Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Kosovo Camp

Many people list climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as a lifelong dream adventure. A giant strata-volcano reaching an elevation of 5,895 metres or 19,335.6ft, it boasts not one, but five different eco-systems, and as you travel along the breathtakingly beautiful Lemosho Route, you will encounter forests, moorlands, and the Shira Plateau that lead the way to Uhuru Peak. This extended 9-day itinerary is the longest and remote route to the Roof of Africa, and so it is perfect for those who are looking for a more personalised experience. 


As with all our Kilimanjaro climbs, our Lemosho Route tour is escorted by fully registered KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) approved Tanzanian-climbing crew, so you can be confident your trip is safe, secure, and supportive of the local community.


This fully inclusive Kilimanjaro climb includes guest tents with mattresses, a mess tent with tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery, a toilet tent, fully qualified mountain guide(s), assistant guide, cook(s), and an entire team of porters that will carry everything from your rucksack and tent to the food & water supplies for the entire trip. All national park entry fees, portage of 2 bags (max 15 kilos), mountain rescue fees / flying doctors medical evacuation, and safety equipment such as a hyperbaric chamber and oxygen bottles come as standard.


Private tours are available for groups of two adults and more; single private tours are available at a supplement. We guarantee departure on any day of the year, and flight inclusive packages are available from any international airport.


Detailed Itinerary  


Day 1: Moshi

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.  After a few hours to rest, you will have an afternoon briefing with your Mountain Guide to discuss the following day’s departure time and itinerary. The rest of the day is at leisure to prepare your luggage and shop for any last-minute items.

Overnight: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel 


Day 2: Moshi – Mount Kilimanjaro – Big Tree Camp

After breakfast today, you will check out of the hotel (leaving any unnecessary baggage at the hotel), and your driver will transfer you to the Lemosho Glades 6890ft (2100 m), where you will register, meet your mountain crew and begin your hike to Big Tree Camp through a beautiful old growth forest.

Altitude: 6,890ft (2100m) - 9,200ft (2804m)

Distance: 3 miles (5 km)

Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours

Overnight: Big Tree Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 3: Lemosho Route – Big Tree Camp – Shira 1 Camp

After a hot cooked breakfast in the mess tent, you will begin your climb by crossing the spectacular and remote Shira Ridge, before descending a short distance to Shira I Camp on the Shira Plateau 11,450ft (3500m). Altitude: 9,200ft (2804m) - 11,450ft (3500m)

Distance: 6 miles ( 10km)

Trekking Time: 6-8 Hours

Overnight: Shira I Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 4: Lemosho Route – Shira 1 Camp – Moir Camp

Today you will ascend even higher to the Moir Camp at 13,500 ft (4114 m). This spectacular camp is located beneath the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro.

Altitude: 11,450ft (3500m) - 13,500ft (4114m)

Distance: 4 miles (6.5 km)

Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours

Overnight:  Moir Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 5: Lemosho Route – Moir Camp – Barranco Base Camp

After breakfast on day 6, you will ascend through the moorland and alpine desert zones to the Barranco Base camp at 15,090ft (4600m). Weather and time permitting, you can climb the Lava Tower with your mountain guide.

Altitude 13,500ft (4114 m) - 15,090ft (4600m)

Distance: 3 miles (5 km)

Trekking Time: 2-3 Hours

Overnight: Barranco Base Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 6: Lemosho Route – Barranco Base Camp – Karanga Valley Camp

With Kilimanjaro’s peak firmly insight, you will ascend to Karanga Valley Camp, 13,900ft(4235m). 

Altitude: 15,090ft (4600m) - 13,900ft (4235m)

Distance: 7 miles (11 km)

Trekking Time: 7-9 Hours

Overnight: Karanga Valley Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 7: Lemosho Route – Karanga Valley Camp – Kosovo Camp 

Today is a relatively short trek, and after breakfast, you will make your way to Karanga Valley Camp, past the crowded Barafu Camp, and make your way to the Kosovo special use camp. At camp, we will rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for our midnight summit.                       

Altitude: 13,900ft (4235m) – 16,000ft (4876m)

Distance: 2.2 miles (3.5km)

Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours

Overnight: Kosovo special use camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 8: Lemosho Route – Summit – Mweka Camp

Today is the day you have been waiting for, and you will enjoy tea and biscuits at midnight before your begin your final journey to the summit – Uhuru Peak at 5895m / 19,340ft.  Your journey to the Roof of Africa will take approximately 6-7 hours, and you will arrive just in time to watch the sun rise over Africa. Whilst here, you will have spectacular views of the Mawenzi Peak to the east and Mt. Meru to the west and glaciers including Furtwangler Glacier, Northern ice field and Reusch crater. After taking your summit photos, you will descend along Mweka route via Stella point. You will stop en-route for lunch at Kosovo, before descending further down to Mweka camp at 3100m / 10,170ft for the last night on the mountain.

Altitude: 19340ft (5895m) - 10,170ft (3100m)

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Trekking Time: 8-10 Hours

Overnight: Mweka Camp 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day 9: Lemosho Route – Mweka Camp - Moshi

After your final breakfast on Mount Kilimanjaro, you will continue your descent through the forest to the park gate, where your Land Cruisers will be waiting to take you back to Moshi. After a festive and relaxing celebration with your mountain staff at the gate, you will return to the hotel in Moshi for hot showers and comfortable beds with clean sheets (the best night’s sleep you have ever had!)

Overnight: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Day 10: Departure

At the agreed time, your driver will collect you from the hotel for your return transfer to the airport for your international flight. Those extending their stay with a Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater Safari, Zanzibar Beach Break of Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda will be transferred accordingly.


Prices from: £2550.00 per person

Please complete the contact form to receive a no-obligation tailor-made quote for this spectacular expedition.


Do you know?


• Equatours Team have climbed Kilimanjaro several times to ensure we can offer our guests the very best in terms of service and support in the lead up to, and during, their expedition.  Our Kilimanjaro climbs are recommended in Henry Stedman’s Kilimanjaro Guidebook for offering good value.


• We are proud members of KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project), and every member of our Mountain Crew receives a fair wage, plenty of food, and adequate clothing for each expedition. This is one of the things that makes us stand out against budget operators. You can read more about it here in our newsletter:


• All our climbs include Flying Doctors Medical Evacuation and our Mountain Guides carry safety equipment such as hyperbaric chamber / oxygen bottle.


• To date, all of our routes have a success rate of over 95%.


• For groups of 20 and more, at least one member of the Equatours Team will personally escort you on the mountain (along with our Tanzanian mountain crew).  We will be onsite when you arrive in Tanzania to make sure everything runs smoothly, and we will be with you every step of the way on the Mountain to make sure you get the most out of your expedition. Approximately 12 weeks prior to your departure, we can, upon request, come to a location of your choice to provide a Q&A evening.


• We will provide you with packing guides and training recommendations, based on our own experiences on the mountain.  

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