How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

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Mt Kilimanjaro is the most popular mountains in the world, every year about 50,000 trekkers try to reach the summit [1]  Kilimanjaro has a number of official climbing routes. These are Northern Circuit, Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Londorossi Lemosho, Umbwe, Shira, and Mweka (descent only). [2]

Here are the main possible routes to Kilimanjaro and also the answer to the question “How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?” using these routes. Climbing the Kliminjare takes at least 5 days.

RouteDescriptionDays neededLength
Northern CircuitNewest route on Kilimanjaro. Very low traffic due to very long time on the mountain, traverses nearly the entire mountain including the north side. Long route with great views.990 kilometres (56 mi)
LemoshoLong access drive, remote, less frequented, beautiful forests, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. Excellent for acclimatization.7-856 kilometres (35 mi)
MachameSecond most popular route. Beautiful forest, very good for acclimatization, scenic traverse to Barafu.6-749 kilometres (30 mi)
MaranguVery popular (crowded). Gentle gradients and long sections up to 4700m (2.9 mi). Not a very scenic route as compared to Machame and Lemosho, comfortable but basic huts. The 6 day variant provides good time for acclimatization due to a rest day at Horombo Hut.5-664 kilometres (40 mi)
RongaiLong access drive, remote, less frequented, some fine, wild, least scenic, camping. Good for acclimatization.5-665 kilometres (40 mi)
UmbweShortest and steepest route, very physically taxing and requires serious endurance. Beautiful forest, spectacular ridge, bad for acclimatization, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. Dangerous route.5-637 kilometres (23 mi)

According to reliable resources mentioned above it takes:

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* The above data is an average value.

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