8 Days Lemosho Kilimanjaro Trek + 2 nights hotel stay

Lemosho Route Itinerary

Day 1:  Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi Town

Upon your arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and driver, and you will be taken to the hotel in Moshi Town. In the evening you will enjoy a quick briefing which will be conducted by our professional Mountain Guide about your trekking, and to ensure if you are ready for climbing – dinner and overnight at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate (2385 m) – Mti Mkubwa (2785 m)

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

A two and a half hours drive to Londorossi Gate where the national park authorities will register you. Then you drive another 15 km into the dense rainforest to where you will start. A moderately steep path leads to the Big Tree Camp (2780 m). Look out for monkeys and exotic birds along the way.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa (2785 m)Shira 1 Camp (3605 m)

  • Distance: 8 km
  • Trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

A few hours walk will see the end of the forest and the beginning of a climb through the heather forest to the edge of the Shira Caldera. The destination is the scenic Shira One Camp.

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp (3605 m)Shira 2 Camp/ Shira Hut (3840 m)

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Today is spent on a gentle hike across the Shira Plateau with possible side trips to Shira Cathedral. The camp is at the first high camp of Shira Two.

NOTE: From Shira 2 Camp the trail links with Machame Route.

Day 5: Shira Two Camp (3840 m) – Lava Tower (4640 m) – Barranco Hut (3960 m)

  • Distance: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower (7 km) & Lava Tower – Barranco Hut (3 km)
  • Trekking time: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower (2-3 hrs.) & Lava Tower – Barranco Hut (4-5 hrs.)
  • Habitat: Alpine-desert

You will gain 700 m in altitude but descend to sleep at Barranco – 60 m higher than last night’s camp. This will help with acclimatisation as you will go up to 4600 m before descending again. Today begins with a long uphill in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640 m), and you will notice how the landscape changes to a rocky alpine desert. Later, the path descends again to the Barranco Valley with its giant Senecio and Lobelias. After six to seven hours you should arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp.

Day 6: Barranco Hut (3,960 m) – Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine-desert

Today will start with the daunting Barranco Wall. Soon you will realise it looks worse than it is, but there are tricky sections where you will need to hold on tight. Admire the views from the top. The rest of the route follows along the mountain ridge into the Karanga valley and out. You reach Karanga Camp after lunch, and you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit.

Day 7: Karanga Camp (4035 m) – Barafu Hut (4645 m)

  • Distance: 4 km
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine-desert

A few hours hiking through desolate and rocky moon-like landscape lies ahead. It will be a relatively easy day leading steadily uphill. The goal for today is the Barafu campsite on a narrow ridge in full view of Mawenzi peak. You will walk along a trail that passes through the afro-alpine dessert until you reach your destination for today –Barafu Camp at 4640 m. Use the rest of the day to relax and pack your daypack for tonight’s summit attempt. Supper will be served early; drink and eat enough if you can and try to sleep. You will be woken up around midnight to start your walk to the summit.

Day 8: Barafu Camp (4645 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)

  • Distance: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5 km) & Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp (12 km)
  • Trekking time: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (7-8 hrs.) & Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp (4-6 hrs.)
  • Habitat: Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit

It is dark and cold as you set off just after midnight. You will climb the frozen volcanic dust by headlamp going towards Stella Point on the crater rim – about six hours. The sun should be rising when you arrive here. Just an hour or two more and you will be standing on the highest point of the crater Uhuru peak.

On top of the world! Take a short break for pictures and celebratory hugs before you tackle the steep and dusty descent. By now the volcanic ash will have thawed. You will stop for a short tea break at Barafu and then continue downhill for about three hours to Mweka camp (3080 m). This is your overnight stop. Refuel by drinking lots of fluids and have an excellent helping at supper time.

Day 9: Mweka Camp (3080 m) – Mweka Gate (1640 m)

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Today is a short walk towards Mweka Gate and pickup. It is a short day with arrival at the Gate at about noon. Checkout and return to Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel in Moshi town.

Day 10: Moshi Town – Kilimanjaro Airport

After getting some rest and refreshment at the hotel, your driver-guide will take you to the Kilimanjaro International Airport ready for your flight back home. Alternatively, you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on wildlife encounter safari or relax at the tropical islands and turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.

Price:

8 Days Kilimanjaro Trek Lemosho Route Price in USD (Per Person Sharing)
2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax
$2,561 $2,461 $2,401 $2,321 $2,261

INCLUDED:

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in Moshi Town
  • Full board accommodation on the mountain
  • All park fees
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables)
  • Oxygen cylinder - only for emergency
  • English speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook and porters)
  • First aid kit and pulse oximeter
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Mentioned transfers

EXCLUDED:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Flights
  • Laundry
  • All Meals and drinks in Moshi town