Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

For people like us, to gaze at a mountain is to wish to climb it. And Mt. Kilimanjaro is among the great views — and opportunities — in the world of mountaineering. Although it is very high, a great challenge and capped with glaciers, it is also approachable to the novice. And in the hands of Embark and our experienced guides, you will have the ultimate Kilimanjaro experience: safe, thrilling, and once in a lifetime.

Embark has more than 20 years of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on all routes, with most guides having 300+ summits and 20+ years of experience.

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Trip Highlights

  • Hike the less traveled, remote Lemosho route up Africa's highest mountain
  • Experience a remarkable crew of guides and porters, rated as some of the best on Kilimanjaro; most have more than 300 summits
  • Climb with a company that specializes in Lemosho Route, Western Breach and Crater Camp
  • Climb with Embark; which actively supports the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, paying fair wages!
  • Get access to our exclusive resources, curated over years of experience trekking Kilimanjaro. Includes a custom 4 month training plan

Trip Summary

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Day 1
Arrive Moshi​

Welcome to Moshi- the more quaint, laid-back of the small towns sitting at the base of the famed Mount Kilimanjaro! Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro International airport you will be met by our Embark representatives, who will provide transportation to your hotel. No activities are planned for the day. You are free to explore picturesque downtown Moshi.

Day 2
Free in Moshi. Overnight in hotel

Morning pre-trip discussion, introduction with trekking guide and gear/bag check. In the afternoon you are free to explore some more or do last-minute shopping for the trek.

Day 3
Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. With flora and fauna heavier and richer here than on any other route through the thick rainforest, the Lemosho Route cuts through underbrush that is so​ u​ntouched it at times grows right across the narrow trail. After three to four hours, we'll reach our camp, Mti Mkubwa, which means "Big Tree" in Kiswahili.

Day 4
Mti Mkubwa to Shira Camp 1

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Day 5
Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2

After breakfast we head east across the Shira Plateau and past the Shira Cathedral to Shira Camp. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth. It is about a four-hour hike to camp. On the way we pass the first of many Giant Senecios, some of Kilimanjaro’s otherworldly massive plants.

Day 6
Shira Camp Two to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction, which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft.

Day 7
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for Acclimatization.

Day 8
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction, which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 9
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning, we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is he most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

Day 10
Mweka Camp to Gate

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

Day 11

Leave for the United States this evening or embark on one of Embark's custom wildlife safaris set in the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater

Dates & Pricing


Double Occupancy
  • Jan 1
    Jan 11
    $3595 USD
  • Jan 30
    Feb 9
    $3595 (2 spaces available) USD
  • Feb 3
    Feb 13
    $3595 USD
  • Feb 21
    Mar 2
    $3595 (2 spaces available) USD
  • Mar 1
    Mar 11
    $3595 (2 spaces available) USD
  • Mar 16
    Mar 26
    $3595 USD
  • Jun 1
    Jun 11
    $3595 USD
  • Jun 15
    Jun 25
    $3595 USD
  • Jul 1
    Jul 11
    $3595 USD
  • Jul 15
    Jul 25
    $3595 (4 spaces available) USD
  • Aug 3
    Aug 13
    $3595 USD
  • Aug 10
    Aug 20
    $3595 USD
  • Aug 31
    Sep 10
    $3595 USD
  • Sep 1
    Sep 11
    $3595 (4 spaces available) USD
  • Sep 14
    Sep 24
    $3595 USD
  • Sep 21
    Oct 1
    $3595 USD
  • Oct 5
    Oct 15
    $3595 USD
  • Oct 12
    Oct 22
    $3595 USD
  • Dec 14
    Dec 24
    $3595 USD

Above Costs Include:

  • All international and domestic airport transfers
  • Moshi to Lemosho gate drive by private vehicle
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Moshi and breakfasts while at the hotel
  • Park fees
  • All meals and accommodations while on climb
  • Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, transportation and allowances of guide and porter
  • Fairs wages for the porters!

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Lunch and dinner in Moshi prior and post-climb
  • Any sightseeing tours in Moshi
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks)
  • Your travel insurance and overseas medical insurance coverage
  • Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
  • Tanzania visa

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