This is one of the longest and a comfortable options available for the Kilimanjaro trek. After beautiful forests and moorlands it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route. The forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephants and Other animals. The South Circuit is then followed, offering superb views of the Southern Icefields, past the Barranco camp, then on to Barafu and hence the summit. Descent is by the Mweka Route
LEMOSHO ROUTE 8 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS
- Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′
- Navigate Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route, the most scenic on the mountain
- Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone
- Follow expert African guides, full of knowledge of the mountain and its environs
- Experience Signature Camping! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, amazing meals and more!
Group SizePrice per person
1 personUSD 2190/person2-3 peopleUSD 2090/person4-5 peopleUSD 1980/person6-7 peopleUSD 1920/person8-9 peopleUSD 1870/
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
- All Park fees Airport transfers Rescue fees
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
- Emergency oxygen
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Clean, purified drinking water
- Accommodation in tents and hotels as indicated in the itinerary
- Camping equipment – tents, sleeping mattress and camping furniture
- Portable toilet and toilet tent
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Tips Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
Londorossi Gate (2,360m/ 7,742ft) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2,895m/ 9,498ft)
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.
Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,895m/ 9,498ft) – Shira 1 Camp (3,505m/ 11,500ft)
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
Shira 1 (3,505m/ 11,500ft) - Moir Hut(4,200m/ 13,800ft)
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibos glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth
Moir Hut (4,200m/ 13,800ft) to Barranco Camp (3,976m/ 13,044ft)
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.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Barranco Camp(3,976m/ 13,044ft) - Karanga Camp(3,995m/ 13,106ft)
After early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatisation.
Karanga Camp(3,995m/ 13,106ft) - Barafu Camp(4,673m/ 15,331ft)
After morning breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00
Barafu Camp(4,673m/ 15,331ft) - Uhuru Peak(5,895m/ 19,341ft) - Mweka Camp(3,068m/ 10,065ft)
Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.
The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.
Mweka Camp (3,068m/ 10,065ft) - Mweka gate (1,640m/ 5,380ft)
After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.