We think that every route on Kilimanjaro has its charms. But on some of the more popular routes it can be difficult to appreciate them, simply because, at certain times of year on the Machame Route, for example, it can feel like you’re just part of one endless queue of people snaking its way up the southern side of Kilimanjaro.
And yes, Machame has a pretty good success rate for getting people to the top; and if you want to climb on the Machame Route then of course we are happy to arrange this for you. But we will also warn you that you won’t find much peace on your walk, and you won’t have much of a wilderness experience. What’s more, the local wildlife tends to avoid those parts of the mountain where tens of thousands of people are marching up and down it every year too, so you really won’t see much in the way of the local fauna on this trail.
Which is one of the reasons why we urge you to at least consider the Full Circuit Umbwe Route. Because we have designed it deliberately so that it takes you away from the crowds, and gives you a better chance of seeing some of Kili’s wildlife.
It’s true, the Umbwe trail is the most challenging route. But it’s still just a walking route. And we won’t compromise our high standards of safety on it. And by designing a trail that takes eight days, we’ve once again given you as much chance as possible of getting to the top – and having the best possible experience on the mountain too.
Follow this link for the Full Circuit Umbwe Route itinerary >>
Or follow this link for details on all the Routes up Kilimanjaro >>