Quick facts about each route
Total distance: 62 km / 39 miles Starting point: Machame Gate (1,640 m) End point: Mweka Gate Duration: 6 or 7 days Summit success rate: Medium Busyness: High
Northern Circuit (or Grand Traverse)
Total distance: 98 km / 61 miles Starting point: Lemosho Gate (2,100 m) End point: Mweka Gate Duration: 9 days Summit success rate: Very high Busyness: Low
Maps of the Machame
Map of the Northern Circuit
Machame route overview
Northern Circuit overview
The Northern Circuit is a fantastic route as it's very pretty and it has the highest summit success rate of all the Kilimanjaro routes!
You don't want to start your climb at a very high altitude as you're then more likely to develop altitude sickness.
Distance and duration
Steepness and trail difficulty
Scenery and animals
Acclimatisation and success rate
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Climb high and sleep low
Both routes allow for good acclimatisation by having you climb high and then drop back down for a night or two.