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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route  

Distance covered: 70km

Number of days: 7


Shira was the ‘original’ Lemosho route while Lemosho is now the ‘improved’ variation. The Lemosho route begins at Londorossi gate on the quieter western side of the Kilimanjaro.

It advances through rainforest on the first two days and later passes through a scenic heath zone with an abundance of Ericas. With eight days, this is the longest route up Kilimanjaro; from the third day it runs parallel to the Machame route. It is a difficult route, but excellent for acclimatization. It is considered to be more difficult than the Marangu and Rongai routes.


Pricing for the Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 7 days (per person)

1 Person - USD 2140

2 Persons - USD 1870

3-4 Persons - USD 1710

5-6 Persons - USD 1675

7 Persons and more - USD 1655

Day 1 Moshi – Londorossi Gate (2250m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Path follows through forest on a clear path with a moderate incline. You might see monkeys.

Start: Lemosho Starting Point (2385m)
Finish: Big Tree Camp (2780m)
Altitude: ↑ 400m
Walking Time: 2-3h

Up and away. A two and a half hour’s drive to Londorossi Gate where you will be registered by the national park authorities. Then you drive another 15 km into the dense rainforest to where you will start. A moderately steep path leads to the Big Tree Camp (2780m). Look out for monkeys and interesting birds along the way. The tents will be already set up and hot tea and washing water will be waiting.


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)

A long day. Path is up and down until you ascent out of the rainforest section. Here you should have clear views of the Shira Ridge and the Kibo Summit on a sunny day.

Start: Big Tree Camp (2780m)
Finish: Shira Camp 2 (3900m)
Altitude: ↑ 1120
Walking Time: 7-8h

Today’s long trek starts on a small trail which continues through the trees and gradually ascends to reach the Shira plateau. Enjoy the views of the mountain and plains below. The path continues to cross the Shira Ridge (ca. 3600m) and you will stop for lunch at the Shira Camp 1 after another few hours. The last section (approximately 3 hrs), you will climb another 250 meters in altitude and pass the surreal Senecia-plants growing to over 8m in height. Reaching the camp after the long day, you will relax with coffee and tea and be nourished with a 3-course meal tonight. As the sun sets you might see the summit glowing in the afternoon sun.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Shira Camp 2 (3900m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

This day should help with acclimatisation as you will ‘walk high, sleep low’. A long trek through the shrubs of the heath and moorland zone to reach the Lava Tower rocks.

Start: Shira Camp 2 (3900m)
Finish: Barranco Camp (3960m)
Altitude: ↑740m   ↓ 680m
Walking Time: 6-7h

You will gain 700m in altitude but descend to sleep at Barranco – 60m higher than last night’s camp. This will help with acclimatisation as you will go up to 4600m before descending again. Today begins with a long uphill in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m) and you will notice how the landscape changes to a rocky alpine desert. Later, the path descends again to the Barranco Valley with its giant Senecias and Lobelias. After six to seven hours you should arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4035m)

The imposing Barranco Wall lies ahead today, but it is not as bad as it looks. It is a steep climb but the views of Kibo’s southern glacier are breathtaking.

Start: Barranco Camp (3960m)
Finish: Karanga Camp (4035m)
Altitude: ↑ 100m  ↓ 60m
Walking Time: 3-4h

Today will start with the daunting Barranco Wall. Soon you will realize it looks worse than it actually is, but there are tricky sections where you will need to hold on tight. Admire the views from the top.

The rest of the route follows along the mountain ridge into the Karanga valley and out.
You reach Karanga Camp after lunch and you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Karanga Camp (4035m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

A relative easy day through a desolate moon landscape.

Start: Karanga Camp (4035m)
Finish: Barafu Camp (4640m)
Altitude: ↑ 600m
Walking Time: 3-4h

A few hours hiking through desolate and rocky moon-like landscape lies ahead. It will be a relatively easy day leading steadily uphill. The goal for today is the Barafu campsite on a narrow ridge in full view of Mawenzi peak. You will walk along a trail that passes through the afro-alpine dessert until you reach your destination for today –Barafu Camp at 4640m. Use the rest of the day to relax and pack your daypack for tonight’s summit attempt. Supper will be served early; drink and eat enough if you can and try to sleep. You will be woken up around midnight to start your walk to the summit.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Summit day starts off in the dark. You will first go to Stella Point on the crater’s rim. Another few hours to reach Uhuru peak in the early sunrise.  You will ‘feel’ the altitude. After a few minutes at the summit, the descent is steep and long.

Start: Barafu Camp (4640m)
Finish: Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)
Altitude: ↑ 1250m  ↓ 2810m
Walking Time: 10-14h

It is dark and cold as you set off just after midnight. You will climb the frozen volcanic dust by headlamp going towards Stella Point on the crater rim – about six hours. The sun should be rising when you arrive here. Just an hour or two more and you will be standing on the highest point of the crater: Uhuru peak. On top of the world! Take a short break for pictures and celebratory hugs before you tackle the steep and dusty descent. By now the volcanic ash will have thawed… You will stop for a short tea break at Barafu and then continue downhill for about three hours to Mweka camp (3080m). This is your overnight stop. Refuel by drinking lots of fluids and have a good helping at supper time.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Arusha

A traditional farewell ceremony from the porters begins the day. After about three hours,  comfortably descending through the greenness of the forest, you should reach Mweka gate where the driver will be waiting. Back at the hotel a hot shower, a cold drink, a debrief and your certificate of achievement are waiting.  Well done!

Breakfast, Dinner 

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