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Eight Days Lemosho Route. Mount Kilimanjaro Backpacking Budget Climb


8 Days, 7 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people




The Lemosho Route is considered one of the most scenic and challenging routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. This route is known for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems

Renowned for its stunning and varied landscapes, offering trekkers panoramic views, lush rain-forests, alpine meadows, and the iconic Shira Plateau. It is considered a challenging route, providing a longer and more gradual ascent, which increases acclimatization chances for climbers. The longer duration contributes to a higher success rate in reaching the summit.

8 days, allowing climbers to acclimatize properly and increase their chances of reaching the Uhuru Peak successfully.The longer duration also allows for more time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the various ecological zones encountered during the climb. Starting on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Trekkers usually drive from Moshi to the Londorossi Gate to begin the climb.

The initial days involve trekking through the lush rain-forest, offering a chance to observe a variety of plant and animal species, including Colobus monkeys and a variety of bird species in the lower rain-forest zones. As the climb progresses, the landscape transforms into heath and moorland, characterized by unique vegetation adapted to higher altitudes.

A highlight of the Lemosho Route is the traverse of the Shira Plateau, an expansive high-altitude desert with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The longer duration and gradual ascent of the Lemosho Route provide climbers with better acclimatization opportunities, reducing the risk of altitude-related issues.


  • most scenic breathtaking landscapes & diverse ecosystems
  • lush rain-forests & alpine meadows
  • Shira Plateau
  • Uhuru Peak
  • variety of plant and animal species
  • Shira Cathedral.
  • Lava Tower
  • Barranco Wall


Day 1. Pick up at your accommodation, Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp)

After breakfast at your accommodation, meet your trekking team, including guides and porters. Briefing, equipment check & Drive to Londorossi Gate. Complete registration and start the trek, Hiking through the rain-forest to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp). Distance: Approximately 7 km / 4.3 miles Altitude: 2,650 m / 8,694 ft

Day 2. Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Day two of hiking through the rain forest, reaching the heath and moorland zone. Ascending to Shira 1 Camp, situated on the Shira Plateau. Distance: Approximately 8 km / 5 miles Altitude: 3,505 m / 11,500 ft

Day 3. Shira 1 to Shira 2 Camp

  • Trekking across the Shira Plateau & enjoying breathtaking views. Camping at Shira 2, with the option to explore Shira Cathedral.
  • Distance: Approximately 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Altitude: 3,900 m / 12,795 ft

Day 4. Shira 2 to Barranco Camp

  • Hiking to Lava Tower (4,630 m / 15,190 ft) for acclimatization. Descending to Barranco Camp through the scenic Great Barranco Wall.
  • Distance: Approximately 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Altitude: Descend to 3,960 m / 12,990 ft

Day 5. Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Traverse the Barranco Valley, with stunning views of glaciers & Climb the Barranco Wall. Reaching Karanga Camp for acclimatization.
  • Distance: Approximately 5 km / 3.1 miles
  • Altitude: 4,040 m / 13,255 ft

Day 6. Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Ascend to Barafu Camp, the base for the summit attempt & resting. enough time to prepare for the summit push.
  • Distance: Approximately 4 km / 2.5 miles
  • Altitude: 4,640 m / 15,223 ft

Day 7. Summit Attempt - Uhuru Peak, then Mweka Camp

    • Start the summit attempt around midnight. Reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895 m / 19,341 ft) at sunrise. Time to take all in & enjoy the views. Descend to Barafu Camp for a short rest. Continue the descent to Mweka Camp.
    • Distance: Approximately 17 km / 10.6 miles (Summit Day)
    • Altitude: Descend to 3,100 m / 10,170 ft


Day 8. Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Descend through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. Complete the trek and receive your summit certificates.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha town for a well-deserved rest.
  • Distance: Approximately 10 km / 6.2 miles
  • Altitude: Descend to 1,640 m / 5,380 ft


  • All Park Entries & Rescue fees
  • Mountain Guides
  • Assistance Mountain Guide
  • Cook & Porters (Fees & Allowance)
  • All meals during the climb
  • Drinking Water
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Off
  • Accommodation before & After Safari
  • Beverages

Tour's Location


Where does this tour start from?

This tour is set to start in either Arusha or Moshi town in Kilimanjaro. Pick up time is between 9 am to 10 am. 

What About Tips?

Tips are highly recommended after the climb. You will be briefed on the expected

Can I rent hiking equipment?

Yes its possible to hike all hiking gear either in Arusha town or Moshi town in Kilimanjaro


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Eight Days Lemosho Route. Mount Kilimanjaro Backpacking Budget Climb
Seongyoon Lee

Really was some experience

Mazzola Safari House & the team did assist me with this climb. From my Mountain Guide & the entire team, I wish to say thank you very much. *PS. Amount of tips isn't mentioned on this post, however you honestly discover how important that part is. All the best
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