9 Days Lemosho (Shira) Route

This is the longest route to ascend the mountain Kilimanjaro over all other routes. Roads are very difficult and can be accessible only with 4WD vehicles. Worse enough they are absolutely impassable during the rainy season heading to trailhead which is on higher elevation. To enjoy this route, it requires highest level of fitness from the Climbers and the completed route takes minimum of 9 days (8 nights) duration period. The accommodation at this route is normally in the tents at the mountain with no huts. Climbers encounter low traffic while at this route until the route joins the Machame route.

Despite all those difficulties, Lemosho route is also considered the most beautiful route to ascend Kilimanjaro Mountain and  it grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate for those specialized hikers its an . All in all expensive route.

Overall, the distance covered and the intensity of the final few days make this trek a good choice only for the experienced hikers.  The significance changes of background and impressive hike across the Shira Plateau make this trek truly special.


Arrival Day  Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport whereby you will meet and be greeted by NAT DMC professional driver to  transfer you to Arusha City for relaxation, trip briefing, dinner and overnight at Mount Meru Hotel on half board meal plan
Day 1 Early morning (7.00am) after breakfast driving to Londorosi Gate with picnic lunches for quick entry registration and completing other formalities.

Thereafter continue driving with our 4WD Toyota Land-cruiser up to Lemosho Grades then starting a walk for 4 hours (7km distance) up to Mti Mkubwa Camp (9,300ft) for dinner and overnight.

NOTE: The start point of the Lemosho Route is particularly inaccessible during the wet season and climbers should be prepared to walk the final 2-5 kilometres of the road following heavy rains.The journey time to reach the start point is quite long and joined to the possibility of not reaching the end of the road by vehicle, head torches may well be needed to reach Forest Camp on day 1. Trek from Lemosho start point (2424m) to forest camp (2821m) – 5.4km here you spend your first night in the mountain.

Day 2 In the morning after heavy breakfast at 7.00am, continue a walk ascending of about of 7km distance in an attitude of 2700 – 3500m which is expected to be around a 7 hours’ time until we reach Shira I Camp for dinner and overnight stay..

The Shira Cathedral is an impressive volcanic outcrop that marks the southern tip of the Shira Plateau. It is possible to obtain excellent views towards Kibo, to the south and to the west, from this point. We continue to Shira Cave camp (3 875m).

Day 3 After breakfast, we continue hiking (7km) to Shira II Camp (12,220ft) approximately 6 hours with picnic lunch on the way until reaching Shira II Camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4 Morning after breakfast around 8.30am continue ascending to the foot of the Lava Tower (4267 metres) then descend down to Barranco Camp for overnight stay and dinner. The distance will take approximately 7 hours walk from Shira II to Barranco Camp
Day 5 Breakfast will be around 8.00am and then start a walk for 4 hours which with executive lunch boxes to Karanga (160m) where dinner and overnight stay will take place
Day 6 This is the shortest walking day distance wise. As usual it will start with breakfast in the morning at Karanga Camp then ascend for a distance of 5km (500m attitude) which will take around 4 hours walk. We will arrive at Barafu Camp around 1.30pm for a hot picnic lunch, relaxation, earlier dinner and overnight stay ready for the next day hiking to the summit. Therefore, early relaxation is very important for best preparation of the upcoming hard work next morning.
Day 7 Wake up midnight for tea and snacks thereafter start a long and tough hike departure almost 4,600m to Stella Point at 5745m on the way to the summit then after reaching start descending to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight Stay expecting to take approximately an average walking distance of 8 hours.
Day 8 The morning is an excited day, normally the trekking team arranges for a tipping celebration (8.30am to 9.00am) immediately after breakfast (7.30am) then starting departure at 9.00am descending down to Mweka Gate (1645m) for picnic hot lunch ready to start a travel back to Arusha City at the base hotel for dinner, certificate awards and overnight.
Day 9 Transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for flight back home.

NB: Depending on the flight schedule, we can organize either a day Safari Trip to Arusha National Park or extensive visit at the local cultural market for an extra cost before taken to the airport for flight back home


Route Mark Points and Estimated Time Frame (Ascend and Descend)

Route Point Estimated Time Frame
JRO – Hotel of Choice in Arusha City 1 hour
Hotel in Arusha – Londorosi Gate 3 hours
Londorosi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp 4 hours
Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira I Camp 6 hours
Shira I Camp – Shira II Camp 6 hours
Shira II Camp – Barranco Camp 7 hours
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp 4 hours
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp 4 hours
Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp 8 hours
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha 4 hours


Package Includes

  • Transfer fro and to Kilimanjaro International Airport on arrival and during departure
  • Ground local Transport
  • All park fees (including Mountain entrance, rescue  and hut fees)
  • All applicable government taxes
  • Accommodation in both Hotel and Mountain (Huts and Tents) and meals as indicated in the confirmed itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking mountain guide and assistants,
  • Cook service and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and passenger private bags.
  • Purified drinking water while on trekking
  • Hot meals (except first day) served in the mess tent
  • Comprehensive First aid Medical Kit.
  • Emergency Oxygen at no extra charge
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, to measure client’s oxygen saturation and pulse rate daily.
  • 24/7 radios/ phones communication
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Climbing Achievement
  • Climb briefing conducted by our Office Staff and Leading Guide prior to climb
  • AMREF Flying Doctors cover for medical evacuation which last for 30 days effective arrival date

Package Excludes

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Tips/ gratuities to guides ($25), porter ($15) and Cook ($10) per guide per day per group, porters and Cook
  • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, traveler’s insurance, hard drinks e.t.c
  • Personal climbing gears which can be rented e.g sleeping bags
  • Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, $210/group for an emergency oxygen cylinder and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.

Important Note

  • The luggage that porters are allowed to carry is limited to 15 kgs. Any excess /overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at a rate of $15 per bag per day
  • You can leave extra luggage at your hotel in Arusha or register at our office in Arusha. We strongly advise not to leave any valuables at the hotel like cash, electronics, jewelry, etc instead you can register them at our office for free charge.
  • Our Guides are highly trained on High Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), signs and treatment, High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) signs and treatment as well as High altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) signs and treatments.
  • Qualification of our Guides compiles with the International Wilderness First Air Rescue procedure.
  • It is advisable prior to departure from your base hotel to leave and register your extra luggages and valuables for safe keeping as we have an official agreement with them to avoid extra charges while on hiking except for huge Cash which you will register with our office.