8 Days from$3500 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group, Small Group
Camping, Mid Range
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’.
Safari types:Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
You will visit:Kilimanjaro National Park
Wildlife:Birds, Colobus Monkey
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Moshi
Price Per Person – USD
From USD 3,500 per person
- 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
- Flights & visas
- Travel & medical insurance
- Personal expenses & tips
- Personal hiking gear
- This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Great Lake Expedition‘
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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
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Customer Reviews (1)
This was one of the most amazing experiences and even surpassed my expectations. We chose Great Lake Expedition as they were very safety focused. This was not just what they advertised, but was apparent by the training the guides had as well as the fact that we witnessed other groups approaching our guides for assistance more than once during our week on the mountain when some of their guests had gotten ill. They checked our gear the day before departure to make sure it was adequate. They went beyond checking our oxygen saturation levels and administering a questionnaire for altitude sickness daily by listening to our lungs every morning to check for pulmonary edema. The hiking pace is very slow, but I believe this is also why out group did so well with very few symptoms of altitude sickness (mild headaches only). We saw other people in pretty bad shape, vomiting, and nearly lifeless being dragged off the mountain in other groups, and even one guy who had pulmonary edema that was walking himself down the western breach without oxygen with his guide because his crew had already passed the "point of no return". I get how adventurous it sounds to do the western breech but the risk of the route with possible rock slides and the guaranteed altitude sickness of sleeping in the Crater camp doesn't sound worth it to me. Our guides even admitted that they frequently feel sick in the crater camp when they do one of the routes that includes an overnight there.
We did their 8 day Lemoso trip (10 days total with the company, 8 days/7 nights on the mountain that did not include an overnight in the crater camp). One thing that was great for our group is that we slightly altered the itinerary to allow us to summit during the day rather than during the dark, which made the experience very enjoyable and we were the only ones on the mountain during the day time other than a few people we saw descending. We did this by choosing to skip staying at Karanga camp after we left baranco camp and moved on to Barafu after eating lunch. We were a little tired that day but not bad, and then we got a full nights sleep and started our climb in the AM at sunrise. I think starting well rested despite losing 19 hours of acclimatization was great for our moral and made for a good experience. I asked why they don't make this a standard option, and it's because they need to assess how people acclimatize as they go along first and if things aren't going well they don't offer it, but most of the time they are able to. The other upside to this was it shortened our total trekking time/distance that day as when we came down we camped a second night at Barafu instead of descending all the way to Mweka. The following AM we descended to Mweka, which was hard enough on the knees so I can't imagine doing it immediately following the summit. Ultimately the trip felt very doable, but this is coming from someone who trained by hiking in Colorado up to 13,000 feet every weekend for two months before the trip.
The food was fantastic and they have a chef fly out from France every year to train their chefs. Their Tanzanian chef Dastan on our trip is apparently so good they fly him out to cook for their trips in Mongolia. They were easily able to accommodate my gluten free diet (I brought along some GF products that they prepared to replace other carbs the group ate). There was always so much we didn't eat it all.
The gear was in good condition. With all the dust the zippers can stick, but the camp master can fix and even replace zippers if needed. The sleeping pads are about 2 inches thick rubber coated foam that is self inflating. Was still a bit stiff for me as my bony hips hurt when I camp for long, so I had brought along an inflatable pad that I put on top.
I would highly recommend Great Lake Expedition to any of my friends who want to go climb Kilimanjaro, even though the cost is a little higher than some companies, I felt that I got my money's worth in how well cared for we were and my entire group was very impressed with our whole experience.