8 Days Lemosho Route Trekking

Tour Starts & Ends: Moshi

Combination with e.g. Zanzibar or Safari possible!

The Lemosho route is renowned for its scenic beauty and high success rates for summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. It is often considered one of the most picturesque routes, offering diverse landscapes and ample time for acclimatization. The route traverses through pristine wilderness, from lush rainforests to alpine deserts, providing trekkers with a truly immersive experience.

DAY 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport

pick up and transferred to the Hotel

Chanya Lodge

DAY 2: Londorossi Gate to Big Tree Camp

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

Our journey begins with a scenic drive to Londorossi Gate, where we complete park formalities before starting our trek. The trail winds through lush rainforest, teeming with exotic flora and fauna. We gradually ascend to Big Tree Camp, our first campsite, nestled beneath towering trees.

DAY 3: Big Tree Camp to Shira 1 Camp

Elevation (ft): 9,498 ft to 11,499 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Leaving the rainforest behind, the trail opens up to expansive views of the Shira Plateau as we ascend through moorland. We trek across rolling hills and volcanic rock formations before reaching Shira 1 Camp, where we set up camp amidst the vast wilderness.

DAY 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Elevation (ft): 11,499 ft to 12,500 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Continuing our ascent, we hike towards Shira 2 Camp, crossing the Shira Ridge along the way. The landscape becomes increasingly rugged and barren as we approach the campsite, offering stunning panoramic views of Kilimanjaro's volcanic terrain.

DAY 5: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

Elevation (ft): 12,500 ft to 13,000 ft (Lava Tower) to 13,000 ft (Barranco Camp)
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today's hike takes us to the striking Lava Tower, a prominent volcanic formation that serves as a crucial acclimatization point. After a brief stop at Lava Tower, we descend to Barranco Camp, traversing through the alpine desert and navigating the iconic Barranco Wall.

DAY 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,000 ft to 13,100 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Ascending the Barranco Wall, we negotiate its rocky terrain using handholds and footholds. Once atop the wall, the trail levels out as we trek towards Karanga Camp, situated in a picturesque valley with stunning views of Kilimanjaro's glaciers.

DAY 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,100 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Our journey continues as we ascend towards Barafu Camp, our final base camp before the summit push. The trail leads us through the stark and rugged alpine desert, with the summit of Kilimanjaro looming ever closer on the horizon. At Barafu Camp, we rest and prepare for the challenging ascent ahead.

DAY 8: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, then descent to Mweka Camp

Elevation (ft): 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft (Uhuru Peak) to 10,065 ft (Mweka Camp)
Distance: 15 km/9 miles ascent, 12 km/7 miles descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours to Uhuru Peak, 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic, Rain Forest

In the early hours of the morning, we embark on the final push to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the African continent. The ascent is challenging, with trekkers navigating steep and icy terrain by the light of their headlamps. Upon reaching the summit, we celebrate our accomplishment before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. Descending through various ecological zones, including the alpine desert and lush rainforest, we finally arrive at Mweka Camp, where we spend our last night on the mountain.

DAY 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, transfer to Hotel

Elevation (ft): 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our final day of trekking, we descend through the dense and enchanting rainforest, retracing our steps towards Mweka Gate. Here, we bid farewell to Mount Kilimanjaro as we collect our summit certificates and board vehicles to transfer back to the hotel in Moshi, marking the end of our unforgettable journey.

Chanya Lodge
  • 2 nights’ accommodation (before and after the climb)
  • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • Park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue Fees
  • Pulse oximeters
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Single rooms supplement at Chanya lodge (except on the 1 person rate)
  • Airport transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas
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