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Lemosho 9 Day Trek

11 Days  /  10 Nights  Full Board

Kilimanjaro's Lemosho Route is clearly the most scenic unspoiled route to Uhru Peak.  The route boasts high numbers of successful ascents primarily due to the similar topographical features as the Machame route.  Trekking at higher altitudes during the day and then spending the nights at lower altitudes greatly assists in acclimatization.

Day 1 : A Warm Welcome To Tanzania

Accommodation: Stella Maris Lodge

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed to Tanzania by a member of the E-Trip Africa team and then you will be chauffeured to your Moshi hotel.  After dinner you will have a full briefing with you lead guide.

Day 2 :

Accommodation: Big Tree

After a hearty breakfast and a final kit check, you are then transferred to the Londorossi Gate and drive to the Lemosho Trail Head located to the West of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  We will trek along the little used track known as Chamber’s route.  This exciting wilderness route through the rainforest provides us with rich flora and fauna to enjoy during the trek.  We will camp at The Rainforest Camp near Big Tree.

Day 3 :

Accommodation: Shira Camp One

Our trek takes us to G&M One, a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater, for lunch.  We will then cross the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited by man.  Shira is the third of Kilimanjaros volcanic cones.  It is filled by lava flow from Kibo and its rim has been destroyed by volcanic activity and erosion.  From here we usually get our first up close glimpse of Kibo and the stunning glaciers of the Western Breach.

Day 4 :

Accommodation: Shira Two

We start the morning with an early acclimatizing trek to Shira Cathedral (12,200 ft).  The top of the ridge provides stunning views across the Shira Plateau.  We then continue our trek across the Shira Plateau via Simba Camp and onto our camp which will be either at G&M Two or at the Shira Hut.

Day 5 :

Accommodation: Moir Hut

In the morning we cross part of the plateau heading due north.  After lunch at our campsite, we hike up onto the Lent Hills (15,400 ft).

Day 6 :

Accommodation: Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Today we leave the Moorland Plateau behind.  Hiking along the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach, we will stop for lunch near the Lava Tower.  We will then descend to the bottom of the Barranco Valley to enjoy the camp sheltered by the towering cliffs.

Day 7 :

Accommodation: Karanga Valley Camp

An early morning climb up Barranco Wall (14,000 ft) is known for magnificent views of Mt. Meru and the plains below.  We then continue across the ridges and valleys to the Karanga Valley Camp where we will enjoy a relaxing afternoon.  An optional trek just below the glaciers provides additional acclimatization and practice scree walking.

Day 8 :

Accommodation: Barafu Ridge Camp

Today we take the Traverse Route that takes up the Barafu Ridge.  We move quite slowly due to the difficulty of the Route, complicated by crosswinds and altitude.  An optional trek a few hundred feet higher will help to optimize acclimatization.  We dine and retire early in order to get some rest before the summit attempt.

Day 9 : Summit

Accommodation: Mweka High Camp

Rising around midnight, we start our summit attempt around 1 am.  Trekking the scree slopes to Stella Point (18,820 ft) on the rim.  We will take a short rest at Stella Point and enjoy a magnificent sunrise.  We continue along the rim to Uhuru Peak (19,342 ft), the highest point in Africa.  After spending a few precious moments to enjoy your accomplishment and the views from Uhuru, we start our descent.  We return to Stella Point and pass along Barfu Ridge to Mweka High Camp where we will spend the night.

Day 10 :

Accommodation: Stella Maris Lodge

We finish the descent through the Mweka Gate, and onto Mweka village where your vehicle will be waiting to take you to the Stella Maris Lodge in Moshi.  After bidding farewell to the mountain, it is time to thank the crew that helped you along the journey.  A well earned dinner, hot shower, and good night’s sleep await you in Moshi.

Day 11 :

After a relaxing breakfast a vehicle is available to transfer you to Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport, or you may connect with other itineraries.

Group Trek :

We offer group departures for this route in June, July, September, & December.  The summit attempt for these treks take place during the Full Moon.  As pricing for private treks are based on the number of climbers, we reccommend Individuals, Couples, or groups of 3 to join a group trek in order to benefit from the group prices.  Groups are limited to 12 climbers.



1 night Stella Maris Lodge
8 nights Fly Camps
1 night Stella Maris Lodge


Arrival Transfer from JRO
Transfers to/from Trail
Departure Transfer to JRO


9 days Trekking Kilimanjaro


Kilimanjaro National Park Fee
Climbing Fee
Camping Fees
Rescue Fees


3 Meals each Day
Bottled Drinking Water
English Speaking Guide
Stay Connected Program
National Park Fees
Conservency Fees

Not Included

International Flights
Visa Expenses
Travel & Health Insurance
Tips & Gratuities
Excursions not in the itinerary
Activities not listed above


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Trail Back Trek Poles


Dry Mesh Duffle Bag


Extra Heavy Socks


300 Lumen Cree Lamp


0° Sleeping Bag


Alpine Explorer Pack


Extreme Kit for Women