8 Days Kilimanjaro climbing Lemosho route

Monkey Adventures
  • 8 days
  • Tough
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

Lemosho route is one of the best routes for acclimatization. The route is less used and a beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau.


The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife.

The minimum duration for the Lemosho route is 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days. The additional 7th day will give your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the effects of altitude sickness and give you more time to rest before attempting the summit.


Group Trek:

Basic Package

Price for joining a Group USD 1810 per person

Standard Package:**

  • Solo Trekker: USD 1982 per person
  • Group of 2: USD 1911 per person
  • Group of 3: USD 1902 per person
  • Group of 4: USD 1891 per person
  • Group of 5: USD 1906 per person
  • Group of 6: USD 1902 per person
  • Group of 7: USD 1896 per person
  • Group of 8: USD 1891 per person
  • Group of 9: USD 1899 per person
  • Group of 10: USD 1895 per person

Private Trek

Basic Package:

  • Solo Trekker - USD 2120 per person
  • Group of 2 - USD 1931 per person
  • Group of 3 - USD 1860 per person
  • Group of 4 - USD 1848 per person
  • Group of 5 - USD 1840 per person
  • Group of 6 - USD 1835 per person
  • Group of 7 - USD 1831 per person
  • Group of 8 - USD 1828 per person
  • Group of 9 - USD 1816 per person
  • Group of 10 and above USD 1814 per person

**Standard Package includes Trek Charges+To/fro transport from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi+Hotel Accommodation for 2 nights at Lindrin Lodge (1 night each pre and post trek)


  • Day 1: Hotel to Mti Mkubwa Camp

    After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

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

  • Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

    After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

    • Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft
    • Distance: 8km/5mi
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

    After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.

    • Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft
    • Distance: 8km/5mi
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

    From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

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

  • Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

    • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi
    • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

    • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
    • Distance: 4km/2mi
    • Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

    From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

    From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

    • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
    • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
    • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
    • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel

    After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    Monkey Adventures vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha (about 30 to 60 minutes).

    • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
    • Distance: 10km/6mi
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Forest
    • Meals: Breakfast


  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents (Twin sharing basis)
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees and camping fees
  • Rescue Fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Sleeping Mattress


  • Tanzania Visa - USD 100 per person for US citizens and USD 50 for the non-US citizens
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.
  • TIPS FOR PORTERS, GUIDE, COOK AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: Guide between 20$ per Day, Assistant Guide $15 per Day, porters 10$ per porter per day COOK $15 per Day.
  • Portable toilet at USD 100 for the entire trek (available as add on)


Transport as per the itinerary.


Reporting at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania


  • Below one week no refund.
  • Cancellation of one week and above, refund 100%.
  • Transfer to the next trip any time allowed.


Hotel Options:

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) - USD 46 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 61 per night
  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 98 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 69 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 94 per night
  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 122 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 91 per night
  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 170 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 140 per night
  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 160 per night


  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way): USD 40 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way): USD 40 per vehicle
  • Arusha to Moshi (one way): USD 80 per vehicle
  • Moshi to Arusha (one way): USD 80 per vehicle


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