The shorter 7-day Lemosho route variant does not include the extra acclimatization day as the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary. The Lemosho route takes you to the dramatic Shira Plateau, then onto the various icefields, and finally to the high alpine desert, passing through various vegetation and climatic zones of Mount Kilimanjaro. There are a thousand reasons why this route is considered the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not only is the Lemosho route picturesque, but it also has less traffic, is less congested, and is an excellent option among the Mount Kilimanjaro routes.

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The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverse's underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Days 7 Days

Difficulty Medium

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or similar to begin your 7-day Lemosho Route trek, where you will be met by Kilimanjaro Journeys representatives. Transfer to Lodge and meet with your climbing manager and guide for a thorough briefing and equipment check.

Accommodations: Chanya Lodge or similar
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 1

Moshi/Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

Starting point: The starting point for the 7-day Lemosho route is at the Londorossi Gate at an altitude of 2,100 m.

After breakfast at your accommodation in Moshi town, your guide will give you an overview of the day. The journey from Moshi (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate will take two hours (2100m). You will be given a packed lunch and the opportunity to purchase mineral water for the climb at the settlement near Londorossi Gate. The last 45 minutes of the trip up to the gate will be on a rough woodland route that will need 4WD cars. The guides and porters deliver supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority at the entrance gate (TANAPA). You’re all set to start your 3-hour journey in the rainforest. Keep an eye out for Colobus monkeys.

You’ll take a break for lunch along the route and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing when they arrive at the campsite ahead of the clients. For the clients, the chef will prepare a snack and later supper. Mountain temperatures can dip below freezing at night, so be prepared!

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Mti Mkubwa Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6.5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

You’ll start your trek out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone after an early morning meal. You’ll cross several creeks and hike across a plateau to reach Shira 2 Camp (3840m). You’ll be near to a stream and get a great view of the Western Breach and its glaciers to the east from this campground. Your tents will be put up before you arrive at camp, similar to the previous night, and porters will provide drinking and washing water for you. You will be treated to evening refreshments before our chef prepares dinner for you. Expect a chilly night at this exposed camp, as temperatures plunge below freezing.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Shira 2 Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi-desert

You will leave the moorland area and enter the semi-desert and rocky region after an early morning meal. You will come face to face with the Lava Tower after 5 hours of traveling east (4630m). Hikers can have packed lunches at the Tower, and weather permitting, they can climb the huge Lava Tower. Hikers are likely to experience the effects of altitude at this stage in the trek, such as headaches and shortness of breath.
You’ll descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to Barranco Campsite after lunch (3950m). Hikers benefit greatly from the 6800m descend since it allows their bodies to acclimate to the high-altitude circumstances. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours. It’s in a valley between the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall (also known as the “Breakfast Wall”). As the sun sets, trekkers will be provided drinking and washing water, as well as meals. circumstances.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Barranco Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 4-5h
Distance: Approximately 5 km
Habitat: Alpine desert

This is a short hiking day designed to help you acclimate. It’s time to face the Great Barranco Wall after an early morning breakfast! Despite its intimidating appearance, hikers report that this Class 2 trek is frequently considerably simpler than they expected. You will be above the clouds and enjoy a view of Heim Glacier at the summit of the Wall. In the Karanga Valley, the route then winds up and down. You’ll spend the night in Karanga Camp (3950m), where you’ll eat dinner and do your laundry.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Karanga Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600)
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert

You will begin your ascent after breakfast. The Mweka Route, which is used to descend on the final two days, intersects with the path. After an hour of hiking, you will arrive to Barafu Hut. Because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp, this is the porters’ final water break (4550m). The Swahili term “barafu” means “ice,” and this camp sits atop a stony, exposed ridge. Hikers should acquaint themselves with the campground before dark because tents will be exposed to wind and rocks. Hikers will be offered an early meal so they may recuperate before trying the peak the next night.

Your guide will go over how to prepare for summit night in great detail with you. By 19:00, you should be asleep!

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Barafu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Around 23:30, your guide will wake you up for tea and snacks. After that, you’ll launch your summit bid. You’ll rise across stone scree on this path, which travels northwest. Many hikers consider the ascent to be the most psychologically and physically demanding aspect of the journey. Stella Point (5685m) on the crater rim may be reached in about 6 hours. You will continue rising for roughly 2 hours on a snow-covered route to Uhuru Peak after witnessing the stunning dawn (5895m). The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement! Before beginning the descent to Barafu, you will have the opportunity to spend some time on the peak snapping photos and enjoying tea.

It takes roughly 3 hours to trek down to Barafu Camp.
You’ll rest and have a nice lunch in the sun at camp. You will continue descending to Mweka Hut after dining (3100m). The Mweka Trail will take you past scree and rocks, through moorland, and into the rain forest. Because Mweka Camp (3100m) lies in the high rain forest, fog and rain are likely. At camp, you will eat, shower, and sleep well.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Mweka Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Rainforest

Your team will enjoy a tremendous celebration with dancing and singing after a well-deserved breakfast. You will give your suggestions to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters here on the mountain. You will return to Mweka Gate after partying for three hours. To get a certificate of completion from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority, all hikers must sign their names. Hikers who reach Stella Point (5685m) are awarded green certificates, while those who reach Uhuru Peak (5895m) are awarded gold certificates. Hikers will descend into Mweka village for 1 hour after getting certificates (3 kilometers). You’ll be fed a hearty lunch before returning to Moshi or Arusha for some much-needed rain and more festivities.


Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary.
Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
Airport Transfers
Meals according to the itinerary
Drinking water and Full Board Meals
All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
Gate Transfers
Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder


Visa fees
Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
Gamow Bag
Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
Additional lodge nights if early descent from the mountain $150 per room

  • Mountain

    Mount Kilimanjaro

  • distance

    72 Kilometers

  • height

    5895 m

  • Success Rate


Lemosho 7 Days