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The Lemosho Route starts on the western flank of Kilimanjaro, offering spectacular views of Mt Meru and the plains of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Your first day takes you through a dense rainforest, that gradually thins out with each upward step and by day two, you can already see the summit of Kilimanjaro, glistening in the distance. On the third day, the route joins the Machame Route and a long, but rewarding, road lies ahead until you reach the summit. The extra day on this 8-day trek gives you the opportunity to better acclimatise, thus increasing your chances of reaching the summit.




​As on your plan to climb Kilimanjaro, your journey will begin on July 16th, departing from Nairobi. On July 17th, you will travel by bus from Nairobi to Arusha and check into your hotel for the night.

The following day, on July 18th, you will have a full day to explore the area between Arusha and Kilimanjaro. The tour operator will arrange a mountain bike day-trip or another adventure activity for the day, which will be confirmed based on your preferences and availability. You will take a break for lunch at a local restaurant or with a packed lunch provided by the tour operator.

After lunch, you will continue your adventure, taking in the stunning natural beauty of the area. By late afternoon, you will arrive at your hotel in Moshi, where you will stay overnight before the start of the Kilimanjaro trek on July 19th. The hotel will be comfortable and provide a much-needed respite after a long day of adventure.

That evening, you will enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant and have some free time to relax and prepare for the Kilimanjaro trek the next day. You will go to bed early, excited for the adventure that awaits you.


Day 1: Londorossi Park Gate 1830 meter to Mti Mkubwa Camp 2650 meter

After breakfast and briefing at the hotel, drive towards Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From there a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Accommodation: Mti Mkubwa Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp 2650 meter to Shira 1 Camp 3500 meter

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

Accommodation: Shira 1 Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 3: Shira 1 Camp 3500 meter to Shira 2 Camp 3845 meter

After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Accommodation: Shira 2 Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 4: Shira 2 Camp 3845 meter to Lava Tower 4640 meter to Barranco Camp 3960 meter

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction that goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Accommodation: Barranco Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 5: Barranco Camp 3960 meter to Karanga Camp 4035 meter

Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary and your guide will be with you every step of the way to provide a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow you a chance for further acclimatization, before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. Your trek will take between 3 to 4 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Accommodation: Karanga Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 6: Karanga Camp 4035 meter to Barafu Camp 4,640 meter

Awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo Summit, you will enjoy an energetic breakfast before setting out to today’s destination – the Barafu Camp. Most of the day will be spent walking through very dry deserted terrain, with Kibo present on your left side. After 3-4 hours, you will reach Barafu Camp, where you will have an early dinner and overnight as the highlight of your trip is only a few short hours away

Accommodation: Barafu Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 7: Barafu Camp 4,640 meter to Uhuru Peak 5,895 meter to Mweka Camp 3,080 meter

At around midnight you will be waken up by your guide with a warm cup of tea and biscuits to get you ready for your final ascent. The moon and your headlamps will be your only source of light as you make your way up to Stella Point, reaching the crater rim in about 5 – 7 hours. Another 1 – 2 hours will take you to Uhuru Peak 5,895 meter, where you can enjoy the sun rising over the African Landscape, casting a pink hue over the snowy peak and making the glaciers sparkle like diamonds around you. After capturing this incredible view and achievement on film, you will start your descent along the same route back to Barafu Camp, where your team awaits you with some snacks and refreshments. Rested and relaxed you will make your way to Mweka Camp for your last night on the highest mountain on African continent.

Accommodation: Mweka Camp

Meal Plan: Full Board


Day 8: Mweka Camp 3,080 meter to Mweka Gate 1,630 meter to Moshi

A delicious breakfast is followed by a traditional farewell ceremony from your mountain crew, before you start your final stretch down the mountain. You will once more trek through the rainforest, giving you another opportunity to spot the cheeky colobus monkeys, finally reaching the Mweka Gate in about 2 – 3 hours. You will be meet at the gate and taken back to Moshi for a long shower and relaxed day at the pool. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure and giving yourself a part on the back for conquering the famous Kilimanjaro.

Meal: Breakfast & Lunch





  • Two (2) nights’ accommodation including breakfast in Moshi (before and after the climb)

  • Qualified guides with mountain crew

  • National park fees

  • Camping fees and tents

  • Tents foam sleeping pads, Cooking equipment, and (Cutlery / Crockery) eating utensils.

  • Rescue fees (required by the National Park)

  • Pulse oximeters

  • Emergency Oxygen (included)

  • First aid kit

  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries

  • Boiled water on the mountain

  • Airport transfers (JRO - Kilimanjaro International Airports)

  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.






  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips (Check recommendation in our website blog)

  • (A recommendation for tips are 8-10 USD / per Day for Porters/Waiters; 11-13 USD / per Day for the Cook and 18-20 USD / per Day for the Head Guide)

  • Meals and drinks not specified

  • Mountain equipment (e.g. sleeping bags)

  • Gear for your climb, some equipment is available for rent (e.g. sleeping bag or tracking poles).

  • Camping Toilette (This will be provided)

  • Items of personal nature (expenses)

  • Additional Hotel nights

  • Visa fees & travel insurance.

  • Flight tickets

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