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7 Days Lemosho Route
7 Days Lemosho Route
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7 Days Lemosho Route


The Lemosho route Kilimanjaro is the longest of the outfield routes and is sometimes regarded as the second timers Kilimanjaro route, although it is also for anyone with an appetite for a quieter trail and a more remote atmosphere. Most hikers often say that the beauty of the Lemosho route Kilimanjaro is due to the fact that the route is a little less accessible than the Machame Route. The other added bonus of the Lemosho route Kilimanjaro is that more time is spent hiking on the Shira Plateau thus allowing a greater chance of acclimatization. The Lemosho route Kilimanjaro also has the added potential of big game sighting on the lower reaches, requiring sometimes that the first day be hiked in the company of an armed game scout. And by game, we do not mean monopoly or chess.

The Lemosho trailhead is situated well west of the other routes, but from day 4 onwards it merges with Machame and follows the same course from then on. And quite as most Machame groups descend on the separate Mweka Route, the Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro typically does as well Accommodation on the Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro is unfortunately not the Hilton, but we have tried to compromise by including some high-quality alpine tents. To make your experience on Kilimanjaro a tad more comfortable, we arrange for all your supplies and camping equipment to be carried up this majestic mountain by our reliable and friendly porter team who are also responsible for preparing your daily meals. Although the porter team is truly amazing, they do not possess Spiderman superpowers, so we ask that your personal baggage limit is 12 kg for the climb. Tents and sleeping mats are supplied on this trip.

Our Lemosho route to Kilimanjaro begins at the Protea Hotel Aishi. A really nice place to enjoy your creature comforts before the suffering of mountain life begins. In terms of experience, the guides that we use are well equipped to look after your climbing needs. Some of the guides have summited Kilimanjaro over 100 times. Each Lemosho route Kilimanjaro is led by a senior guide, with other guides in a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3 climbers – if you are a bit slower than the rest or get ill and have to descend, a guide will always be with you. As for the food served on the mountain, we do not serve lobster thermadoire! The fridge gets a bit heavy! The food is generally plain and wholesome, including a lot of carbohydrates, stews and soups, vegetables, and fresh fruit.

If you are a vegetarian, please let us know! If you would like to join a group departure together with other climbers, we will be undertaking such trips throughout the year. Maps and illustrations showing the path of the migrating herds should be used as a general guide and a good way to choose the location of your hotel, camp, or lodge. However, as with anything in nature, the actual day-to-day pattern is unpredictable. Wildebeest are remarkably unpredictable!

Day 1: Pickup to Airport

You will be picked up from the airport. From there you will go to the hotel in Moshi for an orientation on your trek. Your guides will be there to provide you with details on your trek and will also check your trekking gear.

Dinner and overnight at PANAMA GARDEN RESORT or a similar hotel in Moshi

Panama Garden Resort - Moshi

Day 2: Moshi/Arusha to Londorossi Gate to Lemosho Glades to Mti Mkubwa Camp:

Drive from Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate. From here follow a forest track in a 4WD vehicle for about 11 km/7 mi (45 minutes) to Lemosho Glades and a possible campsite. From the Glades, walk for 3 hours along beautiful forest trails to the Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Mti Mkubwa Camp

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1:

The trail gradually steepens, enters the giant heather moorland zone, then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600 m/11,810 ft and drops gently to Shira Camp 1 located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Shira Camp 1

Day 4: Shira Camp1 to Shira Camp 2:

A gentle walk across the plateau leads to shira camp 2 on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Shira Camp 2

Day 5: Shira Camp1 to Shira Camp 2

After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro's looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190 ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro's earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft.

There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Shira 2 Camp

Day 6: Baranco Camp – Barafu Camp

Leave slowly crossing the floor of the great Barranco Valley and up the Barranco wall; continue the trek on the South Circuit path through the Karanga Valley. Then slowly trek (7 hours) to Barafu Hut (4600m). From Barafu you will have excellent views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Barafu Hut is situated on an exposed and dangerous ridge, so it is necessary to familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark. We will have our dinner, rest, and prepare for summit night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Barafu Camp

Day 7: Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.

Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Mweka Camp

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will be driven back to Moshi for an overdue hot shower and a comfortable night.

Panama Garden Resort


  • img Two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Moshi Town
  • img Full board accommodation on the mountain
  • img All park fees
  • img Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables)
  • img Oxygen cylinder - only for emergency
  • img English speaking guide
  • img Mountain crew (cook and porters)
  • img First aid kit and pulse oximeter
  • img Bottled drinking
  • img Pick up & drop off at the airport


  • img International and domestic flights
  • img Sleeping bags
  • img Beverage
  • img Travel insurance
  • img Visa fees
  • img Flight
  • img Laundry
  • img All meals and drinks in Moshi town
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7 Days Lemosho Route

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