8 Days Lemosho Route


The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic views on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The majority of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using Lemosho route and their feedback to this route is excellent.  We highly recommend Lemosho route to our clients. The climb begins at Londorossi Gate at an altitude of 2360 metres, with an western approach. It then circles around Kilimanjaro to the south, passing through majestic rainforest, home to some of the region’s most unique wildlife. The route continues up to Shira Ridge; the mountain’s third summit.

lemosho gate Nafika Tours


Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport

After arriving at the Airport, you will be picked up by a Nafika tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Moshi. Later on, you will enjoy dinner with your group before being briefed on the trek followed by an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. We can organize the rental of any missing equipment should it be needed.

Day 1: Lemosho gate (2335) to Big Tree Camp (2780)

After breakfast, you will be picked up at the hotel around 8:00 am and transferred to Lemosho gate, located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After arriving at Lemosho gate, Nafika tours will handle all pre-hike formalities and once complete you will start your Kilimanjaro climb. Your first day hike is through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree Camp where will stay your first night.


Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi

Approx. time taken: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 2: Big Tree camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

 Today’s hike will take you across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination; Shira 1 Camp, from where there are views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We will gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep but nothing that is too much for any member of the Nafika Tours family.

Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi

Approx. time taken: 7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

mti mkubwa

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Today, observe the views the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain also with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau provides breathtaking panoramic views as well as helping with the process of acclimatization. After reaching Shira 2 Camp, your Nafika Tours guides will take you on a short acclimatization walk before heading back to camp for dinner and another night of sleep under the stars.

Distance covered: 8km / 5mi

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

shira 2

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3900m)

Your trek starts with an ascent that provides far-reaching panoramic views, reaching the climatic zone of the upland desert you will continue on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our highest point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon, we will descend to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m) sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below. Photos really do not do these views any justice, just get ready to have that camera ready.

Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi

Approx. time taken: 7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

barranco camp

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3900m) to Karanga Camp (4000m)

After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco wall, there you climb the imposing obstacle, which actually turns out to be easier than it looks. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. With Kibo glaciers soaring overhead, the descent is truly beautiful. From the camp, you can look east and see the jugged peaks of Mawenzi. After a hot lunch in camp, the afternoon is your own but we recommended trying to rest and taking a quick nap. This short day is very important for your acclimatization since your summit push is about to start. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

karanga camp

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4000 m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After breakfast, you will start hiking to Barafu Camp (4640 m). On the way be ready for the beautiful views of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. After arriving at the campsite, lunch will be provided, take advantage of a quiet afternoon by heading to your tent to catch some of that much need sleep to prepare for the long journey ahead. Dinner will be early and then it is back to your tent to get some sleep, alarms will be set around midnight to start the moment you have been preparing for; the climb to the summit.

Approx. hiking time: 3 hours

Distance covered: 4 km

Habitat: Alpine desert

Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner included

karanga to barrafu

Day 7:Barafu Camp (4673 m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) then down to Millennium Camp                (3950 m)

As the new day starts you will be awoken at midnight with some light tea and breakfast. After final preparations, we will being our 4 to 5 hour climb gaining incredible height over a very short distance. The view is spectacular as the sun begins to rise. We should be on the crater rim at Stella point (5756 m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Then it will take us 1-hour from Stella point to Uhuru peak (5895 m). Once at Uhuru point, you need to celebrate your accomplishment, you made it. Photos will be taken to show to all of your friends and family back home and after admiring the views we will start the descent to Barafu Camp for lunch and some rest. The day is not yet over, early afternoon we will descent down to Millennium Camp (3950 m) where you can enjoy dinner and reflect on your successful summit of Kilimanjaro, before retiring to your tent for some much needed rest.

Approx. hiking time: 12-15 hours

Distance covered: 15 km

Meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner included


Day 8: Millennium Camp (3950m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

After breakfast, the final descent beings, it is a couple of hour walk from the Millennium Campsite to Mweka Gate, where you will collect your certificates and can finally enjoy a nice cold beverage. After saying goodbye to your mountain guides, a private car will then take you back to your hotel where you can enjoy the warm shower you have been craving. It’s definitely time to celebrate!

Approx. hiking time: 5 hours

Distance covered: 14 km

Habitat: Montane Forest

mweka gate


Prices (quoted in USD/per person)

Group Size Price
1 Person
2-4 People
$ 1,890/person
5-9 people
$ 1,800/person
10 & above
$ 1,750/person

Included in the price:

  • Two nights accommodation in Hotel
  • Private transport to / from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel in Moshi
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees and services
  • All camping equipment; mountain tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats
  • Transport
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Guides and porters’ accommodations and their entry fees on the mountain
  • Pulse oximeter
  • First aid kit
  • Emergence oxygen
  • Katady filtered water through the trek
  • Fair wages to guides and porters as approved by Kilimanjaro National Park Authorit

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Personal Items
  • Laundry services (available at the hotel for cost)


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