8 Days Kilimanjaro Lemosho route

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The Lemosho route is widely recognized for its exceptional acclimatization benefits, making it a preferred choice for climbers seeking a safe and comfortable ascent. This route, characterized by its lower traffic and picturesque journey to the Shira Plateau, offers a serene and immersive experience.

Notably, the Lemosho route stands out as one of the select few where groups may receive the accompaniment of an armed ranger on the initial day. This precaution is in response to the presence of buffalo, elephants, and other wildlife inhabiting the forests surrounding the Lemosho Glades, ensuring both safety and tranquility for climbers.

Spanning over 8 days, the Lemosho route boasts an impressive success rate among climbers. This extended duration allows ample time for acclimatization, effectively minimizing the risk of altitude sickness and optimizing overall trekking performance and well-being.


  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)
  • Drinking water & wine on safari jeep
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate
  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

Tour Plan

Day 1: Hotel to Mti Mkubwa Camp Mount Kilimanjaro

Following a hearty breakfast and an informative briefing, embark on a scenic drive to Londorossi Park Gate, a journey spanning approximately 3 hours. From this point, access to the Lemosho Glades necessitates traversing a forest track, typically requiring a robust 4WD vehicle. Begin the trek along forest trails, leading to the tranquil Mti Mkubwa Campsite.

Elevation: From 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft Distance: 6km/4mi Hiking Time: 2-3 hours Habitat: Montane Forest Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp Mount Kilimanjaro

After a nourishing breakfast, the journey continues as the trail gradually ascends, transitioning into the expansive heather moorland zone. Crossing several streams en route, the path leads to the elevated Shira 1 Camp, nestled amidst the captivating Shira Plateau, offering a serene ambiance by a flowing stream.

Elevation: From 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft Distance: 8km/5mi Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Moorland Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp Mount Kilimanjaro

Following breakfast, embark on a leisurely hike across the Shira Plateau, surrounded by vast moorland expanses and stunning vistas. The day's journey culminates at Shira 2 Camp, situated amidst picturesque meadows by a serene stream. This day presents an excellent opportunity for acclimatization, with various optional hikes available to explore the plateau's diverse terrain.

Elevation: From 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft Distance: 8km/5mi Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Moorland Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp Mount Kilimanjaro

Continuing from the Shira Plateau, the trail ascends eastward along a ridge, passing the junction towards Kibo Peak. The path then veers southeast towards the imposing Lava Tower, known as the "Shark's Tooth." Afterward, descend to the Barranco Camp, essential for acclimatization, despite concluding the day at a similar elevation to the start.

Elevation: From 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft Distance: 8km/5mi Walking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Semi-desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Mount Kilimanjaro

Following breakfast, ascend the steep ridge of the Barranco Wall, a challenging yet rewarding climb offering breathtaking vistas. Continue to the Karanga Valley, where the trail converges with the Mweka Trail, providing a picturesque setting for the day's hike.

Elevation: From 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft Distance: 5km/3mi Climbing Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Mount kilimanjaro

Embark on the final ascent towards the Barafu Camp, marking the culmination of the South Circuit. The campsite offers panoramic views of the summit from various angles, providing an ideal location to rest, savor a hearty dinner, and prepare for the summit push.

Elevation: From 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft Distance: 4km/2mi Climbing Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp Mount Kilimanjaro

Embark on the summit attempt in the early hours, navigating through the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers towards Stella Point on the crater rim. The final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the African continent, rewards with a breathtaking sunrise. Descend to Mweka Camp, passing through Barafu for lunch, and marvel at the journey's accomplishment.

Elevation: From 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft (summit) - Down to 3090m/10,150ft Distance: 5km/3mi (up) / 13km/8mi (down) Hiking Time: 5-7 hours (up) / 5-6 hours (down) Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel Mount Kilimanjaro

Commence the descent to Mweka Park Gate after breakfast, where summit certificates are awarded, marking the completion of the trek. Navigate through the forested terrain, adorned with lush vegetation, and revel in the journey's triumph

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