The Lemosho Route is ideal for those who are willing to go ‘pole pole’ (slowly slowly) and enjoy the views. Bring your camera because not only will you see spectacular landscapes, but you can also anticipate to see animals, including black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, elephants and buffalo. On the third to fourth day, this route joins the Machame Route on the final ascend to Uhuru Peak. This route is a minimum 7 to 8 day hike and trek and has the highest summit rate.

Duration: 7 Days

Category: Trekking

Destination: Kilimanjaro via Lemosho Route

Major Attractions: Kilimanjaro mountain, Africa’s highest mountain

Tour Guides Language: English

Starting Point: Moshi

Ending Point: Moshi

Route Accessibility: It approaches the mountain from the west side via Lemosho Gate The trail passes through tropical rainforest to alpine desert zone which finally leads to the summit.

Other Info: We provides guides porters and cooks for guidance and assistance while on the mountain.

Day1: Lemosho/ Londorosi Gate (2250M) To Mti Mkubwa Hut (2650M)

Transfer from Moshi or Arusha to arrive at Lemosho Gate for registration formalities Get transferred by vehicle at the starting point which is located 10 kms further from the gate. Have lunch before initiating the hike. Climb steadily through the rainforest while spotting Columbus {Black and White Monkeys} and Blue Monkeys. The path leads to  Mti Mkubwa hut for dinner and overnight at the campsite.

  • Distance: 7 Kilometers.
  • Time: 3 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Rain forest.

Day2: Mti Mkubwa Hut (2650M ) To Shira Hut 2 (3850M)

Climb through the trail leads to shira hut 1for a lunch break and a short rest for 10 to 15 minutes after lunch just to have a good digestion. The trail continues to shira hut 2 to have some rest for the day off resting and regain the energy. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

  • Distance:17 Kilometers.
  • Time:11 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.

Day3: Shira Hut 2 (3850M) To Lava Tower (460M) To Baranco Hut (3900M).

Start by ascending up a ridge towards lava tower which provides an extra day for acclimatization. Have some rest and enough time for lunch while at the lava tower. Descend down and proceed with the trail to reach at baranco hut for an evening arrival. Dinner and overnight stay at the  campsite

  • Distance:10 Kilometers.
  • Time:7 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.

Day4: Baranco Hut (3900M) To Karanga Hut (3995M).

Climb on a steep ridge passing the baranco wall leading to karanga hut. Stay at karanga hut for the hot lunch and have a long rest while you enjoying the mountain and having good pictures for different  land scrapes and birds. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

  • Distance:6 Kilometers.
  • Time:4 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine desert.  

Day5: Karanga Hut (3995M) To Barafu Hut (4673).

Climb the clef which leads to barafu hut” pole pole” while you enjoying the view of karanga hut. Drink enough water and take a short brake on the way when needed. Have some lunch at barafu hut and take a long rest when enjoying the alpine desert. Dinner and overnight at the campsite when waiting for the summit time.

  • Distance: 6 Kilometers.
  • Time: 4 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine Desert.

Day6: Ascend To Uhuru Peak (5895M)

Wake up around 11:00pm for adding more warm clothes and head lamp. Leave the camp and start summiting by midnight onto the glacial zone. The path leads to Stella point 5756M for the short brake of water or hot tea. Have time for photographs and a little rest while at the summit For climbers who have experienced AMS are advised to start descending down, however for those interested can take a round trip along the crater rim to reach uhuru peak 5895M.Proceed by descend from the summit to arrive to the base camp, take a short rest for 2 hours before lunch. Wake up and repack your stuffs, done the lunch and start to descend to mweka hut “pole pole” while enjoying the beautiful view of the mountain.

  • Distance: 5 Kilometers.
  • Time: 6/7 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine/Glacial zone.

Day 7: Mweka Hut (3100M) To Mweka Gate (1640M)

After the hot breakfast, continue to hike through the beautiful rain forest to arrive at mweka gate Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached Uhuru peak and green certificates for Stella point hikers. Retreat back to mweka village for a drive to Moshi town for resting or for the flight back at home “Normally tipping can be done to the last campsite or at the certain gate”.

  • Distance:10 Kilometers.
  • Time:3 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Rain forest.


  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation.
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees,18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Sleeping mats and oxygen tank.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate.
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters.
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain.
  • Filtered water throughout the trek.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association for the Tour Operators (KIATO).

Not Included:

  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Laundry Services.
  • A doctor for the group.
  • Tipping for the mountain crew.
  • Private Toilet on the mountain.

Tipping on the mountain is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide:$20/guide/day
  • Cook:$15/day
  • Porters:$10/porter/day