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The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Having reached the Southern Circular Route, trekkers can continue north-west to tackle Kibo from the west and the difficult Arrow Glacier Route
Shira is one of the lesser utilised routes, which progresses up the mountain from the west side. Just like the Lemosho trail, it is known as the original Londrossi route and the registration process is completed at the Londrossi Gate (2250m). Thereafter you are driven to an elevation of 3720m where you begin your trek at the plateau in the moorland zone of the mountain,
The Rongai Route is the only trail to start on the northern side of the mountain. It is a lovely path involving an ascent of some 26.8km to the summit if taking the direct route, or 37.65km if taking the more sensible – and beautiful – diversion via Mawenzi Tarn.
The Marangu route, famously known as the "Coca-Cola" route as you can get a bottle of Coca-Cola at each hut, is the original route established to climb Kilimanjaro. The Marangu route is often billed as one of the easier walking routes,This is the only route which offers sleeping huts
The Machame route is traditionally the most popular out of the seven Kilimanjaro routes, recently overtaking the Marangu route with about 50% of climbers using it each year. Popularly known as the Whiskey Route, the Machame route is widely considered as one of the most scenic Kilimanjaro routes.