• Overview
  • 7 Days Itinerary
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  • 9 Days Itinerary

OVERVIEW

The Lemosho trail is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer trails, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred trail due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Baraka Trails specializes in guiding on the Lemosho trail. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this trail and they consistently report that they loved it, ask JOHN QUILLEN http://southernhighlanders.com/new/2019/07/29/mt-kilimanjaro/ . Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended. 

The trail 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 trail crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the trail joins the Machame trail near Lava Tower. Then the trail traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka trail. 

Baraka Trails offers Lemosho as nine day group climb or as a seven to eight day private climb. The seven day variation combines days five and six, going from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without staying at Karanga. A nine day variation that includes an overnight at Crater Camp is available as a private climb by special request. 

ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged Hotel; 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. Hotel is bed & Breakfast

Day 1: Lemosho Glades (2385m) To Big Tree Camp (2780m)

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho trail 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

Day 2: Big Tree Camp (2780m) To Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head towards our destination which is Shira 2. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the trail are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira 2 you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. 

Distance covered: 16.5km / 10.3mi

Approx. time taken: 9 - 11 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi

Approx. time taken: 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night. 

Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit. 

Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi

Approx. time taken: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi

Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel 

Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles

Approx. time taken: 3 hours

Hotel: Bed &Breakfast 

 

Departure

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

 PACKAGE INCLUDE

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, camping fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents (sharing for 2 people)
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Forest fee $10/person
  • 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)
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents (optional).
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal Tent $50 (Optional)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

Day 1: – Londorossi Gate To Mtimkumbwa (2,650 M/8,692 Ft)

Hike time: 3hrs 

Estimation distance: 10 km 

After a 1 1/2 hour drive from Moshi check in is at the Londorossi Gate. Day 1 is fairly easy with a 3/4 hour climb to Miti Mkubwa Camp. 

Day 2: – Mtimkubwa (2,650 M/8,692 Ft) To Shira One Camp (3,609 M/11,841 Ft.)

Hike time: 5-6 hours 

Estimation distance: 12 km 

A few hours walk will see the end of the forest and the beginning of a climb through heather forest to the edge of the Shira Caldera. Destination is the scenic Shira One Camp  

Day 3: – Shira One Camp (3,609 M/11,841 Ft.) To Shira Two Camp (3,849 M/12,628 Ft.)

Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs 

Elevation distance: 5 km 

Today is spent on a gentle hike across the Shira Plateau with possible side trips to Shira Cathedral. Camp is at the first high camp of Shira Two.  

Day 4: Shira Two Camp (3,849 M/12,628 Ft.) To Barranco Hut (3,948 M/12,956 Ft.)

Hike time: 5 hours 

Estimated distance: 6 km 

The real work of climbing Kilimanjaro begins here. Today the main feature is a slow climb to Lava Camp followed by a descent to the beautiful Barranco Camp. This is the Climb-High-Sleep-Low principal of altitude adjustment. 

Day: 5 – Barranco Hut (3,900 M/12,800 Ft) To Karanga Valley (3,963 M/13,000 Ft)

Hike time: 3.5 hrs 

Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles 

After a climb of the Great Barranco Wall we continue around the southern circuit train until we reach another scenic location of Karanga Camp. 

Day 6: – Karanga Valley (3,963 M/13,000 Ft) To Barafu Hut (4,600 M/15,091 Ft) 

Hike time: 3.5 hrs 

Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles 

The trail from Karanga to Barafu reaches the bleak high desert of Kilimanjaro. Barafu Camp is a basic camp geared towards the business of reaching the summit.  

Day 7:- Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,091 Ft) Summit (5,896 M/19,343 Ft) And Then Descent Via Mweka Route To Millenium Camp (3820 m/12530 ft) (Or To Mweka Hut 3,100 M/10,170 Ft)

Summit time: 7 hours 

Estimated distance: 5km/3.2 miles 

Descent time: 5 hours 

Estimated distance: 12km/7.5 miles   

This is a midnight ‘Alpine Summit’ to make sure we reach the summit by dawn, in time to return to Mweka Camp for the sake of improved  

Day 8: – Mweka Hut/Millenium Camp To Mweka Gate (1,828 M/6,000 Ft)

Descent time: 3hrs 

Estimated distance: 10km/6.21 

Today is a short walk towards Mweka Gate and pickup. It is a short day with arrival at the Gate at about 12:00 noon. Checkout and return to Moshi at HOTEL.

