Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route is considered to be the most attractive route on Mt. Kili, granting panoramic views on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, this is the excellent choice for your climb. It is our favoured route due to the high summit success rate and beautiful scenery.

This route includes a crossing of the Shira Plateau which precedes an assault on the summit via Barranco, Karanga Valley and Barafu to Stella Point on the Barafu Route; or, alternatively, via the Western Breach Route up to the Kibo crater floor and onto the summit. The usual descent route is the Mweka trail. Overall, allow seven to nine days if stops at Shira 1, Shira Huts and in the Karanga Valley are taken.

The main reason why this route has overtaken the old Shira Plateau Route as the main path of climbing from the west, it is because you will have a chance to walk through the forests on Kilimanjaro’s western slopes. Usually, we use a vehicle all the way up to the plateau, thereby missing out not only on some fine forest, which you experience only through a vehicle window but also on some useful acclimatization.

Climb through Lemosho allows side trips to the minor peaks of Kilimanjaro’s third summit, the Shira Ridge. In particular, the Shira Cathedral, on the southern side of the plateau, has become a very popular excursion on the 3 days of the climb, such a side trip is useful for acclimatization purposes and no extra days need to be taken to do this either.

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  • 8 DAYS (MOIR)
  • 8 DAYS (SHIRA)
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Other side trips that do require an extra day include climb to the Moir Huts on the northwestern side of the Kilimanjaro. The variety of different trails one can take and itineraries one can build is one of the pleasures of this route. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from the west may also allow you to take the Western Breach Route to the summit if you prefer.

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

6 DAYS

(Option 1)

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 2

Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower then to Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp then to Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then to Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

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7 DAYS

(Option 2)

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 2

Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower then to Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then to Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

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8 DAYS

(Option 3)

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1

Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2

Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then to Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

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8 DAYS

(Option 4)

Londorosi gate to Shira I

Shira I to Shira II or Moir hut camp

Stay Shira II -Optional

Shira II to Lava Tower then Baranco Camp

Baranco to Karanga Camp

Karanga to Barafu camp

Barafu to Uhuru then to Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

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9 DAY

(Option 5)

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1

Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2

Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower then to Barranco Camp

Baranco to Karanga Camp

Karanga to Barafu camp

Barafu Camp to Crater Camp

Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m)
Distance Approximation: 6 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
The Lemosho Route start out from the West side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Arriving at Londorossi Gate takes approximately 2 hours from Moshi. At the gate, you will register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities before getting back into vehicles to be transported to the starting point which is a further approximately 1,9312 meters from Londorossi. It can be very hard to use the vehicle during the wet season and you may need to walk the last few meters to the starting point.
We can provide lunch before starting the short climb to Mti Mkubwa Camp. You may have a chance to see large wildlife like buffalo and elephant on this stretch of the mountain.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)
Distance Approximation: 14.9 km
Habitat: Moorland
Day 2 starts with a gradual climb through the final stretch of the rainforest zone and then gets steeper as you approach the low alpine moorland zone. The climb 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 14 km from your starting point.
You will continue to climb across and up the Shira plateau to Shira Camp 2 at 3,840 meters. You will have a chance to join climbers from the Machame Route and enjoying a fabulous view across the valley below and the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero.

Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3,840m) – Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Distance Approximation: 10.3 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
On Day 3 you will start climbing to east from the Shira Plateau, passing through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ which also have many giant lobelias. The landscape will rapidly become desert when you are approaching Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth formation.
You will have lunch at Lava Tower before joining the Southern Circuit trail, which descends to Barranco Camp. Climbing high and sleeping low is a good way for acclimatization the body to altitude so you will stop at Barranco Camp where you will spend the night at a very similar elevation as the night before.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950 m) – Karanga Camp (4,200 m) – Barafu Camp (4,680 m)
Distance Approximation: 9 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
On Day 4 you will be presented with the relatively steep Barranco ‘Breakfast’ climb, a 257 meters scramble up the Barranco Wall. Be prepared to use all four limbs as you traverse the wall to the top of the Karanga Valley. From here you will follow a path that sojourns through many inclines and declines to Karanga Camp. At Barafu you will have an early dinner and rest before your summit attempt which begins at midnight.
Note: You will be waking at midnight, all gear for summit should be organized early.

Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,680m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
Day 5 starts at midnight with hot tea, biscuits and a long and zigzagging climb 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 climbing 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 gathering the energy to continue for another 1-2 hours around and up the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. Remember to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. if you are experiencing severe AMS symptoms you should descend immediately. You may have a chance to slide down the scree slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp, where you will have a chance to rest before continuing on to Mweka Camp. You will be climbing between 10-14 hours on Day 5 so it is really important that you pace yourself and remain hydrated.

Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Rain Forest
The final day on the mountain is a short climbing. after breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 3 to 4 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjaro flower grows. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Gate. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to your Hotel/Lodge.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m)
Distance Approximation: 6 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
In the morning, you will be picked up at the Hotel and taken to the Londorossi Gate. Here you will be registered by the national park authorities. Then you will drive an approximate 15 km on a bumpy track that will take you into the dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your climb begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoilt natural forest to the Mti Mkubwa Camp. You may have a chance to see large wildlife like buffalo and elephant on this stretch of the mountain.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)
Distance Approximation: 14.9 km
Habitat: Moorland
Today’s long climb 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 ericas and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of climbing, you will reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb (approximately 3 hours), you will climb another 400 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and 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.

Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3,840m) – Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Distance Approximation: 10.3 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today you will climb approximately 740 m 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 4,600 m will be reached before descending again. In doing so, you will be able to see how your body reacts to such an altitude. The climb 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 8 hours walking you will arrive at the Barranco Camp perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today’s climbing 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.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,680m)
Distance Approximation: 4 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
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. This camp is situated at an altitude of 4,680 m and will be reached in about 4 to 5 hours. 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.

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,680m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
After some hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. With the torchlight, you will start walking on the lava ash that is still frozen. After 5 to 7 hours you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt 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.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Rain Forest
The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 3 to 4 hours descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you who will take you back to your Hotel/Lodge. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure, enjoy a long shower, jump in the pool or just relax at the bar.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m)
Distance Approximation: 6 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
In the morning, you will be taken to Londorossi Gate. Upon completion of all the entry formalities and a final 15 km drive on a bumpy road you will reach your starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will enjoy lunch before you set out on the trail through the rainforest. Today’s walk is quite short, about 3 to 4 hours, compared to the days ahead, thus giving you time to enjoy the lush scenery which will drastically change over the course of your climb. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you. Your dinner and overnight await you at the beautiful Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,720m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km Habitat: Moorland As you walk along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with Lobelia and Eric plants. Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira Camp 1 in about 5 to 6hours. Looking over the Shira Plateau from your camp you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. A hearty evening meal and a last glimpse at the starry sky will bring the day to a close.

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,720m) – Moir Hut (3,810m)
Distance Approximation: 11 km
Habitat: Moorland
We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. We leave the forest behind now and walk east follow the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone. We will divert from following Shira 2 (the main trail) to Moir Hut. Shira Plateau is only highest plateaus on this earth. This is an excellent acclimatization point because of the availability of the walk on Lent Hills. We will camp here for the night at 3810 m.

Day 4: Moir Hut (3,810m)– Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Distance Approximation: 10.3 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, you will start your ascent to Lava Tower through a boulder-strewn terrain. In the distance, you will see Kibo encouraging you to continue uphill. Reaching Lava Tower at an altitude of 4,640m, you will rest and allow your body to get used to the higher altitude, after which you continue downwards to Barranco Camp. This method of climbing high but sleeping low allows your body to acclimatize to the differing attitudes and gives you a good idea on how your body reacts to changes in Altitude. Along the way the scenery changes once more and soon you are surrounded by giant Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After 6 to 8 hours you will reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After dinner, you will settle in for the night.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
The famous Barranco wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits you after breakfast. Although no technical climbing is necessary, some spots do require you to use your hands for a better grip and to pull yourself up. Your guide will be close by to help you if necessary. After you have pulled yourself around the Kissing Rock you will make your way along the mountain ridge and through the Karanga Valley. You will also pass the last water spot as you finally reach Karanga Camp after 4 to5 hours. After a well-deserved meal, it is off to bed.

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,680m)
Distance Approximation: 4 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today you will make your way to Barafu Camp at around 4,680 m, which you will reach in about 3 – 4 hours. The landscape is very dry and the ground cracks like glass under your boots. As you make your way through the afro-alpine dessert to the rocky Barafu Camp, a sense of excitement sweeps over you as your final stretch is but a few hours away. The Barafu Camp with its rocky scenery allows for a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak and the summit path ahead. After an early dinner and last-minute preparation for tomorrow, you will go to bed.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,680m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
At around midnight you will be awoken with some hot tea and biscuits in order to get you ready for today’s ascents. You will ascend in a north-westerly direction through heavy scree towards Stella Point, arriving there in about 5 to 7 hours. At Stella Point, you may rest if necessary before taking on another 1 to 3 hours stretch along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highlight of your trip. A breath-taking view awaits you as you stand on the highest mountain in Africa. After taking as many pictures as your camera will allow, you will leave behind the glistening glaciers and snowy peak and make your way back down to Barafu Camp. Here you will have time to catch your breath before heading further down to Mweka Gate (3,100m), an approximate 3 hours walk. A scrumptious dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you.

