Nicknamed "the roof of Africa", Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's tallest summit at 19,341 feet. There are many ways to approach the hike to its peak, and your local agent will be able to help you choose your route.
The shortest and most popular walking trail is the Marangu route, which leaves from its namesake village and leads you to the summit in five or six days. As you make your way along the trail, you'll see the forest give way to icy plateaus. The Machame route is a little more difficult but renowned for its beauty. This path offers wonderful views of Mount Meru and the Tanzanian plains, then passes through volcanic landscapes that feel like another planet.
If you're a seasoned hiker with plenty of experience, try the Umbwe, Lemosho, or Shira routes. These less-trodden paths are wilder and combine strenuous trekking with unparalleled panoramas. Whichever route you choose, it's best to climb in January and February or between July and October, when the weather is dry and mild, making the ascent easier.See more