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Lemosho Route 8 Days Itinerary

Lemosho Route 8 Days Itinerary


Lemosho Route 8 Days Itinerary

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 8 Days is the best ascent route but this offers the complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatization time, more culture, more spectacular scenery and even a night in Kibo caldera. Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho. Note: this itinerary ascends via Stella Point and NOT the Western Breach and is for that reason considered to be a safer route.

Lemosho Map


Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is a ten-day trip, with eight days spent on the mountain. After flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport and spending our first night in the town of Arusha or Moshi. We use Key’s hotel in Moshi town or the outpost hotel in Arusha town as our base.  We will begin the trek from the Londorossi Park Gate, located on the western side of Kilimanjaro.

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive by 4 wheel drive to the beginning of the trail.  We will check in at the national park gate, have lunch and then start the hike on the beautiful rain forest trails, rich in flora and fauna, which leads up to the Shira Plateau. The Plateau offers spectacular views before we head up the southwestern side of Kilimanjaro, after 3 nights of good acclimatization we reach the height of 4,600m/ 15,091 ft. giving us views of the Lava Tower and getting close to the western breach of Kilimanjaro.

From there we descend to the Barranco Camp 3,900m/ 12,795 ft. where we are then faced with the Barranco Wall, a steep 300m/ 948 ft. the winding trail up to the mountain’s southern face. The route continues underneath the Decker and Rebman glaciers to the Karanga Camp 4,010m/ 13,156 ft. The following day we head to Barafu camp, 4,650m/ 15,255 ft. our last stop before the summit.

We will leave around midnight in the evening for the steady but very strenuous ascent to Uhuru Peak. The last 200m/ 657 ft. to the crater rim are the most difficult. You need to get your breathing right and you will make it. It takes another hour to the summit and you are there. After enjoying the summit, we return to Barafu camp. After a rest, we will move lower to Mweka camp 3,100m/ 10,170 ft. for the night. Our final day of trekking will see us heading towards the Mweka Gate and back to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha town.

Lemosho Route 8 Days Itinerary

DAY 1: Londorosi Gate (2,250 m.) to Mti Mkubwa (2,620 m.)

Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Four hours drive from our hotel in Moshi or Arusha brings us to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. At the gate is where your permit will be issued. Then, we will go to the starting point called Lemosho Glades (2,100 m.). We shall trek along rainforest in which we might encounter the sign of elephants, white and black Colobus monkeys and Blue Monkeys. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rainforest. In about 3-4 hours, we will reach our camp in the rainforest at Mti Mkubwa (2,620 m.)

 DAY 2: Mti Mkubwa (2,620 m.) to Shira One Camp (3,500 m.)

Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Health

After breakfast, we shall walk through the remaining rainforest to the giant moorland zone. This is a full-day trek with an altitude gain of 880 m. Lunch will be taken at about the halfway point, a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater. After lunch, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high-altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited. Shira is among the Kilimanjaro volcanic cones and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. You also will be able to view the western side of the Mt. Kilimanjaro summit.

 DAY 3: Shira One Camp (3,500 m.) to Shira Two Camp (3,840 m.)

Elevation: 11,482 ft to 12,598 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time 3-4 hours
Habitat: Health

After breakfast, we will continue walking east across the Shira Plateau, which is called the Cathedral Plateau (3,800 m.) for acclimatization. Then we will continue to Shira Two Camp. We gain only 340 m. in elevation, which allows you to adjust slowly to the altitude. The views of the Plateau can be seen easily with the naked eye. Overnight will be at Shira Two Camp.

 DAY 4: Shira Two Camp (3,840 m.) to Barranco Hut (3,950 m.)

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, you will start walking in moorland and enter the alpine desert which joins at a junction with the Machame Route. You then will reach the Lava Tower (4,600 m.), where lunch is normally taken. Also, you are advised to pass there for acclimatization; thereafter, you will go down to Barranco where along the way you will able to see Lobelia deckenii and Senecio lobelia. Overnight will be at Barranco Camp.

 DAY 5: Barranco Hut (3,950 m.) to Karanga Valley Hut (4,035 m.)

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, you will continue walking by climbing a very steep rock called “Breakfast Rock” for about one hour. Then you will walk for a short distance before dropping to Karanga Valley, which is the last water point. You will camp overnight at Karanga Valley.

DAY 6 – Summit Day: Karanga Valley Hut (4,035 m.) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m.), then to the summit

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

After breakfast, you will turn north and walk through semi-desert to Barafu. Along the way, you will be able to see the front side of Kibo Peak. After arriving at Barafu you shall rest a while and then you will walk 200 m. up the mountain and then return down to camp (for acclimatization). You then will prepare for trekking to the summit. Your trek to the summit will begin between 11:00 p.m. and midnight. You will walk in a northwesterly direction up to the Southeast Valley towards Stella Point, which is about 5,700 m. on the crater rim. You then will continue up to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m./19,340 ft.)

DAY 7: Barafu Camp (4,600 m.) to Mweka Hut (3,000 m.)

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After reaching the summit, you will return to Barafu and rest for approximately one hour. You then will take breakfast or lunch, depending on the time. You will pack your gear. Thereafter, we will descend via the Barafu Route to Mweka Camp for about five hours. Overnight will be taken at Mweka Camp.

DAY 8: Mweka Hut (3,000 m.) to Mweka Gate (1,450 m.)

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast we will descend through the natural forest for about 10 km. to reach Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. After finalizing all issues at the Mweka Gate Park, our representative will return you to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

Note: A Seven-Day Lemosho Route Itinerary also is available, which requires walking from Barranco Hut to Barafu Hut in one day.

Tour Includes:

  • 2 Nights accommodation bed and breakfast  in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Quality mountain  tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue Fees
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • All Fresh, nutritious  meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Mess  tents with table and chairs
  • Camping Mattress

Added charges:

  • Extra night or acclimatization on the mountain $300 single person.

Tour Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival and $100 for U.S. nationals
  • Lunch or dinner at the hotel
  • Personal Expenses e.g.( laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours e.g. (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • Mountain equipment (e.g sleeping bag

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