About Lemosho Route
Lemosho route is considered the most scenic route on Kilimanjaro that offers panoramic views on various sides of the mountain and less congested. On day 8, this route is divided into two to allow climbers to rest up before the summit day to give them better success to the peak.
Lemosho Route Itinerary
Day 1: Maasai Magic Safaris welcomes you to Tanzania to discover the wild and rugged country of superlatives! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and warmly greeted by Maasai Magic Safaris’ representative who will take you to your place of stay in Moshi for Dinner and an Overnight.
Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp (Elevation: 7,800ft – 9,500ft)
After breakfast and a thorough briefing, you will be transferred (2hours) to Londorossi Gate for Park formalities and 1hour drive to the Lemosho trailhead. After lunch at the trailhead, the climb starts and continues through the pristine forest on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and wind your way up to the first camp at Big Tree or Mti Mkubwa, where you will spend the first night on the mountain.
Hiking Time: 3 – 4hours, Distance: 6Kms, Habitat: Rainforest
Day 3: Forest Camp to Shira 1 (Elevation: 9,500ft – 11,500ft)
Continue up through the trail leading out of the forest into a savannah of tall grasses, heather with scattered volcanic rocks decorated by beards of lichens. Further up, you will enjoy a series of lush undulating hills and beautiful streams in the giant heather zone, to Shira Ridge where you will have exhilarating views of Kibo before descending gently to Shira 1 Camp.
Hiking Time: 5 – 6hours, Distance: 8Kms, Habitat: Moorland
Day 4: Shira Camp 1 – Shira Camp 2 (Elevation: 11,500ft – 13,800ft)
Today you will have a gentle walk across the plateau leading to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent day of acclimatization. This expansive plateau stretches out to about 13kms to the west of Kibo.
Hiking Time: 6 – 7hours, Distance: 14Kms, Habitat: Moorland
Day 5: Shira Camp 2 to Barranco (Elevation: 13,800ft – 13,000ft)
From the Shira Plateau, you 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, you come to the second junction which brings you up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. You now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here you 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.
Hiking Time: 6 – 8hours, Distance: 10Kms, Habitat: Semi-Desert
Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (Elevation: 13,000ft – 13’100ft)
Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then transverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley Campsite. This is a short day walk intended for acclimatization.
Hiking Time: 4 – 5hours, Distance: 5Kms, Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (Elevation: 13,100ft – 15,300ft)
After breakfast, leave Karanga behind and trail up to Barafu Hut, a point that offers stunning views of the summit from various angles. Two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi can be seen from here and this is where the rest of the day is spent to prepare for the summit on the next day.
Hiking Time: 4 – 5hours, Distance: 4Kms, Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 8: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
(Elevation: 15,300ft – 19,345ft) – Ascend
Start after midnight and ascend between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, through heavy screes to Stella Point on the Crater rim. The views are spectacular as the first rays of the morning sun hit the surroundings while you are taking a bit of a break! Another one hour’s walk will take you to the summit and it is possible that you will encounter snow throughout this last hour to the summit, Uhuru Peak. At Uhuru Peak, you will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the whole of Africa.
Hiking Time: 7 – 8hours, Distance: 5Kms, Habitat: Arctic
(Elevation: 19,345ft – 10,000ft) – Descend
Descend to Barafu Hut for a rest and brunch before continuing down to camp at Mweka Hut for the last night and dinner on the mountain. The camp is situated in the upper forest and therefore mist or rain can be a possibility in the late afternoon.
Hiking Time: 4 – 6hours, Distance: 12Kms, Habitat: Forest
Day 9: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate (10,000ft – 5,345ft)
A gentle trek takes you down through the montane forest to Mweka Gate, where you will complete Park formalities and receive Certificates, which you can hang up with pride! Please note that at lower elevations it can be wet and muddy but the gaiters and trekking poles will help. Also, keep the rain gears and warm clothes handy. You are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!).
Hiking Time: 3 – 4hours, Distance: 12Kms, Habitat: Forest
Table of Costs
|Number of Pax||Price Per person in US$|
|3 – 5Pax||2,270|
|6 – 10Pax||2,060|
|10Pax and more||1,985|
- Park fees
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All Accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- A Professional driver/guide
- All Transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- All Airport transfer
- All Meals
- Drinking water
- Camping Equipment
- International Flights (from/to home)
- Tips (Tipping Guideline US$20/Person per day)
- Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, Alcohol…)
- Rescue Fee
- Climbing Gear – can be hired before the climb
- Sleeping Bag – can be hired before the climb