Tour Overview

The 8 day Lemosho route is highly recommended and this is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is divided into two days, it allow for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight and this is the toughest day on the mountain. To have a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested and enjoy the Wildlife in Tanzania

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Walking distance: approximately 6 km
Hiking time: around 3-4 hours
Altitudes: Londorossi Gate 2,250 m – Big Tree Camp 2,750 m
Vegetation zone: Rain forest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate. It takes about 4 hours that you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). A lunch box will be provided and you will take a break to enjoy your meal and the scenery around you then hike to the first camp site, Big Tree camp site through forest.

Walking distance: approximately 8 km
Hiking time: around 5-6 hours
Altitudes: Big Tree Camp 2,750 m – Shira 1 Camp 3,500 m
Vegetation zone: Mooralnd

After breakfast you continue hiking to Shira 1 campsite. Throughout the hiking today you will pass through valleys and several streams before ascending the Shira Ridge, where the altitude is 3600m. Dinner and overnight at Shira 1 campsite.

Walking distance: approximately 10 km
Hiking time: around 3-4 hours
Altitudes: Shira 1 Camp 3,500 m – Shira 2 Camp 3, 850 m
Vegetation zone: Mooralnd

After breakfast we trek to Shira 2 campsite. The day begins with a gentle walk across the Shira plateau into moorland and the campsite is near a stream. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth. If desired you can undertake an extra hike after lunch to help acclimatization.

Walking distance: approximately 7 km ascent and 3 km descent
Hiking time: 4-5 hours to Lava Tower, 2-3 hours to Barranco camp
Altitudes: Shira Camp 3,850 m – Lava Tower 4,630 m – Barranco Camp 3,970 m
Vegetation zone: Semi Desert

Today hike to Barranco camp via the Lava Tower. This is another good acclimatisation day as you will trek high and then sleep lower, which helps your body to acclimatise.

Walking distance: approximately 5 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Altitudes: Barranco Camp 3,970 m – Karanga Camp 3,995 m
Vegetation zone: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, you will scramble up Barranco wall before continuing on to Karanga Valley. Great views of Hein glacier en-route. This is a short day meant for acclimatisation.

Walking distance: approximately 4 km
Duration: 4-5 hours
Altitudes: Karanga Camp 3,995 m – Barafu Camp 4,673 .
Vegetation zone: Alpine Desert

After breakfast hike up to a new camp perched on a rocky bluff. The camp offers fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak and being 150m higer than Barafu campsite there is a little distance to climb to the summit. You will have dinner early and rest for as long as possible in preparation for the summit day.

Walking distance: approximately 5 km ascent and 12 km descent
Duration: 8 hours to Ufuru Peak and 6 hours to Mweka Camp
Altitudes: Barafu Camp 4,673 m – Uhuru Peak 5,895 m – Mweka Camp 3,068 m .
Vegetation zone: Rock, ice-capped summit, alpine desert

You will be woken at around midnight for a hot drink and snack before you depart Barafu campsite to reach Ufuru Peak, the highest point in Africa! From here you descend down to Barafu campsite for lunch before trekking on to Mweka campsite.

Walking distance: approximately 10 km
Duration: 3-4 hours
Altitudes: Mweka Camp 3,068 m – Mweka Gate 1,640 m
Vegetation zone: Low alpine zone, rain forest

Hike down to Mweka Park gate, where you will sign out. You will be collected at the gate and driven to your hotel.

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