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Tanzania Kilimanjaro Hike and Zanzibar 13 Days (Lemosho Route)

  • 13 Days
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • Jun - Dec

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Part 1 – 09 days including 2 nights at hotel lodge

The Lemosho route is considered one among the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. we start trekking within the thick, fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers and shrubs of the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one among most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the vast Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. The Lemosho route is for those with previous backpacking experience.

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Price Includes:

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation in Arusha at hotel – shared accommodation
  • Private professional English Mountain guides
  • All Kilimanjaro Park Trekking and Camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Return airport Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Comfortable Mountain Hard Ware Sleeping tents – per 2 people
  • Quality dinning Mess tent
  • Table and chairs
  • Sleeping form mattress
  • Summit emergency oxygen
  • Pulse-oximeter and Medical first aid kit

Price Excludes:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Walking Poles
  • Sleeping Bags (recommended not to share)
  • Tips recommended per client in a group (180 -200 USD per person)
  • Travel Insurance – we recommend World Nomads https://www.worldnomads.com/


Day 1 - Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Forest camp (2750m

Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After heavy breakfast from your lodge, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m)

Day 3 - Forest Camp (2750m) – Shira 1 Camp (3550m)

Hiking time: 5.5 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Distance: 8 km
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards.

Day 4 - Shira 1 (3540m) – Shira 2 (3840m)- Moir Hut (4114m)

Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: moorland
This spectacular camp we will be going to today is located beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills.

Day 5 - Moir Hut (4114m)- Lava Tower (4600m)- Barranco Camp (3900m)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers
Habitat: Semi Desert
From Moir hut, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft.

Day 6 - Barranco Camp (3900m) – Karanga Camp (4235m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall!

Day 7 - Karanga Camp (4235m) – Barafu Hut (4600)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m)

Day 8 - Summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb.

At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 9 - Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Forest
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.
Overnight at hotel.
Meals: Dinner & Breakfast

Day 10 - Departure to Zanzibar

Pick up from your hotel for the airport for your return flight home

Group minimum 02, maximum 8.


Part 2 – 4 Days / 3 nights:  Nature Tour, historical, boat adventures and beach relaxation.

This trip will take you to the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, the ancient stone town, and also give you the chance to get familiar with the local culture in Tanzanian villages. Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and was the political and economic key to East Africa, which comprises two main islands, Unguja and Pemba and other smaller habitable islands. Unguja is the capital of Zanzibar and is about 85 Kilometers long and 39 Kilometers wide. Pemba is 72 Kilometers long and 25 Kilometers wide. The highest point of Zanzibar is 120 meters above the sea level. The capital of Zanzibar is located on the island of Unguja. It is a cultural and historic Swahili City State and it is also located about 36 kms off the coast of mainland Tanzania.

Day 10 - Departure to Zanzibar ​

After breakfast drive to Arusha airport for your flight to Zanzibar departing at 10:00 am, Arriving Zanzibar airport at 11:15am. Upon arrival picked up and transferred to Chumbe Island. Chumbe Island exudes a comfortable Robinson-Crusoe-feeling. The reserve includes a fully protected Coral Reef Sanctuary and Forest Reserve that harbour rare wildlife, a Visitor and Education centre, a small eco-lodge, nature walks and historical monuments.The African inspired bungalows, with their palm leaf rooftops, provide a unique and private atmosphere. As the proceeds of the facility go to the maintenance and expansion of the private nature reserve, you can relax with an (eco-) peace of mind. In the evening, you will go for a jungle walk and spy on Coconut Crabs to learn habits of one of the strangest animals that walks on this planet.

Day 11 - Zanzibar Island - Nungwi Cycling, Turtle Visit and Sunset Sailing

Wake up in a luxury lodge in the jungle, to  the sounds of  birds and waves. Shortly after breakfast we wiII be back to the main island. We drive to Nungwi and hop on our bikes to cycle through rural villages, explore Portuguese ruins, and swim in hidden cave’s clear blue waters. We’II refresh with island grown tropical fruits before heading to Mnarani Turtle Marine Conservation Pond where you’II swim with world’s friendliest turtles!
In the afternoon we will transfer to Nungwi Bay for a Sunset Cruise Sailing . This is one of a stunning catamaran yachts for your spectacular Zanzibar Sunset Cruise out into Nungwi Bay! To begin with, imagine gliding through the warm blue Indian Ocean Waters of Zanzibar onboard a beautiful catamaran yacht! Relax onboard with the wind in your hair, some great tunes on the sound system and an ice cold Tropical Cocktail in your hand! You cannot beat this!
Later transfer to your accommodation in nungwi for dinner and overnight  

Day 12 - Zanzibar Beach Leisure

Today it’s your day to relax and unwind on the beautiful white sandy beach of Zanzibar. Optional excursion for Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Deep sea fishing which can be arranged by the lodge.

