ft
To Karanga Camp
ELEV: 4050m/13,250ft
DIST: 5km/3mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
Top of Barranco Wall
ELEV: 4250m/13,900ft
Day 5 To Marangu Gate
ELEV: 1700m/5500ft
DIST: 20km/12.5mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
DRIVE: 1 hour
To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 5km/3mi up
TIME: 5-7 hours up
Stella's Point
ELEV: 5750m/18,850ft
To Mweka Camp
ELEV: 3090m/10,150ft
DIST: 13km/8mi down
TIME: 5-6 hours down
To Barafu Camp
ELEV: 4700m/15,350ft
DIST: 4km/2mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
Day 6   To Mweka Gate
ELEV: 1680m/5500ft
DIST: 10km/6mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
DRIVE: 30 minutes
To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 5km/3mi up
TIME: 5-7 hours up
Stella's Point
ELEV: 5750m/18,850ft
To Mweka Camp
ELEV: 3090m/10,150ft
DIST: 13km/8mi down
TIME: 5-6 hours down
Day 7     To Mweka Gate
ELEV: 1680m/5500ft
DIST: 10km/6mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
DRIVE: 30 minutes

* This is where you would spend two nights if you wanted a rest day.

  Rongai
6-day
32km/20mi up
35km/22mi down
Rongai
7-day
42km/26mi up
35km/22mi down
Lemosho
8-day
42km/27mi up
23km/14mi down
Trail Head /
Park Gate
Rongai Gate (Nale Moru)
ELEV: 2000m/6560ft
DRIVE: 2 hours
Rongai Gate (Nale Moru)
ELEV: 1830m/6000ft
DRIVE: 2 hours
Lemosho Gate
ELEV: 1830m/6000ft
DRIVE: 3 hours
Day 1 To Simba Camp
ELEV: 2650m/8700ft
DIST: 6km/4mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To Simba Camp
ELEV: 2650m/8700ft
DIST: 6km/4mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To Mti Mkubwa Camp
ELEV: 2650m/8700ft
DIST: 6km/4mi
TIME: 2-3 hours
Day 2 To 2nd Cave Camp
ELEV: 3450m/11,300ft
DIST: 6km/4mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To 2nd Cave Camp
ELEV: 3450m/11,300ft
DIST: 6km/4mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To Shira 1 Camp
ELEV: 3500m/11,500ft
DIST: 8km/5mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
Day 3 To 3rd Cave Camp
ELEV: 3880m/12,700ft
DIST: 9km/5mi
TIME: 2-3 hours
To Kikelewa Camp
ELEV: 3600m/11,800ft
DIST: 9km/5mi
TIME: 2-3 hours
To Shira 2 Camp
ELEV: 3850m/12,600ft
DIST: 8km/5mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
Day 4 To Kibo Hut Camp
ELEV: 4750m/15,600ft
DIST: 5km/3mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To Mawenzi Tarn Camp
ELEV: 4330m/14,200ft
DIST: 6km/4mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To Barranco Camp
ELEV: 4000m/13,000ft
DIST: 8km/5mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
Lava Tower
ELEV: 4650m/15,250ft
Day 5 To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 6km/4mi up
TIME: 6-8 hours up
Gilman's Point
ELEV: 5700m/18,700ft
To Horombo Hut
ELEV: 3700m/12,200ft
DIST: 15km/9mi down
TIME: 3-4 hours down
To Kibo Hut Camp
ELEV: 4710m/15,450ft
DIST: 9km/5mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
To Karanga Camp
ELEV: 4050m/13,250ft
DIST: 5km/3mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
Top of Barranco Wall
ELEV: 4250m/13,900ft
Day 6 To Marangu Gate
ELEV: 1700m/5500ft
DIST: 20km/12.5mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
DRIVE: 1 hour
To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 6km/4mi up
TIME: 6-8 hours up
Gilman's Point
ELEV: 5700m/18,700ft
To Horombo Hut
ELEV: 3700m/12,200ft
DIST: 15km/9mi down
TIME: 3-4 hours down
To Barafu Camp
ELEV: 4700m/15,350ft
DIST: 4km/2mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
Day 7   To Marangu Gate
ELEV: 1700m/5500ft
DIST: 20km/12.5mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
DRIVE: 1 hour
To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 5km/3mi up
TIME: 5-7 hours up
Stella's Point
ELEV: 5750m/18,850ft
To Mweka Camp
ELEV: 3090m/10,150ft
DIST: 13km/8mi down
TIME: 5-6 hours down
Day 8     To Mweka Gate
ELEV: 1680m/5500ft
DIST: 10km/6mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
DRIVE: 30 minutes

* This is where you would spend two nights if you wanted a rest day.

  Umbwe
6-day
31km/19mi up
23km/14mi down
Shira
6-day
26km/18mi up
23km/14mi down
Trail Head /
Park Gate
Umbwe Gate
ELEV: 1660m/5450ft
DRIVE: 1 hour
Shira Gate
ELEV: 1830m/6000ft
DRIVE: 3 hours
Day 1 To Umbwe Cave Camp
ELEV: 2850m/9350ft
DIST: 11km/7mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
To Shira 2 Camp
ELEV: 3850m/12,600ft
DIST: 8km/5mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
Day 2 To Barranco Camp*
ELEV: 4000m/13,000ft
DIST: 6km/4mi
TIME: 4-5 hours
To Barranco Camp
ELEV: 4000m/13,000ft
DIST: 8km/5mi
TIME: 5-6 hours
(Lava Tower
ELEV: 4650m/15,250ft)
Day 3 To Karanga Camp
ELEV: 4050m/13,250ft
DIST: 5km/3mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
Top of Barranco Wall
ELEV: 4250m/13,900ft
To Karanga Camp
ELEV: 4050m/13,250ft
DIST: 5km/3mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
(Top of Barranco Wall
ELEV: 4250m/13,900ft)
Day 4 To Barafu Camp
ELEV: 4700m/15,350ft
DIST: 4km/2mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
To Barafu Camp
ELEV: 4700m/15,350ft
DIST: 4km/2mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
Day 5 To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 5km/3mi up
TIME: 5-7 hours up
(Stella's Point
ELEV: 5750m/18,850ft)
To Mweka Camp
ELEV: 3090m/10,150ft
DIST: 13km/8mi down
TIME: 5-6 hours down
To Summit
ELEV: 5895m/19,340ft
DIST: 5km/3mi up
TIME: 5-7 hours up
(Stella's Point
ELEV: 5750m/18,850ft)
To Mweka Camp
ELEV: 3090m/10,150ft
DIST: 13km/8mi down
TIME: 5-6 hours down
Day 6 To Mweka Gate
ELEV: 1680m/5500ft
DIST: 10km/6mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
DRIVE: 30 minutes
To Mweka Gate
ELEV: 1680m/5500ft
DIST: 10km/6mi
TIME: 3-4 hours
DRIVE: 30 minutes

* This is where you would spend two nights if you wanted a rest day.


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