9 Days Lemosho Route With Crater Night


The Lemosho Route is often considered the most beautiful of all the trekking trails up Mount Kilimanjaro. It is one of the newer routes on the mountain and shares a portion of the same path as the Machame route, although it holds a few advantages over that route that definitely make it worth considering, particularly for travelers who have some extra time.

  • Spectacular scenery through various habitats
  • Sweeping vistas of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the western slope look out toward Mt. Meru and Moshi Town.
  • An extra day to acclimatize (climb high, sleep low is what they say!).
  • An unforgettable summit sunrise.
  • A less crowded route with a high success rate (around 95% of climbers summit)
  • Approaching from the west, we cross one of the most beautiful areas on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit.
  • Dedicated Customer Satisfaction Associate
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • All meals and water on the mountain
  • All park fees and taxes
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Tents (3-person mountaineering tent)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Private toilet tent
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro SAR evacuation insurance
  • Airfare to and from Tanzania
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips for the support team
  • Sleeping bags and other personal gear
  • Rental gear
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Drinks and snacks

Location Map

Tour Timeline

  • 1

    After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. We often have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. This area has a variety of game, including buffalo. We camp at Lemosho Forest Camp Know as {Big tree Camp} 7,800 ft.

    Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

    Elevation: (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft

    Distance: 6 km

    Hiking Time: 3-4 hrs

    Habitat: Rainforest

  • 2

    We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the center of the plateau at Shira One (11,500 ft).Forest Camp to Shira One Camp.

    Elevation(ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft

    Distance: 8 km

    Hiking Time: 5-6 hrs

    Habitat: Moorland

    Full Board at Shira One Camp

  • 3

    We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we Stay at shira 2 camp or continue 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 is one of the highest plateaus on earth. You might have an option of spending the night at Shira 2 camp or Moir Hut a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walks with your guides.Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut.

    (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft.

    Distance: 14 km

    Hiking Time: 5-7 hrs

    Habitat: Moorland

  • 4

    A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower (14,900 ft), we descend to the bottom of the Barranco Valley to camp at Barranco Camp (12,790 ft), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp Or Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco.

    Elevation: (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft

    Distance: 7 km

    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

    Habitat: Semi Desert

  • 5

    A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to Karanga Camp (13,100 ft), the last water point on the way to the summit.

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Elevation: (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft

    Distance: 5km

    Hiking Time: 4-5 hrs

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • 6

    We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu Hut (14,800 ft) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent.Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp.

    Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft

    Distance: 4 km

    Hiking Time: 4-5 hrs

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • 7

    Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, your hike selection affords you a day time ascent to Kibo crater. The climb is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team to the rim of Kibo is reached before descending a little down into the caldera to Crater camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks to Ash Pit can be taken with one of your guides.

    Elevation: 15,300ft to 19,345ft

    Distance: 6 km ascent / 12 km descent

    Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent

    Habitat: Arctic

  • 8

    After a night in the crater you now have the shortest final summit bid of any route. With such a short distance to the summit from the crater (around 1 hour) means that timing arrival with the sunrise is much easier and quite spectacular. The summit of Kilimanjaro is the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. After your summit bid you then descend for a final night on the mountain at Mweka Camp passing back through the heath zone. Endemic Proteas, pollinated by Malachite Sunbirds are plentiful.

    Overnight Mweka Camp (breakfast- lunch – dinner).

  • 9

    After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    Patrol Africa Safaris vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi.