Below is a description of the main routes on Kilimanjaro including hours of walking and height gain between camps. 

Machame Route

Seven days and camping only, this route is regarded as a challenging wilderness route but allows for excellent acclimatization. Five days ascending through the forest from Machame Gate on the southwest side of the mountain, circling the massif, and summiting from Barafu Camp on day 6. Exit through Mweka Gate on day 7. Great opportunity to see diverse vegetation and wide-eyed views, this route accounts for 30% of visitors.

Day 1 - Machame Gate to Machame Camp (3000m), 4 hours through forest
Day 2 - To Shira Plateau (3850m), 5 hours through forest and open heath
Day 3 - To Barranco Hut (3950m), 7 hours on open heath
Day 4 - To Karanga Valley (3930m), 3 hours on open heath and rock
Day 5 - To Barafu Hut (4600m), 3 hours ascent on open ground
Day 6 - To Summit (5895m) and down to Millennium Camp (3300m), 6-8 hours to crater rim at night, 45 minutes from rim to Uhuru Peak, 3 or 4 hours back to Barafu Hut, 1-2 hours down to Millennium Camp
Day 7 - To Mweka Gate (1500m) and Moshi, 4 hours in forest. Arrive hotel 2.00pm

Height Gain
Day             Start Level  Daily High Point Sleep Level
Day One      1830m        3000m            3000m
Day Two       3000m        3850m            3850m
Day Three    3850m        4560m            3950m
Day Four       3950m        4600m            3950m
Day Five       3950m        4600m            4600m
Day Six        4600m        5985m            3800m
Day Seven    3800m        3800m            1830m

Kilimanjaro Machame Route map

Lemosho Route

Eight days and camping only, with beautiful approach through the forest from the West before joining the Machame trail on the Shira Plateau and heading to the visually dramatic southern flanks and onto Barafu for the summit push. Exit through Mweka Gate. Note there is a longer and difficult 3 hour drive to Lemosho Gate at the start on a very bad track which is sometimes impassable after rain, but once there the path is still relatively unspoilt in the first three days.

Day 1 - Londorossi Gate to Big Tree Camp (2700m), 3 hours through forest
Day 2 – To Shira Plateau 1 (3500m), 5 hours through forest and open heath
Day 3 - To Shira Plateau 2 (3840m), 2 hours across the plateau
Day 4 – To Barranco Hut (3950m), 5 hours on open heath
Day 5 - To Karanga Valley (3930m), 3 hours on heath and rock
Day 6 - To Barafu Hut (4600m), 3 hours on open, rocky ground
Day 7 - To Summit (5895m) and down to Millennium Camp (3300m), 6-8 hours to crater rim at night, 45 minutes from rim to Uhuru Peak, 3 or 4 hours back to Barafu Hut, 1-2 hours down to Millennium Camp
Day 8 - To Mweka Gate (1500m) and Moshi, 4 hours in forest. Arrive hotel 2.00pm

Height Gain
Day           Start Level    Daily High Point    Sleep Level
Day One      1830m        2700m            2700m
Day Two      2700m        3500m            3500m
Day Three    3500m        3840m            3840m
Day Four      3840m        4560m            3950m
Day Five      3950m        4600m            3950m
Day Six        3950m        4600m            4600m
Day Seven    4600m        5985m            3800m
Day Eight      3800m        3800m            1830m

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route map

Rongai Route

Seven days and camping only, starting just south of the Kenyan border and on the north side of the mountain, this rewarding route passes through delightful forest and offers more chance of seeing wildlife, since it is still relatively unused. There is a possible detour to the Mawenzi tarn and the final summit push uses the same route as the Marangu route.

Day 1 – Rongai Gate (3 hrs drive, 2100m) to Camp 1 (2800m), 4 hrs in forest
Day 2 – To Camp 2 near Kikelewa Cave (3600m), 6 hrs through moors
Day 3 – To Mawenzi Tarn (4330m), 5 hrs open ground and steep
Day 4 – Rest day at tarn with walks in area
Day 5 – To camp near Kibo Hut (4730m), 4hrs open ground via the Saddle
Day 6 –  To Summit via Gilmans Point (5680m), 5 hrs up scree and a further 2 hrs to summit (5895m) and descend to Horombo Hut (total 12 hrs)
Day 7 – Descend to Marangu Gate, 4 hours in forest, arrive hotel 3.00pm

Height Gain
Day         Start Level    Daily High Point    Sleep Level
Day One      1830m        2800m            2800m
Day Two      2800m        3600m            3600m
Day Three    3600m        4330m            4330m
Day Four      4330m        4730m            4330m
Day Five      4330m        4730m            4730m
Day Six        4730m        5985m            3800m
Day Seven    3800m        3800m            1830m

Kilimanjaro Rongai Route map

Marangu Route

Seven days and using huts, this is the traditional route for Mount Kilimanjaro and passes through the saddle between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. It is a busy route with huts that have beds and mattresses. Some operators foolishly undercut prices by offering a 5 or 6 day option on this route which leads to accidents and a 40% summit success rate, but we maintain our policy of 7 days.
 
Day 1 - Marangu Gate to Mandara hut (2743m), 4 hours through rain forest
Day 2 - To Horombo hut (3760m), 5 hrs through forest and open moor
Day 3 - Rest day at Horombo Hut. Walk to Zebra Rocks or Mawenzi Hut.
Day 4 – To Kibo hut (4730m), 5 hrs on moorland and across The Saddle.
Day 5 – Rest day at Kibo Hut
Day 6 - To the summit on steep scree up to Gillman's Point (5 hrs, 5681m), continue to Uhuru Peak (1.5 hrs, 5895m). Descend to Kibo Hut for lunch and a rest before descending to Horombo hut (about 13 hrs total walking time).
Day 7 - Descend to Marangu gate, 4 hrs in forest, arrive hotel at 3.00pm

Height Gained
Day         Start Level    Daily High Point    Sleep Level
Day One      1830m        2743m            2743m
Day Two      2743m        3760m            3760m
Day Three    3760m        4000m            3760m
Day Four      3760m        4730m            4730m
Day Five      4730m        4730m            4730m
Day Six        4730m        5985m            3760m
Day Seven    3760m        3760m            1830m