Embark on a Spectacular 8-Day Adventure Along the Lemosho Route – Northern Circuit

Day 1: Lemosho Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Your unforgettable journey begins at the Lemosho Gate, a gateway to Kilimanjaro’s pristine wilderness. The trail leads you to Mti Mkubwa, where the lush rainforest surrounds you. This first day is filled with anticipation and wonder as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this enchanting environment.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1

As you continue your ascent, the forest gradually gives way to the expansive moorland. You’ll journey from Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1, where the vastness of the Shira Plateau opens up before you. The transition from forest to moorland offers a captivating contrast in landscapes.

Day 3: Shira 1 to Moir Hut

The trail now takes you from Shira 1 to Moir Hut, a remote and tranquil campsite. Along the way, you’ll encounter unique geological features and rugged terrain. Moir Hut provides a sense of solitude and allows you to connect deeply with the mountain’s raw beauty.

Day 4: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp

Your journey continues as you hike from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp. The high-altitude landscape surrounds you, providing a serene environment for rest and reflection. The sense of immersion in nature becomes even more profound.

Day 5: Buffalo Camp to 3rd Cave

Today’s adventure leads you from Buffalo Camp to the 3rd Cave, where the high-altitude desert landscape is on full display. The vastness and isolation of this terrain create a unique and introspective atmosphere.

Day 6: 3rd Cave to Kibo or School Hut

As you approach the summit, your trail takes you from the 3rd Cave to either Kibo Hut or School Hut, depending on your itinerary. These high-altitude camps serve as the launching point for your summit attempt. The anticipation and excitement are palpable as you prepare for the ultimate challenge.

Day 7: Kibo or School Hut to Summit, Then Mweka or Millennium Camp

Summit day is here, and it’s an early start. You’ll ascend to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, as the sun rises. The sense of accomplishment and the awe-inspiring views from the summit are unparalleled. After conquering the summit, you’ll descend to either Mweka Camp or Millennium Camp, cherishing your triumph.

Day 8: Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, Moshi, or Arusha

On your final day, you’ll descend through the lush rainforest, experiencing a stark contrast to the high-altitude landscapes you’ve conquered. The vibrant vegetation and the symphony of birdlife add to the beauty of the descent. Your journey concludes at Mweka Gate, where you can reflect on the profound experience you’ve had before returning to Moshi or Arusha.

The 8-day Lemosho Route – Northern Circuit offers an incredible opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes of Kilimanjaro, from lush rainforests to high-altitude deserts and the barren summit. It’s a journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and a deep connection to the natural wonders of this iconic mountain.

Climbing FAQ

More than 30,000 hikers visit the famous mountain, known as the roof of Africa, each year, drawn not just by its height but also by the panorama it offers. While scaling Mount Kilimanjaro is not for the faint of heart, many trekking aficionados have it on their bucket list to reach the mountain’s snow-capped summit.

The dry season, which lasts from June to October and December to March, offers beautiful scenery, a clear view, and a high success rate for summit attempts.

In our opinion. The Machame Route comes in second, followed by the Lemosho Route, while the Rongai Route comes in third.

The gateway to both Kilimanjaro and the safari is Kilimanjaro International Airport. From there, you’ll be driven an hour to Moshi town or an hour to Arusha City for the night. Drive to the gates of the Kilimanjaro mountain park the following day.

You need all of the equipment from the Kilimanjaro Climb Gear List as well as layered clothing because the summit is extremely cold.

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