Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Climb to the roof of Africa and experience the stunning beauty of Tanzania.

Aug. 12 – Aug. 22, 2021

Standing at 19,341′, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Your eight days along the Lemosho route allow you to take in the splendid scenery of the five unique ecological zones as you slowly acclimatize. This route was chosen for its beauty and its high summit rate – and is a personal favorite of our guides. You’ll join a fully supported expedition made up of local guides, porters, and cooks as well as an American team leader and medical chief.

Our team will work with you as you get closer to departure to discuss your training, preparation, packing, and trip goals.

August 12th: Arrive in Tanzania. Upon landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you’ll be transported to your hotel in a quiet town near Moshi.

Meals: None

August 13th: Today is yours to prepare and adjust. Relax by the hotel pool or enjoy yoga on the grounds. Your guide will be available for pack checks and a team briefing.

Meals: B, D

August 14th: Depart for Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon arrival, you’ll check in with your team before starting your climb. Today you’ll hike during the afternoon before arrival at Big Tree Camp.

Meals: B, L, D

  • Hiking time: 2-3 hours
  • Starting altitude: 6,889′
  • Ending altitude: 8,695′

August 15th: Today you’ll depart early for a hike to Shira 1 camp. Along the way, you’ll cross through the beautiful moorlands as your guide points out the mountain’s unique plants and flowers. As you approach camp for the night, you may finally see Kibo, the highest peak on Kilimanjaro, towering above.

Meals: B, L, D

  • Hiking time: 4-6 hours
  • Starting altitude: 8,695′
  • Ending altitude: 11,420′

August 16th: Now well above 10,000′, you may start to notice the effects of the altitude as you climb through the alpine desert. Your guides, however, will take good care to move “pole, pole” (slowly) on today’s climb to Shira II, where you’ll see one of the greatest sunsets of the trip.

Meals: B, L, D

  • Hiking time: 6-8 hours
  • Starting altitude: 11,420′
  • Ending altitude: 12,621′

August 17th: Today is a big day for acclimatization. You’ll begin the morning with a climb to Lava Tower camp – the highest point you’ll stand until the final night. After a stop for lunch to acclimate, you’ll again descend and hike along rolling hills until you arrive at Barranco camp. Keep your eyes peeled for the Giant Sencio – unique and twisted plants endemic to the mountain.

Meals: B, L, D

  • Hiking time: 8-10 hours
  • Starting altitude: 12,621′
  • Highest point: 15,220′
  • Ending altitude: 13,070′

August 18th: Begin the day with one of the most exciting sections of trail along the route – the Barranco wall. With the help of your guides, you’ll scramble up the steep climb to be rewarded with amazing views of the world below. After your climb, the rest of the day is a mild hike along rolling hills before arriving at Karanga camp.

Meals: B, L,D

  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Starting altitude: 13,070′
  • Ending altitude: 13,255′

August 19th: Today, you’ll hike to Barafu camp, the launching point for your summit attempt. While the hike is short, it is steep; and you’ll again cross over 15,000′ – the first time since Lava Tower. Upon arrival at camp, you’ll settle into your tent for a rest to prepare for your summit push.

Meals: B, L, D

  • Hiking time: 2-4 hours
  • Starting altitude: 13,255′
  • Ending altitude: 15,360′

August 20th: The day is here! You’ll wake up while the moon is still out to begin your summit attempt. With the help and motivation from your guides and team, you’ll climb to the crater rim, arriving at Stella Point just for sunrise and then onto Uhuru Peak! You’ll return to base camp for a break before descending down to Mweka camp, where you’ll enjoy a team celebration in the thick jungle air.

Meals: B, L, D

  • Hiking time to summit: 6-8 hours
  • Summit altitude: 19,341′
  • Hiking time on descent: 6-8 hours
  • Ending altitude: 10,204′

August 21st: It’s time to say goodbye to your support team. Enjoy a morning of celebration before packing up and hiking through the jungle to the Lemosho gate. Be sure to look out for monkeys greeting you on your return to the jungle and remember to get a few final glances at the mountain where you stood just a day before. Tonight you’ll return to your hotel retreat for a shower and group dinner.

Meals: B, D

  • Hiking time: 3-5 hours
  • Starting altitude: 10,204′
  • Ending altitude: 7,000′

August 22nd: Today is yours to relax and unwind before heading home or continuing your journey in Tanzania. Enjoy your final morning with your team and feel content in your accomplishment.

Meals: B