8 Days from$2300 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
The Lemosho Route starts off on the western flank of Kilimanjaro, offering spectacular views of Mt Meru and the plains of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Your first day takes you through a dense rainforest, that gradually thins out with each upward step and by day two you can already see the summit of Kilimanjaro, glistening in the distance. On the third day, the route joins the Machame Route and a long, but rewarding, road lies ahead until you reach the summit. The extra day on this 8 day trek gives you the opportunity to better acclimatise, thus increasing your chances of reaching the top.
Safari types:Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
You will visit:Kilimanjaro National Park
Wildlife:Birds, Colobus Monkey
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Arusha
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 2,550 per person
- 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 transfers
- Flights & visas
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Sleeping bag
- Tips & personal spending money
- Travel insurance
Day by Day Overview
After breakfast at your hotel in Arusha, you will be picked up by your guide who will brief you on the activities of the day before driving to the Londorossi. Stock up on some last minute supplies in the village and enjoy a packed lunch before continuing to the park gate. Here you will meet the team that will support you on your journey to the summit. Register with the parks authority and begin the first leg of your trek, making your way through the rainforest while keeping your eyes peeled for colobus monkeys in the canopy above you. Stop along the way for some food and rest before pushing on to Mti Mkubwa Camp, arriving at a fully set up camp in the early evening. Enjoy some dinner before spending your first night on the mountain in cold temperatures.
Habitat: montane forest | Elevation: 2,100m – 2,750m
After an early breakfast, you will begin the day by making your way out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone. You will cross numerous streams and walk across a large plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp where you will spend the evening. The campsite is situated alongside a stream and offers spectacular views of the western breach and its glaciers in the east. Enjoy a relaxed evening and some dinner before turning in for night to get some rest.
Habitat: moorland | Elevation: 2,750m – 3,840m
Today’s 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 erica 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 (approximately 3 hours), you will climb another 250 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and you will pass giant senecios that can grow to almost 9 m in height. 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.
Today you will climb approximately 700 m, but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise, as a height of over 4,600 m 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. 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 of walking, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp – perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.
Today’s trekking leg 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.
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. 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.
After some 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 (5,730 m), 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. 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 about 3 hours away.
The final leg of your amazing 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 the Meru View Lodge and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest or to celebrate your achievement.