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Sunrise on Lemosho Route 7 days Uhuru Peak
Group Trekking Tour

Lemosho Route – 7 Day Climb

7 day climb + 1 day pre & 1 day post from 2,850 USD pp sharing

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Lemosho Route – 7 Day Group Trekking Tour + 2 Days Hotel Stay

The 7 day Lemosho route is a beautiful trail starting on the western flank of Kilimanjaro. A demanding route suitable for fitter hikers. After two days the Lemosho route joins the Machame route. Accommodation is in tents. Climbs depart every second Friday, except in rainy season (April, May & June).

Tent camping

Camping in Mountain Tents

Accommodation style

price dollar

from 2,850 USD pp sharing

Starting price per person

travellers

2-10

Travellers

calendar

Every Friday

Departure dates

Highlights

Day 1-9 | Tanzania

To help you get to the top and safely back down again.

Experienced Guides

To help you get to the top and safely back down again.

Minimum 2, maximum 10 climbers plus crew

Group Tour

Minimum 2, maximum 10 climbers plus crew

Several hours across different terrain

Daily Hikes

Several hours across different terrain

Along a more remote route

Beautiful Scenery

Along a more remote route

Along Lemosho Route in good weather conditions.

Views of Kibo

Along Lemosho Route in good weather conditions.

Who Should Go

If you are looking for a well-developed route, but would still like to encounter fewer other hikers on your Kilimanjaro climb, you may want to consider the 7 day Lemosho route. It is a bit lesser known and joins the popular Machame Route on the third day only. To cross the Barranco Wall you should be sure-footed, but our Guides will be there to lend you a helping hand. On the Lemosho Route, you overnight in mountain tents, which are smaller than safari tents. You should be a happy camper to enjoy this outdoor adventure.

Adventurers

Adventurers

active travellers

Active Travellers

nature lovers

Outdoor Lovers

Early birds

Early Birds

“Our guides Laurence and Goudance were truly amazing. The team of porters and waiter and cook were also first class. This truly amazing team are the reason I made it up the mountain. From day one it was challenging and difficult for me. Their advice of pole pole was to be the most valuable advice they could give me. It did not matter how slow I was they never stopped encouraging me to continue. The guides were so aware of each person’s strengths and weaknesses. On the final day of trekking to the summit was unbelievable. I still cannot believe I did it.“
Ann Cook | Australia

Accommodation

6 campsites & 1 hotel over 9 days/8 nights
Meru View Lodge
Day 1 & 8
Arusha Area
Meru View Lodge
1 night half-board before and after your climb
Day 1 & 8
Mountain tents camping Kilimanjaro climb
Mountain Tents
With mattresses
Chairs table mess tent
Mess Tent
For all meals
Basic toilets Kilimanjaro climb
Basic Toilets
Some in adventurous condition
Washing on Kilimanjaro
Washing
Warm water for personal hygiene
Renting equipment Kilimanjaro climb
Renting Equipment
From walking poles to sleeping bags - get in touch!

Tour Itinerary

Group trekking tour | minimum 2, maximum 10 people

The lesser-known 7 day Lemosho route begins on the western side of Mt Kilimanjaro. The first 2 days of the tour cross the thick rainforest belt which then changes into heath and moorland with many ferns and ericas along the way. The small trail sometimes has very steep passages and goes through diverse landscapes. On the third day, the trail joins the Machame route. Compared to the Marangu and the Rongai route, the Lemosho route is more challenging.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 7 days map

Start Arusha

End Arusha

Meru View Lodge pre night

Day 1 | Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Distance approx. 35km; driving time approx. 45 minutes

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and taken to the Meru View Lodge. The rest of the day will be at leisure and you may choose to relax at the lodge or perhaps explore the town of Arusha (taxi required). In the evening, you will attend a briefing in preparation of your upcoming trek. Dinner and overnight at Meru View Lodge.

