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8-Day Lemosho Route (Luxury)

8-Day Lemosho Route (Luxury)

8 days

8-Day Lemosho Route (Luxury)
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The Lemosho Route is typically completed in 8 days. This is a great option if you want a longer trek for acclimatization. It connects with the Machame Route at Shira 2 Camp. The drive to trail head is about 4 hours.

Note: Arusha offers more hotel choices for pre- and post-trek accommodations. If you would prefer to overnight before and/or after your trek in Arusha, let us know, and we quote a special private transfer for you between Arusha and Kilimanjaro. The pre-trek mountain orientation with your guide (the evening before your trek) would still be scheduled, we'd make the arrangements.

Kilimanjaro + Safari Combo Discount: Save $50/person when you book a Kilimanjaro Trek and Safari (5 days or more).

All our Kilimanjaro treks are offered as a private trip, starting on any day. We offer group departures on the Machame Route only.


Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Moshi

Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, Transfer to Moshi.

*** A driver will meet you at the 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: Machare Coffee Cottages

Day 2: 8-DAY LUXURY LEMOSHO TREK / Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate, Hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp (BLD)

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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

Day 3: Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp (BLD)

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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

Day 4: Hike Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp (BLD)

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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

Day 5: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp (BLD)


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

Day 6: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (BLD)

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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: 34 hours
-- Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Karanga Valley Camp

Day 7: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (BLD)


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

Day 8: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp (BLD)


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

Day 9: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi (BD)


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).

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

Enjoy a celebration dinner at your hotel!

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Machare Coffee Cottages

Day 10: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport (B)

Drive to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure or continue on for your safari.

Meals included: Breakfast


8-Day Lemosho Route (Luxury)

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2024

# People in Group: 1 2-3 4-5 6+
4-Star Luxury Lodging: $5695 $4595 $4195 $3895
*** Contact Us for other itinerary and lodging options! ***

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • 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
  • Transport from Moshi to trail head and return to Moshi
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Filtered water with Katadyn filter
  • Oximeter and daily oxygen check
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • National Park gate fees
  • Camping fees
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • Salaries for all crew members

    • Special Kilimanjaro guide with Wilderness First Responder certification
    • Personal porter for carrying day pack
    • Walk-in tent (4-person, 4-season) for 2 people
    • Camp beds
    • Camp pillow
    • Extra sleeping pad or 1 double thick pad
    • Hot water bottle for sleeping bag
    • Portable toilet (1 per 5 people)
    • Camp shower (1 per 5 people)
    • Large comfortable dining tent
    • Dining chairs with backs and armrest
    • Hot lunches on the mountain
    • Fresh food resupply
    • Solar panel for charging USB devices (charges battery, which charges devices)
    • Solar lights
    • Kilimanjaro map for the group
    • Celebration dinner at hotel after returning from trek
  • 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 $550-800/person)
  • Sleeping bags, hiking poles and personal gear
  • Hyperbaric pressure bag
  • $250 for single room/tent supplement
  • Low season discount in April/May

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