Lemosho Route – 6 Days

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6
RouteLemosho Glades to
Mti Mkubwa
Mti Mkubwa – ShiraShira – BarrancoBarranco – BarafuSummit Uhuru Peak, descend to MwekaMweka Camp – Mweka Gate
Elevation Reached2750 m3840 m4020m (acclimatization hike)4700m5895mDescend to 1870m
Hrs of Trekking3 hrs6 -7 hrs7 hrs7 hrs14 – 16 hrs3 – 4 hrs
OvernightMti Mkubwa CampShira 2 CampBarranco CampBarafu CampMweka CampDepart Kilimanjaro National Park

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About Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route is known as one of the most scenic routes on Kilimanjaro. Climbers experience several glaciers, Shira Plateau, Barranco Wall and Lava Tower all on this route. The decent is via Mweka Route, giving climbers the chance to experience more of Mount Kilimanjaro on the way down.

It also has a good acclimatization profile, making this trek a top choice for climbers with less climbing experience. Apart from Barranco Wall, most of Lemosho Route is not very steep, making it a perferred route for older climbers, or ones with a lower fitness level, especially when compared to the more difficult Machame Route.

Lemosho Route in detail

Day 1: Trek distance: 6 km, climb to an elevation of 2750 m.
First, you will have a briefing at your hotel and then you will drive approximately 2 hrs to reach Londorossi Gate in Kilimanjaro National Park. From here, you will drive another 45 minutes to reach the trailhead at Lemosho Glades (11 km, by vehicle). The short trek this first day takes approximately 3 hrs, through lovely montane forest. 

Day 2: Trek distance: 11 km, climb to an elevation of 3840m
After breakfast, you’ll begin trekking to Shira 2 camp. The climb takes about 6 hrs, mostly through moorland and crosses a few mountain streams. You will reach Shira Plateau, which is famous for its stunning views and have a chance to take photos of Kilimanjaro’s glaciers. Overnight Shira 2 Camp.

Day 3: Trek distance: 12 km, climb to an elevation of 4630m at Lava Tower. Overnight at Barranco camp (and elevation of  3950m)
Most of this hike is through semi-desert, a rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about 5-hour walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky path to Lava Tower. Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel the altitude affecting them physically, in the way of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch you descend to Barranco Camp and spend the night here. This descent takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. 

Day 4: Trek distance: 9 km, climb to an elevation of 4550m.
After breakfast you will start climbing Barranco Wall, which is very imposing to look up, but not as steep as it appears from a distance. Once you reach the top, you will get a chance to see Heim Glacier and hike through Karanga Valley. For 7-day Lemosho treks, climbers overnight in Karanga Valley for an additional acclimatization day. 
It takes 7 hours to reach Barafu Camp from Barranco Camp, most of it through alpine desert. 

It is a good idea to get an early rest, as you will begin your summit attempt at midnight the following day.

Day 5: Summit Day

Trek distance: 19 km total, to climb to an elevation of 5895 m (Uhuru Peak) and descend to Mweka Camp (3060 m).

You will begin trekking around midnight, passing through Stella Point to reach Uhuru Peak. The summit trek takes approximately 6 hours. You should summit in time to see an amazing sunrise on the roof of Africa from either Stella Point or Uhuru Peak. Then, descend to Barafu Camp (approximately 3 hours) for a brief rest and continue through Mweka Route to overnight at Mweka Camp (approximately 6 hrs).

This will be your last night on Kilimanjaro.

Day 6:
Trek distance: 10 km, to descend to Mweka Gate (1640 m).
Breakfast and continue your descent to Mweka Gate. Upon arrival you will collect your certificates for Stella Point or Uhuru Peak. You will then be transferred to your accommodations for a well-deserved rest – you did it!


Climb Kilimanjaro with RA Expeditions Ltd, the Safari Experts in Tanzania

Note the following:

  • For Machame Route Kilimanjaro climbs, accommodations include Basic Camping
  • This itinerary can be customized, or extended. Please contact us. 
  • If you like us to arrange your accommodations for the night (s) before and after your Kilimanjaro climb please let us know.
  • If you are arriving at Kilimanjaro/Arusha Airport or in Arusha by shuttle bus let us know so we can arrange to meet you on arrival.
  • We will be happy to know your travel plans so we can customize this itinerary or any other itinerary for you. We are a full-service company and we will be able to take care of all accommodations: before safari, on safari and after safari; airport and hotel transfers; and internal/regional flights.
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  • This itinerary can also be extended (number of days and/or parks/activities) to cover other parks in the northern circuitKilimanjaro trekMeru trekOldongo Lengai trekUsambara MountainsZanzibar/Mafia/Dar beach holidaySouthern parks or western safari parks, or either way depending on your needs.

Kilimanjaro Climb Lemosho pricing

This climb is available exclusively from RA safaris for as low as $1806 per person*

Couple (2 ppl, sharing) ———$2031, per person

Climbing Group of 4 ————-$1806, per person

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*for a group climb minimum of 4 persons, sharing