Departure

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

Package Include

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, camping fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents (sharing for 2 people)
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Forest fee $10/person
  • 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)
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents (optional).
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

Not Included

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal Tent $50 (Optional)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters are always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate To Mti Mkubwa Camp

4WD transfer to Londorossi Park Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite at 2895m. We will stay here overnight.

  • Transport: 1.7 hours, 80 km 
  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Ascent: 535 m
  • Max. altitude: 2895 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp To Shira 1 Camp 

Our journey continues eastwards across the Shira Plateau with spectacular views of Shira Cathedral. We cross moorland meadow to reach Shira 1 Camp for dinner and overnight camping at 3500m. By now we will be able to see the stunning glaciers of the Western Breach. It will be colder tonight than the previous night with temperatures possibly falling below freezing.   

  • Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours
  • Ascent: 605 m
  • Max. altitude: 3500 m
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp To Moir Hut

We leave the forest behind now and the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone. A gentle grade walk takes you across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Moir Hut with fabulous views of Arrow glacier. We will camp here for the night at 4200m.

  • Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Ascent: 700 m
  • Max. altitude: 4200 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Moir Hut To Barranco Camp Via Lava Tower

Today we will climb up to 4600m to the base of Lava Tower for lunch and acclimatization. This will be our toughest day so far and you may, for the first time, feel the altitude. After lunch we will descend again by almost 650m to Barranco Camp, following the “walk high, sleep low” golden rule of acclimatisation. Our descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall.

  • Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Ascent: 400 m
  • Descent: 650 m
  • Max. altitude: 4600 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp To Karanga Camp

A short but fun day, starting with a scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite.

  • Hiking time: 4 hours
  • Ascent: 260 m
  • Descent: 280 m
  • Max. altitude: 4210 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6: Karanga Camp To Barafu Camp  

We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent trail. From here we continue up to Barafu Camp. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.

  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Ascent: 670 m
  • Max. altitude: 4600 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7: Barafu Camp To Summit To Crater Camp

You will be woken around 07:00. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest. We are now only an hour away from the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. After celebrating with a few summit photos, we begin our descent into Kibo Crater to camp for the night. The scenery is breathtakingly unbelievable and depending on the time of year, you will see the fast-receding glaciers set amidst either sandy, desert or snowy conditions.

  • Hiking time: 9 – 10 hours
  • Ascent: 1295 m
  • Descent: 165 m
  • Max. altitude: 5895 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8: Crater Camp To Mweka Camp

We wake up early to hike to the Crater Rim in time to see the sunrise. From the rim, we descend to Mweka Hut campsite. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose gravel going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours
  • Descent: 2630 m
  • Max. altitude: 5730 m
  • Accomodation: Camping
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9: Mweka Camp To Mweka Gate 

Your final day on the trek, departing after breakfast we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. Transfer to your hotel.

  • Transport: 0.6 hour, 17 km 
  • Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
  • Descent: 1300 m
  • Max. altitude: 3100 m
  • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

Departure

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

Package Include

  • Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
  • Accommodations, 1 night before and 1 night after the trek. Sharing rooms (Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis) 
  • Park fees, camping fees
  • Rescue fees $20/climber
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents (sharing for 2 people)
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Forest fee $10/person
  • 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)
  • Portable toilets and toilets tents (optional).
  • Hot Water For Wash everyday at any time at the camp

Not Included

  • International and local Flights plus VISA
  • Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented)
  • Personal Tent $50 (Optional)
  • Personal hotel room $70

All tips not per client but per group. All our guides and porters are always satisfied with what you have not beyond your limit.