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9-Day Lemosho Route Adventure: Conquer Kilimanjaro’s Peak in Style

Embark on a 9-day Lemosho Route trek, where diverse landscapes, thrilling challenges, and stunning vistas await. With expert guides and comfortable camping, this journey to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro promises an unforgettable experience.

Day 1: Lemosho Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

Altitude Profile: Lemosho Gate (1,840m) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820m)
Your journey begins at the Lemosho Gate, where you’ll register and meet your expert guides and support team. The trail leads through lush rainforests filled with vibrant flora and fauna. After a few hours of trekking, you’ll arrive at the Mti Mkubwa Camp for your first night of camping, nestled in the heart of the rainforest.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa to Shira One Camp

Altitude Profile: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820m) to Shira One Camp (3,505m)
Today’s hike takes you out of the rainforest and into the moorland zone. The landscape transitions, offering panoramic views of the surrounding plains. You’ll reach Shira One Camp, your next campsite, with plenty of time to acclimate and enjoy the vistas of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic ridges.

Day 3: Shira One to Shira Two Hut

Altitude Profile: Shira One Camp (3,505m) to Shira Two Hut (3,850m)
Your trek continues through the vast Shira Plateau, a high-altitude desert with an otherworldly beauty. As you ascend, the air gets thinner, and you’ll notice the changes in the landscape. Shira Two Hut, your camp for the night, offers respite amid the stark alpine environment.

Day 4: Shira Two Hut to Moir Hut

Altitude Profile: Shira Two Hut (3,850m) to Moir Hut (4,200m)
Today’s route takes you to Moir Hut, situated in the remote and rarely visited Moir Valley. The trail offers a challenging yet rewarding hike, with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Moir Hut is your base for the night, nestled beneath the dramatic cliffs of Lent Hills.

Day 5: Moir Hut to Barranco Camp

Altitude Profile: Moir Hut (4,200m) to Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Descend from Moir Hut and join the main Machame Route. As you hike down into the Barranco Valley, you’ll be greeted by the towering Barranco Wall, a thrilling ascent for the following day. Arrive at Barranco Camp, beautifully situated beneath the iconic wall, and prepare for your upcoming challenge.

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Altitude Profile: Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (4,035m)
Today, tackle the Barranco Wall, a challenging yet exhilarating scramble. The view from the top is worth the effort as you gaze out over the Kilimanjaro landscape. The trail then leads to Karanga Camp, offering stunning vistas of the Southern Glaciers and the immense Great Barranco.

Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Altitude Profile: Karanga Camp (4,035m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m)
Ascend through barren landscapes to Barafu Camp, your base camp for the summit push. As you reach higher altitudes, the air grows thinner, and the weather can become unpredictable. Rest, hydrate, and mentally prepare for the final ascent to the roof of Africa.

Day 8: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak via Mweka Hut

Altitude Profile: Barafu Camp (4,640m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka Hut (3,100m)
Your summit day begins with a pre-midnight start to ensure a sunrise arrival at Uhuru Peak. The climb is strenuous, but the sense of accomplishment as you reach the summit is unparalleled. Descend to Mweka Hut, passing through various ecological zones, for a well-deserved rest.

Day 9: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate

Altitude Profile: Mweka Hut (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,640m)
The final descent takes you through lush rainforests, where you can reflect on your remarkable journey. At Mweka Gate, receive your summit certificates and bid farewell to your support team. Transfer back to your accommodations, concluding your epic Lemosho Route adventure.

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Climbing FAQ

More than 30,000 hikers visit the famous mountain, known as the roof of Africa, each year, drawn not just by its height but also by the panorama it offers. While scaling Mount Kilimanjaro is not for the faint of heart, many trekking aficionados have it on their bucket list to reach the mountain’s snow-capped summit.

The dry season, which lasts from June to October and December to March, offers beautiful scenery, a clear view, and a high success rate for summit attempts.

In our opinion. The Machame Route comes in second, followed by the Lemosho Route, while the Rongai Route comes in third.

The gateway to both Kilimanjaro and the safari is Kilimanjaro International Airport. From there, you’ll be driven an hour to Moshi town or an hour to Arusha City for the night. Drive to the gates of the Kilimanjaro mountain park the following day.

You need all of the equipment from the Kilimanjaro Climb Gear List as well as layered clothing because the summit is extremely cold.

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