7 Days Lemosho Route - Mount Kilimanjaro


Opened comparatively recently, the Lemosho route begins from the western slopes. Being among the scenic routes, Lemosho offers astonishing rainforest and attractive landscapes.
Black and white Collobus monkeys are often seen in the mountain forest zones. With a profile similar to the popular Machame Route with many trekkers, this route has challenging ascent up the king of Africa’s mountains. Accommodation on the climb is in tented camps – real mountain adventure! 


On Arrival: Pick up from the airport to Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp.
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.
Elevation change: 7,800ft to 9,500ft
Distance covered: 6 km
Trekking duration: 3-4 hours
Mountain zone: Rain Forest

Day 2: Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1.

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.
Elevation change: 9,500ft to 11,500ft
Distance covered: 8 km
Trekking duration: 5-6 hours
Mountain zone: Moorland

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut via Shira 2
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. 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. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Elevation change: 11,500ft to 13,800 ft (via 12,500 ft)
Distance covered: 14 km
Trekking duration: 5-7 hours
Mountain zone: Moorland

Day 4: Moir Hut to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower
From the Shira Plateau, 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.
Elevation change: 13,800ft to 13,000ft (via 15,190ft)
Distance covered: 7 km
Trekking duration: 4-6 hours
Mountain zone: Alpine Desert

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp via Karanga Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Elevation change: 13,000ft to 15,000ft (via 13,120ft)
Distance covered: 9km
Trekking duration: 8-10 hours
Mountain zone: Alpine Desert

Day 6: Barafu Camp to the Summit and down to Mweka Camp
Starting anytime between 12am and 2am, we trek to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow fall all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point in Africa. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Elevation change: 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance covered: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Trekking duration: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Mountain zone: Arctic

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Moshi
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.
Elevation change: 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance covered: 10 km
Trekking duration: 3-4 hours
Mountain zone: Rain Forest

Accommodation on the last day will be Weru Weru River Lodge if you stay in Moshi or Kibo Palace Hotel if you drive to Arusha


Price (Rates in USD, VAT included)



Park Fees




Camping Equipments


Health/Safety Equipments


1 Guide, 4 Porters and 1 Cook




Price does not include:

- Visa and travel insurance
- Local and international flights
- Trekking gears (See trekking equipment list)
- All drinks except Juice and Water
- Laundry
- Optional activities ex. Wildlife Safaris 

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    03 Maua St. Njiro Block J,

    Arusha - Tanzania.

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