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Rain Forest
After a hearty breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 3 to 4 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjari flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to your Hotel/Lodge. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure, enjoy a long shower, jump in the pool or just relax at the bar.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m)
Distance Approximation: 6 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
In the morning, you will be taken to Londorossi Gate. Upon completion of all the entry formalities and a final 15 km drive on a bumpy road you will reach your starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will enjoy lunch before you set out on the trail through the rainforest. Today’s walk is quite short, about 3 to 4 hours, compared to the days ahead, thus giving you time to enjoy the lush scenery which will drastically change over the course of your climb. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you. Your dinner and overnight await you at the beautiful Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,720m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Habitat: Moorland
As you walk along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with Lobelia and Eric plants. Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira Camp 1 in about 5 to 6hours. Looking over the Shira Plateau from your camp you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. A hearty evening meal and a last glimpse at the starry sky will bring the day to a close.

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,720m) – Moir Hut (3,810m)
Distance Approximation: 11 km
Habitat: Moorland
We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. We leave the forest behind now and walk east follow the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone. We will divert from following Shira 2 (the main trail) to Moir Hut. Shira Plateau is only highest plateaus on this earth. This is an excellent acclimatization point because of the availability of the walk on Lent Hills. We will camp here for the night at 3810 m.

Day 4: Moir Hut (3,810m)– Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Distance Approximation: 10.3 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, you will start your ascent to Lava Tower through a boulder-strewn terrain. In the distance, you will see Kibo encouraging you to continue uphill. Reaching Lava Tower at an altitude of 4,640m, you will rest and allow your body to get used to the higher altitude, after which you continue downwards to Barranco Camp. This method of climbing high but sleeping low allows your body to acclimatize to the differing attitudes and gives you a good idea on how your body reacts to changes in Altitude. Along the way the scenery changes once more and soon you are surrounded by giant Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After 6 to 8 hours you will reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After dinner, you will settle in for the night.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
The famous Barranco wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits you after breakfast. Although no technical climbing is necessary, some spots do require you to use your hands for a better grip and to pull yourself up. Your guide will be close by to help you if necessary. After you have pulled yourself around the Kissing Rock you will make your way along the mountain ridge and through the Karanga Valley. You will also pass the last water spot as you finally reach Karanga Camp after 4 to5 hours. After a well-deserved meal, it is off to bed.

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,680m)
Distance Approximation: 4 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today you will make your way to Barafu Camp at around 4,680 m, which you will reach in about 3 – 4 hours. The landscape is very dry and the ground cracks like glass under your boots. As you make your way through the afro-alpine dessert to the rocky Barafu Camp, a sense of excitement sweeps over you as your final stretch is but a few hours away. The Barafu Camp with its rocky scenery allows for a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak and the summit path ahead. After an early dinner and last-minute preparation for tomorrow, you will go to bed.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,680m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
At around midnight you will be awoken with some hot tea and biscuits in order to get you ready for today’s ascents. You will ascend in a north-westerly direction through heavy scree towards Stella Point, arriving there in about 5 to 7 hours. At Stella Point, you may rest if necessary before taking on another 1 to 3 hours stretch along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highlight of your trip. A breath-taking view awaits you as you stand on the highest mountain in Africa. After taking as many pictures as your camera will allow, you will leave behind the glistening glaciers and snowy peak and make your way back down to Barafu Camp. Here you will have time to catch your breath before heading further down to Mweka Gate (3,100m), an approximate 3 hours walk. A scrumptious dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you.

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Rain Forest
After a hearty breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 3 to 4 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjari flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to your Hotel/Lodge. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure, enjoy a long shower, jump in the pool or just relax at the bar.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m)
Distance Approximation: 6 km
Habitat: Montane Forest
In the morning, you will be taken to Londorossi Gate. Upon completion of all the entry formalities and a final 15 km drive on a bumpy road, you will reach your starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will enjoy lunch before you set out on the trail through the rainforest. Today’s walk is quite short, about 3 to 4 hours, compared to the days ahead, thus giving you time to enjoy the lush scenery which will drastically change over the course of your climbing. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you. Your dinner and overnight await you at the beautiful Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,720m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Habitat: Moorland
As you walk along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with Lobelia and Eric plants. Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira Camp 1 in about 5 to 6hours. Looking over the Shira Plateau from your camp you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. A hearty evening meal and a last glimpse at the starry sky will bring the day to a close.

