Climb Mount Kilimanjaro - 7 day Lemosho Route

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Kilimanjaro Guides
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Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
9 days (7 day route)
Usually max 12 per group (unless private)

Adventure overview

Discover Kilimanjaro's Less Trodden Trails on the Lemosho Route: Ready for the ultimate trekking challenge? Join our 7-day journey up Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic Lemosho Route.

Starting with a panoramic drive to Kilimanjaro National Park, you'll trek past the Mti Mkubwa Camp, through moorlands to Shira and Barranco Camps, and tackle the famed Barranco Wall.
Prepare for a night-time ascent of Uhuru Peak, and experience unforgettable sunrise views from Africa's highest point.

This journey is a perfect blend of adventure, breathtaking scenery, and personal achievement.


Day 1 - Arrival and Transfer to Moshi
- Meet at the airport and transfer to Moshi hotel.
- Evening trek briefing and gear check.

Day 2 - Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park, Hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp
- Drive to Londorossi Gate, register for the trek.
- First hike through forest trails to Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 3 - Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 2 Camp
- Hike through moorlands, over Shira Ridge to Shira 2 Camp.
- Cross several streams, enjoy moorland views.

Day 4 - Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower
- Ascend to Lava Tower, then descend to Barranco Camp.
- Acclimatization day with stunning views.

Day 5 - Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
- Climb Barranco Wall, hike to Karanga Camp.
- Acclimatization trek towards Barafu Camp.

Day 6 - Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
- Hike to Barafu Summit Camp, prepare for summit night.
- Acclimatization hike to Kosovo Summit Camp.

Day 7 - Summit Attempt and Descent to Mweka Camp
- Night ascent to Uhuru Peak, then descent to Mweka Camp.
- Celebrate summit success and enjoy final mountain night.

Day 8 - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, Return to Moshi
- Descend to Mweka Gate, collect summit certificates.
- Return to Moshi hotel for rest and celebration.

Day 9 - Departure
- Drive back to the airport for homeward flights.

Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to Moshi

We'll be there to meet you at the airport and whisk you off to your hotel in Moshi, the gateway to the Kilimanjaro National Park. In the evening you'll meet your fellow adventurers for a briefing from your guide about Kilimanjaro and your trek. This is a great opportunity to check you've got the kit you need - kit is available to rent if needed.

Day 2 - Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park and hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp

We'll collect you from your hotel and drive roughly 3–4 hours to Kilimanjaro National Park's western entrance: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m).

After acquiring our climbing permits and registering with search and rescue, we'll continue onwards towards our drop-off point using off-road vehicles (reaching 3,500 meters). We'll experience our first stunning views of the Shira Plateau!

We'll walk along forest trails to reach our first campsite of the trek - Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree). By the time we reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will have the tents up and a hearty camp meal ready.

  • Elevation: 1830 m to 2650 m
  • Distance: 6km/4miles
  • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 3 - Mti Mkubwe Camp to Shira 2 Camp

After a hearty camp breakfast, we're on the road again as the trail gradually steepens and we reach giant heather moorland.

We have several stream crossings to negotiate as we make our way over the Shira Ridge, past Shira 1 camp and onto  Shira 2 camp, a peaceful spot in meadows by a stream.

  • Elevation: 2650 m to 3850 m
  • Distance: 16km/10 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 4 - Shira 2 Camp to the Lava Tower and descent to Barranco Camp

After another hearty breakfast, we leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and make our way towards the Lava Tower, also known as 'Shark's Tooth' (4,630 m). This section is quite tough with a lot of ascents and descents up to the camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be a bit of a struggle but remember 'pole pole'.

After feasting our eyes on the stunning Lava Tower, we'll drop down to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here we'll get our first glimpse of the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and its steepness! We'll be climbing it tomorrow but fear not - there's a simple hiking trail..

Although we end today around the same altitude as we started, this day is very important to help your body acclimatise and prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850 m to 4000 m
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours
  • Distance: 8km/5 miles
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

Day 5 - hike from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

A big day today! We'll get an early start to avoid the crowds, and head on up to the awesome Barranco Wall.

Hiking up the gorge wall isn't difficult and should take us around an hour. After the climb, we'll take a breather in front of the scenic Kibo volcano - selfie time!

We face a more challenging hike to Karanga Camp, with a lot of ascents and descents. Don't worry though - our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace that suits the whole group and they're great motivators.

After reaching the camp we'll enjoy a well-deserved hot lunch. After a couple of hours rest, we'll complete an acclimatisation towards Barafu Camp with a 300m height gain, then drop back down to the camp.

Note: The acclimatisation trek is an easy hike with a slight gain in altitude designed to speed up the acclimatisation process. You should take these seriously, as they'll be key to increasing your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and help prevent you suffering from the effects of altitude sickness.

  • Elevation: 4000 m to 4050 m
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 6 - Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast we'll begin our hike to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640m), our basecamp for our nighttime ascent of Uhuru Peak (5,895m). Our team will have set up camp by the time you arrive, so you can relax.

We'll have completed the stunning South Circuit, which gives spectacular views of the summit from all directions.

After a welcome rest, we'll take an acclimatisation hike towards the Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800m) and then back to Barafu Camp in time for dinner. Eat and rest well - tomorrow's the big day and you'll need your strength!

  • Elevation: 4,035m to 4,640m
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
  • Distance: 4 km/ 2 miles
  • Habitat: Alpine desert

‍Day 7 - ascent of Uhuru Peak and descent to Mweka Camp

The big day! We're woken in the night (hopefully we'll manage to get some sleep despite our excitement!) for our summit attempt. The climb is technically relatively straightforward; it's the altitude that makes it challenging.

Each pair of climbers will be assigned a guide to monitor physical and mental health for the duration of the climb, so you'll be in safe hands.

Just take it nice and slowly and you'll reach the high point of Uhuru Peak - what a feeling! And what a view - time to get that camera out and snap the most stunning sunrise you'll ever see!

After our successful summit attempt, we'll trek straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for some much-needed lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We'll arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4,640m to 5,895m and 5,895m to 3,820 m
  • Down to 3090 m
  • Hiking time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Distance: 5km/3 miles up / 13km/8 miles down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

‍Day 8 - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

After a good breakfast we'll descend to the Mweka Park Gate to receive congratulations and our hard-earned summit certificates

From the gate, we'll have another hour's walk to Mweka Village, where a vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to our hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes drive)

  • Elevation: 3090 m to 1680 m
  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Distance: 10 km/ 6 miles
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Day 9 - drive you back to the airport

  • Hotel in Moshi
  • Camping on route


  • Free Payment Plan - spread the cost of the trip at no extra cost (select at checkout)
  • Transport - Private transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi. And to and from Kilimanjaro Gate
  • Accommodation - Two nights accommodation in Moshi
  • Park entry fees
  • Camping fees
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • All camping equipment
  • Guides - Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • Meals - Three hot meals daily whilst on the mountain
  • Water - treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tours Operators (KIATO)


  • Travel Insurance - required, we recommend Campbell Irvine
  • Flights to and from Tanzania
  • Visa - apply here
  • Meals not listed Lunches, dinners and drinks at the hotel before and after the climb
  • Laundry (available at hotel)
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (optional but much appreciated)
  • Fly to the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, where our guide will pick you up and drive you to your hotel in Moshi


Is this a good trip if I'm travelling solo?

  • Absolutely! Many solo adventurers, couples, and groups join us. It's a fab way to meet awesome folks.
  • More than half of our guests book on solo, so you’ll be in good company.

What's the typical age range?

  • We see a mix, from 20s to 50s.
  • Don’t focus too much on this though…

Is there a minimum age for this trip?

  • 18 years old

How long do I need to climb Kilimanjaro?

  • We suggest a minimum of 8-10 days if coming from Europe or the United States, although some individuals may prefer a longer duration. 
  • We can personalize itineraries and routes to accommodate additional days within the park. Some climbers may also opt to scale Mount Meru, which is located nearby. 
  • If you have more than 10 days, you have the flexibility to select any of the primary routes on the mountain and still have ample time for a wildlife safari before or after your expedition.

When is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?

  • Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time of the year. However, it's important to consider the weather conditions at different elevations. 
  • Lower elevations experience more rainfall during April, May, and November, while March and June mark transition months. However, the trails are less crowded so the mountain will be a lot quieter.
  • August and September are the coldest and driest periods. January, February, July, August, and September are all popular months for climbing.

Which route should I choose for the climb?

  • Approximately 80% of climbers opt for the Marangu route (5 or 6 days), often referred to as the "Tourist" or "Coca Cola" route due to its relative ease compared to other options. 
  • The remaining climbers typically choose the Machame route (6 or 7 days). 
  • The less frequented routes include Umbwe, Rongai, Shira, and Lemosho. 
  • It's important to note that several routes converge at a mid-way point, and there are only three routes to reach the summit.

What level of fitness is required?

  • While many sources claim that Kilimanjaro is easily accessible, it's essential not to underestimate the mountain. 
  • While no technical mountaineering skills are necessary, general fitness is required. 
  • However, the primary challenge for climbers lies in coping with the effects of high altitude, which appear to be unrelated to fitness, age, or gender. 
  • Engaging in physical training before the trek, such as aerobic cross training and hiking, is recommended to familiarise your body with the demands of the expedition. The fitter you are, the easier the climb will be. Determination and willpower also play a role.

How much distance will we hike each day?

  • It's better to measure each day in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered due to varying altitude and conditions. 
  • On most days, except for the summit day, your day will commence with breakfast around 6:30 AM, and departure will take place at 7 AM. 
  • You will hike for approximately 4-5 hours, with a lunch break, followed by another hour or two of hiking in the afternoon. These days are not excessively long or challenging, and your guide will advise you to maintain a slow pace ("pole pole" in Swahili).

Why do we start the final ascent in pre-dawn darkness?

  • Typically, most groups start their ascent to the summit between 11 PM and 12:30 AM, depending on the group's perceived fitness level, weather conditions, and chosen route. The pre-dawn hours, despite being cold, offer the calmest and clearest conditions. 
  • The best views from the summit are observed at dawn. Often, clouds and strong winds develop shortly after sunrise, making the summit less appealing and the descent more difficult. 
  • Experienced guides report that it is uncommon to encounter cloudy conditions at the summit at dawn during any season. 
  • The ascent day involves an extensive amount of hiking, with some individuals requiring up to 15 hours to reach the summit and return to the campsite for that day.

What if I am slower than other trekkers?

  • There is no need to worry, as this is a common concern. It is highly recommended to proceed at a slow pace, and your guides will consistently remind you of this ("pole pole" - the Swahili term for slowly). 
  • Walking slowly allows your body to acclimatize better to the high altitude. Sufficient time is allocated each day for the trek, accommodating even those who prefer a very slow pace.

What if I am unable to reach the summit?

  • Some hikers may not reach the summit, but this does not diminish the overall experience. Even without reaching the top, the wonders of Kilimanjaro provide a rewarding adventure. 
  • If any members of a group decide they cannot continue or if a guide deems it unsafe for an individual or group to proceed, they will be accompanied to the nearest campsite or hut. 
  • The guides possess detailed knowledge of shortcuts to ensure the safety of climbers and are trained to act efficiently and calmly in any situation.

What type of staff will accompany me during the climb?

  • The usual ratio is three local staff members per climber, though small groups may have four staff members per climber. 
  • The team typically includes an English-speaking guide or guides, a professional cook, and porters responsible for carrying the gear. 
  • We encourage interaction with the staff, even though some may have limited proficiency in English. They are trustworthy locals who have grown up in the vicinity of the mountain, with many of them having ascended the peak 50 times or more so you're in good hands.

What size will the group be?

  • Usually up to 12 guests per group (unless private group).

Do I need travel insurance?

  • Yes, check that it covers the trip you’re interested in
  • We recommend Campbell Irvine
  • We also recommend you get some personal insurance to cover you for injury or any personal loss or damage.

Is the guide insured?

  • Yes, our guiding partners are insured for all the activities they offer, but you’ll still need to take out your own travel insurance.

What currency do I need to bring?

  • The official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, but US Dollars are widely accepted, even for tipping.


How much weight will I need to carry, and where can I store items not required during the climb?

  • You will only need to carry a day pack weighing approximately 2.2kg - 2.7kg (5-6 lbs), although some individuals may choose to carry more or less. 
  • Your gear, totalling a maximum of 15kgs (33 lbs), will be placed inside a waterproof duffel bag at the trailhead, which will be carried by a porter. 
  • If you have items that are unnecessary for the climb, you can leave a bag at our office in Moshi.

What is provided, and what do I need to bring?

  • You'll be provided with tents, food, utensils, and leadership throughout the climb. 
  • However, you need to bring your own sleeping bag rated to -12 degrees C (10 degrees F), a water system, personal clothing, a sleeping pad, a lightweight duffel bag, and a day pack. Hiking poles are available for rent at a cost of $10. 
  • A full packing list is provided to all climbers along with our pre-departure packet.


What is the accommodation like during the trek?

  • On the Marangu Route, basic huts are available. The first two huts accommodate four people each, while the final hut features dorm-style bunk beds. 
  • On all other routes, you will sleep in 3-person dome-style mountain tents, with two individuals sharing each tent. The tents are modern, equipped with outer flysheets and spacious vestibules to protect your equipment from the elements. 
  • The porters handle the setup, breakdown, and transportation of the tents. A separate toilet tent is set up at each campsite, and if possible, hot water is provided every morning for personal use (no showers). 
  • Dining tents with chairs and tables are also available for all meals. Before meals, we provide soap and hot water for hand washing.


Will I need a visa to visit Tanzania?

  • Travellers from the UK will need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. This can be requested online here. If travelling from outside the UK you'll need to check visa requirements for your country.

What vaccinations will I need? 

  • Vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis and Tetanus are advised. Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate here.

Is there a discount for group bookings?

  • Unfortunately not, we offer a competitive and fair price so we can’t offer further discounts.

Is there a discount if I make my own way there or travel from a different starting point?

  • Unfortunately not for this trip.
  • Free cancellation or date change up to 65 days before departure
  • Deposits are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled by us, then you'll get a full refund
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Your head guide for this trip is Emmanuel. Emmanuel has decades of experience leading tours under his belt and prides himself on delivering the best possible travel experience. He's one of the only Travel life-certified guides in Tanzania and a founding member of the Tunacare nongovernmental organisation which helps Tanzanian families in poverty. Emmanuel is passionate about social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Emmanuel allocates work to guides, cooks and porters on the basis of merit, continued performance and positive feedback from clients. Many of them are locals who have been part of his company for years.

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