7 Days Lemosho Route

7 Days Lemosho Route Trekking Tour + 2 nights hotel stay

Route Overviews

Lemosho route begins on the western side of Mt Kilimanjaro. The first 2 days of the tour cross the thick rainforest belt which then changes into heath and moorland with many ferns and ericas along the way. The small trail sometimes has very steep passages and goes through diverse landscapes. On the third day, the trail joins the Machame route. Compared to the Marangu and the Rongai route, the Lemosho route is more challenging.

Route Milestone in brief

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

After arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our driver will take you to the Tulia hotel and Spa where the rest of the day is at leisure. You might want to explore the town of Arusha or just relax at the hotel. In the evening you will be briefed by our team on site in preparation of the upcoming trekking tour. You will spend the night at the Tulia Hotel and SpaBed and Breakfast included

Day 1 Arusha – Starting point – Big Tree Camp 2780m

Altitude: ↑ 530m
Walking Time: 2-3h

During the morning, you will be picked up at the Tulia hotel and Spa and taken to the Londorisi Gate -2250m. Here you will be registered by the national park authorities. Then you will drive about 15 km on a bumpy track that will take you into the dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your trek begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoilt natural forest to the Big Tree Camp -2780m. This camp is about 2.5 hours away and it’s your destination for today. As this region is also home to wild game, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger during the first 2 days of your trek. Bed and Breakfast includes

Day 2 Big Tree Camp-2780m to Shira Camp 2 – 3900m

Altitude:  ↑ 1,120 m
Walking Time: 7-8h

The long trek starts on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As one climbs, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like ericas and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb about 3 hours, you will climb another 400 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and at Shira Camp 2, you will camp for the night and with a little luck, enjoy the wonderful view of the Kibo summit at sunset. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 3 Shira Camp 2 -3900m to Lava Tower – 4640m to Barranco Camp 3960m

Altitude:  ↑ 740 m   ↓ 680 m
Walking Time: 6-7h

Climb today is about 740m but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatize, as a height of over 4600m will be reached before descending again. In doing so, you will be able to see how your body reacts to such an altitude. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower 4640m. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to alpine desert. The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours’ walking, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp – perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 4 Barranco Camp 3960 m – Karanga Camp 4035m

Altitude: ↑ 75 m
Walking Time: 3-4h

Trekking leg today has many ascents and descents and shortly after the start, you will tackle the steepest part of the entire route – the Barranco Wall. Every now and then, you may need your hands to hold on as there are no climbing “paths”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you whenever necessary. After reaching the top of Barranco Wall, you will walk along the mountain ridge. From here you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit. You will get to Karanga Camp around lunch time. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 5 Karanga Camp 4035m – Barafu Camp 4640 m

Altitude:  ↑ 605 m
Walking Time: 3-4h

After breakfast you will walk along a trail that passes through an alpine desert area until you reach the destination of today – the Barafu Camp. This camp is situated at an altitude of 4640 m and will be reached in about 3 to 4 hours. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation of the upcoming summit night. You will have dinner early in order to catch a few hours’ sleep, before you will be woken up at around midnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 6 Barafu Camp – 4640m to Uhuru Peak – 5895m to Mweka Camp 3080m

Altitude:  ↑ 1,255 m ↓2,815 m
Walking Time: 10-14h

The summit, after hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. By torchlight you will start walking on the lava ash that is still frozen. After 5 to 7 hours you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak -5895m. From “Africa’s Roof”, you will be able to see the surrounding landscape being lit up by the rising sun – a truly liberating experience. After a short break and taking photos, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the crew will be waiting for you. You will have a warm lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours before you make our way down to the Mweka Camp 3080m about 3 hours away.Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner includes

Day 7 Mweka Camp 3080m to Mweka Gate 1630m – Arusha

Altitude:  ↓ 1,450 m
Walking Time: 2-3h

Last legs of your adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to Tulia Hotel and Spa where you can enjoy a warm shower. The rest of the day is free to rest or to celebrate your achievement.
Next day after breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari. Bed and Breakfast includes.

Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip and go on safari.

Items included:

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer

Items excluded:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.