Mount Kilimanjaro

8 Days Lemosho with Crater Route

Itinerary overview

  • Day 1: Start: Lemosho Gate - Big Tree Camp
  • Day 2: Start: Big Tree Camp
  • Day 3: Shira Camp 2 - Barranco Camp
  • Day 4: Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp
  • Day 5: Start: Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp
  • Day 6: Start: Barafu Camp - Crater Camp 
  • Day 7: Start: Crater Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp 
  • Day 8: Start: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

As we head west of Kilimanjaro with a long drive from Moshi to Lemosho Gate for a climb, with its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.The first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau.

Day 1: Start: Lemosho Gate (2385 m)- Big Tree Camp (2780 m)
.Altitude: 395 m
.Walking Time: 2-3h
Hike through the lush forest. Gradually climbing along a footpath.

Day 2: Start: Big Tree Camp (2780 m)
.Shira Camp 2 (3900 m)
.Altitude: 1120 m
.Walking Time: 7-8h
A long day with ups and downs. Great views of Kibo and Shira Ridge as you emerge from the forest.

Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3900 m)- Barranco Camp (3960 m)
.Altitude: 740 m
.Walking Time: 6-7h
Another long day through interesting vegetation, especially around the Lava Tower rock formation.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960 m) - Karanga Camp (4035 m)
.Altitude: 100 m
.Walking Time: 3-4h
Conquering the Barranco Wall, breathtaking views of a glacier waits. More ups and downs.

Day 5: Start: Karanga Camp (4035 m) - Barafu Camp (4640 m)
.Altitude: 605 m
.Walking Time: 3-4h
An easy footpath through a rock-strewn moon landscape.

Day 6: Start: Barafu Camp (4640 m) - Crater Camp (5730 m)
.Altitude: 1090 m
.Walking Time: 6-7h
A particularly early start and a challenging climb up the Kibo before descending into the Crater.

Day 7: Start: Crater Camp (5730 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) -Mweka Camp (3080 m)
.Altitude: 2815 m
.Walking Time: 7-9h
A slow two hour ascent to the summit. After brief celebrations, descend back towards the rainforest.

Day 8: Start: Mweka Camp (3080 m) - Mweka Gate (1630 m)
.Altitude: 1450 m
.Walking Time: 2-3h
A traditional farewell ceremony will be followed by an easy few hours descent back through the rainforest to the gate.

- All national park fees
- Airport transfers
- Bottled water on the first day of the climb, boiled and
filtered on the mountain
- Three meals a day during the climb
- Pre and Post climb accommodation in Moshi
- Entry fees to Kilimanjaro national park
- All government taxes
- Professional local mountain guide(s)

- Visa and travel insurance
- Porters and Guide tips
- Local and international flights
- Any meals not mentioned above
- Sleeping bags
- Trekking gear such as walking poles
- Laundry
- Optional activities such as day trips and safaris


P.O. Box 1027,
Moshi -
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.


Phone: +255 685 827 115