We recommend the Machame Route if you prefer to experience most of Kilimanjaro’s scenic highlights and don’t mind sharing your climb with many others. The 8-day Machame Route is one of the easiest hiking routes on Kilimanjaro. Compared to the more common 7-day Machame Route, this 8-day itinerary offers you an even higher summit success chance. It is ideal for climbers who prefer to keep their hiking days as short and manageable as possible. Alternatively, if you feel a bit more confident of your ability to walk long distances, you might prefer the similar but longer 8-day Lemosho Route. Or, for an equally manageable but more luxurious experience in authentic wilderness away from the crowds, we recommend the 8-day Grand Traverse.
More info about the 8-day Machame Route
'Easy' means different things to different people. The same applies to the difficulty of the routes to climb Kilimanjaro. Therefore, we focus on two criteria: the amount of walking per day and the and the amount of ascent.
The 8-day Machame Route is your best bet for an easy route as it has the least amount of walking per day of all routes. Add to that the benefit of "hike high, sleep low". This really helps with continuous altitude acclimatization.
However, if you are more concerned about the ascents rather than the amount of walking, then the 8-day Grand Traverse is your best option. This route has the least amount of ascent to start with. Since it's also a longer route, it also offers plenty of time for good acclimatization.