7 Days


There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu descend via Mweka.

Lemosho Route on Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Lemosho Route

As a newer route, it is more remote and arguably more beautiful, but a bit longer and slightly more expensive. It starts on the Western side of the mountain at the Londorossi Gate which is a further drive from town and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira route.

After beautiful forests and moorlands, it crosses the Shira Plateau on day 3 to connect with the Machame Route at Lava Tower and down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit. You may be lucky enough to see buffalo, elephants, and other game. Because this route can be done over a longer period of time for acclimatization, it has a higher success rate of summit.

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7 Days / 6 Nights On The Mountain, 2 Nights In Moshi Hotel  |  Private Tour 


At the heart of Tanzania, Africa’s tallest and most majestic peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, stands tall, inviting adventurers to embark on an awe-inspiring journey to its summit. Among the various routes that lead to this iconic summit, the Lemosho Route is a gem that promises a unique and unforgettable experience. In this article, we delve deep into the details of conquering Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route, a 7-day adventure that will stay etched in your memory forever.


  • Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport To Moshi
  • Day 9: Departure / Safari destination in Tanzania/ Zanzibar Holiday


Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, where you will be greeted by your Royal Climb and Safaris private guide. Upon arrival at your first lodge in Moshi, take the rest of the day to relax, restore and enjoy your first taste of Africa. Your private safari guide is an expert on all things Tanzania

Meals: Bed & Breakfast

Elevation: 2389m/7838ft to 2785m/9137ft
Altitude gained: 396m

Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through welcoming mountainside villages to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3895m/12,779ft
Altitude gained: 1110m

After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, we leave the forest behind now, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Temperatures begin to drop.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Elevation: 3895m/12,779ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 91m

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,253ft
Altitude gained: 48m

After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m

We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.

Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.

From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

Accommodations: Lodge

Later in the evening or the next day you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to board your home bound flight. Also Royal Climb and can organize an affordable safari trip to one of the best wildlife parks in Tanzania such as: Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park.


  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Private transport from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • Private transport from accommodations in Moshi to your Kilimanjaro International
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
  • All National Park & Camping Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Gate Transfers
  • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
  • Quality Imported Equipments
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services


  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel or Medical Insurance
  • Gamow Bag, Medication
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.


Do I need vaccinations to travel to Tanzania?

Depending on your medical history, certain vaccines may be required (such as yellow fever). We recommend getting vaccinated at least 4-6 weeks before your trip. Make sure to bring proof of vaccinations to Tanzania and keep a copy of the documentation at home in case you need it. Additionally, be sure to get any recommended boosters before traveling. Taking these precautions can help protect you from severe illnesses and ensure that your Kilimanjaro climb is a safe and enjoyable experience.

How to get to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania?

The most convenient way to get to Kilimanjaro is by plane. A couple of international airports serve the region, including Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha and Moshi. If you organize a trip with us, we will arrange transportation to and from the airport as part of the package.

When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. This time of year has good weather conditions with less rain and snow. The temperature is mild enough for an enjoyable climb but not too cold that it will become challenging. It’s also important to remember that the altitude can make it colder no matter what season you’re climbing in. So be sure to prepare with appropriate clothing and gear.

What equipment do I need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

When climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, you need the right gear and clothing to ensure a safe and enjoyable climb. A good rule of thumb is to dress in layers to easily adjust to the changing conditions as you ascend the mountain. You will also want to bring adequate protection from the cold, rain, and wind, like warm gloves, hats, and jackets. A good pair of hiking boots is also essential for the rocky terrain, as well as trekking poles and a day pack to store essentials. Finally, ensure you have plenty of water and snacks to keep yourself fueled throughout the climb.

Preparing and asking questions in advance can make your Kilimanjaro climb a safe and unforgettable experience. With the right equipment and adequate knowledge of what to expect, you will have everything you need for the adventure of a lifetime!

