8 days Kilimanjaro trek Lemosho route

The Lemosho route is one of our preferred routes due to its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route starts off from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau. We recommend a minimum of 7 days to attempt this route but 8 days is preferable for better acclimatization and summit success. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route just after Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.

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8 to 10 days


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  • What's included :
    • Transport to/from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
    • Nights’ accommodation in a hotel in Moshi bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy before and after the climb(2 Nights)
    • National Park gate fees + 18% VAT
    • Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
    • Hut / camping fees and tents
    • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
    • Rescue fees (required by the national park)
    • 3 meals on the mountain
    • Double layered sleeping pads
    • Oxygen tanks
    • Government taxes
    • 3-4 liters of mineral/treated water per person per day
    • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
    • Oximeters and Emergency First Aid Kit
    • Porter’s and cook’s fair wages approved by KINAPA
    What's excluded :
    • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel in Moshi before the climb and before safari.
    • Personal items and toiletries
    • Tips for guides, porters and cooks.
    • Travel Insurances
    • Flights
    • Personal items & Toiletries
    • Tips for guides, porters and cooks
  • DAY 1:Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

    You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:30am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

    Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi

    Approx. time taken: 4 hours

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


    DAY 2:Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

    Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.

    Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi

    Approx. time taken: 7 hours

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


    DAY 3:Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

    Today you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

    Distance covered: 8km / 5mi

    Approx. time taken: 5 hours

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


    DAY 4: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

    Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

    Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi

    Approx. time taken: 7 hrs

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Departure Point :
    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Moshi 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.
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    Return Detail :
    The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.



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Organised by Barafu Tours and Safaris

Activity ID: V-121100P1

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