How long does it take to climb
Mount Kilimanjaro?

To climb Mount Kilimanjaro take five to eleven days depend on the route you’re taking to climbing the summit.

The more days you spend on Kilimanjaro is the safer and comfortable your hiking experiences will be.

Climbing tours with shorter Mount Kilimanjaro hike time 5 to 6 days climb are not much recommended for unexperienced hiker. Climbing programs of 7/8/9-day duration via Lemosho, Machame and Rongai Routes are the best choice for everyone because of the following reasons:

Longer programs mean more time for your body to get accustomed to the abnormal altitudes of Kilimanjaro;

Longer climbing programs feature the right profile for overnight camping – the camps are located at somewhat lower altitudes than your daily trekking routes. It is especially important for a smooth and successful acclimatization transition.

Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is a great adventure, often mentioned as a life goal or on a bucket list. In order to reach Uhuru Peak you need:

Most of client who planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro have been ask: ‘How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?’

Below is the summary of Kilimanjaro routes with route description and number of days recommended.

Summary of routes and descriptions on how long it takes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

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 Excellent views.990 kilometers (56 mi)
LemoshoLong access drive, remote, less frequented, beautiful forests, scenic traverse to Barafu, camping. Excellent for acclimatization.856 kilometers (35 mi)
MachameSecond most popular route. Beautiful forest, very good for acclimatization, scenic traverse to Barafu.6-749 kilometers (30 mi)
MaranguVery popular (crowded). Gentle gradients and long sections up to 4700m (2.9 mi). Beautiful forests and moorlands, comfortable but basic huts. The 6 day variant provides good time for acclimatization.5-664 kilometers (40 mi)
RongaiLong access drive, remote, less frequented, some fine, wild, least scenic, camping. Good for acclimatization.5-665 kilometers (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.5-637 kilometers (23 mi)


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