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.

Length: 8 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 the alpine desert zone which finally leads to the summit.

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

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

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

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

    Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Hut (2650M) To Shira Hut 1 (3610M)

Trek out of the rainforest into the moorland zone to reach shira ridge. Have some lunch at shira hut and get a long rest while enjoying the  mountain. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

  • Distance: 7 Kilometers.
  • Time: 4 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.

Day3: Shira Hut 1 (3610M) To Shira Hut 2 (3850M)

Climb through the trail leads to shira hut 2 for some lunch and a long rest for day just to have a good digestion. Take some time and enjoy your day for sunset while at the campsite. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

  • Distance: 10 Kilometers.
  • Time: 5 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.

Day4: Shira Hut 2 (3850M) To Lava Tower (4600M) To Baranco Hut (3900M).

Start by ascending up a ridge towards Lava tower which provides an extra day for acclimatization Have some rest and 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.

Day5: Baranco Hut (3900M) To Karanga Hut (3995M).

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

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

Day6: Karanga Hut (3995M) To Barafu Hut (4673M).

Climb the cleff 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 Dinner and overnight at the campsite when you just waiting for the summit time.

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

 Day7:Ascend To Uhuru Peak (5895M).

Wake up around 23:00 for adding more warm clothes and headlamps. Leave the campsite and start summiting by midnight onto the glacial zone The path leads to Stella point 5756M.Have time for photographs at Stella point 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 5896M.Proceed by descend from the summit to the base campsite for 3 hours walking and take 2 hours more at the campsite before lunch. After a short rest, wake up and repack your stuffs in the sleeping tent, done the lunch and start to descend down to mweka hut “pole pole “while enjoying the view of the mountain.

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

Day 8: Mweka Hut (3100M) to Mweka Gate (1640M)

After the hot breakfast, continue hiking through the beautiful rain forest to arrive at mweka gate Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached at 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.
  • 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, cook 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