Lemosho Route

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Lemosho Route

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Big Tree Camp

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometer or two below the road head. We often have our lunch at the road head before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp.

Day 2: Big Tree Camp to Shira One

Will leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in; we camp in the center of the plateau at Shira One.

Day 4: Shira One to Barranco Camp

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below near our campsite at Barranco valley.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Hut

A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit.

Day 6: Karanga Hut to Barafu Camp

We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka forest camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate.


  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Arusha at Peace Hotel
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • All Park fees, Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Seeping tent


  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
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