Lemosho Route Overview

Lemosho Route is one most preferred route to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its panoramic views of the mountain from various side and high summit success rate.
Trails on the route are filled with the varied scenic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The route is less crowded as compared to other routes making it ideal from first-time trekkers. The route due to its longer schedule provides better acclimatisation for the climbers, which widens the chance of a successful summit.
Lemosho Route begins on the west side of Kilimanjaro from Londorossi Gate. After which the trek proceeds through the deep rainforest to Shira plateau over the next two days. The trail then, moves eastward of the Shira Plateau to the Lava Tower in a flat hike. The route then heads down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Following which the descent is made through the Mweka route.

It is recommended to take the Lemosho Route with a crater night, to experience the amazing experience of Carter camp. The expedition to carter camp is one of the most adventurous parts of Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking. It gives you a chance of sleeping overnight in the bowl of the crater.

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Trekking Ittinerary

Our driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport for pick up and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel

  • Hotel Bed & Breakfast

Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Big Tree Camp

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho route at Londorosi gate which is located at western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

  • Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi
  • Approx. time taken: 4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Big Tree to Shira 2

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m.). [6-7 hours walking]

Distance Covered: 16km
Approx. time: 7-8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Shira 2 to Baranco Camp

Morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [6-9 hours walking]

  • Distance covered: 10km
  • Approx. time taken: 5-6 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Baranco to Karanga

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,100 m.), the last water point on the approach to Barafu, in a narrow valley. There is plenty of time to rest, or for a short optional acclimatization walk in the afternoon up the valley above the camp. [4-5 hours walking]

  • Distance covered: 6km
  • Approx. time taken:  4-5 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Karanga to Barafu Camp

A short but steep climb out of Karanga on compacted scree with wide views, we then climb steadily to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before an early night. [3-4 hours walking]

  • Distance covered: 3.3 km
  • Approx. time taken:  3-4 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3090m/10,150ft
Altitude lost: 2789m

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.

Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.


Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.

From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

Horombo Huts

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

  • Meals: Breakfast Included


  • Private pick up and drop off at KRO (JRO)
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Hot Water For Wash
  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents.
  • Laundry Services
  • Tips to mountain crew
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