• 8 Days from
    $2000 p/p in USD
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Great Lake Expedition

  • Tanzania



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping

Tour Overview

A trekking safari along the Lemosho Route, offering climbers a combination of the best panoramic views of the mountain, low traffic and a high summit success rate on a journey to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Begin by making your way through the rainforest in the foothills before crossing the Shira Plateau and heading over its ridge on a beautiful secluded trail before joining the regular path that leads up to Lava Tower. Reach various sites along the way to Barafu Camp before making your way up to Stella Point and finally Uhuru Peak. A truly magical route, rewarding you with beautiful scenic views on your journey to the top of the ‘Roof of Africa’.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • Activities:
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Moshi, end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,000 per person

What's Included

  • Tents & mattresses while on the mountain
  • 2 x nights hotel accommodation in Moshi
  • All meals & drinking water during the climb
  • Professional English speaking guides & mountain crew
  • Services of porters & cooks during the climb
  • Emergency oxygen, pulse oximeters & first aid kit
  • Mountain rescue fees in case of emergencies
  • All camping equipment required & private toilet
  • Return transfers between Moshi & Kilimanjaro
  • Pick-up & drop-off airport transfers
  • Government taxes & park fees
  • 24-hour support from our office during safari

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Personal hiking gear


  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Great Lake Expedition
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Great Lake Expedition‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries and services are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Make your way from Moshi to the Londorossi Gate for the start of your climb. Head to the Lemosho trailhead and begin your hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up to Mti Mkubwa where you will spend the evening.

Elevation: 7,742ft – 9,498ft | Distance: 6 km’s | Hiking Time: 3-4 hours | Habitat: Rain Forest

Continue on the trail that will take you out of the rain forest and in to the grasslands filled with heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. Make your way up the lush rolling hills, crossing several streams before reaching the Shira Ridge. Make your way down to Shira 1 Camp where you will spend the night, enjoying your first views of Kibo Peak.

Elevation: 9,498ft – 11,500ft | Distance: 8 km’s | Hiking Time 5-6 hours | Habitat: Heath

Explore the Shira Plateau for the day as you make your way east, across the moorland meadow towards Shira 2 Camp. Later you will split off from the main trail and head towards Moir Hut, a campsite on the base of the Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on the Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity.

Elevation: 11,500ft – 13,800ft | Distance: 11 km’s | Hiking Time: 5-7 hours | Habitat: Heath

Initially you will head towards the east as you make your way up a steep ridge before turning towards the south as you hike up to the Lava Tower, a 300ft volcanic rock formation. You will then descend down to Barranco Camp through a beautiful Senecio Forest. End the day at a similar altitude that you started at after making your way higher up the mountain, aiding in your acclimatization.

Elevation: 13,800ft – 15,190ft – 13,044ft | Distance: 10 km’s | Hiking Time: 6-8 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert

Begin the day by descending into a ravine at the base of the Great Barranco Wall before climbing a non-technical but steep 900ft cliff. After the Barranco Wall you will cross a series of hills and valleys before dropping down into the Karanga Valley. One more steep climb leads you to Karanga Camp where you will spend the evening.

Elevation: 13,044ft – 13,106ft | Distance: 5 km’s | Hiking Time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert

Leave Karanga in the morning and make your way towards the Mweka Trail. Continue up a rocky section, completing the southern circuit, offering stunning views of the summit. Reach Barafu Camp for a chance to rest and have an early dinner as you prepare for your summit day while enjoying views of the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.

Elevation: 13,106ft – 15,331ft | Distance: 4 km’s | Hiking Time: 4-5 hours | Habitat: Alpine Desert

A midnight wake up for your push to the summit. This is the most challenging portion of the hike as you ascend the slopes in the the cold winds, surrounded by darkness. Stop for short breaks to catch your breath as you make your way to Stella Point at 18,900ft where you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you have ever seen. Complete the final stretch and finally arrive at the summit, having made it to the top of this iconic mountain. Enjoy the views from the ‘roof of Africa’ and take some photos before heading back down to Mweka Hut with an en-route stop at Barafu Camp for lunch. Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well deserved sleep.

Elevation: 15,331ft – 19,341ft – 10,065ft | Distance: 17 km’s | Hiking Time: 11-14 hours | Habitat: Arctic & Rain Forest

Your last day of the trek sees you making your way to Mweka Gate to collect your summit certificates. Head to Mweka Village from the gate where you will meet your transfer vehicle that will take you to the hotel in Moshi.

Elevation: 10,065ft – 5,380ft | Distance: 10 km’s | Hiking Time: 3-4 hours | Habitat: Rain Forest

Kilimanjaro up to Uhuru Peak

Customer Reviews (5)

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Great experience, trust worthy, highly recommend!!

Written by: Cara Larsson on 22 May 2021

It was an amazing experience and without the help of my guide Juma i couldn't have done it. He helped me, was patient and knew when and how to push me. The company supported and always helped with anything i needed from the moment I landed in the air port and everything with a very responsible price.

Thanks for excellent services and for making our Kilimanjaro dream come true!

Written by: Angelina Popova on 25 September 2020

Climbing Kili has always been on my bucket list. Thanks to the professional service offered by Great Lake Expedition to make our trip unforgettable and safe. We slept at Crater Camp and my husband developed altitude sickness overnight, thanks to our guide Godfrey, assistant guide Domi, they monitored his progress constantly, so that we could summit and descend safely. One porter even injured himself when bringing food for resupply during bad weather. The whole team was trying to offer us the best of what they got and make our climb as comfortably as possible throughout the climb!

Once in the life time

Written by: Natalia Konsteko on 25 September 2020

We summited Kilimanjaro on 14/9/20. There were 11 of us and we climbed with Great Lake Expedition. I can't say enough about the crews. Without them, I didn't think I would reach the top. Their help and encouragement was excellent. We had 6 guides for 11 of us and on summit day all of them were helping us to carry our backpacks. They didn't even bring water for themselves as they were saving themselves to help us to carry our packs.

We took the Lemosho route and all 8 days we felt the guides were very serious about our condition and monitoring our health and the amount of food we were eating to make sure we were healthy and had no major signs of altitude sickness. The porters were incredible, they were always ready for us. We have 3 people with the same bags and they never made a single mistake in putting the wrong bag in the tents. Food was good and I always wonder how the chef baked the cake to celebrate our successful submit.

Thank you Great Lake Expedition for making our trip exceptional.