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7 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour
– Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery, and a high summit success rate. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Tour Plan

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Day 1-9 | Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi town-- 55 min (42.2 km) drive

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our transfer driver and taken to the lodge/hotel on the outskirts of Moshi town. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you can either relax at the hotel or explore the town of Moshi (taxi required). In the evening you will attend a briefing which will be carried out by your tour guide in preparation for the upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at the lodge/hotel on Half Board meal plan base


Moshi – Starting point Lemosho (2,250 m)– Big Tree Camp (2,780 m)

In the morning, you will be picked up at the lodge and taken to the Londorossi Gate (2,250 m). Here you will be registered by the national park authorities. Then you will drive approximately 15 km on a bumpy track that will take you into the dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your trek begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoiled natural forest to the Big Tree Camp, your destination for today. As this region is also home to wild game, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger during the first 2 days of your trek.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Londorossi Gate (2,250 m)
  • Finish: Big Tree Camp (2,780 m)
  • Walking Time: 2-3h

Big Tree Camp (2,780 m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m)

Today’s long trek starts on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As one climbs, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like erica and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb (approximately 3 hours), you will climb another 250 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and you will pass giant senecios that can grow to almost 9 m in height. At Shira Camp 2, you will camp for the night and with a little luck, enjoy the wonderful view of the Kibo summit at sunset.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Big Tree Camp (2,780 m)
  • Finish: Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m)
  • Walking Time: 7-8h

Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m) – Lava Tower (4,640 m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Today you will climb approximately 700 m, but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatize, as a height of over 4,600 m will be reached before descending again. In doing so, you will be able to see how your body reacts to such an altitude. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to the alpine desert. The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant Senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours of walking, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp – perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m)
  • Finish: Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
  • Walking Time: 6-7h

Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

Today’s trekking leg has many ascents and descents and shortly after the start, you will tackle the steepest part of the entire route – the Barranco Wall. Now and then, you may need your hands to hold on as there are no climbing “paths”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you whenever necessary. After reaching the top of the Barranco Wall, you will walk along the mountain ridge. From here you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit. You will get to Karanga Camp around lunchtime.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
  • Finish: Karanga Camp (4,035 m)
  • Walking Time: 3-4h

Karanga Camp (4,035 m) – Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

After breakfast, you will walk along a trail that passes through an alpine desert area until you reach the destination of today – the Barafu Camp. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation for the upcoming summit night. You will have dinner early to catch a few hours’ sleep before you will be woken up at around midnight.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Karanga Camp (4,035 m)
  • Finish: Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
  • Walking Time: 3-4h

Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,080 m).

After some hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. By torchlight, you will start walking on the lava ash that is still frozen. After 5 to 7 hours you will arrive at Stella Point (5,730 m), the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak. From “Africa’s Roof”, you will be able to see the surrounding landscape being lit up by the rising sun – a truly liberating experience. After a short break and taking photos, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the crew will be waiting for you. You will have a warm lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours before you make your way down to the Mweka Camp about 3 hours away.

  • Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
  • Start: Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
  • Finish: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,080 m)
  • Walking Time: 10-14h

Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Moshi

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the lodge/hotel and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest or to celebrate your achievement.

  • Breakfast; Dinner
  • Start: Mweka Camp (3,080 m)
  • Finish: Mweka Gate (1,630 m)
  • Walking Time: 2-3h

Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport

On this day after breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport (Departure depends on your flight times on your tickets). Alternatively, you can extend your trip to Tanzania and go on a wild safari tour or a Day excursion tour or take a flight to go and relax on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, Mafia, or Fanjove. Meal; Breakfast