How fit do I need to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

Ensure your Kilimanjaro climb is safe and successful; it’s essential to be in good physical shape. Getting used to the altitude is also important before attempting a summit. You can gradually increase your elevation while doing day hikes or even staying overnight at a high-altitude camp. You should also train your body with a regular exercise regimen of walking, running, and stair-climbing several weeks before the climb. You will have the best chance at summit success with proper preparation and physical conditioning!

What is the highest point on Kilimanjaro?

The highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro is Uhuru Peak, which stands at an impressive 19,341 feet above sea level. Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is no small feat and a great accomplishment for any climber! Taking on this challenge will provide you with an experience unlike any other as you make your way to the top of Africa’s tallest peak

Is it safe to climb Kilimanjaro?

While there are always risks associated with any outdoor activity, with the proper preparation and precautions, climbing Kilimanjaro can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Before you go, get travel insurance covering medical expenses in an emergency. You should also ensure your vaccinations are up-to-date a few weeks before you go. Additionally, it’s important to ensure you are properly hydrated and nourished throughout the climb, as altitude sickness can be a real danger.

By taking all of these precautions, you can rest assured that your Kilimanjaro climb will be an enjoyable experience with minimal risk! So what are you waiting for? Climb Kilimanjaro and take on the adventure of a lifetime!

Can anybody climb Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an achievable goal for anybody with the proper determination, preparation, and training. While it can be physically and mentally challenging, you will have the best chance at summit success with proper research and physical preparation!

Is Kilimanjaro harder than Everest?

Trekking Kilimanjaro has unique challenges, but it is generally considered easier than Everest. This is because Kilimanjaro does not require technical climbing skills as Everest does and because you can complete a summit on Kilimanjaro in just five or six days, while Everest typically takes double that time.

Although Kilimanjaro is considered easier than Everest, it should still not be taken lightly. Altitude sickness and unpredictable weather can make climbing difficult and dangerous. With sufficient preparation, however, you will have everything you need to conquer this majestic mountain! So take on the challenge of Kilimanjaro and experience an adventure you’ll never forget!

Can you climb Kilimanjaro in 5 days?

Yes, it is possible to hike Kilimanjaro in five days (even though we recommend six days). The route and number of days needed for the summit depend on your fitness level and acclimatization strategy. Ideally, it would help if you tried to get used to the altitude slowly by doing day hikes or an overnight stay at a high-altitude camp before attempting the summit.

How long does it take to hike Kilimanjaro?

The time it takes to hike Kilimanjaro will depend on your chosen route and acclimatization strategy. Generally, a six-day itinerary is recommended for most climbers, although some advanced climbers may be able to summit in five days. It would help if you got used to the altitude slowly before attempting the summit, so an overnight stay at a high-altitude camp is highly recommended.

How difficult is the Kilimanjaro trek?

Kilimanjaro is a physically and mentally challenging endeavor that should not be taken lightly. That being said, with the proper preparation and acclimatization strategy, most climbers can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro successfully. The difficulty level may also depend on your chosen route; some routes are easier than others due to length and elevation changes.

No matter which route you choose, make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenge of Kilimanjaro.

How much does a Kilimanjaro trek cost?

The cost of a Kilimanjaro trek will depend on the length of your climb, the route you choose, and any additional services you opt for, such as guides or porters.

No matter your budget, make sure that you research and pick the best options for a safe and enjoyable trip. Proper preparation is essential when it comes to conquering Kilimanjaro!

Can a beginner climb Kilimanjaro?

Yes, Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed by beginners. However, it is essential to make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenge. Research different routes before deciding on one and gradually get used to the altitude by spending some time at a high-altitude camp before climbing.

What is the best month to go to Mt. Kilimanjaro?

The best month to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is from January to February and June to October.

It’s important to remember that the weather on Kilimanjaro can be unpredictable at any time of year, so make sure that you are prepared with the right gear and knowledge

How many hours a day do you hike on Kilimanjaro?

The amount of time you spend hiking each day on Kilimanjaro will depend on your itinerary and route. Generally, it would help if you planned to hike between 5-7 hours per day, with breaks in between. It’s important to pace yourself and not overexert yourself while climbing the mountain.

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