8 Days 7 Nights
Tour Type
Adventure Tour
Group Size
10 People
Tour Guide
2 People
Kilimanjaro Routes, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is ideal if you’re looking to take your time on your ascent up Kilimanjaro. The drive to the starting point is around 4 hours from Moshi and typically takes 8 days to complete.

If you’re looking for a longer trek with more time for acclimatization, this is the route for you. Plus, you can save $50/per person if you book a Kilimanjaro trek and safari that is five days or longer.



  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • 2 nights 3-star hotel in Moshi (upgrades available)
  • Round-trip Kilimanjaro Airport transfers (shared)
  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Moshi to trailhead and return to Moshi
  • Camping fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by the national park)
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Oximeters
  • Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for guides, porters, and cooks (budget $450-650/person)
  • Sleeping bags and personal gear
  • $50 for a single tent
  • Low season discount in April/May


Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, Transfer to Moshi. A driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport after you go through immigration and customs. Look for someone with a sign that says "Adventures Within Reach" and/or your name. It takes a minimum of 45 minutes to get to Moshi with no traffic. There will be a trek orientation with your Kilimanjaro guide today and an opportunity to get any rental items that you may need and also pack for the trek. You can leave extra luggage that is not needed on the trek at the hotel. If you have time, we recommend an extra rest day before your trek. Meals included: n/a Mid-Range Accommodations: Moshi or Arusha
After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 2.5-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite. -- Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft -- Distance: 6km/4mi -- Hiking Time: 2-3 hours -- Habitat: Montane Forest Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Mti Mkubwa Camp
After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau. -- Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft -- Distance: 8km/5mi -- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours -- Habitat: Moorland Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Shira 1 Camp
After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day. -- Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft -- Distance: 8km/5mi -- Hiking Time: 4-5 hours -- Habitat: Moorland Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Shira 2 Camp
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth" (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. -- Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft -- Distance: 8km/5mi -- Walking Time: 5-6 hours -- Habitat: Semi-desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Barranco Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge 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/3mi -- Hiking Time: 3 - 4 hours -- Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Karanga Valley Camp
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. -- Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft -- Distance: 4km/2mi -- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours -- Habitat: Alpine Desert Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Barafu Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter 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 continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain. -- Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft -- Down to 3090m/10,150ft -- Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down -- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down -- Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Budget Accommodations: Mweka Camp
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. -- Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft -- Distance: 10km/6mi -- Hiking Time: 3-4 hours -- Habitat: Forest Meals included: Breakfast Mid-Range Accommodations: Chanya Lodge
Drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure, or continue on for your safari. Meals included: Breakfast