Lemosho Route

Tanzania | 7 days

Travel offer Overview

Off the beaten track - Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route starts from the western side of Kilimanjaro and is only chosen by a few mountaineers. The level of difficulty is similar to the Machame route and the impressions of the landscape are very beautiful, attractive and original, especially on the first few days. Advantage of the Lemosho Route – you will have no climbing parts and a moderate ascent at the beginning. From the 3rd day the route joins the Machame Route and with the acclimatization day you will a good chance to reach the summit.

Country Tanzania
Accommodation tent
Food Fullboard
Minimum number of participants 2 person



Price category


Travel type


7 days


from 2170 €
Individual trip
per person



Tansania interaktive Karte
  • Arusha

  • Kilimandscharo


Campsite Kilimanjaro

Detailed travel plan

  • Day 1


    Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. There you issue your visa (50 US per person - or 100 US for US-Citizens), get your luggage and go through customs. Our driver will wait for you and transfers you to Arusha. Driving time 1 hour. Briefing for the Kilimanjaro Trekking with the guide. Dinner and overnight at Planet Lodge.

  • Day 2

    Start Lemosho Route at Lemosho Glades (2100m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

    Ascent in the rainforest zone

    Walking time: 3 hours for 7 kilometers with an altitude difference of 680m

    On the first day of your Kilimanjaro climb you will be picked up after breakfast from your hotel and transferred to Londorossi Gate. During your journey you will pass the town of Boma N’gombe and the village of Sanya Juu. There is also the last opportunity to do some grocery shopping. The rest of the road is quite bumpy up to the gate. There the usual paperwork is done and after a picnic you start the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. You need about. 3 hours of walking to reach your today’s goal. The trail leads you mostly through rain forest, past large tree roots and lush nature. By late afternoon, you reach the camp and get your dinner.

  • Day 3

    Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)

    Ascent in heath - moorland

    Walking time: 7-8 hours for 14 kilometers with an altitude difference of 1120m

    After breakfast in the morning you leave the Mti Mkubwa camp. Already after 30 minutes, the nature transformed into a heath and moorland. If the weather is good you will have wonderful views over Mount Meru. The route takes you like the day before up- and downhill, along a narrow path, past Erica trees slowly over 3000 meters. From this point there is still an altitude of 600 meters left to reach the Shira Plateau.

    The nature here is dominated by Erica plants, Philippia bushes and rocks. Allow yourself a little rest and enjoy the most beautiful view. Once you have reached the Shira Ridge, the slope gets less and you will reach the Shira Camp 1 for lunch. After lunch get ready for the last 400 meters of the day. You have now arrived in the lava landscape, a silent witness of the once active volcano of Mount Kilimanjaro. The landscape is changing again for the alpine desert where the wind whistles around your head. About an hour before you reach your goal for the day you get to very interesting field formations and last Erica plants. From now on, you can only pass by the famous giant herbs and a short time later discover your camp on the horizon. After 8 hours of walking you will be rewarded with a magnificent sunset over Mount Meru. Also that night you will be served a delicious dinner.

  • Day 4

    Shira Camp 2 (3845m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

    Ascend in Moorland / alpine desert

    Walking time: about 6-7 hours for 10 kilometers with an altitude difference of 700m up and 600m down

    Use this day for acclimatization. During the ascend and descent past the LavaTower you do a total of about 1300 meters, but you will only sleep 100 meters higher than the previous day.

    After breakfast you start your 3rd stage. First trek south of the Shira / Lemosho route. The path runs through a black lava desert past millions of heavy rocks. Some of them remind us of cairns. The route is well passable. On Lavatower at an altitude of 4430 meters you have reached your altitude goal for today. It is very quiet up here, so you can hear your own heartbeat and the wind in your ears. During the lunch break you can glimpse the snowline above the Lavatower and the temperatures are very close to freezing point. After lunch break move on to Barranco Valley. The path runs along the mountain range over the Kibo Circuit. 

    Slowly the stone desert disappears and along the way you find again the typical giants cross herbs, as well as heath and moorland. After about 7 hours you reach your destination.

    From the Barranco Camp you can see the Great Barranco Wall, the Western Breach of Kibo, the window and the south glacier. In the evening sun occurs a wonderful play of colors. The evening is similar to the evening of yesterday.

  • Day 5

    Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4640m)

    Ascend in the Alpine desert
    Walking time: 3-4 hours for 6 kilometers with an altitude difference of 290m

    After breakfast the first big challenge is waiting for you. You have to climb over the Great Barranco Wall. Therefore it is a good idea to start early to avoid a traffic jam at the wall. You will need about 1 to 1,5 hours to climb the Great Barranco Wall. Behind the wall a barren and rocky plateau is waiting for you. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Kibo and the three southern glaciers. The path then continues on gravel and sand through the rocky moors. Again and again you will pass streams, pastures and giant stone cross herbs. After 2-3hours you reach the Karanga Camp at an altitude of 4250 meters. As you climb up hill after hill, you have a good outlook at the upcoming route. At the camp enjoy your lunch. Use the rest of the day to rest.

