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Are you ready to take on the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? If you’ve ever dreamed of standing on the Roof of Africa, this trek via the Lemosho Route is your gateway to making that dream a reality. This route is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the diverse landscapes and rich wildlife that Mount Kilimanjaro has to offer. With ample time for acclimatization, you’ll traverse through different climate zones, from verdant forests to alpine deserts, before reaching the snow-capped summit. Discover why this path is considered one of the most beautiful and varied on the mountain! Join us for an unforgettable adventure that will push your limits and reward you with breathtaking views and lifelong memories.

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Adventure highlights

  • The most scenic route up Kilimanjaro

    Cross the entire Shira Plateau and experience five different climate zones, including a rainforest with chance to spot wildlife

  • The Roof of Africa

    At 5,895 m (19,341 ft), Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak provides extraordinary views from the top

  • Bigger success rate

    This 10-day trek doesn’t require technical climbing and provides ample climbing time and opportunities for acclimatization

Itinerary

Considered as one of the best ways to ascend Kilimanjaro, the Lemosho route is also relatively easy compared to other routes. This 10-day trek provides ample climbing time and opportunities for acclimatization, making it ideal for those seeking a higher chance of summit success. As a result, it is among the routes with the highest success rates for reaching the mighty Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. In addition to its success rate, this route is renowned for its diverse and breathtaking scenery, with relatively fewer visitors compared to other routes.

  • Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our guide will take you to your hotel in Arusha city. Here you can recover from the flight and get used to the Tanzania environment. Our mountain guide will meet you at the hotel for briefing and gear checkup.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • After breakfast, our driver will pick us up and transfer to Lemosho Gate (2300 m / 7545 ft) on the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy the landscape and farms as you drive for 3 hours. After arrival at the Gate, we will register and go through the permit procedure while you can have lunch. We will hike for about 4 hours to the Big Tree Camp (2650 m / 8694 ft). As you walk through the forest, enjoy the views of exotic moss and flowers and the sound of bird call. You may even see black-and-white colobus monkeys as well as signs of elephants that travel in this area.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Accommodation: Big Tree Camp (2,650 m / 8,694 ft)
    Driving: 3 hours
    Hiking: 3-4 hours
    Elevation gain: 350 m / 1,149 ft
    Distance: 7 km / 4.4 mi

    Trekkers on the trail
  • After breakfast at the camp, we will hike for an hour before we leave the forest behind and enter the moorland and volcanic rock area. Just coming out of the forest, you will have a beautiful view of the farms and Mount Meru in the distance. It is a day of many ascents and descents through the lush hills below the Shira Plateau. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic peaks. The summit is covered with lava from the Kibo summit. At the end of the day, we’ll reach the edge of the plateau and the trail will become easier. We will arrive at Shira 1 Camp (3610 m / 11871ft) and stay there for the night. Enjoy an incredibly beautiful view of the Kibo summit during the sunset.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Accommodation: Shira 1 Camp (3,610 m / 11,871ft)
    Hiking: 5-6 hours
    Elevation gain: 960 m / 3,177 ft
    Distance: 8 km / 5 mi

  • Today we will traverse the Shira Plateau and begin climbing the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Our hike will pass through Scott Fisher’s Memorial Camp and we will continue on to the upper heath zone and Moir Camp (4024 m / 13,200 ft) for a hot lunch and overnight. Depending on the weather, acclimatization hikes can be arranged in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Accommodation: Moir Huts (4,024 m / 13,200 ft)
    Hiking: 5-6 hours
    Elevation gain: 410 m / 1,329 ft
    Distance: 10 km / 6 mi

    Shira Plateau and summit - Kilimandjaro
  • Today will be a long day. Our hike starts with a very steep uphill, so it’s best to start out very slowly until we crest the ridge. This day has many ascents and descents. While hiking, we will see a nice view of the Kibo Peak. Also, if lucky, we might even see wildlife like antelopes. This is a great day for acclimatization. After arriving at Pofu Camp (4139 m / 13580 ft), we will have a hot lunch to regain energy. Dinner and overnight at Pofu Camp.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, evening tea, dinner
    Accommodation: Pofu Camp (4,139 m / 13,580 ft)
    Hiking: 4-5 hours
    Elevation gain: 115 m / 380 ft
    Distance: 10 km / 5 mi

    view of mount kilimanjaro during its ascent - tanzania
  • Our hike today will pass through many different landscapes, from valleys to alpine trails. The Northern Circuit route continues eastward. The path is not much frequented and gives you the opportunity to contemplate the landscape, wilderness and beautiful mountains in peace. We’ll arrive at Third Cave Camp (3800 m / 12464 ft), where we’ll spend the night and prepare for one of the most challenging days.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, evening tea, dinner
    Accommodation: Third Cave Camp (3,800 m / 12,464 ft)
    Hiking: 3-4 hours
    Elevation loss: 339 m / 1,116 ft
    Distance: 7 km / 4 mi

