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8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb

Arusha, Tanzania
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8 Days

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20 people


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8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb with Africa Joy Tours – Lemosho Route is considered one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. You start the trek from the west, climbing within the fertile rainforest until you reach the wildflowers in the healthy ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of the foremost beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. Book your Tanzania tour and enjoy your trip.


  • Location: Access to the trail begins with an extended drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Gate and may take three to four hours.
  • > Londorossi Gate is found within the western base of the mountain. Height:
  • > The Lemosho route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak, reaching a height of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet).
  • > Trail conditions: the primary part of the trail makes its way through the verdant rainforest to succeed in the Shira Plateau and later travels through icefields and high alpine deserts.

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania – Today you’ll be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and then transferred to the hotel in Arusha. The drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha is approx one hour. Meals.

Day 2: Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Forest camp (2750m)
Day 2: Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Forest camp (2750m)

Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: RainForest
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m) for two hours. In the village near Londorossi where you will complete entry formalities, Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead) Upon arrival at the trailhead, we eat lunch and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.

Day 3: 8 days Lemosho Route- Forest Camp (2750m) – Shira 1 Camp (3540m)
Day 3: 8 days Lemosho Route- Forest Camp (2750m) – Shira 1 Camp (3540m)

Hiking time: 5.5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Distance: 8 km
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest 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. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Day 4: 8 days Lemosho Route- Shira 1 (3540m) – Shira 2 (3840m)- Moir Hut (4114
Day 4: 8 days Lemosho Route-  Shira 1 (3540m) – Shira 2 (3840m)- Moir Hut (4114

Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: moorland
This spectacular camp we will be going to today is located beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. Various walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 5: 8 days Lemosho Route- Moir Hut ( 4114)- Lava Tower ( 4600)-Barranco Camp (3950m)
Day 5: 8 days Lemosho Route-  Moir Hut ( 4114)- Lava Tower ( 4600)-Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers
Habitat: Semi Desert
From Moir hut, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 6: 8 days Lemosho Route- Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (4235m)
Day 6: 8 days Lemosho Route-  Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (4235m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After early morning breakfast, it is time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimidating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a Heim Glacier view above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m) and enjoy dinner and washing at the site.

Day 7: 8 days Lemosho Route- Karanga Camp (4235m) – Barafu Hut (4600)
Day 7: 8 days Lemosho Route- Karanga Camp (4235m) – Barafu Hut (4600)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “bara” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so hikers need to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Day 8: 8 days Lemosho Route- summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Day 8: 8 days Lemosho Route-  summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. Many hikers feel this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb during the ascent. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.
At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the screen and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 9: 8 days Lemosho Route- Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Day 9: 8 days Lemosho Route- Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Forest
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. Here on the mountain, you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fee
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation in tents complete with sleeping mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Arusha/Moshi town on Half Board Basis
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 2-way airport transfers - 1 on arrival and 1 on departure
  • Visa
  • Tips to mountain crew – See Tipping Guidelines for more details
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Tanzanian mountain doctor
  • Single Supplement Request - $100
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended – Travel insurance with medical cover of 6,000m and above)
  • Spending a night in the crater - $200 per person
  • Western breach approach without a night at the crater camp - $100 per person
  • Tanzanian mountain doctor - $200 per group per day
  • Portable chemical toilet - $150 per toilet (including tent


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