8 Days Lemosho Route

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8 Days Lemosho Route


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8 Days, 7 Nights



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10+ People

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This 8 Days Lemosho Route variant is the best option for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho route as it offers optimum time for acclimatization hence a high summit success rate. The climb from Barranco to Barafu on the 8-day Lemosho route is split into two days, providing for a rest day before the summit attempt. This is critical since summit day starts early, at midnight, and climbers are sleep deprived heading into the mountain’s most difficult day. Climbers will be more rested if they have a short day before the climb. There is 7-day Lemosho route variation but we recommend this 8-day trip because it has an extra day for acclimatization and better chances of making it to the summit.

Included All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
Professional, experienced, mountain guides
Guides, Porters, Cook salaries, and park fees
Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
All meals while on the Mountain
Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
Clean, purified drinking water
Conservation fees (part of park fees)
Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
Rescue fees (part of park fees)
VAT (18% charged by the Government)
Kilimanjaro summit certificate
Excluded Tanzania Visa
International and domestic flights
Hotel (available as an optional addon)
Transfers (available as an optional addon)
Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags,hiking boots,clothes,etc (« for renting)
Tips and gratuities
Travel insurance
Personal Expenses (e.g.laundry, telephone,beverages,etc.)
Meals not listed in the itinerary
Liquors,beers and bottled beverages
Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

Tour Plan

  • Elevation (m): 2360m to 2895m
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane forest

We begin our 8-day Lemosho Route itinerary by driving from the hotel in Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate, early in the morning after a hearty breakfast. Before we begin our trek up the woodland route to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite at 2895m, our porters prepare and carry the food and luggage. We’ll spend the night here.

  • Elevation (m): 2895m to 3500m
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

We proceed eastwards, passing via Shira Plateau and Shira Cathedral. We’ll traverse a moorland meadow on our way to Shira 1 camp at 3810 meters for supper and overnight camping. By now, we’ll be able to observe the Western Breach and its magnificent glaciers from an easterly direction. The temperature is expected to drop below freezing tonight, as it was the night before.

We cook dinner on the burners.

  • Elevation (m): 3500m to 4200m
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland.

As we leave the forest behind and approach the moorland zone, the route becomes steeper. Shira Cave, with spectacular views of the Arrow Glacier, is reached through an easy grade trek across the high-altitude Shira Caldera. At 4200 meters, we’ll set up camp for the night.

  • Elevation (m): 4200m to 4600m to 3950m
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

Climbing to the base of the Lava Tower at 4600m for lunch and acclimatization, our itinerary continues on a stony and rough eastward trail. This will be our toughest day yet, and you may feel the altitude for the first time. We’ll drop over 650 meters to the Barranco camp after lunch. Acclimatization will be aided by the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, followed by a descent to sleep. Our descent to Barranco camp takes roughly 2 hours and provides excellent photographic chances of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. While you wait for your meal, the camp is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should present you with a magnificent sunset.

  • Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today begins with a quick but enjoyable scramble to the Great Barranco Wall’s summit. Then, beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers, we walk on scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m). At Karanga Campground, we’ll spend the night.

  • Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m
  • Distance: 6kms
  • Hiking Time: 3 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave the Karanga campsite to reach the Mweka descending trail’s junction. We proceed up to the Barafu Hut from here. You’ve finished the Southern Circuit, which gives you a variety of views of the top. We may relax, eat dinner, and get ready for summit day in camp. From this vantage point, the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible.

  • Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)
  • Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
  • Time: 6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
  • Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit

At 23:30, you’ll be woken up with a cup of tea and some snacks. Between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers, we begin our climb to the top. We’ll take a north-westerly route to Stella Point on the crater rim, ascending via thick scree. This is the toughest portion of the journey, both psychologically and physically. We’ll stop for a short break at Stella Point (5732m) and be rewarded with one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever witness (weather permitting). We will have reached Mount Kilimanjaro and Africa’s highest peak, Uhuru Peak (5895m). At these heights, it can get extremely chilly at night, but by the end of the trekking day, it will be rather warm.

We descend from the peak to the Mweka Hut campsite through Barafu for lunch. The rough gravel on the way down to Mweka Camp will necessitate the use of trekking poles (3100m). Later that evening, we’ll have our final meal on the mountain before getting some well-deserved rest.

  • Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest

After breakfast, we trek to the Mweka Park Gate, where you will obtain your summit certificates. It might be muddy and damp at lower levels. The use of gaiters and trekking poles will be beneficial. T-shirts and shorts will suffice (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).  This marks the end of our 8 Days Lemosho Route tour.


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