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8-day Kilimanjaro Trek via the Lemosho Route

Join the guides at Orongai Africa Safaris and climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro via the scenic Lemosho route on an unforgettable 8-day mountaineering adventure.

Duration8 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Climb to the top of Kilimanjaro via the scenic Lemosho route.

  • Discover the stunning landscapes and terrains of Africa's highest mountain.

  • Join an 8-day Kilimanjaro climb and discover one of the seven summits.

Description

Would you like to climb to the top of the breathtaking Kilimanjaro in Tanzania? Then join this 8-day trek via the beautiful Lemosho Route.

At 5,895m (19,341 ft), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the world’s Seven Summits. The Lemosho Route is known as the most scenic of the Kilimanjaro routes and is a great option for those who would like to spend more time on the mountain admiring its beautiful landscapes. As we progressively go up the mountain, we will discover all the different climatic zones of this stunning peak.

Keep in mind that we will spend many hours trekking out on the mountain, therefore, a good fitness level is a must. We will be there every step of the way to help and guide you and make sure you acclimatize as you go up.

So, are you ready for an exciting Kilimanjaro ascent? Then book your place and join us on this wonderful Lemosho Route trek.

Or, if you prefer, you can also join us to the top of Kilimanjaro on some of the other routes to the summit!

Accommodation

Tents on a shared basis. Solo tents available at an additional cost.

Meeting point

Airport or hotel pickup.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp


Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft

Distance: 6 km

Hiking Time:3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1


Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft

Distance: 8 km

Hiking Time 5-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

 

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut


Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft

Distance: 14 km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: FMoir Hut to Lava Tower 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 brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp


Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft

Distance: 7 km

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Semi Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
  • Distance: 5km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp


Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft

Distance: 4 km

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut


Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)

Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent

Habitat: Arctic

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 8: DMweka Camp to Moshi

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, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Mweka Camp to Moshi


Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft

Distance: 10 km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Meals & Drinks

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

End of tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).


About the guide

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Welcome to Orongai African Safaris, our company, located right in the heart of Arusha, has a team of experienced, professional and dedicated guides. The whole team and entire staff at Orongai African Safaris is made up of natives who know Africa, Tanzania in particular by their fingertips. They have taken naturalist courses and are excellent game spotters. In addition they speak excellent English and some of them speak a couple of foreign languages.

All our 4×4 safari vehicles are custom-made for the rugged terrain of African roads in order to withstand the harsh terrain while offering game-viewing comfort. In addition they are fitted with HF radio communications and all passengers are guaranteed comfortable window seats.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2207 each

Group of 2

USD 2207 each

Group of 3

USD 2207 each

Group of 4

USD 2207 each

Group of 5

USD 2207 each

Group of 6

USD 2207 each

Group of 7

USD 2207 each

Group of 8

USD 2207 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Clean, drinkable water during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price is on a shared tents basis. Price on a solo tent basis is $2,440.


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