7 Days – Lemosho Route

Trekking route: Lemosho route
Trekking duration: 9 days / 8 nights (6 nights on Kilimanjaro and 2 nights in Arusha or Moshi)
Trekking period: December 2020/21
Number of participants: from 1 person


The Lemosho route is one of our highly recommended routes, not only for the beautiful scenery but also the high summit success due to the longer and steadier walk in improving acclimatization. The first two days of the route have low traffic and are quite unspoilt, however, thereafter it joins with the Machame route to the summit. Starting from Londorosi Gate, the first two days are spent trekking through rainforest, where you may see wild game. It then traverses up to Shira Ridge, Kilimanjaro’s third summit. From here you will ascend and cross the expansive Shira Plateau with fantastic views of Shira Cathedral. The descent is via the Mweka Route. The minimum time taken for the Lemosho route is 7 days, but again an extra day to acclimatize is recommended to improve the chances of summiting.

Trekking itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport

On your arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred  to a hotel in Arusha town; where you will meet a mountain guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gears. The missing gears can be hired on this day or on the next morning before leaving for Kilimanjaro.

Hotel in Arusha: bed and breakfast included.

Day 2: Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

Distance covered: 7km / 4.3miles
Approx. time taken: 4 hours
Meals; Included

Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head towards our destination which is Shira 2.. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the route are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira 2 you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views.

Distance covered: 16.5km / 10.3miles
Approx. time taken: 9 – 11 hrs
Meals; Included

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

Distance covered: 10km / 6.2miles
Approx. time taken: 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4miles
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals; Included

Day 6: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.

Distance covered: 3km / 1.9miles
Approx. time taken: 3 hours
Meals:  Included.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3miles
Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
Meals:  Included

Day 8: Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a hot welcome shower.

Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5miles
Approx. time taken: 6 hours
Meals:  Included.

Day 9: Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

Hotel in Arusha: bed and breakfast included.

Options after Kilimanjaro Trekking:

Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.

7 days Lemosho route, group size price per person for year 2020-21

1 person  $ 2050/person
2-4 people $ 1,950/person
5-7 people $ 1,900/person
8-10 people $ 1,850/person
11 & above $ 1,800/person

**Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates **East Africa Citizens pay 60% of rates.

Prices include:
• Airport or border transfers before and after Kilimanjaro trekking.
• Hotel in Arusha/Moshi, before and after trekking, bed and breakfast included.
• Transfer from the hotel to Kilimanjaro Gate for the start of trekking.
• Transfer from Park Gate to Hotel after trekking.
• Accommodation in the campsites during the trekking.
• All Kilimanjaro climbing fees.
• 3 meals per day during the trekking.
• The services of our mountain guide, cook and porters.

Not included in the price
• Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
• Beverages during the trekking like alcohols.
• Sleeping bags and other private trekking gears.
• Travel insurance
• All items of personal nature.
• Tips to mountain guides, cook and porters (find below the recommended amounts).