• Adventure, Ecological, Sightseeing, Wildlife

Hike to Mount Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

  • Moshi, Tanzania
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  • English, French


Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterward, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although eight to nine days is ideal.


For the first day, we will leave your hotel early in the morning and drive to Londorosi Gate for registration. We will then drive to Lemosho Glades (2389m) where you will start the memorable trek through the unspoiled rainforest to Mtimkubwa (Big Tree Camp) (2785m) where we will have dinner and stay overnight in nature.

Elevation: 2389m/7838ft to 2785m/9137ft

Distance: 4.8km/3mile

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Meals: Lunch – Dinner

Today the trek will take a gain of an altitude of approximately 719m. Lunch will be served in an exciting valley just outside the Shira crater at 3004m. After lunch, we’ll go across the rim into the Shira Caldera which filled from lava from Kibo. We will camp and have dinner at Shira One camp (3504m).

Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3504m11,496ft

Distance: 7.9km/5mile

Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Today we will have a long walk toward Eastern side across Shira Plateau. This will bring you to Shira Two camp via Shira Cathedral peak at 3862m. Shira Two camp is at a height of 3895m where we stay overnight.

Elevation: 3504m/11496ft to 3895m/12779ft via Cathedral Peak 3862m/12671ft

Distance: 6.9km/4.3mile (10.11km/6.3mile via the Cathedral Peak)

Walking time: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Today consists of two different routes: you will cross a ridge at 4600m over the Lava Tower which offers invaluable altitude acclimatization. From here we will have a further 5-6-hour trek as we drop down through the Barranco Valley to the camp beside Barranco Wall at 3986m where we will stay overnight.

Elevation: 3895m/12779ft to 3986m/13077ft

Distance: 10.1km/6.3mile to Barranco Hut and 6.7km/4mile to Lava Tower

Hiking time: 8-10 hours

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

After an early breakfast, we will start by climbing up the legendary Barranco Wall which gives us an altitude gain of 300m. We continue our trek for 5-6 hours, crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga Upper camp (4034m) where we will have our lunch. In the afternoon we will have an optional altitude acclimatizing trek up the scree slopes.

Elevation: 3986m/13077ft to 4034m/13235ft

Distance: 5.3km/3.3mile

Hiking Time: 8-10 hours

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

After breakfast, we will have a 2-4 hour trekking to an altitude of 4600m. At the camp, we can either take an afternoon rest or acclimatization until midnight when our trek to the summit will commence.

Elevation: 4034m/13235ft to 4662m/15295ft

Distance: 3.1km/1.9mile

Hiking Time: 2-4 hours

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

At midnight, we will start the ascent up to the crater rim through the scree slopes to Stella Point, then to the top of Africa, Uhuru Peak. Stella Point is located at 5745m around the crater rim. After enjoying the unforgettable views on Kilimanjaro’s summit, we will trek downwards via Stella Point and the scree slopes back to Barafu camp for some hours resting before heading to Millennium camp or Mwaka Hut. It is the hardest day for the trekkers. We will camp and have dinner at Millennium camp/Mweka Hut

Elevation: 4662m/15295ft to 5895m/19341ft then down to 3827m/12556ft or 3106m/10191ft

Ascent Distance: 4.86km/3mile – Descend distance: 11.5km/7.1mile

Hiking time: 13-15 hours

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

We leave the camp early in the morning and trek downwards to Mweka Gate via Mweka camp. The path from Millennium camp takes us through where heather grows for about an hour. The muddy path continues until we enter a heavy rainforest that takes us to the gate where we have picnic lunch, get certificates and celebrate your memorable journey before heading back to town where you will have dinner and stay overnight.

Elevation: 3106m/10190ft to 1633/5358ft

Distance: 9.1km/5.6mile

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

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