The Grand Traverse is the most luxurious route on Kilimanjaro – ideal if you value privacy and authentic wilderness away from the crowds. It offers stunning 360° degree views of the peak and afar into Tanzania and Kenya. It is also one of the easiest routes with a very high summit success chance.
Starting in the west along the Shira Route, the Grand Traverse then circumvents the peak on the northern slopes, approaches the summit from the east and descends in the south. Together with the Northern Circuit, the Grand Traverse is the only route that circumvents the peak on the northern slopes, hence enabling the authentic wilderness experience.
The biggest difference to the Northern Circuit is that climbers on the Grand Traverse get driven up to a fairly high altitude of 3,400 meters (11,200 feet) on their first day, along the old Shira evacuation route. This makes the Grand Traverse a shorter and less challenging variation, typically completed in 8 days: 8-day Grand Traverse Itinerary.