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The eight-day Lemosho route option is recommended for climbers who want to increase their chances of successfully reaching the summit while also allowing ample time for acclimatization. This option provides opportunities for gradual altitude adjustments and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

The Lemosho route is located from the west that begins with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate.  The Lemosho route joins the Machame route after Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descends at Mweka Gate. The first 2 days of the tour cross the thick rainforest belt which then changes into heath and moorland with many ferns and erica’s along the way.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Londorosi gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1

Day 4: Shira camp1 to Shira Camp 2

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 to Baranco camp

Day 6: Baranco camp to Karanga camp

Day 7: Karanga camp to Barafu camp

Day 8: Barafu camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka camp

Day 9: Mweka camp to Mweka gate to the hotel

Day 10: International departures or proceed to safari

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Londorosi gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1

Day 4: Shira camp1 to Shira Camp 2

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 to Baranco camp

Day 6: Baranco camp to Karanga camp

Day 7: Karanga camp to Barafu camp

Day 8: Barafu camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka camp

Day 9: Mweka camp to Mweka gate to the hotel

Day 10: International departures or proceed to safari

Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 2:00 am

Arrive at Moshi

Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the moment you land at Kilimanjaro International Airport, You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to our partner lodge in Moshi in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post-trek accommodation in Honey Badger, or Q wine hotel. The guide will perform a gear check for you after dinner so that the next morning you will be ready for your tour to start.

Day 2

Time : 5:00 am

Moshi – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Moshi to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorossi Gate, you will receive a packed lunch and can buy mineral water for the hike. Then the final 45 minutes of the drive leading up to the gate will be on a bumpy forest track requiring 4WD vehicles. At the entrance gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). You are now ready to begin your 3-hour hike into the rainforest. Be on the lookout for Colobus monkeys! Along the way, you will stop for an afternoon lunch break and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack and then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira Camp 1 (3500m)

Hiking time: 6.5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.

Day4 Shira Camp 1 (3840m) to Shira Camp 2 (3900)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi-desert

you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Time : 8:00 am

Shira Camp 1 (3840m) to Shira camp 2 (3900)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi-desert

you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Time : 8:00 am

Shira camp 2 (3840m) to Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking into the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3950 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

Day6 Baranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga camp (3963m)
Hiking time: 5:30 hrs
Distance:6 km
Habitat: Desert

Day 6

Time : 4:00 am

Baranco Camp (3963m) to Karanga Camp (4640m)

Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 5km
Habitat: Desert

Day 6 of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenging yet exciting experience. We will spend this day trekking from the Baranco Camp to the Karanga Camp, covering a distance of approximately 5 kilometers. The climb starts at an elevation of 3,960 meters and goes up to 3,995 meters, making it a gradual ascent.
The estimated time to complete this trek is around 4-5 hours. The terrain is rocky and steep, with a few spots that require some scrambling. However, the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape make it all worth it. The trek passes through the Barranco Wall, a rocky formation that requires some scrambling and careful footing.

The Barranco Wall is one of the most iconic and challenging sections of the entire Mount Kilimanjaro climb. It is a steep climb up the rocky face, with no fixed ropes or handholds. You must rely on your strength and balance to make it to the top. However, the view from the top of the wall is breathtaking, and it is one of the most rewarding experiences of the climb.

After successfully completing the Baranco Wall, the trail becomes less steep and more gradual. The route passes through several scenic valleys and ridges before finally reaching the Karanga Camp. The campsite is located in a sheltered valley, and climbers can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Day 7

Time : 8:00 am

Karanga Camp (3,965 meters) to Barafu Camp (4675 meters)

Distance: 4km/2miles,
Hiking Time: 4-5hours,
Elevation:13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Vegetation: Alpine Desert

The trek from Karanga camp to Barafu camp takes around 4-5 hours to complete. The route is steep and rocky, and climbers must navigate through several ridges and valleys before reaching the Barafu Camp. The trek is physically demanding, and you should maintain a steady pace to avoid exhaustion and altitude sickness.

The Barafu campsite is located at an altitude of 4,673 meters, and it is the last stop before the summit. The Karanga Camp is situated on a rocky outcrop and offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Climbers are advised to rest and acclimatize to the higher altitude before continuing the ascent.

Day 8

Time : 10:00 am

Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (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. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. 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 to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rainforest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rainforest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 9

Time : 2:00 am

Mweka camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate 1630m) to hotel

Time: 6hrs
Distance: 9.2 km
Habitat: Rainforest

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower and then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

Day 10

International departure

This day left for your next flight back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees are collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fee,s and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Honey Badger, AMEG Lodge or Park View Inn) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents 

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike.
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost.
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats.
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery).
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters.
  • GPS-tracking service.
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience.
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
  • Airline tickets.
  • Visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent).
  • Personal gear rentals.
  • Tips for the mountain crew-it is not must but appreciated when given upon self-satisfactory
  • Mountaineering insurance.
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