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Lemosho Route

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights (1 Reviews) Code: KLR8 $1849

Tour Description

The 8 day Lemosho variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested. The 8 day Lemosho route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Additional Info

  • Location Kilimanjaro
  • Duration 8 days
  • Min Age 15+
  • Max People 2+


DAY 1 Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft Distance: 6 km Hiking Time:3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.


DAY 2 Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1)

Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft Distance: 8 km Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Moorland We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.


DAY 3 Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut

Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft Distance: 14 km Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Moorland We 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.


DAY 4 Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft Distance: 7 km Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Semi Desert 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.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.


DAY 5 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft Distance: 5km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.


DAY 6 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft Distance: 4 km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.


DAY 7 Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent Habitat: Arctic Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


DAY 8 Mweka Camp to Moshi

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft Distance: 10 km Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest 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). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Price Includes

  1. Airport transfers
  2. Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping/hut and rescue fees
  3. Professional Up to date wilderness first responder trained guide or equivalent Assistance Guide
  4. Gamow bag (portable hyperbaric chamber)
  5. Emergency oxygen
  6. Expedition medical kit
  7. Pulse oximeter
  8. Comprehensive vital sign monitoring
  9. 3 person expedition tents (2 clients/tent)
  10. Mountaineering mattress
  11. Light weight mess tent
  12. Expeditions walk in mess tent
  13. Light weight aluminum table
  14. Luxury chair with back rest
  15. Purified water while on the mountain
  16. Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  17. Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  18. Salary for the porters
  19. Salary for the Guides
  20. Salary for the Cooks
  21. Government taxes
  22. VAT 18% on park entrance fees
  23. Hot steamy towel on the camp
  24. Bowl of hot washing water in the morning and evening

Price Excludes

  1. International airfare
  2. Excess baggage charges
  3. Costs of visas
  4. Immunizations
  5. Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary)
  6. Room service
  7. Souvenirs
  8. Laundry
  9. Medical or extra evacuation fees
  10. Staff gratuities
  11. Personal trekking equipment
  12. Additional transportation
  13. Meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness
  14. Medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes

Jhone Joan


I can't praise the guides, chefs and porters enough. Everything was perfect. Tent and sleeping bag (which I rented) were in great condition, warm and were always prepared when we got to camp each day.I would highly recommend Mori Tours & Safaris to anyone considering climbing Kili.

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