Climb Africa’s highest peak
6 nights 7 days trek
Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route
A popular 7- or 8-day trek, Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is perfect for those who are confident in taking difficult trails and camping out for an extensive period of time. It guarantees a remote wilderness experience and a breathtaking scenery that is just too gorgeous to forget. If you are an experienced hiker looking for world-class adventure in Africa, take the 6N7D or the 7N8D package with Napanda Safaris and your journey to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro will surely be one for the books.
We’re committed to helping create moments of discovery as you embark on a trip with us. Our talented guides are not only well equipped to show you around but are more than capable of explaining the experience as you go through it. They are there to help you fully immerse yourself in the moment. Feel free to approach the guide to talk about the trip during your breaks. They would be more than happy to help you make the most out of special moment you’ve discovered. So what are you waiting for? Come and create special moments of discovery with Napanda Tours and Safaris!
- All accommodations and meals as per personalized itinerary
- Airport/hotel transfers, park fees & applicable regional flights
- Private use of a specially outfitted 4WD vehicle and binoculars
- Expert guide and driver (all are fluent in English)
- Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks and bush snacks
- Laundry, beer, wine and spirits are included at select lodges and camps
- Comprehensive support from our operational office in Arusha, Tanzania
- International Airfare to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Laundry, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits not specified above
- Travel Insurance, gratuities, souvenirs, and Items of a personal nature
Arrival in Moshi
You will be brought to your hotel in Moshi for meet and greet. You will spend the night there to relax and get ready for your trek the following days.
Londorossi Gate (2,100m)
Approximately 2 hours away from Moshi (and longer from Arusha), you will start your adventure by registering with Kilimanjaro National Park authorities at the Londorossi Gate. Then, you will be transported to your starting point which is about 12km from the gate. During the wet season the track can be very inaccessible to vehicles and you may need to walk the last few miles to the starting point. Lunch will then be served before a short trek to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters). Spotting large wildlife like elephant and buffalo is possible on this stretch of the mountain and you will likely be accompanied by an armed guide in case one of the big five gets too close for comfort! Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.
Shira Camp 2 (3,850m)
Start with a gradual hike through the final stretch of the rainforest zone and then approach the steeper part which is the low alpine moorland zone. The trek is a long one that stops briefly for lunch at Shira Camp 1 which is on the western edge of the Shira Plateau; just over 8km from your starting point. You then continue on your hike across and up the Shira plateau to Shira Camp 2 at 3,850 meters. Here you will join trekkers from the Machame Route while enjoying stunning views across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero.
Lava Tower (4,600m)
Your trek will start heading east from the Shira Plateau, passing through the “Garden of the Senecios” which also features many giant lobelias. The landscape rapidly becomes desert-like as you approach Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth formation at 4,600 meters. You will have lunch at Lava Tower before joining the Southern Circuit trail which descends to Barranco Camp. You will spend the night at this camp. Climbing high and sleeping low is a good way to acclimatize the body to altitude.
Barafu Hut Camp (4,680m)
Be prepared to use all four limbs as you traverse Barranco Wall to the top of Karanga Valley. From here you will follow a path that sojourns through many inclines and declines to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). For those on an eight day hike, this will be your camp for the night. Six and seven day trekkers will stop here for a brief lunch before continuing on through the barren desert landscape that leads to the Mweka trail and up to Barafu Hut Camp (4,680 meters). At Barafu you will have an early dinner and then ‘hit the sack’ for some much needed rest before your summit attempt which begins at midnight. Please make sure that you have organized all your gear for the summit. You will be awoken in the dark and searching for your headlamp or camera at this time is not a good way to start your summit attempt.
Uhuru Peak (5,895m)
Day five of your trek starts at midnight with hot tea, biscuits and a long and zigzagging hike up the heavy scree that covers the steep slopes of Kibo. The going is slow and very tough. You will need to dig deep and ensure you maintain a consistent pace to push yourself up to the crater rim. After about 4-6 hours hiking you will reach Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will have a chance to rest and watch dawn break across the Tanzanian landscape. It is a good idea to have some hot tea or hot chocolate at this point as you will need to muster the energy to continue for another 1-2 hours around and up the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). Remember to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. Over 60% of climbers stop at Stella Point but most can make it to the summit if they are able to find the metal strength to push through. Obviously if you are experiencing severe AMS symptoms you should descend immediately. Your time at Uhuru Peak will be brief. Take as many pictures as you can, savour your accomplishment and then start heading back to Stella Point. Many trekkers slide down the slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp, where you will have a chance to rest before continuing on to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters). You will spend the night at this camp. This will be a good way for you to regain your strength and energy. In total you will be trekking between 12-16 hours on day 5 so it is really important that you pace yourself and remain hydrated
Mweka Gate (1,640m)
The final day on the mountain is a short one, but nonetheless tiring as your body will be exhausted and your knees will likely be sore from the previous day’s descent. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities and will also receive your certificate, either for Stella Point or for Uhuru Peak. At this point, you can now bid goodbye to your fellow climbers and guides and then you will be chaperoned back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. This marks the end of your tour.