Lemosho route: It is located at the western part of the mountain. It is very scenic and it has gradual ascent and can be climbed in 7 to 9 days. It is a popular route for honeymoon trips.
To get to Lemosho gate there is a 110 km drive from Moshi along cultivation zones. Once you reach the gate you register and pay the entrance fee. After this you will get permit and are ready to start the hike.
8 days climbing via Lemosho route:
It is the longest trip but is more comfortable for clients because it provides enough time for acclimatization and the scenery is very attractive.
Day 1 to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp 2800m:
After getting the entry permit at Londorossi gate you will drive for a while to the starting point at 2100m. Then you will get off from the jeep ready to start hiking. The hike will be a walk of 7km and will take 3 to 4 hours. You will be in the montane forest where you might seen black and white Colobus and Blue Monkeys. In the low season you might see additional animals like Eland and Forest Duikers.
Day 2 to Shira 1 Camp 3500m: It will take 4 – 5 hours walk of 7 kilometers, first through the forest which slowly opens up to the heather and moorland as you ascend. This day offers a beautiful view of mount Meru to the west.
Day 3 to Shira 2 Camp 3850m:
The way from Shira 1 to Shira 2 is a gradual walk of 10 km taking 4 – 6 hours. You will be in the moorland and at the right side you will view Shira peak.
Day 4 to Baranco Camp 3940m:
The way from Shira 2 to Baranco camp is 10km long and will take 6-7 hours, including lunch. At the beginning it will be a gradual walk to the junction point where we meet people from the Machame route. Then straight to Lava Tower at 4600m for acclimatization. Lunch at Lava Tower, then descend down to Baranco camp.
Day 5 to Karanga Camp 4100m:
From Baranco camp to Karanga camp it takes 2 – 3 hours and distance is 5km and you will cross Breakfast or Baranco Wall, which is 300m high. The peak of the wall is at 4200m. This part is challenging because the trail is narrow and the number of hikers, porters and guides is large. In some parts you have to use your hands for climbing. You will cross the famous places called Kissing Rock. Shorty before Karanga Camp you will cross the Karanga Valley at 3930m which is the last point where porters can fetch water.
Day 6 to Barafu Camp 4600m:
It will only take 2 to 3 hours and the covered distance is 4km from Karanga to Barafu Camp. It is not steep but to acclimatize you have to walk pole pole (slowly). You will be in the alpine desert and at the left side you can see the Kibo Peak and few meters before Barafu you will find Submentary rocks. There is no water at the camp, so the porters will carry water from Karanga Valley.
The climb from Barafu camp to Uhuru point is 5km, which will take 6 to 7 hours and it is steep. The way is a zigzag path. The starting time is around midnight. It is a challenging night and before you reach to Uhuru point you will cross the Stella Point (5756m) at the crater rim and join with the people from Marangu and Rongai routes. From Stella Point to Uhuru Point (5895m) is one hour of walking and mostly flat. After making it to Uhuru Point you can make pictures and you will return via the same route to Barafu Camp for a bit of sleep and brunch after wakeup. Afterwards the descend down will start via Mweka Route.
Day 7 to Mweka Camp 3100m:
The descend via Mweka route starts at Barafu camp to Millennium Camp 3797m. The way is steep, and it just takes only 2-3 hours to cover the 4km to Millennium Camp. You will pass from the alpine desert to the moorland zone.
From Millennium Camp to Mweka camp 3100m is also a steep walk which takes 2 – 3 hours for 3.5km. You will cross the moorland to the forest zone and on the way you will see Protea Kilimandscharica and Red Hot Poker and various other species of flowers and plants.
Day 8 to Mweka Gate 1640m
Mweka Camp Mweka Gate: It is a long and steep downhill walk of about 10km which takes about 4-5 hour. The rainforest floor is wet and slippery, requiring careful and slow walking. You are again in the montane forest where you may again see various species of flowers like Impatiens Kilimanjari and different trees and also sometimes you may see Blue Monkey and Black and White Colobus Monkeys.
At the Mweka Gate:
Once you reach Mweka Gate you have to sign out. You will receive a certificate for those who made it to Stella Point and Uhuru Point. Afterwards we will bring you to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha by car.
7 days climbing via Lemosho route:
You can optionally climb this route in 7 days. It will use the same route as the 8 day climb, but you will skip one camp – either Shira 1 or Karanga.
9 days climbing including a night in the crater:
This is an option for people who want to sleep in the crater and also offers more acclimatization. See the Crater camp page for more information.
There are two optional ways to get to the crater camp, one is to hike from Lava Tower via Arrow Glacier (4800m) and then the crater, and the other way is to hike from Barafu Camp.
NOTE: Climbing via Arrow Glacier is only available for professional climbers and special equipment like a climbing helmet and boots for crossing snow and ice are required. Sleeping in the crater is very difficult because of the high altitude and the sleeping bag and jackets need to be exceptionally warm. The cost of hiking through the crater is considerably higher. Please contact us if you want to know more about this option.