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7 Days Trekking Lemosho Route

Hiking Route Overview

The 7 days Trekking Lemosho Route variation is preferred over the six-day option because it breaks up day two into two days, providing better acclimatization and a more gradual ascent. On the seven-day route, we walk from Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1 on day two, a reasonable altitude gain of 2,000 feet. Then on day three, we continue from Shira Camp 2 to the little-used Moir Hut at 13,800 feet. Overall the exposure to this altitude will help prepare the body for higher altitudes coming on the following days.

However, the trek from Barranco to Barafu followed by the summit day is unchanged from the six-day Lemosho variation. This schedule is still very tough though the extra day on the mountain on the seven-day route will help climbers deal with the exhausting itinerary better than those who opted for the six-day route. enjoy your Trekking Lemosho Route.

Trekking Lemosho Route Itinerary

Day 1

Londorossi Gate – Forest Camp

Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time:3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Pick up from your hotel in Arusha and drive to Londorossi Gate, which takes about another 4 hours where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.

Activity; hiking

Main destination; Forest camp

Day 2

 Forest Camp – Shira Camp 1

Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. From here the view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Shira 1 Camp

Day 3

Shira 1 Camp – Shira 2  – Moir Hut

Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 14 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Moir hut

Day 4

Moir Hut – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge. Passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we heard, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft…Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Barranco Camp

Day 5

Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
Distance: 9km
Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After early breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp rest. Enjoy early dinner and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Activity; Hiking Lemosho Route

Main destination; Barafu CaHiking Lemosho Route

Day 6

Barafu Camp – Mweka Hut

Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning (midnight to 1 am). We start our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Activity; Hiking

Main destination; Summit to Uhuru peak 5985m

Day 7

Mweka Camp – Arusha

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to Arusha for your overnight stay at your hotel.

Activity; Hiking Lemosho Route

Main destination; Arusha


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Tour Includes

  1. Overnight stays in mountain Huts
  2. Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  3. Mountain Equipment, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tents, Porters, Guides and Chef
  4. Tents, Tables and Chairs, Food utensils, and so on.
  5. All Park fees
  6. Rescue fees
  7. All meals while on the Mountain
  8. Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  9. Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  10. Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  11. Clean, purified drinking water
  12. Crisis management and safety procedures
  13. Fair and ethical treatment of porters


Hiking Lemosho Route Excludes


  1. Visa
  2. Air ticket
  3. Tips for the guide, porter, and cook.
  4. Insurance of Trekking Route
  5. Gratuity
  6. Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  7. Meals not listed above
  8. Optional Tours (short safari after your climb can be arranged if required)