Day 0: DAYS LEMOSHO ROUTE
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport / Other Pickup Destination, where you will meet a Majali guide, and be transferred to the accommodation included in your package. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are prepared to trek Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route for 6 days by checking your gear and giving you a brief breakdown of the trip.
Note: Check-in starts at 2:00 PM
Day 1: HIGH ALTITUDE DROP OFF TO SHIRA 2
A guide and support crew will arrive in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing. Then you will travel by vehicle for 3-4 hours to the western entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park, known as Londorossi Gate (2,200 m). After another few hours of formalities with the park rangers at the gate and you will be on the trail. Then you will drive for another hour to reach the drop off location. The group will stop for a light snack then start the 5-6 hour hike towards Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents up and cook for you. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.
Trekking from Shira Gate to Shira Camp 2:
Change in Elevation: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m) — Shira 2 ( 3,900 m)
Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hour
Day 2: TREKKING FROM SHIRA 2 CAMP TO TO THE LAVA TOWER TO BARRANCO CAMP
Departing from Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) after breakfast you will start your way to the key point of the route, the Lava Tower (4,630 m). Once we reach the Lava Tower we will stay here for 2 hours and enjoy lunch for proper acclimatization. After lunch we will pass by the Arrow Glacier (4876m)
Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, and get to rest and enjoy a warm dinner.
Change in Elevation: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
Hiking distance: 12 km
Hiking time: 6-9 hours
Day 3: TREKKING FROM BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA
Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall. The climb is on a steep ridge, hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.
Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp (4,035 m) , which features numerous ascents and descents during the route. After reaching the camp you will enjoy a warm lunch. Then, after a couple of hours you will begin a short 1 hour acclimatization hike and return to camp where you will enjoy a hot dinner.
Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m)) — Karanga Camp (4,035 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) — Chosen Point (4,200 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1 hour
Day 4: TREKKING FROM KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP
After Breakfast, you will begin the trek to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. We will begin by going through the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. After we reach the Barafu Hut, we will have completed the southern circuit. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner and be prepared for the climb to the summit. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping.
Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m)) — Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
Hiking distance: 4 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)
Hiking distance: 2 km
Hiking time: 1 hour
Day 5: ASCENT TO UHURU PEAK & DESCENT TO MWEKA HUT
Very Early wakeup ( midnight – 2am), We depart from Barafu Camp ( 4,640 m) and begin the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. Then we will continue our accent toward Stella Point (5,669 m). This is the most challenging portion of the climb to the high altitude. At Stella Point we will enjoy a short rest and you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see ( unless you are a fast hiker, then you enjoy an amazing sunrise from Uhuru Peak) ( weather permitting). From Stella Point you may encounter snow along your 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). . After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak – the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and the last point of the climb on the Lemosho Route, you will have reached the highest point in all of Africa — CONGRATULATIONS!
From the Summit, we will begin our descent to Mweka Hut. We will stop at Barafu Camp to rest, and enjoy a warm lunch. You will want to wear gaiters and bring a trekking pole for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is located in the upper forest and mist or rain is to be expected. Later in the evening we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep.
Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5,895 m)
Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Mweka Hut(3,048 m)
Hiking distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Day 6: Mweka Camp to Moshi
When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park’s exit: Mweka Gate (1,650 m). From the gate it is an hour drive to Mweka village. After your descent the whole group will gather at the hotel where we will present you with your commemorative certificates.
Change in Elevation: Mweka Camp (3,048 m) — Moshi ( 1,524 m )
Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours ,Checkout & Departure Flight
Checkout is at 11am. From there a Majali guide will transfer you to the airport for your flight.
Pick-up and Drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Group transfer to the trailhead
Pick-up at the exit from the trailhead and transfer to the hotel.
Hiking and safety equipment
First Aid Kits
Bottled Oxygen for emergency use only
Four Season 3- person Tents
Dining Tent, Tables, Chairs, Cutlery
Heater for Dining Tent
4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications.
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
Kilimanjaro National Park permits, crew fees, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority.
All meals on the hike. Prepared by our professional cooks. (vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost )
Celebration dinner after climb
All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, juice, hot chocolate and water).
2 Nights at a 3 - star hotel with breakfast included ( before and after the climb )
All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer), however a if you prefer a single hotel room or single tent that can be provided at an extra cost. We also offer other amenities for an extra cost such as a heater for your personal tent.
Price Does Not Include:
Lunch & Dinner at Hotel
Personal Gear & Equipment
Tips for the crew ( we recommend $200-$250 per hiker )