Day 1: Transfer from Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
This is the first day of this 8 days mountain climb along the Lemosho Route. You will be transferred by car from Moshi to the Londorossi gate – a drive which will take approximately four days. Once at the trail head, you will be briefed about the guidelines to follow while on the mountain, and also complete all the required formalities before beginning the trek. From here you will hike through the verdant rain-forest and head to the Mti Mkubwa camspsite where you will have your evening meal and spend the night.
Route Plan: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Elevation: 7,742 feet to 9,498 feet
Distance: 6 kilometers / 4 miles
Hiking Time: 3 to 4 hours
Habitat Moved: Rain Forest
DAY 2: Transfer from the Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
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.
Route Plan: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Elevation: 9,498 feet to 11,500 feet
Distance: 8 kilometers / 5miles
Hiking Time: 5 to 6 hours
Habitat Covered: Health / Moorland
DAY 3: Transfer from Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut
Today you will spend the day exploring the Shira Plateau which is among the highest plateaus in the world. The unrushed walk will take you eastwards across the moorland fields towards the Shira 2 Camp, however, you will head to Moir Hut (a not commonly used campsite at the bottom of the Lent hills). There are a number of walks you can take up the lent Hills to enable you acclimatize.
Route Plan: Shira Camp to Moir Hut
Elevation: 11,500 feet to 13,800 feet
Distance: 11 kilometers / 7 miles
Hiking Time: 5 to 7 hours
Habitat: Heath / moorland
DAY 4: Transfer from Moir Hut to the Lava Tower and descend to the Barranco Camp
Today you will ascend up the ridge, then head southwest to the Lava Tower a high impressive volcanic rock-formation. From there you will descent following the trail through the stunning Senecio forest until you reach the Barranco Camp found at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Although you complete this day at an almost similar elevation as you began, this day is very important to help acclimatize your body as the summit day draws nearer.
Route Plan: Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 13,800 feet to 15,190 feet ascent (and 15,190 feet to 13,044 feet descent)
Distance: 7 kilometers / 4 miles ascent (and 3 km/2 miles descent)
Hiking Time: 4 to 5 hours ascent (and 2 to 3 hours descent)
Habitat Covered: Alpine Desert
DAY 5: Transfer from Barranco Camp, to Karanga Camp and finish at Barafu Camp
You will have an early breakfast at the Barranco camp and then proceed along a steep ridge on the Barranco wall until you make it to the campsite at Karanga Valley. From there, you will proceed to the junction that connects with the Mweka-Trail, before finally reaching the Barafu camp. This is where the southern circuit which offers various views of the mountain summit ends. You will camp here, rest, have your night meal and get an early sleep as you prepare to make it to the summit the following day. At this point you can actually see the Kibo Peak as well as the Mawenzi peak.
Route Plan: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,000 feet to 15,000 feet
Distance: 9 kilometers
Hiking Time: 8 to 10 hours
Habitat Moved: Alpine Desert
DAY 6: Summit the Uhuru Peak, descend to Mweka Camp
You will begin this day’s hike to the summit very early between mid-night and 2:00am. You will hike and head North West and ascend across the thick gravel to Stella Point at an elevation of 18,600 feet found on the rim of the crater. This section of the trail is the most challenging both physically and mentally.
Once at Stella Point, you will have a brief rest and if the weather is good, you will be able to see the most breathtaking sunrise. From this point you will ascend for about an hour traversing the snow covered terrain all the way to the Uhuru peak. The Uhuru summit which stands at a height of 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) is the highest point on Mountain Kilimanjaro and it is considered as the Roof Top of Africa. Actually climbers who are faster will be able to see the sunrise at the Uhuru summit.
After spending some time at the summit resting and taking some photographs, you will begin the descent to the Mweka camp which will be the final destination for the day, making a stopover for lunch at the Barafu camp. During the descent, you will use your trekking poles and gaiters to traverse the loose gravel. The Mweka camp is located on the upper side of the forest, so expect some rainfall or mist in the late afternoon. You will have your evening meal before having your night’s rest.
Route Plan: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Summit to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 15,000 feet to 19,345 feet (and descent to 10,000 feet)
Distance: 5 kilometers ascent (and 12 kilometers descent)
Hiking Time: 7 to 8 hours ascent (and 4 to 6 hours descent)
Habitat Moved: Arctic / rain-forest
DAY 7: Transfer from the camp to Mweka Gate
This is the final day of this 8 Days’ hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro. After your breakfast at Mweka Camp, you will descend to the Mweka- Park Gate where you will be awarded your summit certificates for either the Uhuru peak or Kibo peak. As you descend along the lower part of the forest trail towards the button of the mountain, you will realize that the terrain is very muddy as slippery. So once again, you will use your trekking poles together with the gaiters. You will continue to walk for approximately one hour until you make it to Mweka village.
Your driver will be waiting for you at Mweka village, and he will transfer you back to your hotel in Moshi town.
This will be the end of our 7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Trek on Lemosho Route
Route Plan: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 feet to 5,380 feet
Distance: 10 kilometers / 6 miles
Hiking Time: 3 to 4 hours
Habitat covered: Rain Forest