7 Days Lemosho Route

Full Itinerary

Day 1:Londorossi gate to Mti Mkubwa

Hiking Time:2-3 hours 

Distance: 6km/4mi

Habitat: Montane Forest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, roughly a 4-hour drive, where you will complete the entry formalities. We will then drive to the Lemosho trailhead and upon arrival, we will begin the hike through undisturbed forest which winds its way to the first campsite. Keep your eyes peeled for the blue monkeys swinging through the trees!

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa - Shira 2 camp

Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours 

Distance: 16km/10mi 

Habitat: Montane Forest

We continue on the trail leading out of the rainforest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

Day 3: Shira 2 Camp - barranco

Hiking Time: 5-6 hour


Habitat: Semi-desert

Today, we will spend the full day exploring the Shira Plateau, one of the highest plateaus on earth. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. We then divert from the main trail to Barranco camp.

Day 4:Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

Distance: 5km/3mi

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

 Habitat: Semi-desert

This is the best acclimatization day on this route as climbers trek high from 4206m to about 4629 m above sea level and sleep low at Barranco Camp which is 3960 m above sea level.

A walking pace with an altitude change on this day will be the best determination and good exercise for the summiting day.

Day 5: Karanga - Barafu Camp

Distance: 4km/2mi

Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Early in the morning leaving Karanga camp,we continue with  our trekking through the rock ridges till we connect our trail with the Mweka trail. We proceed trekking to Barafu camp where we will have  lunch and enjoy an early dinner and have time to prepare for the summit day.

Day 6: Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak

Distance: 5km/3mi | 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

 Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Wake up early at midnight around 00:00hrs,, we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At this elevation and time of day, the wind and cold can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent but short breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak.

Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Here, you can take a moment to reflect on your tremendous accomplishment. You’ll obviously have the opportunity to take a few pictures from the ‘Rooftop of Africa’ to memorialize this special moment.From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 7: Mweka Camp - Mweka gate

Distance: 10km/6mi

Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours 

Habitat: Forest

Today marks the end of our trek, as we will be making the last descent to exit the park. At mweka gate we will be met with our hosts and driver ready waiting to pick us back to the hotel in Arusha. Relux and perhaps keep enjoying and refreshing with Kilimanjaro Beer, When waiting to receive your Kilimanjaro Summit certificate.

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Moshi is or Arusha included
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four seasons private mountain sleeping tents
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance fees
  • All Government taxes and levies including 18% VAT.
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Visa fees for Tanzania (approx. 50 USD on arrival, USA and CANADA passport holders USD.100)
  • Any other items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes etc. (available for renting)

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Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park. It covers an area of 100 kilometers long and 65 kilometers wide.The mountain is a dormant volcano which is comprised of three volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo (on which Uhuru summit stands) and Mawenzi.
Kibo is classified as dormant but not extinct. The last major eruption from Kibo occurred 360,000 years ago. The last volcanic activity happened 200 years ago and resulted in today’s ash pit (visible from Uhuru Peak)

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