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7 Days Lemosho Route

7 Days Lemosho Route

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Enjoy the stunning scenery of Mount Kilimanjaro from the Lemosho route.

Join a certified mountain guide for this unforgettable 7-day ascent of the highest mountain in Africa.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route, while enjoying phenomenal views of the rainforests.

Heading up the Lemosho route to the summit of Africa is one of the best ways to see this iconic peak.

Over the course of our 7 days together, we will make a scenic approach to the foot of the mountain, spending our first two days hiking through thick rainforest until we reach one of the world’s highest plateaus.

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Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

londorossi gate to mti mkubwa

After early breakfast at hotel, we will drive to the Londrossi Gate and enter the park. Once we reach the trailhead, we will hike through the rainforest at the foot of the mountain until we reach Mti Mkubwa, where we will camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodation: Mti Mkubwa Camp
  • Meals Plan: Lunch & Dinner
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Mti Mkubwa to Shira 2 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 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: 16 km
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodation: Shira 2 Camp
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Habitat: Moorland

Shira 2 Camp to Barranco 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”. 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: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Accommodation: Barranco Camp
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

Barranco Camp to Karanga 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: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodation: Karanga Camp
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Karanga Camp to Barafu 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:4 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodation: Barafu Camp
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka 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
  • Distance:5km and 8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Accommodation: Mweka Camp
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Mweka Camp to Hotel

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).

  • Elevation:3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance:10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit


After a much-needed night’s rest we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you from the hotel for your onward journey.

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  • Pick-up and drop-off from Airport
  • Meet And Greet Service
  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park
  • 2 nights in the hotel
  • All meals on the hike.
  • Hiking and safety equipment
  • Personal gear rentals Kilimanjaro Gear List | Kilimanjaro Dreamers
  • Mountain Guides And Porters
  • transportation


  • Airline tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent)
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person)
  • Mountaineering insurance
  • Medical (medications, vaccines, tests,…)

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