tailor made experiences

8 Days Lemosho Route

A Fan Favourite Of Climbers!

8 Days Lemosho Route is one of the mountain's less travelled and quieter routes. It's also one of the newest and most likely routes, in terms of the ecological systems and geographical landscapes it traverses. This path passes through dense jungle on the first two days, then opens up onto heath and moorland before joining the Machame path on the third. There are some extremely steep and rolling stretches of this small trail, which starts on the western slope of Kilimanjaro.

Lodge accommodation


Accommodation Style
Lodge accommodation

On Request

price per person
Lodge accommodation




8 Days | Lemosho Route

Summit Mount Kilimanjaro

Climb one of the seven summits of the world via the Lemosho Route.

Explore 6 Ecological Zones

Cross from the lush rainforest to the harsh and beautiful arctic zone.

Enjoy Luxurious Camping

Experience Magnificent meals, luxurious comfort, roomy tents, and much more!


6 Camps And Lodges Over 7 Nights/8 Days


Hotel in Moshi

2 nights full-board
Mti Mkubwa

Mti Mkubwa Camp

1 night full-board

Shira Camp

1 night full-board

Barranco Camp

1 night full-board

Barafu Camp

1 night full-board

Mweka Camp

1 night full-board

Tour Itinerary

7 Nights/8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing

You are met at the Airport or in Arusha City, drive to Moshi.

Overnight: Hotel in Moshi

Hiking time: 3h

Habitat: Montane forest

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 2-hour drive from Moshi (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes). You will have a lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours). Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have your tent set up on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.

Overnight: Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Hiking time: 6.5h

Habitat: Moorland

You rise early at Mti Mkubwa camp and, after breakfast, you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2-camp on moorland meadows next to a stream (3840m). By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Overnight: Shira Camp.

Hiking time: 7h

Distance: Approximately 15 kms

Habitat: Semi desert

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). This is definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches.

After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner.

Overnight: Barranco Camp.

Hiking time: 4 - 5h

Hiking time: 7h

Distance: Approximately 13kms

Habitat: Alpine desert

After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated.

Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut. The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

Overnight: Barafu Camp.

Hiking time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak, 7 - 8h to descend to Mweka

Distance: Approximately 7 kms ascent. 23 kms descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. For many climbers the 6-hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared as well as drinking water.

Overnight: Mweka Camp.

Hiking time: 3h

Distance: Approximately 15 kms

Habitat: Forest

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Visit the tips page for more info. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

Overnight: Hotel in Moshi.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport for your return flight or to Arusha to start your safari.


  • Two nights’ Accommodation at the Spring lands Hotel in Moshi (before and after the climb)
  • Return transportation from Arusha / Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National Park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses.
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils.
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue Fees
  • Pulse oximeters.
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiters, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.
  • Emergency oxygen


  • Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1-person rate)
  • Airport transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook &amp, Waiters tips.
  • Meals and drinks not specified.
  • Gear for your climb.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included.
  • Visas

We share the Heart of Tanzania with every Guest and bring its warmth to you – the adventurer!

Firoz Simba
Founder, Simba Safaris

In our hearts beats a deep love for Tanzania, a place we hold in the highest regard. Our mission is to share the warmth and friendly spirit of the Tanzanian communities with every guest who goes on this incredible journey. To achieve this, we've assembled a team of expert hosts, guides, and excursion managers who share our passion for this country. It's our dream and privilege to open its entrances to people from around the world. We eagerly anticipate the day we welcome you to Tanzania, to share the special gift that is this extraordinary land.

complete the form to express your interest


Please Select Atleast One Option

Some of our most popular trips to inspire your very own Tanzania safari adventure

life breath taking moment in Kilimanjaro


The Simba Safaris Advantage

Why Travel With Us

Our seasoned guides and hosts offer a wealth of knowledge and share local insights. This ensures that your safari is both exceptional and educational. They are the trusted companions of every safari-goer in the wild and add depth and understanding to the journey.

Tailor-made safaris ensure that adventures align with every traveller’s unique inclination. Your safari is created to suit your needs – meaning every moment of yours is fully served to enhance the experience.

Enjoy the utmost level of service at every step of your journey – from planning to exploration. Our team’s dedication to safari-goers’ comfort and satisfaction is what sets us apart.

The safety of each safari-goer that chooses to travel with us has our top priority. We invest significantly in state-of-the-art equipment, diligent staff training, and uncompromising safety measures to make sure that every safari isn’t just thrilling but also secure. Your peace of mind is our commitment.

Tanzania is Calling


Planning your dream safari has never been easier. Just fill out our form and a travel specialist will be in touch!