Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route

Panoramic views from Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route

Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route


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Spend 7 days trekking Africa's highest mountain on this exhilarating guided adventure

Climb one of the most scenic and least busy routes.

Traverse the wild heath and moorlands of Shira Plateau.

Enjoy the marvelous 360-degree views from the roof of Africa at 5895m!

Experience wild camping in magnificent, scenic locations.

If you have ever wondered how it would be to climb Mount Kilimanjaro then this is your opportunity! This guided trek up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro takes the Lemosho route, a lower traffic route to the summit. This means you have more time to enjoy the amazing scenery and have a high success rate to see the summit.

This spectacular Tanzanian trek will start from the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro, beginning from Londorossi Gate. After that you will have the chance to explore the rainforests before ascending onto the mountain slopes and the environment becomes pretty much moon-like. Join us for this great guided African adventure!

Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Tanzania

Your guided Kilimanjaro trek starts today! Get picked up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport and return to Moshi town, where you will check-in to your hotel. You will also meet your guide today and be briefed on the 7-day Lemosho route, meet other guests and check your gear to make sure you are ready. Anything that you might be missing, can be rented here on this day.

Overnight Location
Panama Garden Resort
No Meals Included

Day 2 Transfer to Lemosho Gate (2,100m) and trek to Big Tree Camp (2,780m)

Start your trek up Kilimanjaro with a transfer to the Lemosho Gate on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Complete park formalities and start the trek through the forests of the Lemosho Glades. You will soon reach the Big Tree Camp, where you will be spending the night.

Overnight Location
Big Tree Camp
7km, 600m, 4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 Big Tree Camp (2,780m) to Shira 2 Camp (3,900m)

Today is a big day of trekking on the Lemosho Route, as the spectacular route crosses a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Along the way, you will have great views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. You will gain a significant amount of altitude heading to Shira 2 Camp, and some parts of the route are quite steep. As you approach Shira 2 you will get a view of the Northern Ice Fields and some unusual views of Kibo.

Overnight Location
Shira 2 Camp
16.5 km, 1,325m, 9-11 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Shira 2 Camp (3,900m) to Barranco Camp (3,960m)

Today is a great day for acclimatization, as you will gain a lot of elevation, but sleep at roughly the same elevation. You should have panoramic views as you gain elevation and enter the upland desert and then on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach Lava Tower at 4,640m, the highpoint for the day, before a steep descent into the Great Barranco Valley, where you will sleep at Barranco Camp. You will reach a high point of 4,600m on today’s trek, so you will be feeling the altitude, though by sleeping low it will help your body to get used to the altitude.

Overnight Location
Barranco Camp
10km, 665m, 7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (3,963m)

Today you start by descending in the into the Great Barranco ravine, after which you come upon a steep path known as the Great Barranco Wall. This part of the Lemosho route involves some tiring, but not overly technical terrain. You will pass under the Kersten and Heim glaciers and head towards the Karanga Valley, the last stop for fresh water on route before the summit. You will stay at the Karanga Camp, however, for those feeling strong, there will be a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4,200m before descending back to the camp for the night.

Overnight Location
Karanga Camp
5.5km, 350m, 5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Karanga Camp (3,963m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m)

Today’s trek is short, only 3km to nearby Barafu camp, which is at 4,640m. Though only 3km, it is also 625m of elevation gain, so it’s a steep trek today. You will cross barren scree slopes that will leave you tired, as at this altitude ascending is very tough. You’ll arrive in camp early, and enjoy a rest and a lot of eating, as tomorrow the main ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro begins.

Overnight Location
Barafu Camp
3km, 625m, 3 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Barafu Camp (4,640m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3,790m)

Today you should summit Mount Kilimanjaro. You will start trekking at around midnight in order to arrive at the crater rim around sunrise. The route will head steeply up towards the summit glaciers. Expect to climb for 4-5 hours on a steady and steep path. If all goes well, you will arrive at Stella Point (5,739 m) on the crater rim with the first rays of sunlight. The views from within the crater are spectacular. It will take one more hour to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro - Uhuru Peak (5,895m). Return from the summit of Kilimanjaro back past Stella Point all the way to Barafu Camp for a well-earned. Later in the day continue down to Millennium Camp.

Overnight Location
Millennium Camp
13.4km, 1,250m Up, 2,000m down , 12-15 hours
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Millennium Camp (3,790m) to Mweka Gate (1,630m)

This is the last trekking day on this guided tour on the Lemosho route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Today is a gentle day compared to yesterday, as you walk down through a rainforest to Mweka Gate, where you exit the park. Meet the vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you will enjoy a shower and probably a cold beer or two, before a big celebration.

