10 Days Climb Via Lemosho Route


Information Background

Lemosho Glades route: an unspoiled, remote little used, and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. It can either be used to gain the Western Breach route or followed by the Kibo south circuit to gain the easier Barafu Route. The route is one of the few where groups are accompanied by an armed ranger as the forest around the Lemosho Glades.

DAY 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up, and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight bed and breakfast.

DAY 2: Hike from Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: RainForest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we begin hiking through an undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.

DAY 3; Hike from Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km/ 5miles
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Health

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

DAY 4: Hike from Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut
Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

DAY 5: Hike from Moir Hut to Lava Tower
Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Hike from Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at a higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

DAY 6: Hike from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

DAY 7: Hike from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

DAY 8: Hike from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Descend from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 9: Descend from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: RainForest

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

DAY 10: After an early breakfast, Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.


  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi  (before and after the climb)
    • The first night includes breakfast
    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue Fees
  • Pulse oximeters
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cooks, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation, and entry fees on the mountain
  • Emergency oxygen


  • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
  • Airport transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas


Tipping is highly appreciated at the end of safari/ hiking:

Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip, and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience.

You should prepare an envelope after your trek for your tip money at the Springlands Hotel.

You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings, or a combination of these. The envelope will be submitted to the mountain coordinator;

  • Nur – Mobile number: +255 754 857 248 and/
  • Frank – Mobile number: +255 757 982 024

The following are daily rates for each climber recommended to tip per staff member:

  • Per Chief Guide: $15- 20 Per day
  • Per Assistant guide:  $10- 15 Per day
  • Per Cook$10 Per day
  • Per Porter: $8-10 Per day


Each climber should expect to tip between US$ 250 – US$ 350 for the entire climb.

Driver Guide for the safari: US$ 25-35 per day, If is a camping safari there will be a cook the tip for a cook US$ 10 per day.


For all Kilimanjaro routes except Marangu you will have:

1 climber: 1 guide, 3 porters, 1 cook
2 climbers: 1 guide, 6 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook
3 climbers: 1 guide, 9 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook
4 climbers: 2 guides, 9 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook, 1 waiter

For Marangu you will have:

1 guide and 1 cook for every 8 climbers, 1 extra assistant guide per each
3 climbers, 2 porters per climber

  • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
  • In the day pack, take along water, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.

Mount Kilimanjaro climbing checklist

(Personal Things for Clients to remember)


  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Entrance visa
  • Medical insurance


  • Jersey
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Warm jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Balaclava
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Woolen socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Light shoes
  • Cap/hat
  • Towel
  • Underwear
  • Socks                                    


  • Sleeping bag
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Toilet paper
  • Torch and batteries
  • Pocket knife


  • Energy drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Sweets
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Energy snacks


  • Camera
  • Spare batteries
  • Film
  • Different lenses
  • Video camera
  • Binoculars
  • Videotapes

First aid/medical

  • Asprin
  • Assorted plasters
  • Sun protection cream
  • Anti malaria tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip salve
  • Water purification tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Throat lozenges

Personal items

  • Toothbrush & paste
  • Matches
  • Candles
  • Soap
  • Address book
  • Travelers’ cheques
  • Travel insurance
  • Miscellaneous
  • Walking stick
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Plastic bags
  • Pencils
  • Cash dollars (smaller bills)


  • Be sure to break into your shoes before the hike.
  • Take trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm (leather), waterproof, and with ankle-support
  • Take tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks
  • Wool socks


  • Rucksack/Daypack: $ 12
  • Balaclava:$ 7
  • Mont bell Sleeping Bag –25-35C.Temp$ 40
  • Poncho – Heavy/Western/Europe $ 18
  • Poncho – Light/Local: $12
  • Socks: $ 4
  • Duffel Bag: $ 6
  • Hiking Poles (2) $ 12
  • Gaiters: $ 8
  • Torch/Flashlight (We have a Few) $ 8
  • Gloves: $ 6
  • Sweater $ 5
  • Sunglasses (We have Few in Store): $ 8
  • Long Underwear (We have Few) $ 5
  • Raincoat: $ 6
  • Raincoat – G.T, Waterproof $ 12
  • Rain Pants: $ 12
  • Hiking Boots: $   9
  • Water Bottle: $   5
  • Fleece Pants: $ 6
  • Warm Jacket G.T: $ 12
  • Warm Jacket/Down Jacket $ 8
  • Hat or Neck Scarf: $ 6

We provide Tents and Foam Sleeping pads at no charge.

  • Sunglasses are available for purchase in the gift shop for $ 12 – $15.
  • Each Oxygen Cylinder – available for $ 12/ Day / @ group of 4 pax.
  • Hyperbaric Pressure Bag (Gamow Bag): $130/group.
  • Private (portable/tented) toilet: $ 120 /@ group of 4 pax.


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