The Lemosho route is our most popular trekking itinerary. It is a spectacular route offering the immense wilderness of the Shira Plateau and stunning views of the glaciers on the crater rim. It starts from the west of Kilimanjaro and it is one of the less crowded treks until it merges with the Machame Route. Lemosho is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low traffic and a high summit success rate.
On this route trekkers can opt for a daylight summit, which offers better views, visibility and better weather.
8 Days Climbing
11 days in Tanzania
The price is customized based on final hotel choices and other custom preferences.
When To Climb
December – February and June – October are the best months to climb and the best months for wildlife viewing.
April – May and November are the wettest months. The temperatures are colder and the trails turn muddy.
Arrive to Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania
Meet and greet with a Barking Zebra representative at the Kilimanjaro airport. Transfer to your hotel near Arusha for dinner and your overnight stay. We spend two nights here to recuperate after the long international flight, especially arriving from North America.
Next day we meet with Barking Zebra guides for a detailed climb orientation and a final gear check. In the afternoon relax and acclimatize.
MTI MKUBWA CAMP 9,170 ft
Londorossi Gate 7,742 ft
Distance: 7.2 miles | Hours of trekking: 3-4
After breakfast, we depart to the western side of the Kilimanjaro National Park to Londorossi gate and complete registration formality. Our trek today will be an easy walk up a small path through beautiful and lush rain forest. Our first camp is Mti Mkubwa camp (Big Fig) in the rain forest.
SHIRA PLATEAU 11,500 ft
Distance: 5,2 miles | Hours of trekking: 7-8
This morning we leave the glades, and start trekking towards the moorland zone and Shira Caldera, which is a high altitude desert plateau. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. Today we will get our first close views of Kibo – the summit of Kilimanjaro.
MOIR CAMP 13,550 ft
Distance: 6.3 miles | Hours of trekking: 7-8
Today we hike east across the Shira Plateau towards Moir camp, tucked away at the end of a huge gorge at the foot of a giant lava flow. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus in the world.
BARRANCO CAMP 12,950 ft
Distance: 6.2 miles | Hours of trekking: 6-7
The trail becomes a bit rocky and strenuous as we get closer to the Lava Tower, a 300 ft tall volcanic tower. We have lunch at Lava Tower at 15,000 ft to help our bodies acclimatize to the thin air. This is where the Machame and Lemosho routes converge, so we meet other climbers ascending the Machame Route. After lunch we descend to Giant Senecio Valley to Barranco Camp. Although we end the day at a lower elevation than we started, this day is very important for acclimatization.
KARANGA CAMP 13,250 ft
Distance: 3.6 miles | Hours of trekking: 4-5
Today our first challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500 ft lava flow. It is a quite spectacular looking obstacle, which in the end usually turns out easier than how it appears. The views of crags and crevasses are stunning from the top of the wall. We continue to walk up and down a greener valley to our camp.
BARAFU CAMP 14,950 ft
Distance: 2.1 miles | Hours of trekking: 3-4
As we begin trekking today the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we work our way to Barafu Camp. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili. The camp is set on an exposed ridge and is the staging point for our push to the summit.
SUMMIT 19,340 ft – MWEKA CAMP 10,400 ft
Summit: Dist. 3 miles | Hours of trekking: 7-8
Mweka Camp: Dist. 6.8 miles | Hours of trekking: 7-8
Around midnight, we set out for the glacier zone atop Kilimanjaro. We’ll walk slowly, drink plenty of water and refuel with small snacks to keep our energy high. Climbing approximately 3,000 feet today we will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the views of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro second volcano cone.
Now the toughest part is over, as we hike along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highest point of Kilimanjaro. We celebrate our achievement with cheers and hugs before descending to Barafu camp. Gaiters and trekking poles come in handy for the loose gravel going down. After a short rest at Barafu we continue to Mweka Camp for dinner and to overnight.
MWEKA GATE 5,360 ft
Distance: 5.3 miles | Hours of trekking: 4-5
Descend back through the rainforest and enjoy a farewell lunch with your group at Mweka Gate before heading back to the hotel for a well-deserved shower!
WILDLIFE SAFARI OR FLY HOME
Depart Tanzania or continue on your wildlife safari or Zanzibar.
Kilimanjaro National Park, Conservation and Rescue Fee
Professional guides, medically trained as Wilderness First Responders
24-hour local support team in Arusha
Emergency equipment: oxygen, portable stretcher, oximeter, comprehensive medical kit
Guides carry two different types of mobile communications: radios and cellular phones
Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport and to/from park entrance/exit gates
U.S. Kilimanjaro specialists available throughout your entire preparation
All meals and unlimited drinking water on the mountain
Camping Equipment – including Mountain Hardware sleeping tents
What’s Not Included
Visa to Tanzania
Airfare to Tanzania
Accommodation in Arusha
Medical & Travel insurance
Gratuities to guides, crew
Personal expenses such as liquor, soft drinks, laundry, internet…
Viewing Tanzania at 19,341 feet is absolutely breathtaking and exhilarating. But, so is viewing over one million animals during the great Serengeti migration; observing each of the “Big Five” in their natural and unspoiled habitats; and, personally viewing the abundant, and amazing, wildlife that Tanzania offers.
After your Kilimanjaro triumph, let your body recover amidst Zanzibar’s turquoise-blue waters and picturesque beaches. Lie in the sun, snorkel in pristine waters, enjoy a sailing adventure aboard a dhow, soak in the culture of Stone Town, visit local markets…No matter what you do, the “spice islands” will certainly return that zest in your step.