Overnight Location
Panama Garden Resort
12.1km, 2,100m down, 6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Departure

Today it’s all up to you and what time your flight leaves. If you have time, you can explore the town of Moshi and find some souvenirs to commemorate your summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Consider sparing an hour of your time to help our environmental conservation efforts by planting a tree in the Kilimanjaro region.

Overnight Location
None, departure day

Dates and Prices of Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route trek

This hiking tour in Tanzania is run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the number of travellers in your group.

The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,475USD per person

Please note that the pricing might change depending on the size of your group.

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Accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route Tour

This accommodations on this trekking tour of Mount Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho route are in tents while on Mount Kilimanjaro and in a private room in a lodge while in Moshi. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room as a solo travelers. In some cases, there may be other solo travelers, and we can match you with participants of the same sex.

Panama Garden Resort

This beautiful hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Moshi comfortable: the resort has a beautiful garden area with swimming pool, bar, BBQ corner and free WiFi.

Night 2

Big Tree Camp

Big Tree Camp is a well-organized camp just outside the tropical forest area at 3,000m. There are views of the peak. There are splendid sunset views on Mount Meru.

Night 3

Shira 2 camp

Across the Plateau from Shira 1 Camp, enjoy another night taking in the beautiful views of the Kilimanjaro Valley.

Night 4

Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp is set in a rocky valley. Hopefully the view of the Barranco Wall in the distance will help motivate you for the upcoming journey.

Night 5

Karanga Camp

Set high just above the beautiful Karanga Valley, this site is a great place to explore or relax at the end of another long day on the trail.

Night 6

Barafu Camp

Tonight, you’re sleeping at over 4,600m above sea level with the summit in sight.

Night 7

Millennium Camp

Your final campsite on the mountain. At a much more comfortable lower altitude, you’ll see the trees are starting to appear again.

Panama Garden Resort

This beautiful hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Moshi comfortable: the resort has a beautiful garden area with swimming pool, bar, BBQ corner and free WiFi.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route Tour?


8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners


Accommodations for 8 nights along the tour

Transportation during the Tour

2-way shared airport transfers between Moshi and Kilimanjaro International Airport

Also Included

  • 2-way shared airport transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters for the Mount Meru Trek
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation in tents on the Lemosho Route. Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative) on Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Gear, such as double layered sleeping mats and 3-season mountain tents
  • Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
  • Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
  • Supplemental Oxygen and pulse Oximeter

Not included

  • Tips – see FAQ for guidelines per group.
  • Air Travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Any meals or drinks not specified in the itinerary
  • Laundry Services & Items of personal nature.

Optional Tours

  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Extra porter
  • Transfer: Moshi to Arusha
  • Transfer: Moshi to Nairobi
  • Materuni + Coffee Tour Day trip
  • Rundugai Hot water springs Day Trip
  • Cycling day trip
  • Cultural Day Trip
  • 2-Days Safari

Frequenty Asked Questions about Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route

How hard is this tour?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5 due to the elevation and very long summit day.

Do I need a Visa?

Check with your local country about visa requirements for travel to Tanzania. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included?

8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Travel Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. You can get travel insurance here.

How do I get to the start of this tour?

Make your own way to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. The nearest town is Moshi.

Are the tours in English?

Yes, your tour leader is English speaking (and a heck of a lot of fun!)

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends in Moshi Town, and a transfer back to Kilimanjaro International Airport is included.

Can I rent gear?

Sleeping gear and tents are provided. If you require other gear you can arrange it from the tour provider in advance.

How does the mountain crew communicate if a person gets sick?

Your guide has radio communication via ICOM radios. If anything goes wrong on the mountain then help can be notified. Also, if you need to make any changes to your itinerary while on the mountain you can notify the head office via radio and they will make the necessary changes. The cell reception on the mountain has also improved so in some places cell phones will work.

When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry season. This is from June to early November and from December to end of March.

Do I need vaccines?

You should check with a doctor at a licenced Travel clinic or talk to your family doctor.

How much should I tip?

Tips are optional, though the tips are a substantial portion of your crew members income. The total amount varies based on the number of crew members on your trip and your level of satisfaction with their service. Your group should plan on tipping in cash and the amounts should range between $80-$100 for the guide, $60-$80 for the Cook, $50-$70 for Assistant Guide and $30-$40 for porters. It is recommended to tip each crew member separately to ensure full transparency.

When is the best time to travel to Tanzania for this tour?

This tour is typically run from June to October and December to March, however, it can be run April, May, and November.


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We rate this tour as a 5 / 5 due to the elevation and very long summit day.

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