    Climbers at the Third Cave
  • On our hike today, we’ll get to our highest elevation camp. It is crucial to keep hydrated along the way, so drink plenty of water upon arrival at school huts! This is especially important as you prepare your body for the high altitude you will encounter during your midnight ascent to the summit. After lunch, we advise our clients to take ample time to rest and prepare for the final push, which commences around midnight. After an early dinner, it is best to get to bed early for some rest before you start your night-time summit ascent.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, evening tea, dinner
    Accommodation: School Huts (4,750m / 15,583 ft)
    Hiking: 4-5 hours
    Elevation loss: 952 m / 3.119 ft
    Distance: 5 km / 3 mi

    Man with backpack and hiking poles got to the top of Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro and looking at the beautiful bright sunny sunrise above the Meru mountain
  • Summit day! We’ll wake up and have a cup of tea and some biscuits, preparing for the most challenging part of the trek. We start this part of the route at midnight with a climb up along the slopes. It will take approximately 2 hours to reach Hans Meyer’s Cave which serves as an excellent pit-stop to hydrate before pushing on. From here, the gradient gets steeper and the trail ascends sharply in a zigzag fashion. The climb continues for another 3 hours to Gillman’s Point (5681 m/18,640 ft). This section is highly demanding, with a lot of loose stone, necessitating significant physical and mental exertion. It is highly recommended to take it slow. From Gillman’s Point, we’ll typically see the glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru as well as beautiful lands of Tanzania and parts of Kenya. After we reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5,895 m / 19,340 ft), we’ll take a moment for celebration and photos, descend to Barafu camp for lunch, and then to Millennium camp for the night (3720 m / 12,205 ft).

    Meals: Evening tea, dinner and breakfast
    Accommodation: Mobile tent
    Hiking:12-14 hours
    Elevation gain: 1,145 m / 3,757 ft
    Elevation loss: 2,785 m / 9,137 ft
    Distance: 16 km / 10 mi

    Guided Kilimanjaro Trek Via Lemosho Route
  • Millennium Camp: 3720 m/ 12,205 ft
    Mweka Gate:1,830m / 6000 ft

    When you wake up today, you will feel the comfort of the decrease in altitude and the satisfaction of having reached the summit. After breakfast, we’ll begin our descent through the moorlands, passing by the Mweka Gate (1,830m / 6000 ft) and traversing the mountain forest. Around noon, upon arrival at the gate, your mountain crew will celebrate your achievement with singing and dancing, hailing you as heroes who successfully summited Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa! You will also be presented with mountain certificates, an acknowledgement to those who reached the summit. After tipping the mountain crew, you’ll be transported to the town of Moshi for lunch. Following lunch, you’ll be transferred to a hotel for the night .

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Moshi
    Hiking: 4-6 hours
    Elevation loss: 1,890 m / 6,209 ft
    Distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi

    Tourists hiking on a narrow jungle path on the slopes of mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
  • On this day, you have the option to be transferred to the airport for your home-bound flight or connect to another destination, such as a day trip safari with Rashad Adventure, or a beach holiday in Zanzibar. Let us know if you would like to spend more time on guided adventures and we will make all arrangements!

    Magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro during sunrise
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Meet your guides

Hesbon Gohoti Kizindaro
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Hesbon Gohoti Kizindaro
Hesbon Gohoti Kizindaro
Safari Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Safari Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Hesbon was born and raised in the Mara region, currently living in Arusha with his family. He completed the Safari guide course and has over 15 years of experience in Tanzania wilderness. He is one of the best guides in the business, with a 95% success rate in finding the Big Five on his tours! 
Rashad Adventures
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Rashad Adventures
Rashad Adventures employs professional mountain and safari guides with buckets of enthusiasm and experience. All the guides are well trained with a degree from the Mweka Wildlife Management College. You’ll enjoy the time spent in the wilderness in the capable hand of highly experienced guides trained in Wilderness First Aid who prioritize safety and well-being above all else.
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Good times at Mt. Kilimanjaro
AlonBBB (source: Tripadvisor)

