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9 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Arusha, Moshi & Mount Kilimanjaro: Climbing Kilimanjaro Via Lemosho Route

Arusha, Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountaineering Tour
Trekking Tour
Camping Tour

Trek around Mount Kilimanjaro via Lemosho route, an unspoilt, remote, little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife.

DAY 01

Arrival at the kilimanjaro international airport

  • Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport/Alternative Airport pick up and transferred to  the Outpost Lodge in Arusha. 

DAY 02

arusha to landorosi park gate 2250m -Mti mkubwa(big tree)

  • After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, drive from Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2250m, 1.5 hours).

  • From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2000m, 11Km. 45 minutes) and a possible campsite.

  • Walk along beautiful forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3hours).

DAY 03

Mti mkubwa to shira1 (3500m)

  • The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone then crosses the Shira ridge at about 3600m to drop gently down to Shira 1 camp located by the stream on the Shira plateau (3500m, 5hours). 

DAY 04

Shira1 to Shira2(3850m)

  • A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3850m, 1.5 hours).

  • A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day. 

DAY 05

shira2 to lava tower-barranco hut(3900m)

  • The moorlands soon come to an end and the rocky path leads among outcrops to the Lava tower (this is optional if one not taking western breach) where there are good campsites (4600m, 5 hours).

  • Then continue to Barranco hut (3900m, 2 hours). 

DAY 06

barranco to karanga valley

  • After breakfast we leave Barranco ridge, walk up the Barranco wall that ends up at the foot of the Heim glacier.

  • Passing the Barranco wall, walk along to along to Karanga valley (4 hours). 

DAY 07

karanga to barafu hut (4550m)

  • Continue to the Barafu hut which is located at an altitude of (4550 m) here we make camp. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are seen from this position.

  • Rest, enjoy dinner and overnight.

DAY 08

barafu to uhuru peak (5895m) to mweka

  • Wake up very early, at around midnight, take some light tea with cookies, Start trekking to the summit, the Uhuru peak (5895m 8hours). Spend some time at the summit.

  • Start descending to Barafu hut for brunch and some rest, then walk down to Mweka hut for dinner and overnight. 

DAY 09

mweka forest to mweka gate

  • After breakfast, walk down the Mweka Montane forest to the Mweka gate, board the already waiting vehicle and drive back to Arusha  for a well deserved shower and rest.

  • Then later you will be picked by our driver and transfer you to the Airport of departure.

  • 3250 USD Per Adult (* It is possible to trek Kilimanjaro all-year-round. However, certain months are characterised by colder weather, more rain and potentially loads of snow on the summit.)
  • Two nights accommodation at the Outpost lodge  (before and after the climb)

    • First night includes breakfast

    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast

  • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain

  • Qualified guides with mountain crew

  • National park fees

  • Tents and sleeping mattresses

  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils

  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles

  • First aid kit

  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries

  • Boiled water on the mountain

  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain


  • You want your inner layer to be wicking – no cotton.

  • Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable.

  • You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping.

  • Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.

Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there!

  • Shorts, for first and last day only

  • Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings

  • Short-sleeved or t-shirts

  • Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings

  • Long underwear

  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater

  • Fleece pants

  • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)

  • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow

  • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow

  • Underwear

  • Sport bras, for women


  • Passport

  • Yellow fever certificate

  • TanzaniaVisa

  • Medical insurance

  • Address book

  • Vaccination records

  • Airline tickets

  • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards

  • Maps, guidebooks

  • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers.

  • Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage

Packing for your flight to Africa

  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)

  • Books/magazines

  • Toiletries

  • Snacks

  • Water

  • Walkman and music

  • Eye shades, ear plugs

  • Melatonin or other sleep aid

  • Critical climbing gear (in case baggage is delayed)

  • The Lemosho Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro. The route provides plenty of time for acclimatization and takes in the entire scenery of the mountain as it practically traverses it from west to east. The access via the western route requires a bit longer drive to the trail head but is well worth it as you get to drive through some wild country and may even be lucky enough to spot buffalo or an elephant. During the first few days of the trek you will ascend the western flank of the mountain a side of mountain few visitors reach as you ascend through the lowland jungles to the Shira Plateau.

  • After reaching Shira Camp 2 on the third day the remainder of the trek follows the traditional Machame Route and the number of trekkers on the trail increases. The fourth day of trekking is quite helpful for acclimatization as you ascend to the Lava Tower (15,000 feet / 4600m) before descending to the campsite in Barranco Valley. Another day of trekking brings you to the high camp at Barafu, which lies on a barren volcanic plain. Climbers spend the afternoon resting here before making a midnight summit push. It's a 6 hour slog to the crater rim and another hour of traversing across the rim of the crater to reach Uhuru Peak the final summit and highest point in Africa.

  • If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in  Arusha. We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day. If you have time, enjoy a guided walk through the local rice fields and rainforest, do a little shopping in the town of Arusha, relax at the swimming pool, or get a massage.

  • Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Arusha lodge at no charge.

  • The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.

  • Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

  • The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.

  • The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

  • The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

  • Our trip also included a toilet tent in a camp and most importantly knowledgeable professional guide that go through bi Annual training .Our logistic team at our base monitors your trip from start to  finish.

Arusha, Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountaineering Tour
Trekking Tour
Camping Tour

Contributed By

Eliya Tumaini

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USD 3250
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