- Reaching the highest point in Africa (5,895 m)
- Scenic views all the way up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro
This Kilimanjaro climb through the Lemosho route begins and ends at Safari Lodge in Arusha. We will be taking you on a scenic trek of Tanzania through various camps set up on the way up to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest standing peak in Africa.
Normally March, April and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided. November is usually short rains and it does not rain all day everyday, so climbing is possible.
The best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February, August and September. July can be colder and November to December can be wet.
Please refer to the itinerary section for day-by-day activities.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha
We stay at African Tulip Hotel, which is a beautiful hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Meru and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure.
We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp
After breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, we drive approximately 3 hours through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate. After the necessary park registration formalities at the Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head.
We start our ascent along the forest trail we camp at Lemosho Mti Mkubwa Camp.
Londrossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,650 m); 3-4 hours walk.
Day 3: Shira Camp
We leave the forest behind, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. A full day trekking with steady pace up to the Shira Camp.
Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp (3,550 m): 6-7 hours walk.
Day 4: Shira Hut
Today we follow an easy path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut.
As this camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Shira Camp to Shira Hut (3,840 m): 3-5 hours walk.
Day 5: Barranco Valley
Today we walk gently enjoying panoramic views. We traverse to the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach.
After hot lunch at the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m), we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m).
Shira Hut to Barranco valley (3,900 m): 5-7 hours walk.
Day 6: Karanga Camp
A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.
Barranco camp to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4-5 hours walk.
Day 7: Barafu Camp
Today we take the Traverse Route that will take us up to the Barafu Ridge. We walk slowly to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit.
The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m): 3-4 hours walk.
Day 8: Barafu Camp - Kilimanjaro Summit - Mweka Camp
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree. It has some well-graded zig-zags so we need to have a slow but steady pace. We will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m, before sunrise.
We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa.
After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, we descend to Barafu, which is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment. After that, we continue to descend to Mweka Camp.
Barafu Camp - Kilimanjaro Summit - Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walk.
Day 9: Mweka Gate to Arusha
A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate. Successful climbers will receive their summit certificates.
After lunch we drive back to Arusha.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours walk.
Day 10: Departure day
After saying goodbyes to our team in operation, you will be transferred from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight.