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Lemosho Route: Embark on Your 8-Day Kilimanjaro Adventure


per person
  • 8 Days / 7 Night
  • Group : 4+
  • Tanzania

Begin your thrilling 8-day Kilimanjaro hiking expedition via the renowned Lemosho Route, offering an unforgettable journey brimming with adventure and discovery. Traverse a variety of landscapes, from verdant rainforests to rugged terrains, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring splendor of Africa's highest peak.

Experience the exhilaration of conquering new altitudes as you navigate through picturesque alpine meadows, soaking in panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro's iconic summits. Whether you're a seasoned climber or an adventurous beginner, this expedition is meticulously crafted to create enduring memories and help you achieve your summit aspirations.

Guided by seasoned professionals and following a meticulously planned itinerary, you'll have the chance to delve into Tanzania's vibrant culture and natural marvels while embarking on this iconic Kilimanjaro trek. Prepare for a thrilling journey filled with camaraderie, breathtaking panoramas, and a profound sense of accomplishment.

Highlights of the 8-Day Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Hiking Adventure

  • Summit Africa's tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, guided by experienced mountaineers.
  • Traverse diverse landscapes, including lush rainforests, moorlands, rocky terrains, and expansive alpine deserts along the captivating Lemosho Route.
  • Experience gradual altitude acclimatization with the 8-day itinerary, enhancing safety and maximizing summit success.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow trekkers and share memorable moments under the starlit African skies at our carefully selected campsites.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of Kilimanjaro National Park, home to unique flora and fauna including giant groundsels, lobelias, and colobus monkeys.
  • Engage with local guides and porters, learning about their culture, traditions, and invaluable insights into Kilimanjaro's natural wonders.
  • Capture breathtaking views of glaciers, volcanic formations, and panoramic African landscapes from strategic viewpoints along the route.
  • Contribute to sustainable tourism practices, supporting environmental conservation efforts and community development initiatives in the region.


If you've chosen the optional airport transfers, our team will arrange to pick you up either from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

Once you've settled in, we'll schedule a pre-trek briefing at your hotel in Moshi. It's recommended to arrive at least one day before the trek begins to ensure you're well-rested and prepared. During the briefing, we'll discuss the itinerary in detail, review your equipment, and provide any necessary rentals to ensure you have everything needed for a successful trek

  • Meals On your own
  • AccommodationHotel/lordge in Moshi

Begin your 7-Day Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Hiking Adventure, starting from Lemosho Gate and reaching Big Tree Camp on day one. Traverse lush rainforests, spotting diverse wildlife and captivating flora. Gain altitude gradually, acclimatizing to the journey ahead. At Big Tree Camp, savor a well-prepared meal amidst nature's embrace. Prepare for the exciting days ahead as you explore Kilimanjaro's stunning landscapes.

  • Elevation Gain: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft
  • Distance Covered: 6km/4mi
  • Estimated Trekking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat Type: Montane Forest
  • Meals Provided: Lunch and Dinner

Ascend through the heath and moorland zones, enjoying panoramic views of Kilimanjaro. Reach Shira 1 Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Elevation Gain: 2650m/8700ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance Covered: 16km/10mi
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Habitat Type: Moorland
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Continue your ascent through the scenic Shira Plateau, witnessing dramatic landscapes and unique flora. Arrive at Shira 2 Camp for rest and acclimatization.

  • Elevation Gain: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance Covered: 8km/5mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Ascend to the Lava Tower for acclimatization, experiencing higher altitudes, and then descend to Barranco Camp through the scenic Barranco Wall, a thrilling climb with breathtaking views. Rest and acclimatize at Barranco Camp, taking in the unique atmosphere of this picturesque location nestled amidst Kilimanjaro's stunning landscapes.

  • Elevation Gain: From 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance Covered: 8km/5mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat Type: Semi-desert
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Departing from Barranco Camp, our journey to Karanga Camp showcases diverse landscapes and scenic views. Trekking through rocky paths and picturesque valleys, we traverse 8 kilometers at a steady pace. This leg of the trek takes us through a semi-desert habitat, with meals provided to fuel our adventure.

  • Elevation Gain: 3950m/12,960ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance Covered: 5km/3mi
  • Walking Time: Approximately 4-5 hours
  • Habitat Type: Alpine Desert
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

From Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp, traverse approximately 4 kilometers through the stunning Alpine Desert habitat. This section of the trek provides awe-inspiring views and a sense of achievement as you ascend to higher altitudes. Meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided to keep you fueled for the journey ahead.

  • Distance Covered: 4km/2.5mi
  • Duration: 3-4 hours of climbing
  • Terrain: Alpine Desert habitat
  • Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Begin your journey from Barafu Camp, heading towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The climb is challenging but rewarding, with breathtaking views along the way. Once you reach Uhuru Peak, take in the stunning panorama before descending to Mweka Camp for a well-deserved rest

  • Ascending Elevation: From 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • After celebrating our achievement at Uhuru Peak, we begin the descent back to Mweka Camp.
  • Descending Elevation: From 5895m/19,340ft to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit, then descent through various zones
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Descending from Mweka Camp through Kilimanjaro's lush rainforests to Mweka Gate, our summit certificates await at 1680 meters. Continuing to Arusha or Moshi, we celebrate our achievement, cherishing the memories of our Kilimanjaro adventure. Reflecting on the journey, we're surrounded by Tanzania's captivating landscapes, marking a remarkable experience.

  • Descending Elevation: From 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5,500ft
  • Descending Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Descending Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: Breakfast

Included and Excluded

  • Experienced guide with safety certifications.
  • Accommodations with breakfast before and after trek.
  • Hassle-free airport transfers.
  • Nutritious meals throughout the trek.
  • Complimentary drinking water and full-board meals.
  • All-inclusive fees and permits.
  • Fair wages for mountain crew.
  • Portable private toilet and porter services.
  • Flights to and from the trek starting point.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is mandatory and recommended; please seek recommendations.
  • Medications.
  • Tips and gratuities for the porters and mountain crew (20% industry standard recommended).
  • Personal expenses for souvenirs or other purchases.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 8-day Mount Kilimanjaro hike via the Lemosho route is considered moderately challenging. It requires a good level of physical fitness and preparation due to varying terrain and altitude changes.

The ideal duration for the 8-day Mount Kilimanjaro hike via the Lemosho route depends on factors like weather conditions and personal fitness levels. It's generally recommended to choose a time when weather conditions are favorable and when you have sufficient time for acclimatization.

Essential gear and equipment for the 8-day Mount Kilimanjaro hike via the Lemosho route include proper hiking boots, layered clothing for varying temperatures, a sleeping bag suitable for cold conditions, trekking poles, a headlamp, and a daypack for essentials.

Altitude sickness is a concern during the hike. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and listen to your guide's instructions. Consider medications like acetazolamide (Diamox) if recommended by your healthcare provider.

Accommodation options during the 8-day Mount Kilimanjaro hike via the Lemosho route typically include tents at designated campsites. Some tours may offer upgraded options like mountain huts or lodges at higher altitudes.

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