I trekked Mt. Kilimanjaro with my dad for several days with this company, led by Abdala Huruvi, which was friendly, welcoming, and most of all, professional! He knew many facts about Mt Kili and the natural world. He also borrowed me and my dad some of his hiking clothes so we could climb on top of the mountain safely. The food they prepared during the trek was delicious and overall we had a great time spent with Abdala and his company!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local professional mountain guide
      • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters
      • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
      • Camping equipment
      • All meals
      • Drinking water
      • Park fees
      • Camping fees
      • Rescue fee
      • Crew fees
      • All taxes/VAT
      • Transfers between the airport and hotel

    What’s not included:

      • Climbing gear — can be rented from your guide
      • Sleeping gear — can be rented from your guide
      • Accommodations before and after the trek
      • Personal items
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Airplane fees
      • Visa fees
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • The Lemosho Route is considered one of the easiest ones—compared to some other Kilimanjaro routes, its longer itinerary allows for better acclimatization. However, keep in mind that a reasonable fitness level is required as you’ll be hiking for longer periods of time every day. Summit day could last 12 to 14 hours! Apart from that, there are also some steep parts of the route with loose stones. Still, this trek does not require technical skills or mountaineering equipment such as ice axes, crampons, harnesses, and ropes. Therefore, even if you’re a first-time trekker with excellent fitness and a desire to push yourself in a mountain environment, this 10-day climbing tour in Kilimanjaro might be for you.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment and clothes you need to bring:

      • Large backpack (70-90 L) — carried by porter
      • Day pack large enough to carry your food and a warm layer (25-45 L)
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Sleeping bag with a -10°C / 14°F comfort rating (or colder)
      • Inflatable sleeping mattress
      • Waterproof stuff sacks
      • Elasticated waterproof rucksack cover — optional
      • Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses
      • Sweat-wicking T-shirts/vests
      • Fleece (Polartec 300 grading or similar)
      • Insulated down jacket or similar
      • Down mittens or similar, and lightweight gloves for non-summit days
      • Thermal long underwear or compression tights for summit night
      • Lightweight walking trousers (avoid jeans or heavy cotton as they dry slowly)
      • Underwear (lycra shorts and/or briefs)
      • Quality hiking socks (a size too small to avoid stretching and blisters)
      • Thin liner socks (a size too small to avoid stretching and blisters)
      • Breathable lightweight waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers.
      • Waterproof hiking boots with a strong rand, good ankle and arch support, and deep tread patterns
      • Calf gaiters
      • Balaclava
      • GoreTex mountain cap or woolen hat
      • Wide brimmed sun hat

    Here’s a list of other things you need to bring:

      • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, sanitary products, etc.)
      • Personal first aid kit
      • Lightweight travel towel
      • Travel wipes
      • Kleenex tissues in plastic travel pouches or toilet paper
      • Mosquito repellent
      • Lip balm with UV protection and sunscreen (SPF 50)
      • Vaseline, to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
      • Compeed blister pads
      • Pain killers, diarrhea tablets and any medication you normally use
      • Zinc oxide tape and small scissors
      • Loperamide (Imodium) and Dioralyte sachets or similar rehydration packs
      • High energy snacks (cereal bars, dried fruit & nuts), & energy gels for summit night
      • Watch with heart rate and GPS features to track your route for later analysis — optional
      • Head torch with spare batteries for summit night & tent admin

    Here’s a list of documents you’ll need:

      • Passport valid for 6 months after proposed expedition return date
      • Tanzania entry visa
      • Flight tickets
      • Cash in US dollars – tipping and exchange for purchases and meals in Arusha, etc.
      • Credit card (recommended for eventualities only)
      • Travel insurance
      • Insurance covering trekking to 6,000m altitude — optional
      • Yellow fever vaccination certificate if visiting a ‘risk zone’ (such as Nairobi) for longer than 12 hours prior to entering Tanzania

    Note that your guide will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxicillin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.

  • Your cook will serve large, healthy meals to keep you happy and well-fed. You will have fresh meals at breakfast and dinner, freshly prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Lunch will mostly be in the form of a lunch box, depending on the day. All food is prepared to strict hygiene standards. Menus are designed to be nutritionally-dense, with plenty of variety to cater to the energy demands of the trek. Let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 5:1.
      • A maximum of 12 climbers can go on this tour.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
      • If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
  • To get to your tour meeting point, most people fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You and the rest of the group will be picked up by the guides at an arranged time. If you’re not joining the group at that time, you’ll need to get a taxi ride, rent a car or take a shuttle to Moshi where your guides will meet you at the arranged accommodation on Day 1.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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