• 8 Days from
    $1960 p/p in USD
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Gateway Tanzania Safaris

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping

Tour Overview

This 8-day Kilimanjaro hike takes you along the Lemosho route, which has a high success rate of reaching the summit. This is the most dramatic and beautiful route up Kilimanjaro, to the Roof of Africa. Starting at Lemosho on the western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain, it joins the Machame route above Shira Camp on day 4, then from Barafu Camp ascends to the summit via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka route.

Kilimanjaro climb
Kilimanjaro Climb via Lemosho
Happy clients on kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro climb lemosho route
Trekking on Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro trekking
Camping lemosho route

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Buffalo, Colobus Monkey, Vervet Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Hiking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi or Arusha
  • Minimum age:
    9

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,960 per person

What's Included

  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha (before & after the climb)
  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook & porters
  • Mountain tents (double occupancy), sleeping pad, sleeping bag, lanterns
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Trekking poles
  • Pick up & drop off at Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport & all ground transfers
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees, VAT
  • Bottled oxygen (for emergency rescue only)

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Beverages & meals at the hotel
  • Kilimanjaro search & rescue – air evacuation
  • Personal gear and equipment 
  • Tips

Disclaimer

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

Day by Day Overview

Departing from Moshi/Arusha, the drive will take you through welcoming mountainside villages to Kilimanjaro National Park gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

Camping lemosho route

After a good sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path. We leave the forest behind as the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Temperatures begin to drop.

Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3504m/11,496ft
Altitude gained: 719m

On this day, we will 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.

Elevation: 3504m/11,496ft to 3895m/12,779ft
Altitude gained: 391m

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue south east towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend overnight at Barranco Camp.

Elevation: 3895m/12,779ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 91m

After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
Altitude gained: 48m

We continue up towards Barafu Camp and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start at midnight. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. As we continue our way to the summit, stay warm. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction we ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining one hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way. After reaching Uhuru, you will take photos, enjoy celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy. Take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. Overnight Mweka Camp.

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep, we highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha. Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations! Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m

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