The Lemosho route is known locally as the scenic route up Kilimanjaro. Taking the path less travelled, you'll be away from the crowds and have more time to acclimatise with this 9-day itinerary - maximising your chances of summit success.
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Take your international flight and be met by one of your local guides. From here you will be driven 45km to Moshi where you will be briefed by your head guide over dinner.
You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will start the climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.
Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland with volcanic rock formations. As you proceed towards Shira 2 you will get the chance to view some of the glaciers on the western side of the mountain.
On day four you reach the pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), your high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon you 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.
Your day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. You then scramble up the Great Barranco Wall - don't worry, your guides will help you take the easiest way up which avoids any rock climbing. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, you head towards the Karanga valley. From here you have a steep hike up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m.
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, you set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp you will eat and spend the afternoon resting as you prepare for a long night and day ahead.
You have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as you will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.
Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes you to the summit, known locally as Uhuru Peak (5895m). You begin your 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 Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.
A gentle trek takes you down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where you complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! You will then be met by your vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to warm showers and a drink before your big celebration.
The day is left free to rest and relax after a long, challenging week of trekking. You will be transferred to the airport to catch your morning flight back home.
Your trip includes:
Kilimanjaro is a steep mountain with a long summit day. You'll need to be fit enough to hike for an eleven hour day. To train we recommend running or playing sport, 2-3 times a week. It's also great to do a few practice hikes with a 5kg rucksack before you head out.
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The minimum age for this trek is 18.
You will be picked up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and dropped off back at the end. We recommend checking comparison sites such as Skyscanner for the best flight deals.
Please note that all plastic bags regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being brought into Tanzania. Plastic packaging for medical services, sanitary is not prohibited.
• Travel insurance details
• Boarding passes for flights
• 2 passport photos
• Driver’s license (if needed)
• Credit/Debit Card
• Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight
• Shoes for the plane (optional)
Please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking.
• 2 base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts)
• Fleece/soft-shell jacket
• Waterproof jacket
• Down jacket for warmth
• Travel clothes and City Wear
• Base-layer trousers (optional)
• Waterproof trousers
• Trekking trousers
• Trekking shorts (Optional)
• 2 thick wool mountaineering socks
• Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
• Gloves and wool hat
• A daysack: 35 litres
• A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back
• Dry Liner or Dry Bag
• Water bottle/thermos: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best.
• General Toiletries, Contact lenses, Glasses (if needed)
• Electronics - Head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger
• MP3/Music and headphones
• Travel wash
• Hand sanitizer, wet wipes
• Trekking Poles (Optional)
It is customary in Tanzania to tip guides and porters.
The amount that you tip is completely up to you. As a good rule of thumb, generally participants will tip around $150 USD per customer (not per guide). You can give this to the head guide and they will distribute it amongst the team of guides, porters and cooks.
Kilimanjaro is very close to the equator, so the temperatures are very similar year-round. They can range from around 20C (70F) at the base -10C (-15F) on the summit.
The dry season is June-September, and during these times there is typically just a dusting of snow on the summit. These are also the busiest months. The wet season is Nov-May, where snow depth on the summit can regularly be 20-30cm.
When you go above altitudes of 2,500m, you need to allow your body time to acclimatise properly. When you are at altitude, you enter a lower oxygen environment. All relevant itineraries are designed to ensure that this process is met.
So, what does this mean? This may mean that you may need to follow a longer route during the ascent phase to achieve the end goal. In this case, reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. It may also mean that you must rest for a day or so at certain altitudes to ensure that our bodies acclimatise properly to the change in environment. You will work alongside some of the most experienced local guides to help you reach your goals when at altitude. High altitude sickness can happen to anybody – old or young, in a good shape or not. Being in hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Your body can adjust to this altitude, but only if given enough time. If you find symptoms of altitude sickness, then you must descend down at any cost. The symptoms are totally different from one person to other. Sometimes you might feel a headache, you may feel you need to throw up, your fingers may go slightly numb or you may start breathing heavy. If you have these kinds of symptoms you should stop at this height. Drinking lots of water can help you out.
You are advised to move slowly, don’t rush and ensure you protect yourself from the weather.
When purchasing your visa, be aware that there are many companies online that are not legitimate. Please be mindful of this if buying online. Here is the official Tanzanian High Commission website: https://tzhc.uk/
The currency used in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shillings. Some places will accept USD ($), but you will get a worse rate with everything you purchase.
You will have chefs with you on the hike who can cater for all dietary requirements. You will have 3 nutritious and filling meals each day, which help keep your energy levels high. Please make us aware of any requirements on your registration form before departure.
Filtered water will be readily available free of charge.
You stay in a hotel at the beginning and end of the trek. The lodges offer twin shared rooms and basic showering facilities.
During the trek, you will be given a 3-man tent and use it as a twin share.
Single supplements are available for the duration of the trip for $90. Please ensure you request this on your registration form before you depart.
If you need to book any additional nights at the hotel, you can do so here: https://panamagardenresort.co.tz/
Most groups have 12 people, with a maximum of 14.
Start: There are three pick-up times (10:00 am, 5:00 pm or 11:59 pm) from Kilimanjaro International Airport on the first date of your trip.
End: On the last date you can fly at any time, and your guides will arrange transfers that work best for the group.