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Trekking Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro Lemosho Climb

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Mt Kilimanjaro stands proudly above the African Continent, and summiting to its peak is a formidable task for even the most seasoned of trekkers. The Lemosho Trek is considered one of the most scenic, balanced routes to the summit. As one of Kili's newer routes, Lemosho offers panoramic vistas, fewer crowds and high summit success rates, making it an ideal choice for trekkers. This route approaches from the west, winding upwards for 8 days through rain forest, ridge lines and scenic plateaus. Stay in fully supported campsites each night, ensuring you are well-rested for the next day's challenges. Experience the Roof of Africa on this adventurous 11-day itinerary! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Tanzania
Day 2 : Moshi Free Day
Day 3 : Lemosho Glades to Mti Mkubwa
Day 4 : Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Day 5 : Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Day 6 : Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp
Day 7 : Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Day 8 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Day 9 : Summit to Mweka Camp
Day 10 : Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate | End of Trek
Day 11 : Departure

Highlights

  • Spend 8 days hiking through Mt Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Explore the rugged terrain of Africa's highest mountain
  • Sleep in isolated, high-altitude camps
  • Enjoy a free day to visit Moshi, Tanzania

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Ultimate

Trip Snapshots

Trekking Kilimanjaro Sunrise near the summit of Kilimanjaro Mt. Kilimanjaro looms over the plains of Tanzania Sunrise over the ice field of Kilimanjaro
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Day 1 Arrive Tanzania

Arrive in Tanzania today at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After clearing customs and baggage claim, meet your transfer and drive into Moshi for our first night in Tanzania. 

Day 2 Moshi Free Day

Today is a free day in Moshi to rest and prepare for your trek. Additional excursions can also be arranged, please inquire if you're interested in the following: 
  • Arusha National Park - Introduction to game viewing with options for canoe ride on Small Momela Lake or a walking safari.
  • Coffee Cooperative and Village Tour - Visit the village of Uru on the slopes of Kilimanjaro which produces some of the world's finest coffee. Get an understanding of village life for people living on Africa's highest mountain.
  • Mountain Biking - Day trips are available to stretch your legs and explore the backcountry.
In the evening, join a pre-climb briefing with your mountain guide. Retire early for a good night's rest - Kilimanjaro awaits us! 

Day 3 Lemosho Glades to Mti Mkubwa

Rise early for a hearty breakfast before transferring to Lemosho Glades (6890 feet). From here we walk to Mti Mkubwa (9186 feet), enjoying the lush flora and fauna along the way. Arrive at Mti Mkubwa to find our campsite set up and dinner in the works. Settle in for our first night in Kilimanjaro National Park. 

Camp altitude: ~9,186 feet 
Distance: 3 miles 
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
 

Day 4 Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast we slowly set out through the Giant Heather Moor Land Zone, where the path crosses through beautiful valleys and streams before making an ascent along the Shira Ridge. On clear days we will find superb views of Shira Plateau and Mount Meru in the distance. Arrive at Shira Camp (11483 feet) for dinner, retiring early under the quiet sky. 

Camp altitude: ~11,483 feet 
Distance: 4.5 miles 
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 5 Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Today we set out for a short hike from Shira 1 to Shira 2 Camp. Relax at camp and do some light exploring, allowing your body to acclimatize to the increasingly high altitude.

Camp altitude: ~12,800 feet
Distance:  4 miles 
Hiking Time: 4 hours

Day 6 Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

Depart Shira 2 Camp, hiking for 6 hours into the Alpine Desert and following the gradual path toward Kibo Peak, one of Kilimanjaro's three volcanic cones. After reaching the Buttress Point wedge, the path drops suddenly down to the Barranco Camp where find rest for the evening. 

Camp altitude: ~13,000 feet 
Distance:  6 miles 
Hiking Time: 7 hours
 

Day 7 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

This morning we slowly cross the floor of the great Barranco Valley and up the Barranco Wall, taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Continue to follow the South Circuit path to the Karanga Valley, where camp is set for the evening. This short hiking day is intended for acclimatization - Our summit attempt is fast approaching! 

Camp altitude: ~13,000 feet 
Distance: 3 miles 
Hiking Time: 4 hours

Day 8 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Leave Karanga Camp and the Southern Circuit behind as we continue to climb toward Barafu Hut and link up with the Machame Route. The terrain today is rocky, but offers sweeping views of the summit from several different angles. Arrive at Barafu Camp with plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the exposed ridge area. Head into your tent after dinner to rest before our midnight summit attempt. 

Camp altitude: ~15,0300 feet 
Distance: 2 miles 
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 9 Summit to Mweka Camp

A midnight wakeup call means only one thing - it's time to conquer the highest peak in Africa. This section of the route is widely considered one of the steepest of the non-technical paths of Kilimanjaro. First we hike for 7 hours to Stella Point, from where we watch the sun peak out over the horizon. After witnessing the extraordinary sunset, we have just one hour left to Uhuru Peak and the Roof of Africa (19341 feet). Upon reaching the summit, take a moment to celebrate your incredible accomplishment! We then begin our descent to Mweka Camp, arriving and settling in for some much-deserved rest after 11-14 hours of hiking. 

Camp altitude: ~10,450 feet 
Distance: 10 miles 
Hiking Time: 11-14 hours

Day 10 Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate | End of Trek

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning we rise early for our final 3-5 hours walking to the Mweka Gate, where we meet our vehicle and leave our adventures on Kilimanjaro National Park behind us. Return to Moshi for a peaceful evening at Kilimanjaro Halisi Lodge, toasting to the triumphs of Kilimanjaro (alternative Kilimanjaro Wonders).

Distance: 6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-5 hours

Day 11 Departure

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight home, or extend your vacation to the crystal blue waters of Zanzibar! 
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Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat

Lemosho Route Camps

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Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Gear Rental: Camping Gear (walk-in tent, camp bed with pillow, portable toilet (1 per 5 climbers), dining chairs with backs, & camp shower (1 per 5 climbers))
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions
  • Required Travel Insurance
  • Optional Gratuity
  • Travel Visa
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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