Mount Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level and the highest active or dormant volcano outside South America.
There are seven official trekking routes by which to ascend and descend Mount Kilimanjaro
Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai,Shira, and Umbwe.
Of all the routes, Machame is considered the most scenic, albeit steeper, route. It can be done in six or seven days. The Rongai is the easiest and least scenic of all camping routes. The Marangu is also relatively easy, but this route tends to be very busy, the ascent and descent routes are the same, and accommodation is in shared huts with all other climbers.