7 Days Lemosho Route

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Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport

Route Description

7 Days Lemosho Route is one of the best trekking route for acclimatization on Kilimanjaro. This route is less used and a stunning way up to the Shira Plateau. On this route, you will be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Dells are inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife.

Day 0: Arrival at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport

Distance: 45km /5Mnts

Meet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport. Transfer to Tulia Boutique for dinner and overnight BB. (45 km, 50 minutes)

  • MEALS: Dinner and Overnight BB
  • ACCOMMODATION:  Tulia Boutique
Day 1: Tulia Hotel to Mti Mkubwa Camp

After breakfast and briefing, you will drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). You proceed to Lemosho Glades with a 4WD vehicle and start a walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft
Distance: 6km/4miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 2 Camp

After breakfast at Mti Mkubwa, we continue as the trail slowly steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams cross, we continue over the Shira Ridge past the Shira 1 camp and on to the Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream.

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3850m/12,600ft
Distance: 16km/10miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. Here, our path changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which prolong to the Arrow Glacier and continue further down to the Barranco Camp.

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
Distance: 8km/5miles
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast at Barranco, we begin a day up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
Distance: 5km/3miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast at Karanga Camp, we proceed to Barafu Camp and here you will have completed the South Circuit which offers views of the summit from many different angles. We then have a full relaxation, rest, enjoy dinner under the African sky, and prepare for the summit day.

Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
Distance: 4km/2miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (Midnight to 2 Am), we linger our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Here, you will have head in a northwest direction and ascend through a heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most outstanding sunrise you are ever likely to see.

From Stella Point, you may come across snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the rooftop of the African Continent.

From the summit we begin to descent straight down to the Mweka Camp with one stop at Barafu camp for lunch. Here, you may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel walking down to Mweka camp. Arrive at Mweka Camp on time and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3090m/10,150ft
Distance: 5km/3miles up / 13km/8miles down
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel

After breakfast at Mweka camp, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your award (Summit certificate).

Joagro Safaris Tanzania vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
Distance: 10km/6miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Forest
Meals: Breakfast

7 Days Lemosho Route Trekking Costing

1 pax – USD 2058

2 pax – USD 1812 per person

3 pax – USD 1745 per person

4 pax – USD 1718 per person

5 pax – USD 1728 per person

6 pax – USD 1710 per person

7 pax – USD 1709 per person

8 pax – USD 1699 per person

9 pax – USD 1697 per person

10 pax – USD 1690 per person


7 Days Lemosho Route Trekking Includes
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • 2 Nights’ hotel accommodations
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees, Rescue Fees.
  • All meals while on the Mountain.
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
7 Days Lemosho Route Trekking Excludes
  • Tanzania Visa cost which is USD 50 except for Canadian and USA passport holders which are USD 100
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Meals not listed in the plan.
  • Optional Tours/ activities

Note: You can combine this experience with safari to have a complete taste of Tanzania from the roof top to the wilderness.


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