7 Days Lemosho Route

7 Days Lemosho Route

7 Days Lemosho Route


A relative new route with an idea balance of low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Lemosho route offers the most interesting scenery. With its high success rate, you get to enjoy the hike and reach the summit. With its high success rate, you get to enjoy

The climb begins at Londorossi Gate at an altitude of 2360 metres, with an approach far to the west of the mountain. It then circles around Kilimanjaro to the south, passing through majestic rainforest where some of the region’s most unique wildlife can often be seen. The route continues up to the mountain’s third summit at Shira Ridge. From there, you will cross the famed Shira Plateau and see the awe-inspiring Shira Cathedral, before reaching Shira Camp on the main Machame route on day three. This allows a few days of quiet climbing overlooking some amazing terrain before taking the more heavily travelled route to the summit. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail, rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route. The Lemosho route is an improved version of the older Shira route. While it was prone to inducing altitude sickness, the Shira route had been popular because of the fantastic scenery it offered. The new Lemosho route joins the older Shira route after the first day, providing the same fantastic climb with a much improved safety profile.

7 Days Lemosho Route


  • A relative new route with an idea balance of low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Lemosho route offers the most interesting scenery. With its high success rate, you get to enjoy the hike and reach the summit. With its high success rate, you get to enjoy


7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 0: Moshi (915 M/3,000 Ft)

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi for your overnight.

7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi for your overnight.

Drive from Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate. From here follow a forest track in a 4WD vehicle for 11 km/7 mi (45 minutes) to Lemosho Glades and a possible campsite. From the Glades, walk for 3 hours along beautiful forest trails to the MtiMkubwa (big tree) campsite.

7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 2: Mkubwa Camp (2,750 M/9,020 Ft) To Shira Camp 1 (3,500 M/11,485 Ft) 12 Km, 5 Hours Semi-Desert

The trail gradually steepens, enters the giant heather moorland zone, then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600 m/11,810 ft and drops gently to Shira Camp 1 located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3,840 M/12,600 Ft) To Lava Tower (4,630 M/15,190 Ft) To Barranco Camp (3,950 M/12,960 Ft) 15 Km, 7 Hours Semi-Desert

After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaros looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190 ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaros earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,900 M/12,800 Ft) To Karanga Camp (4,200 M/13,780 Ft) 7 Km, 4 Hours Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibos glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. After two long days, this short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start.

7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,200 M/13,780 Ft) To Barafu Camp (4,550 M/14,930 Ft) 13 Km, 8 Hours Alpine Desert

In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 6: Summit Day! Barafu Camp (4,550 M/14,930 Ft) To Uhuru Peak (5,895 M/19,340 Ft) To Mweka Camp (3,100 M/10,170 Ft) 7 Km Up, 23 Km Down 8 Hours Up, 7-8 Hours Down Scree And Seasonal Snow

You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!.

7 Days Lemosho Route

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100 M/10,170 Ft) To Mweka Gate (1,980 M/6,500 Ft) To Moshi (890 M/2,920 Ft) 15 Km, 3 Hours Forest.

After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night at your hotel in Moshi.

Number of People



2 – 4



5 – 8



9 – 10







  • Transportation to and from your selected route
  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides:
  • Government Climbing Taxes
  • Climbing permits
  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain
  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries
  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters
  • Enough porters to carry your luggage
  • Safety Equipment:
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • Pulse Ox meter
  • Hot drinks at every meal
  • Water provided on climb, mineral water for the first day and boiled water every day
  • Emergency rescue fees


  • International Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks not included
  • Visa fees
  • Tips to mountain crew (highly recommended)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

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