Best nature trips trails in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

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Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Kilimanjaro with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of nature trips trails in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Top trails (5)
#1 - Mount Kilimanjaro: Lemosho Traverse
Kilmanjaro National Park
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Length: 40.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Some 70-80% of the 35,000 treks up Kilimanjaro make the summit, mostly those who take the longer, slower routes. This specific trek begins on the lower slopes in tropical rainforests, passes through moorlands and scrub to reach an arctic desert at the summit. Kilimanjaro is 99% hiking with the balance being scrambling up or down rock, so no special skills required. It is remarkable to realize how thin the layer of the atmosphere that supports life is. The mountain top that is clearly visible from the verdant farms and busy towns around its base does not support any life - nothing lives there, it is a landscape of rocks, sand and ice - but it is so close. Show more
#2 - Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route
Kilmanjaro National Park
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Length: 27.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Umbwe route is the least travelled, shortest and steepest trail. Not all outfitters offer this trek. In the first two days, you will gain over 4,000' of elevation up to 13,000 at Barranco. From there, your options are 13,200 at Karanga camp, or if your guide deems safe, skip it and go direct to Barafu camp at 15,000'. Your final summit bid will most likely be very early in the morning, when you battle the effects of altitude, lack of appetite, and a strenuous 4,000' climb to the summit of Uhuru Peak. Very worthwhile, and be ready for a long, descent from the summit (10,000' down at least). There are two possible camps on the descent, which are very busy due to the only descent route (Mellenium, and Mwenka). Show more
#3 - Mount Kilimanjaro: Rongai-Mawenzi Route
Kilmanjaro National Park
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Length: 44.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro from the less-used northeast side on the Rongai Route then descend to the Marangu Gate. Along the northern border of Tanzania lies Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa. At 19,340 feet, its summit is over 2000 ft higher that is nearest rival in Kenya and no other mountain in the world exceeds its mass. The mountain is visible from the plains of the Kenya and Tanzania and consumes the horizon with its expanse. Though it rests just 3 degrees below the equator, it has snow and glaciers covering its summit much of the year. The massif of Kilimanjaro is over 43 miles across the base and 15 miles wide. It is said by geologists that the weight of this massive block of mountain is so heavy that the earth crust is depressed by it. The mountain rises out of the northern plains of Tanzania and steadily climbs up to a large saddle at 14500 ft. The saddle lies between the two peaks of Kilimanjaro. To the east is the minor summit called Mawenzi, which rises to over 16,000 feet high. Mawenzi Peak is the fractured remnant of a volcanic sideshow that occurred eons ago on the east flank of the main summit. The main summit, called Kibo, is a decapitated pyramid that is nearly block shaped, rising 5000 feet above the saddle between the two halves of the mountain. The slope gradually angles up to about 45 degrees making the final ascent to the crater rim, a steep climb that challenges all who attempt to reach the top. The summit of the mountain had multiple craters - a product of multiple eruptions that have left large glaciers over the crater floor and along the southern aspect of the mountain that receives less direct sunlight. These glaciers are regressing, and have a peculiar appearance with shear side walls that are exposed fully during the dry season and show the many layers of deposition that were created during their formation.Show more
#4 - Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route: Machame Gate to Machame Hut
Kilmanjaro National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 5 h 16 m
#5 - Marunga Gate: Kilimanjaro Day Hike
Kilmanjaro National Park
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 6 h 9 m