Kilimanjaro Mountain Via Lemosho Route




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This 8 days Kilimanjaro hike takes you through the lemosho route (trail), starting off your hike through a beautiful & remote rain forest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. This trail is nothing other than spectacular, considered the most scenic up the Kilimanjaro & with extra days for acclimatization chances of successful summit-ting are higher than ever.

Tip: crater camping is possible with an extra day & costs

Trip Highlights

  • scenic Kilimanjaro trail
  • crossing the Barranco wall

Tour Plan

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Marangu Gate, Hike to Mandara Hut

After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 2 hours), register and commence the climb.
– Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment.
– A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.
– Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
– Distance: 8km/5mi
– Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
– Habitat: Rainforest
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut

You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and groundsels.
– At this point you may begin to feel the effects of the altitude.
– Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
– Distance: 12km/7.5mi
– Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
– Habitat: Heathland
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: horombo hut to Kibo.

Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with the upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”.
– Dinner, rest, and prepare for the summit climb.
– Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
– Distance: 9km/5.5mi
– Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
– Habitat: Alpine Desert
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2:00 AM), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim.
– Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends and family.
– From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment.
– The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights.
– It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers.
– This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
– Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft
– Down to 3700m/12,200ft
– Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
– Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
– Habitat: Alpine Desert
– Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hike Horombo Hut to the trailhead, drive to Arusha or Moshi.

After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut.
– Continue descending through a lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
– Our vehicle will meet you at the Marangu gate to drive you back to the hotel or the airport.
– Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for a celebration!
– Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 1700m/5500ft
– Distance: 20km/12.5mi
– Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
– Habitat: Forest.
– Meal: Breakfast.

The Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Marangu Route – 5 Days Hiking Tour end with the drop you off by the door of your hotel in Arusha (Arusha tourist inn hotel)


  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Moshi/Arusha (before & after the climb)
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trailhead
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees, and Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook, and porters
  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only
  • mountain tents, double occupancy
  • Sleeping pad, foam, sleeping bag & trekking poles
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport
  • All Ground Transfers


  • flights
  • Lunch or dinner at the hotel
  • Beverages at the hotel
  • Personal gear and equipment (see rental prices)
  • Tips (see recommended tipping guideline)
  • Kilimanjaro search & rescue – air evacuation

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