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The Lemosho Route is typically completed in 8 days.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

$3980 / per person
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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 2021/2022

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is typically completed in 8 days. This is a great option if you want a longer trek for acclimatization. It connects with the Machame Route at Shira 2 Camp. The drive to the trailhead is about 4 hours.

Note: Arusha offers more hotel choices for pre-and post-trek accommodations. If you would prefer to overnight before and/or after your trek in Arusha, let us know, and we quote a special private transfer for you between Arusha and Kilimanjaro.

The pre-trek mountain orientation with your guide (the evening before your trek) would still be scheduled, we’d make the arrangements.

Kilimanjaro + Safari Combo Discount: Save $60/person when you book a Kilimanjaro Trek and Safari (5 days or more).

All our Kilimanjaro treks are offered as a private trip, starting on any day. We offer group departures on the Machame Route only.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Arusha city, Moshi town
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 7.30PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light
  • Included
    3 Meals a day
    Airport Transfer
    Budget Accommodation
    Entrence Park Fees
    Local Guide
  • Not Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport taxes
    International flights
    Safari Driver/Guide
    Safari Vehicle
    Tanzanian Visas
    Tips and gratuities
    Travel insurance

Tour Plan


Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate, Hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp (LD)

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 2.5-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite. -- Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft -- Distance: 6km/4mi -- Hiking Time: 2-3 hours -- Habitat: Montane Forest Meals included: Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Mti Mkubwa Camp

Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp (BLD)

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau. -- Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft -- Distance: 8km/5mi -- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours -- Habitat: Moorland Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Shira 1 Camp

Hike Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp (BLD)

After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day. -- Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft -- Distance: 8km/5mi -- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours -- Habitat: Moorland Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Shira 2 Camp

Hike Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp (BLD)

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth" (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. -- Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft -- Distance: 8km/5mi -- Walking Time: 5-6 hours -- Habitat: Semi-desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Barranco Camp

Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (BLD)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. -- Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft -- Distance: 5km/3mi -- Hiking Time: 34 hours -- Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Karanga Valley Camp

Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (BLD)

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. -- Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft -- Distance: 4km/2mi -- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours -- Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Barafu Camp

Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp (BLD)

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain. -- Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft & Down to 3090m/10,150ft -- Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down -- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down -- Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Mweka Camp

Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi (BD)

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. -- Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft -- Distance: 10km/6mi -- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours -- Habitat: Forest Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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