Looking at the Kilimanjaro map below, you can see that there are 7 routes to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
As you can see on the map, three routes begin on the south side of the mountain at just under 2,000m. As you start climbing, you might just be able to see some of the diverse wildlife at Mount Kilimanjaro National Park on your way up.
Please Note: The Mweka Route is for descent only.
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Kilimanjaro Map and Routes
Please Note: the Marangu Route is the only route that has huts for the full duration of your Kilimanjaro trek.
See this Kilimanjaro routes article to get a full overview of each trail, including detailed information on the camps and pros and cons for each route. You will also find useful altitude profiles for each of the routes. The better you understand your route and the distances between camp sites, the more likely you are to pace yourself correctly on each trekking day.
See more in our guide on climbing Kilimanjaro without a guide.
Kilimanjaro Map – Cross section
The cross-section map below gives a good sense of elevation from each of the Kilimanjaro route and their starting points.
Kilimanjaro Map – Route summary
There are seven main routes on Kilimanjaro. Three approaches from the south –Machame, Umbwe, Marangu, and three approaches from the West – Shira, Northern Circuit and Lemosho (the latter is relatively new and far superior to that of Shira which starts at a high elevation, therefore making the acclimatization process much more challenging).
A popular route, the Rongai, approaches from the drier North East.
As you climb Kilimanjaro, you will pass through four climatic zones. The first zone is characterized by tropical rain forest. At about 3,000 meters, this gives way to a moorland setting. At 4,200 meters, the landscape becomes desert-like until reaching the uppermost reaches of the mountain which are glacial.