8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike (Lemosho Route)
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike (Lemosho Route) is an adventurous hiking experience on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania which can take place all year round all the way to the summit and back. This hiking itinerary starts with pick up and a drive to Londrossi gate where you will start your tour and spend the night at Forest camp.
You will also hike up to Shira 1 camp and then Shira 2 camp during your 8 days Kilimanjaro hike on the Lemosho route. This route is described as a very scenic trail during a hiking experience on this mountain.
You will also spend the night at Barranco camp, Karanga camp, Barafu hut and Mweka camp during your 8 days Kilimanjaro hiking experience on Lemosho route through moorlands, streams, Shira plateau, forests as well as through snow. You will acclimatize at different points during this hiking experience and also enjoy views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks and then continue up to the summit before starting your descent back to Mweka gate where you will receive certificates and drive back to Arusha which will mark the end of your safari as seen in the itinerary below;
Safari highlights of the 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
- Day 1: pick up and drive to Londorossi park gate to forest camp
- Day 2: forest camp to Shira 1 camp
- Day 3: Shira 1 to Shira 2 to Moir hut
- Day 4: Moir hut to lava tower to Barranco camp
- Day 5: Barranco camp to Karanga camp
- Day 6: Karanga camp to Barafu hut
- Day 7: Barafu hut to Uhuru peak to Mweka
- Day 8: Mweka camp to Mweka gate
Day 1; pick up and drive to Londorossi park gate to forest camp
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will proceed to Londrossi gate where you will begin your 8 days Lemosho hike. After completing entry formalities, you will proceed to the Lemosho trailhead where you will also have lunch and later continue to your campsite where you will spend the night.
Day 2; forest camp to Shira 1 camp
On the 2nd day of your Kilimanjaro hike during the 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike, you will start your journey from Forest camp and then proceed to Shira 1 camp. This trail goes through a forest, tall savannah grass, volcanic rock, rolling hills as well as streams.
When you reach Shira ridge, you will proceed to Shira 1 camp where you will relax for the remaining part of the day and enjoy views of Kibo which is one of the peaks on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 3; Shira 1 to Shira 2 to Moir hut
You will wake up and continue your adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro along the Lemosho route with a whole day spent in the Shira plateau. This trail will continue in the eastern direction of the Kibo peak through moorlands, streams. You will proceed to Shira 2 camp and then to Moir hut at the base of Lent hills.
You will acclimatize at this point and spend the night there at the end of the third day of your 8 days Lemosho hiking adventure. This hike takes about 5 to 7 hours.
Day 4; Moir hut to lava tower to Barranco camp
You will continue up the ridge from Moir hut as you continue to Kibo peak along the Lemosho route. This trail will take about 4 to 6 hours and you will hike in the south eastern direction towards the lava tower.
You will proceed to the arrow glacier and then to Barranco camp where you will have dinner and spend the night and also acclimatize.
Day 5; Barranco camp to Karanga camp
After waking up on the 5th day of your 8 days Mount Kilimanjaro hike along the Lemosho route, you will have your breakfast and then leave Barranco camp and continue hiking for about 4 to 5 hours on a steep ridge to Karanga camp where you will acclimatize and spend the rest of the day while enjoying the views around.
Day 6; Karanga camp to Barafu hut
You will start another day of your 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike with breakfast at Karanga camp. You will follow the Mweka trail up to Barafu hut which is along the southern circuit and at this point, you will enjoy views of the summit as well as peaks such as Mawenzi and Kibo.
You will also have dinner and overnight at Barafu hut after about 4 to 5 hours of hiking along this trail.
Day 7; Barafu hut to Uhuru peak to Mweka
After having breakfast at your camp, you will continue your ascend northwards for about 6 hours which is considered as challenging by some hikers who have hiked along the Lemosho route during their safari adventures on Mount Kilimanjaro.
You will hike to Stella point which is located along the crater rim and you will enjoy the beautiful sunset. You will proceed along a trail covered in snow to Uhuru peak which is at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (summit). After enjoying photos at the summit, you will start your descend to Barafu camp which takes about 3 hours. You will have your lunch at the camp and later continue your descend to Mweka hut following a trail where there are rocks and moorland which lead into a forest. Dinner and overnight will be at Mweka camp.
Day 8; Mweka camp to Mweka gate
You will wake up and have breakfast on the last day of your 8 days Lemosho safari adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro. You will continue your descend to Mweka gate which takes about 3 hours and you will receive your certificates for completing your Kilimanjaro hike. You will proceed to Mweka village where you will also enjoy your lunch and then continue your drive to Arusha which will bring your safari to an end.
End of the 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
- All meals during the safari
- All accommodation on safari
- A highly experienced safari guide
- Mineral water during safari
- All park fees
- Kilimanjaro hiking fees
- Guide, porter, cook fees
- Sleeping tents and a mattress
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Tips and items of private nature
- Meals not listed above