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What is the difference between the Rongai, Machame, Umbwe, Lemosho, Marangu, and Shira routes?

On the Marangu route, you will be staying in communal huts as opposed to camping in tents, and you hike up and down the same path.

The Rongai, Shira, Lemosho, Umbwe and Machame routes are proper camping routes and are considered more scenic than the Marangu because the ascent and descent routes are different.  The Rongai route is the only route beginning on the north side of the mountain and you descend down the Marangu route.

The Lemosho and the Shira routes traverse Kilimanjaro from the west and descend down the Mweka route.  The Shira route takes you on the far west side, and is essentially the same as the Lemosho route, though you start at a higher altitude.

Machame and Umbwe begin on the southwest side of the mountain and join up at the Barranco Camp for the remainder of the climb.  Umbwe.  Machame takes 3 days to reach Barranco, allowing for proper acclimatization.

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