  • Day 6

    Karanga Camp (4640m) – Barafu Camp

    Ascend in the Alpine desert
    Walking time: 3-4 hours for 4 miles with an altitude difference of 390m

    After breakfast start ascending to Barafu Camp (4640m). The first still existing moorland slowly disappears and the landscape becomes rocky. Stones and boulders dominate the landscape. The Barafu camp is a challenge for the entire crew. There are only a few flat areas to put the tents. The rest of the day you spend with a snack and the dinner. Then you should go to bed as early as possible to get enough sleep for the upcoming summit climb.

  • Day 7

    Summit Day: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

    Night ascend to the summit and then descend to Mweka Camp
    Time: about 14 - 16 hours for 19 kilometers with an altitude difference of 1255m up and 2815m down.

    After a short night wake up at midnight and take a small snack and then start for the final part of your ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. Together with your guide you will step into the freezing cold and silent night. Step by step the path leads steeply up and over boulders to reach the crater rim after 5-6 hours, and thus the Stella Point, at an altitude of 5740m. From here there are only 150 meters left to reach your goal. Accompanied by the first rays of the day you pass the Rebmann Glacier and move to the Hans Meyer Point. During sunrise occurs an amazing play of light across the ice formations. Soon you can see the summit sign of Mount Kilimanjaro and then you have actually done it. Congratulations you have reached the highest point of Africa. At an altitude of 5895 meters, you will be rewarded with a fabulous view of the hardships and you can proudly make the typical summit picture.

    After a short break, the descent is made along the crater rim back to Stella Point and further down to the Rebmann Glacier. The descent is via the same route as the ascent back to Barafu Camp. There, a hot lunch is waiting for you. After that you will go further down to Mweka Camp. The vegetation is of increasing interest and in the late afternoon you will reach your camp. The rest of the day is to relax and gather strength.

  • Day 8

    Descend: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka-Gate (1680m)

    Descent through moorland and rain forest
    Walking time: 3-4 hours for 10 kilometers with an altitude difference of 1400m

    Your last day of the Kilimanjaro climb begins with a good breakfast. There is one last souvenir photo of the whole team before your way towards Mweka Gate continues. The route is a well-developed forest road and in the second half it is mainly characterized by rain forest. After 10 kilometers you will reach the Mweka Gate. Your driver is already there waiting for you and transfers you back to your hotel. At the end of the tour your guide will present to you a more than earned certificate for your Kilimanjaro climb. Transfer back to Arusha. Dinner and ovrnight at Planet Lodge.

  • Day 9

    Departure / Onward Travel or further program

    Today we will be happy to transfer you on time on the airport or bus station. We will be also happy to make you an offer for a safari or beach holiday on Zanzibar. Ask us!

Planet Lodge

The Planet Lodge is located about 5km outside Arusha's city center. The rooms are built as bungalows and offer pleasant comfort. The garden and the pool invite visitors to linger. It is about 1 hour to the Kilimanjaro Airport. 


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Kilimanjaro National Park

The snow-covered peak of the Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights of Africa. At the border of Kenya and Tanzania, the mountain rises up to 5896 m above sea level. It is one of the highest volcanoes in the world, the highest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain on Earth. In Kilimanjaro National Park, the Kilimanjaro shows up from the vast plains of Tanzania and features tropical rain forests, fields of glacial ice, swamps and mystic moon landscapes. Accept the big challenge of ascending this majestic mountain, discover the lush foothills, enjoy the breath-taking views.


2x overnight with halfboard in Arusha
6 nights in tents on the mountain
English speaking guide, assistant guide, cook, porter (minimum 3 per Person)
Entry fee
Rescue fee
Camping fee
Sleeping bag
Insurance against our insolvency (only if you are booking through the German Office)
Flying Doctors Insurance - in case of an accident or a sudden sickness - the Flying Doctors will pick you from the next airstrip and bring you to Nairobi to a hospital. From there your international health insurance should take over the costs of the treatment.


Visa fee (50 US per person - 100 US if US citizen)
Extra equipment
Things of personal need
International flight (we will be happy to send you an offer)

Tips - recommendation: 15-20 US per group per day for the main guide, 10-15 US per day per group for the assistant guide, 10-15 US per day per group for the cook and 5-10 US per porter per day - tips to be given at the end of the climbing.