Dinner
Rain forest on Lemosho Route

Day 2 | Arusha – Lemosho Gate (2385m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Altitude ↑395m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

Arusha – Lemosho Gate (2385m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Altitude ↑395m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

In the morning, you will be picked up at the lodge and taken to the Lemosho Gate (2385m). Here you will be registered by the national park authorities and your trek through a dense rainforest begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoilt natural forest to the Big Tree Camp, your destination for today.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Clouds and hikers on Kilimanjaro

Day 3 | Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)

Altitude ↑1120m; walking time approx. 7-8 hours

Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)

Altitude ↑1120m; walking time approx. 7-8 hours

Today’s long trek starts on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As one climbs, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like erica and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mount Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb (approximately 3 hours), you will climb another 250 metres in altitude. The landscape will change again, and you will walk on ground that once was a lava flow. Just before reaching Shira Camp 2, you will pass giant senecios that can grow to almost 9 metres in height. At Shira Camp 2, you will camp for the night and with a little luck, enjoy the wonderful view of the Kibo summit at sunset.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
View of Kibo from Lemosho Route

Day 4 | Shira Camp 2 (3900m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Altitude ↑740m|↓680m; walking time approx. 6-7 hours

Shira Camp 2 (3900m) – Lava Tower (4640m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Altitude ↑740m|↓680m; walking time approx. 6-7 hours

Today you will climb approximately 700 metres, but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise, as a height of over 4500 metres will be reached before descending again. In doing so, you will be able to see how your body reacts to such an altitude. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to alpine desert. The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours’ walking, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp – perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hikers on Lemosho Route

Day 5 | Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4035m)

Altitude ↑75m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4035m)

Altitude ↑75m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

Today’s trekking leg has many ascents and descents and shortly after the start, you will tackle the steepest part of the entire route: the Barranco Wall. Every now and then, you may need your hands to hold on as there are no climbing “paths”. Safety is paramount, and your guides will assist you whenever necessary. After reaching the top of Barranco Wall, you will walk along the mountain ridge. From here you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit. You will get to Karanga Camp around lunch time.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Hikers and walking poles on Kilimanjaro

Day 6 | Karanga Camp (4035m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Altitude ↑605m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

Karanga Camp (4035m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Altitude ↑605m; walking time approx. 3-4 hours

After breakfast you will walk along a trail that passes through an alpine desert area until you reach the destination of today – the Barafu Camp. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation of the upcoming summit night. You will have dinner early in order to catch a few hours’ sleep, before you will be woken up at around midnight.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Sunrise on Uhuru Peak

Day 7 | Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Altitude ↑1255m|↓2815m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours

Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Altitude ↑1255m|↓2815m; walking time approx. 10-14 hours

After some hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins around midnight. By torchlight you will start walking on the lava ash that is still frozen. After 5 to 7 hours you will arrive at Stella Point (5730m), the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak. From “Africa’s Roof”, you will be able to see the surrounding landscape being lit up by the rising sun – a truly liberating experience. After a short break and taking photos, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the crew will be waiting for you. You will have a warm lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours before you make our way down to the Mweka Camp about 3 hours away.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Mweka Forest Kilimanjaro

Day 8 | Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Arusha

Altitude ↓1450m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka Gate (1630m) – Arusha

Altitude ↓1450m; walking time approx. 2-3 hours

The final leg of your amazing adventure along the Lemosho Route in 7 days begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Meru View Lodge and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest or to celebrate your achievement.

Breakfast Dinner
Kilimanjaro beer

Day 9 | Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport. Alternatively, you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari or relax at the Indian Ocean.

Breakfast

Included

  • professional, English-speaking guide
  • mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • 8 nights‘ stay in lodges and mountain tents
  • camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
  • meals according to the itinerary
  • drinking water
  • all national park fees
  • all mentioned transfers

Excluded

  • flights (international and domestic)
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • alcoholic and soft drinks
  • sleeping bag (can be rented at extra cost)
  • tips
  • personal expenses, visa fees, travel insurance

Upcoming Departures

Start End Tourprice Single supplement (Hotel only) Language
04.07.2024 12.07.2024 2,850 USD 80 USD English
18.07.2024 26.07.2024 2,850 USD 80 USD English
01.08.2024 09.08.2024 2,850 USD 80 USD English
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