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,720m) – Moir Hut (3,810m)
Distance Approximation: 11 km
Habitat: Moorland
We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. We leave the forest behind now and walk east follow the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone. We will divert from following Shira 2 (the main trail) to Moir Hut. Shira Plateau is only highest plateaus on this earth. This is an excellent acclimatization point because of the availability of the walk on Lent Hills. We will camp here for the night at 3810 m.

Day 4: Moir Hut (3,810m)– Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Distance Approximation: 10.3 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, you will start your ascent to Lava Tower through a boulder-strewn terrain. In the distance, you will see Kibo encouraging you to continue uphill. Reaching Lava Tower at an altitude of 4,640m, you will rest and allow your body to get used to the higher altitude, after which you continue downwards to Barranco Camp. This method of climbing high but sleeping low allows your body to acclimatize to the differing attitudes and gives you a good idea on how your body reacts to changes in Altitude. Along the way the scenery changes once more and soon you are surrounded by giant Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After 6 to 8 hours you will reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After dinner, you will settle in for the night.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
The famous Barranco wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits you after breakfast. Although no technical climbing is necessary, some spots do require you to use your hands for a better grip and to pull yourself up. Your guide will be close by to help you if necessary. After you have pulled yourself around the Kissing Rock you will make your way along the mountain ridge and through the Karanga Valley. You will also pass the last water spot as you finally reach Karanga Camp after 4 to5 hours. After a well-deserved meal, it is off to bed.

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,680m)
Distance Approximation: 4 km
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today you will make your way to Barafu Camp at around 4,680 m, which you will reach in about 3 – 4 hours. The landscape is very dry and the ground cracks like glass under your boots. As you make your way through the afro-alpine dessert to the rocky Barafu Camp, a sense of excitement sweeps over you as your final stretch is but a few hours away. The Barafu Camp with its rocky scenery allows for a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak and the summit path ahead. After an early dinner and last-minute preparation for tomorrow, you will go to bed.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,680m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Crater Camp (5,730m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Habitat: Arctic
At around midnight you will be awoken with some hot tea and biscuits in order to get you ready for today’s ascents. You will ascend in a north-westerly direction through heavy scree toward Stella Point, arriving there in about 5 to 7 hours. At Stella Point you may rest if necessary before taking on another 1 to 3 hours stretch along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highlight of your trip. A breath-taking view awaits you as you stand on the highest mountain in Africa. After taking as much pictures as your camera will allow, you will leave behind the glistening glaciers and snowy peak and descend a short distance to Crater Camp. There is an option to walk around around Furtwangler Glacier or walk to Reutsch Crater and the ash pit. Sleeping at high altitude may be dangerous to you. AMS can develop at any time if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieved so the guides will monitor you very closely while scrumptious dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you.

Day 8: Crater Camp (5,730m)– Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
From Crater Camp, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka camp, stopping at Barafu Hut for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees, you will need your poles. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Here you will have time to catch your breath before heading further down to Mweka Gate (3,100m), an approximate 3 hours walk. A scrumptious dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you.

Day 9: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Habitat: Rain Forest
After a hearty breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 3 to 4 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjari flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to your Hotel/Lodge. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure, enjoy a long shower, jump in the pool or just relax at the bar.

Tour Package Includes:

🗸 Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
🗸 2 Night Hotel accommodation in Arusha or Moshi.
🗸 Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent.
🗸 Quality Mess tents with table and chairs.
🗸 Free Arusha/Moshi City walking tour.
🗸 Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides
🗸 All Tanzanian National Park Fees including Rescue Fees, Taxes and Permits.
🗸 Baggage Storage for excess unused staffs
🗸 All hot Meals prepared by our cook.
🗸 Clean, purified Drinking water during climbing..
🗸 Salaries for the mountain crew above KIATO payment requirement.
🗸 Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide.

Tour Package Excludes:

🗙 International and local airfares.
🗙 Tips for guides, porters and cook and gratuities (high recommended).
🗙 Laundry services.
🗙 Tanzania Entry visa and other permits.
🗙 Travel insurance.
🗙 Meals and drinks not specified
🗙 Private mountain gears.
🗙 Other Items of a personal nature and unspecified services.

Book Early

We cannot stress enough the need to book early. There is immense pressure on accommodation and tours in almost all the destinations we offer. To secure your first choice and to avoid disappointment.
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