The Lemosho route
The Lemosho route
It takes 8 days/7 and nights and gives you plenty of time to acclimatize to the high altitude. This is one of the quieter routes on Kilimanjaro so you can climb in peace and enjoy some of the spectacular surroundings without other climbers getting in your way!
Drive from Arusha to the Londorossi park gate. After registering at the park gate you will start walking along the forest trails up to the first camp, Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).
After breakfast, you will continue climbing through the forest trails. You will eventually emerge from the forest and reach the Shira Plateau, where you will camp for the night.
Today you will have a slightly gentler walk across the Shira Plateau. The route is more flat than steep and you can take time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. You will stay overnight at another campsite within the Shira Plateau.
After breakfast, you will start your climb up to Barranco Camp. You will make a slight detour to the Lava Tower and then descend back down to Barranco Camp to aid in acclimatization.
Today you will have to overcome the Barranco Wall. It’s an easy scramble to the top, with great views along the way. After a rest stop at the top of the Barranco Wall, you will make your way to the Karanga Valley campsite where you will stay overnight.
From Karanga Valley, you will make your way up to Barafu (Ice) camp. From here you will rest in the afternoon to prepare for the final ascent to the summit that evening.
At midnight you will start the climb up to the summit, Uhuru peak. You will aim to reach the summit by sunrise, where you can enjoy some time at the highest point in Africa. You will then make your way back to Barafu Camp for a hot lunch and a quick rest. From there you will descend down to Mweka Camp for your last night on the mountain.
After breakfast, you will walk the last few hours down through the forest to Mweka Gate. At Mweka Gate you will be awarded a certificate for successfully reaching the highest point in Africa. From there you will be met by a driver and driven back to your accommodation in Arusha for some much-needed rest and celebration.