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Lemosho Route, 8 Days

What is the best route up Mount Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro Itinerary

This is the most remote route to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. After taking you through beautiful forests and moorlands, it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route.

The South Circuit is then followed, offering superb views of the Southern Ice fields, past the Barranco Hut and then on to Barafu and the summit.

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
Pick up from airport and transfer to accommodation in Arusha for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Mti Mkumbwa Camp (2750m)
Hiking: 3h
After breakfast, we will depart from Arusha towards the Londorossi Park Gate where we will register at the park entrance and make our final preparations before commencing our journey. We will be transferred by car across the Lemosho Glades and begin our walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, stopping to eat a packed lunch along the way.

Day 3: Shira Camp (3840m)
Hiking: 7h
We continue our journey through forest areas where the trail steepens and crosses several streams. We will pass across the Shira Plateau which leads to the Shira Camp, located along moorlands near a stream. Temperatures here are notably colder than the previous night so remember to wrap up warm

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking: 7h
We will hike along a rocky path which leads us towards Lava Tower where we will reach an altitude of 4630m and the change in atmosphere is most likely to be felt here. After lunch, we descend back to the Barranco Camp.

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4550m)
Hiking: 7h A highlight for many trekkers, we continue our ascent scrambling up the Great Barranco Wall and then over scree and ridges of the Karanga Valley which lies beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers towards Barafu Camp.

Day 6: Uhuru Peak (5895m)
Hiking:16h We depart for the Summit at around midnight, through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is a 6 hour walk to Stella point and is for many climbers, the most challenging part of the entire journey.From Stella Point, after a short break, we will commence the 40 minute walk towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro before descending back to Barafu camp. After a short break, we will head down to Mweka Hut.

Day 7 – Mweka Gate
Hiking: 3h
On our final day of trekking, we will commence a 3 hour hike to Mweka Park gate and drive back towards Arusha.

Day 8 – Depart from Kilimanjaro Airport
Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure.