9 Days Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route is one of the most beautiful and newest routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is also the longest route, starting at Londorossi Gate, which is the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The first part of the route leads through woods and dense rainforest, and you may spot a number of animals around Lemosho Glades. The landscape then opens up into a vast expanse of heath, and you continue across the Shira Plateau. The higher up you climb, the more barren and stony the terrain becomes.

Trekking Itinerary

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Today, you will leave Arusha and drive to Londorossi Gate, the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The drive takes around 3 hours. On arrival at Londorossi Gate, you will have time to check in and register before meeting your team of guides, cooks and bearers. This marks the start of your ascent of Kilimanjaro.
The route takes you through woods and rainforest, where you may be fortunate enough to catch sight of the rare and extremely beautiful black/white Colobus monkey or some of the many other animals that live in the forest altitudes: Londorossi Gate: 2,250 masl, Lemosho Glades: 2,000 masl, Mti Mkubwa Camp: 2,750 masl

● Distance: 10 km
● Walking time: 3-4 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s stage takes you through the last stretch of rainforest, and the landscape soon transforms into open heathland, featuring heather, wild flowers, grass and stony paths. The route leads over the Shira Plateau from where there is a wonderful view of Kibo and Mt. Meru. When you arrive at Shira 1 Camp, you can admire the view of Kilimanjaro Western Breach, which is the western crater edge with the magnificent glacier.

● Altitudes: Mti Mkubwa Camp: 2,750 masl, Shira 1 Camp: 3,500 masl
● Distance: 8 km
● Walking time: 5-6 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You continue your ascent across the plateau to Shira 2 Camp. There are several routes you can follow, which makes this an excellent acclimatisation day. As you walk, you may be able to enjoy a fine view of the impressive Kibo Massif, or you may experience the sight of clouds at eye level …

● Altitudes: Shira Camp 1: 3,500 masl, Shira Camp 2: 3,840 masl
● Distance: 12 km
● Walking time: 6-7 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will be heading east. The landscape starts to dry out, becoming more barren and stonier the higher you climb. As you continue upwards, you can enjoy magnificent views of both Kibo and Mt. Meru, poking up above the white clouds behind you. After ascending for a couple of hours, you will reach the famous Lava Tower, which stems from Kilimanjaro’s previous incarnation as an active volcano.

● Altitudes: Shira Camp 2: 3,840 masl, Lava Tower: 4,630 masl, Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl
● Distance: 6 km
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
● Walking time: 5 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a night at the foot of the impressive Great Barranco Wall, the time has come to climb the notorious cliff – which is fortunately easier than it looks. At the top of the wall, just below Heim Glacier, the full beauty of Kilimanjaro magically unfurls. The route then takes you down through Karanga Valley, where Karanga Camp is located. From here, you can admire the ragged peaks of Mawenzi that rise up towards the African sky.

● Altitudes: Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl, Karanga Camp: 4,200 masl
● Distance: 4 km
● Walking time: 3,5 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s stage takes you to Barafu Camp, leading through dramatic and spectacular landscapes consisting of large and small volcanic rocks testifying to volcanic activity in ages past. The last part of the trail to Barafu Camp follows the Mweka route, and as you walk you can look out over Kibo and Mawenzi.

Barafu Camp is located at an exposed site on a mountain ridge. The ground is stony and the winds often blow strongly here.

● Altitudes: Karanga Camp: 4,200 masl, Barafu Camp: 4,550 masl
● Distance: 4 km
● Walking time: 3,5 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will be woken up around midnight, and following a light meal it will be time to tackle the final stretch of the ascent to Uhuru Peak. Most people find walking across tricky terrain in the dark before the sun comes up a serious challenge; the objective is to reach Stella Point at dawn. At Stella Point, you will all take a short break to enjoy the magnificent sunrise.

● Altitudes: Barafu Camp: 4,550 masl, Uhuru Peak: 5,895 masl, Mweka Camp: 3,100 masl
● Distance: 5 km up and 12 km down
● Walking time: 6-7 hours up and 7 hours down
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you make your way to Mweka Gate to check out before being picked up and driven back to your hotel in Arusha, where a delicious lunch awaits. Everyone who completed the climb will be awarded a certificate.

● Altitudes: Mweka Gate: 1,850 masl,
● Distance: Approx. 10 km
● Walking time: 3 hours
● Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

end of safari

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a tremendous challenge that is entirely doable.

Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the Seven Summits, is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, reaching at 5,895 meters (19,341 ft). A dormant volcano, Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro National Park and is the continent’s highest point.