Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route
Trek to the top of Africa's highest peak
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Group Size: Max 12, avg 10
Trip code: DTKL
Duration: 10-15 days
The Lemosho route is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful routes available up Kilimanjaro. With jaw dropping views all along the way this lesser-travelled option will take you through incredible forests and moorlands before you reach high-alpine deserts, and with acclimatisation days included this route has one of the highest success rates for summiting the mountain!
- Stand at the summit of Kilimanjaro as the sun comes up
- Hike through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley
- Marvel at the views of the Western Breach as you descend from the Lava Tower
- Experience a climbing ceremony with the local mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative
- Enjoy a night in Moshi, capital of the Kilimanjaro region, at the start and end of your trip
- Add on a Serengeti or Zanzibar Island experience to your trip to make the most of Tanzania!
Day 1: Moshi. Arrive at any time today and make your way to your accommodation in Moshi. Meet your group and guide this evening to discuss the adventure ahead!
Day 2: Moshi to Mti Mkubwa Camp. Today is our first day of hiking and we’ll start the Lemosho trail by walking through the rainforest covered lower slopes of the mountain - keep an eye out for the local wildlife! We’ll end the day at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Campsite. 3-4 hours hiking.
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp. Make the steep climb out of the rainforest and into the moorland over the Shira ridge, before descending into tonight’s campsite, Shira 1, which is perfectly located next to a stream. 5-6 hours hiking.
Day 4: Acclimatisation Day. Today is our acclimatisation day where we will travel across the Shira plateau with a number of short acclimatisation walks. Tonight we stay at Shira 2 camp. 3-4 hours hiking.
Day 5: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp. Ascend through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower, before descending again to help with acclimatisation. Take your time and go slowly (“pole pole” as your guide will tell you), as the route starts to become more challenging and steep. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with the beautiful views from tonight’s campsite, Barranco Camp. 5-6 hours hiking.
Day 6 – Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. Today we take on the Great Barranco Wall and head up into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. You’ll pass below the Heim Glacier, where you’ll encounter some epic views of Kili! 4-5 hours hiking.
Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. Trek through the alpine desert as we make our way up to Barafu Camp, which is on a narrow ridge with spectacular views of the Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. Rest up before our 11pm wakeup call! 3-4 hours hiking.
Day 8: Summit Day. Start your summit day with a snack and warm drink before we make our way up to Stella Point, in time for a truly unforgettable sunrise. From there we continue on, up the snow-covered trail to our ultimate goal, Uhuru Peak. We’ve made it to the Roof of Africa! Celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow hikers, before beginning the descent. We end today at Mweka Camp. 11-14 hours hiking (with breaks!).
Day 9: Mweka Camp to Moshi. Today is the final descent, back through the lower, forested slopes. Take part in a climbing ceremony with some local mamas back in Moshi. 4-5 hours hiking.
Day 10: Moshi. Depart at any time today.
Zanzibar or Serengeti Add On
Got some extra holiday time and want to extend your African Adventure? Why not book one of our exciting add-ons for after your Kilimanjaro climb is over?! Download the trip notes for more information on doing a safari in the Serengeti National Park or blissing out on the beaches of Zanzibar.
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The trip starts on day 1. Make your own way from the airport to your starting hotel in Moshi. Kilimanjaro International Airport is around 40km / minutes away from Moshi. Taxis and public shuttle buses are available. There are no activities planned today apart from a meeting with your guide and group this evening. The tour departs for Mount Kili on day 2.
Climb Kilimanjaro only
The trip ends on day 10 after breakfast, in Moshi. You will need to make your own way back to the airport, the local team can assist you in doing this locally.
Zanzibar Add On
The trip ends on day 14 in Stone Town on Zanzibar Island. As you will arrive into Stone Town in the late morning, you should book onward travel out of Stone Town no earlier than 2:30pm on your end date.
Serengeti Add On
The trip ends on day 15 in Arusha. Due to travel from Ngorogoro and activities planned for this day, flights should be booked to leave no earlier than 6pm on your end date. We recommend booking an extra night accommodation and departing the following day in case of delays.
You’ll spend 2 nights in simple hotels on a twin or triple share basis, and the rest of the trip camping at designated communal campsites. All camping equipment (with the exception of sleeping bag and pillow) is provided. Campsites are basic with no electricity or shower facilities, and toilet facilities are long drop latrines. All tents are 2-person dome tents with built-in insect net, and mattresses which are 4cm thick and comfortable. The tents are pitched for you by the crew, who will also carry your tents, prepare your meals and heat basins of warm water for washing daily.
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners are included. This includes all meals while trekking on the mountain, along with breakfast back in Moshi on the final day after your hike. You’’ll need to buy any other meals, snacks or drinks yourself. All supplied meals will be prepared from fresh local produce. Breakfast and dinner will be served at camp, but lunches will usually be packed. Evening meals will be hot and consist of a variety of local and continental dishes. Please specify any dietary requirements before the trip.
Please note, bottled water (both before and after the trek) is at your own expense. However, during the trek you will be provided with drinking water which is collected from mountain streams and purified (apart from the first day on hiking, for which you’ll need to bring bottled water from the hotel).
Zanzibar Add On
If you book the Zanzibar add on you will receive an additional 4 nights accommodation in simple hotels, as well as an additional 4 breakfasts.
Serengeti Add On
If you book the Serengeti add on you will receive an additional 5 nights accommodation. 2 nights will be spent camping and 3 nights in simple hotels. You will also have included an additional 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners.
You need to be 18 to take part in this trip.
Please note: As this trip includes serious high-altitude treks and heavy exercise you will need to have a high level of physical fitness in order to take part.
All British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel.
Your passport needs to be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your visa application.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.