Route Comparison

 
WESTERN APPROACHTHE GRAND TRAVERSEUMBWE ROUTEMACHAME ROUTE
BY THE NUMBERS
Trekking Days91067
Days door to door13141011
Total miles45553443
Summit success rates98%98%96%95%
Guide to climber ratio1:31:31:31:3
Gear/luggage weight limits33 lb + personal daypack33 lb + personal daypack33 lb + personal daypack26 lb + personal daypack
Total elevation gain14,70312,29415,17716,932
Maximum group size12 climbers10 climbers12 climbers15 climbers
Price$5,690$7,890$4,290$3,890
SUMMIT EXPERIENCE
Summit bid chances1 (2 on treks with overnight at Crater Camp)211
Summit bid detailsDaytime; 8-10 hoursDaytime; 8-10 hoursNighttime; 10-15 hoursNighttime; 10-15 hours
Stay at Crater Camp?Select DeparturesYesNoNo
BEFORE YOUR TREK
Kilimanjaro Preparation GuideYesYesYesYes; electronic version
Robust planning supportYesYesYesYes
Pre-trek lodgingKIA Lodge (1 night), Ndarakwai Ranch
(1 night)
Ndarakwai Ranch
(2 nights)
Rivertrees Country Inn
(2 nights)
Rivertrees Country Inn (2 nights)
Pre-trek acclimatization dayWildlife viewing on private conservation reserveWildlife viewing on private conservation reserveWildlife viewing in Arusha National ParkFree day (no scheduled activities)
ON YOUR TREK
Why choose this route?Ample acclimatization time on a scenic, less-traveled routeMaximum acclimatization time and added amenities on the most remote routeThe most physically challenging route with a quick, scenic ascentBudget-friendly option on one of the mountain’s most popular trails
Acclimatization timeVery GoodExcellent/MaximumAdequateAdequate
Mountain lodgingMountaineering tentsExpanded height tents with mountaineering cots & foam mattressesMountaineering tentsMountaineering tents
Safety precautionsCertified Wilderness First Responder Guides carrying (and trained in the use of) Gamow bag, oxygen, litter, pulse oximeter, and more, per Thomson’s safety standardsCertified Wilderness First Responder Guides carrying (and trained in the use of) Gamow bag, oxygen, litter, pulse oximeter, and more, per Thomson’s safety standardsCertified Wilderness First Responder Guides carrying (and trained in the use of) Gamow bag, oxygen, litter, pulse oximeter, and more, per Thomson’s safety standardsCertified Wilderness First Responder Guides carrying (and trained in the use of) Gamow bag, oxygen, litter, pulse oximeter, and more, per Thomson’s safety standards
MealsPrepared fresh daily + snacksPrepared fresh daily + snacksPrepared fresh daily + snacksPrepared fresh daily + snacks
WaterUnlimited purified waterUnlimited purified waterUnlimited purified waterUnlimited purified water
Private toilet tentsYesYesYesYes
Dining tent amenitiesCamp chairs w/arms and backrests, LED solar lightingCamp chairs w/arms and backrests, LED solar lightingCamp chairs w/arms and backrests, LED solar lightingCamp stools with backrests, LED solar lighting