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The Lemosho route is one of the best acclimatization routes. The route is less used and a beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. The route is one of the few where groups can be accompanied by an armed ranger on the first day, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are home to buffalo, elephants and other wildlife.

The minimum duration of the Lemosho route is 6 days, but we strongly recommend that you complete the route in 7 days. The extra 7 days gives your body more time to acclimatise, reducing the effects of altitude sickness, and gives you more time to rest before attempting the summit.


Our driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and take you to your hotel in Moshi. Do not worry if you are slow clearing customs, our driver will be waiting for as long as necessary. After you settle in at your hotel, we will go through an equipment check with you. If any items are lacking, they can be rented at this time. Your guide will meet you for a thorough pre-climb briefing where all questions will be answered. For night time arrivals these things can be done the early the next morning.

  • Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
  • Travel Time: 45 minutes drive to Moshi
  • Meals: None

After breakfast at your hotel, our driver will pick you up and we travel to Londorossi Gate. When you arrive at this small village, you’ll have some registration formalities to complete before proceeding. Your hike begins in the beautiful Lemosho Glade, which is inhabited by buffalo and elephants. You’ll follow the forested track up to Mti Mkubwa Campsite.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (2,650m / 8,694’)
  • Trekking Duration and Distance: 2 to 3 hours, 6 km, 820m of elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today should be a beautiful day as you trek out of the forest and up to the dramatic Shira Ridge. Enjoy the expansive scenery as you walk through the moorland heather through the valley and across several streams to Shira 2 Camp.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,810m / 12,500’)
  • Trekking Duration and Distance: 7 to 8 hours, 16 km, 1200m of elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

As you trek out of the Shira Plateau you’ll begin experiencing even higher altitudes. Tonight, you’ll be using the hike high and sleep low strategy to get acclimatized to the elevation. You’ll also have a chance to see the Lava Tower, which is a “shark tooth” shaped rock outcropping on your route.

  • Overnight Location: Camping in Mount Kilimanjaro (3,900m / 12,795’)
  • Trekking Duration and Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 8 km, 90m of elevation gain
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Yesterday you caught sight of the impressive Barranco Wall, and today you will climb over it! Not to worry, you don’t need any technical climbing skills to reach the top. Although you may need to use your hands for balance in some sections, it just takes determination and your feet to reach the top. Enjoy the view, then you’ll be hiking back down the valley to Karanga Camp for the night.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,983m / 13,067ft)
  • Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 5 km, 846m of ascent, 655m of descent
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today will be a shorter day on the trail through the somewhat desolate volcanic desert. You may find the effects of the altitude making the day more challenging as you get acclimatized. Rest well tonight at Barafu Camp, as you’ll have a very early wake up call!

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (4,550m / 14,928ft)
  • Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 4 km, 650m of ascent
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

You’ll want to wear your headlamp when you hit the trail sometime around midnight this morning. The early start ensures you’ll arrive at Stella Point for an incredible sunrise. The elevation and tricky footing through heavy scree and snow on the last stretch of your ascent will all be a challenge, but it’ll be worth it soon. When you reach the top of Uhuru Peak you’ll have earned the breathtaking view from the highest point in all of Africa! This afternoon you’ll be hiking back down to a much more comfortable altitude to spend the night at Mweka Camp.

  • Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,110m / 10,203ft)
  • Distance: 10 to 13 hours, 18km, 1,195m of ascent, 2,805m of descent
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a good night’s rest and lots of much-needed oxygen, you can begin the final leg of your trek. Dress in layers, as it will warm up as you descend back into the rainforest climate. You’ll be met by the Gladys Adventure driver who will transport you back to our office. Here you will be presented with your climb certificate and you can tip your crew and say your farewell to them.

  • Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi (included in your climb package)
  • Distance: 3-4 hours, 10 km, 1410m of descent
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Breakfast at the hotel is included in the climb package. Our driver will be available at any time to take you to Kilimanjaro Airport. If you have booked a safari, we typically will leave just after breakfast. Checkout time at the hotel is 10am. If you have a flight departing later in the day, we will try to obtain a late checkout for you or arrange for a day room if you desire.

  • Travel Time: 45 minutes drive to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Meals: Breakfast


We do not compromise on safety and quality, so our prices are not the cheapest. However, it is also not as high as other companies. We take great pride in the value for money we provide to every customer.

The per person prices below are based on the number of people booking the trip together.

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