8 Days Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is often regarded as the best trail to take you to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It’s a new route designed to reduce crowds for a more enjoyable experience. Furthermore, by integrating longer lengths, longer time on the mountain, and fewer height rises, the Lemosho Route was more intelligently built to aid acclimatization for the climber. 

Because of its beauty, remoteness, and high success rate, we highly recommend Lemosho. In other words, it increases the likelihood of a climber reaching the peak and having a good time.

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Route Itinerary

On this first day in your accommodation located in Moshi, you will meet and greet with our professional driver guide and then directly transferred to Londorossi Gate (2,250m). Upon completion of all the entry formalities and a final 15 km drive on a bumpy road you will reach your starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will enjoy lunch before you set out on the trail through the rainforest. Today’s walk is quite short, thus giving you time to enjoy the lush scenery which will drastically change over the course of your trek. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you. Your dinner and overnight awaits you at the beautiful Big Tree Camp.

Time: 3 hrs to 4 hrs (Londosori Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp)

About 6 kilometers (Londosori Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp)

Morning wake up at your camp, and join the walk across the thin trail through the rainforest with the stunning and magnificent vegetation up to the moorland. Shira Camp 1 is where you will have dinner and spend the night after the trek. It is certain that you will be able to view the Shira Plateau from your camp and Kibo’s summit. You will be served dinner and overnight at your camp.

Time: 3 hrs to 4 hrs (Big Tree Camp to Shira Camp)

About 6 km (Big Tree Camp to Shira Camp)

As you depart from your camp in the morning, begin the nature trek through the rocky terrain and low grasses of Shira Ridge. Your hike today will seem more leisurely due to the flatter terrain than yesterday, and you will also get fantastic views of Mount Meru and the Great Rift Valley during your hike. Moors are still dotted with majestic giant lobelias. The evening meal and overnight stay will be served at Shira Camp 2, which lies on the ground where lava used to flow.

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours (Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2)

Distance: 14 km (Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2)

As soon as you wake up from your camp for breakfast, you begin your trek to Lava Tower on boulder-strewn terrain. Viewing Kibo will inspire you to keep going, which will inspire you to keep going uphill. You will stop at Lava Tower to recover and allow your body to acclimatize to the greater altitude before continuing on to Barranco Camp. You will acclimate to altitude variations and adjust to oxygen exhaustion as a result of altitude fluctuations. After arriving at Barranco Camp, you may take out at the snow-capped mountains from its lush surroundings. Baracco Camp is an excellent choice for a meal and overnight stay.

Time: 5 hrs to 6 hours (Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower to Barraco Camp)

About 7 km (Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower to Barraco Camp)

On this day get up earlier in the morning from your camp at the stunning and far more challenging Barranco wall. Fortunately, your expert mountain guide will help you with the appropriate special techniques to face the tough climbing route until you reach the summit. You may need to use your hands in order to maintain your grip and to propel yourself. Finally, the route will take you up the Karanga Valley. When you eventually arrive at Karanga Camp Camp, dinner and overnight will be provided at the camp throughout your time of stay.

Time: 4 to 5 hrs (Barraco Camp to Karanga Camp) 

About 5 km (Barraco Camp to Karanga Camp) 

Depart from your camp early in the morning towards Barafu Camp. The earth breaks like glass under your boots in the arid countryside. As you cross the afro-alpine desert to reach the rocky Barafu Camp, the final leg of the journey, a sense of exhilaration settles in. Barafu Camp, which boasts a magnificent rocky landscape, offers a spectacular view of Mawenzi Peak. As necessary to rise earlier than normal on the next coming day, you will actually enjoy an earlier dinner and overnight at your camp.

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours (Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp)

Distance: 4 km (Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp)

This day is a once-in-a-lifetime event that begins earlier than usual at approximately midnight 2:00am, followed by a modest breakfast of hot tea and biscuits to invigorate and activate your body in preparation for rising to the peak of Africa’s tallest mountain. Ascend through the dense scree towards Stella Point. From Stella Point, continue around the crater rim for another 1 to 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak (5,730m). At the top, you will simply take the right pictures and spectacular with nature gorgeous vistas ranging from early sun rising, which makes Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peak is the most special. After you’ve had your fill of fun and taken a deep breath, you’ll make your way down to Mweka Camp for dinner and an overnight stay.

Time: 7 hrs to 8 hrs(Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak) & 5 hrs to 7 hrs (Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp)

About 8 Km (Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak) & 13Km (Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp)

A day you will always remember! This is indeed a fantastic day as your last descent will have a very interactive farewell ceremony performed by your mountain crew, who will make you absolutely amazed. To get to Mweka Gate, simply travel the rain forest trail. Your transfer driver will be at Mweka gate awaiting your arrival and then transfers you to your lodging in Moshi for a quiet, relaxing stay, a delicious supper, and an overnight stay. This is the final descent into Africa and the final step on the world’s tallest free-standing peak.

Time: 3 hrs to 3 hrs(Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate}

About 10 Km (Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate)

Price Includes

  • Two nights accommodation at your hotel in Moshi.
  • All nights’ accommodation in Huts.
  • Professional & experienced mountain guides.
  • All park fees and rescue fees.
  • All meals while on the mountain.
  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Guides, Porters and Cook salaries.
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy and nutritious food.
  • Clean, purified drinking water.
  • Sleeping Mattress.
  • 18% VAT to our entrance fees

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities