Kilimanjaro Lemosho 8 days + 2 night hotel accommodation is among best sellers of all time. The Lemosho route located from the west that begins with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. Is one of our preferred route due to beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route after Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.
The lesser-known Lemosho route begins on the western side of Mt Kilimanjaro. 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.
Day 1: Arrive to 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 hotel
Day 10: International departures or proceed to safari
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. Guide will perform a gear check for you after dinner so that next morning you will be ready for your tour start.
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 rain forest. 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 then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!
Hiking time: 6.5 hours
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.
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.
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to 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.
Hiking time: 5:30 hrs
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
Hiking time: 3 hours
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.
Hiking time: 16hrs
Habitat: Desert, Moorland and forest
We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.
Distance: 9.2 km
Habitat: Rain forest
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 then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.
This day left for your next fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
Trip costs includes
- Two night lodging in Moshi/Arusha
- Park entry fees as per this itinerary
- Rescue fee
- Wages and salaries for the crew
- Three meals a day
- Camping fees
- Camping gears includes tent(s), chair and table
- Drinking water - bottled water to be offered when yo start the hike. Rest of days water will be treated
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Transfer to the gate/starting point as well as pick up after trek
Not included in the price
- Tipping for the mountain crew
- Meals and drinks on your hotel of arrival
- Local or international flight
- Single supplement. 250 per person a day
- Sleeping bags/ trekking poles etc.