Day 13 - Zanzibar Beach Transfer to Airport via The Rock

Today we head to one of the most picturesque corners of the island – The Rock, followed by seafood lunch in a nearby restaurant that simply can’t be missed. Further on, we take a drive to Stone Town for discovery of this historical capital of the island. 
Later in the evening drive to the airport to catch the flight back home

Price per person sharing

Price Includes:

  • Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar (one way)
  • Pick up and drop off At Zanzibar airport,
  • Accommodation as per tour Itinerary
  • Stone town tour
  • Visit to Chumbe Island
  • Cycling tour in Nungwi village
  • Sunset Cruise Sailing

Price Excludes:

  • All international flights
  • Item of a person nature
  • Beverage & drinks
  • Tips/ Gratitude for guides & hotel staff
  • Other activities not mentioned in the program.
  • Travel insurance.

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The temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro range from hot to bitter cold. Climbing Kilimanjaro is unique for many reasons, and one of these is that from origin to summit, climbers find themselves weaving through several distinct climate zones. It is said that the journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days!

We generally advise that the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and driest times of year, from December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October

From July until the end of October, conditions are generally colder, but much drier than the previous months. Whilst there is a chance of getting rained on throughout the year, particularly as you trek through the rainforest and moorlands, typically precipitation is low and infrequent.

If you remain dry, you’ll be more comfortable and the trek will be a more enjoyable experience overall. Another advantage of climbing during these months is that you’ll have clear and sunny skies, and spectacular views.

At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 degrees Celsius. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s great height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.


Bring USD US Dollars and in small notes.
If you opt for the visa on arrival, have a $50 note ready. On departure, $25 for airport tax.

Most meals are included on Kilimanjaro hike but some on Zanzibar are not. Expect $50 per person for tips given to crew.

The following are the suggested minimum tips. Head Guide: $90, Assistant Guide: $60, Cook: $60 Porter $30.
– Tips to mountain crew (highly recommended)
Per potter per day is from 6 USD
Assistance guide / cook – per day is from 12 USD
Guides per day is from 20 USD

Generally, tips are given to the Head Guide, who will then distribute to the rest of the team. You can also approach any member of the team at the end of the climb and personally give it to them (chef, personal porter, sanitation manager, etc.). Previous trekkers have tipped $300 US per hiker on the Lemosho route, depending on number of people climbing.


Travellers should be up to date with routine vaccination courses and boosters as recommended. These vaccinations include for example measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and diphtheria-tetanus-polio vaccine.

Country specific diphtheria recommendations are not provided here. Diphtheria tetanus and polio are combined in a single vaccine in some countries. Therefore, when a tetanus booster is recommended for travellers, diphtheria vaccine is also given. Should there be an outbreak of diphtheria in a country, diphtheria vaccination guidance will be provided.

Those who may be at increased risk of an infectious disease due to their work, lifestyle choice, or certain underlying health problems should be up to date with additional recommended vaccines.

The vaccines which are recommended for most travellers visiting this country:
Hepatitis A

The vaccines which are recommended for some travellers visiting this country:
Hepatitis B
Tuberculosis (TB)
Meningococcal Disease
Yellow Fever
Certificate requirements

Please read the information below carefully, as certificate requirements may be relevant to certain travellers only. For travellers’ further details, if required, should be sought from their healthcare professional. ​

  • There is a low potential for exposure to yellow fever throughout Tanzania.
  • Under International Health Regulations, a certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • According to World Health Organization (WHO), from 11 July 2016 (for all countries), the yellow fever certificate will be valid for the duration of the life of the person vaccinated. As a consequence, a valid certificate, presented by arriving travellers, cannot be rejected on the grounds that more than ten years have passed since the date vaccination became effective as stated on the certificate; and that boosters or revaccination cannot be required.


Travellers should follow an ABCD guide to preventing malaria:
Awareness of the risk – Risk depends on the specific location, season of travel, length of stay, activities and type of accommodation.
Bite prevention – Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures.
Chemoprophylaxis – Travellers should take antimalarials (malaria prevention tablets) if appropriate for the area (see below). No antimalarials are 100% effective but taking them in combination with mosquito bite avoidance measures will give substantial protection against malaria.
Diagnosis – Travellers who develop a fever of 38°C [100°F] or higher more than one week after being in a malaria risk area, or who develop any symptoms suggestive of malaria within a year of return should seek immediate medical care. Emergency standby treatment may be considered for those going to remote areas with limited access to medical attention.

  • There is a high risk of malaria in all areas of Tanzania below 1,800m (including Zanzibar): atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycycline OR mefloquine recommended.
  • There is no risk of malaria above 1,800m: bite avoidance recommended

Altitude illness in Tanzania
There is a point of elevation in this country higher than 2,500 metres. An example place of interest: Mt Kilimanjaro 5,895m.

Travellers should spend a few days at an altitude below 3,000m. Where possible travellers should avoid travel from altitudes less than 1,200m to altitudes greater than 3,500m in a single day. Ascent above 3,000m should be gradual. Travellers should avoid increasing sleeping elevation by more than 500m per day and ensure a rest day (at the same altitude) every three or four days. Acetazolamide can be used to assist with acclimatization, but should not replace gradual ascent. Travellers who develop symptoms of AMS (headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and sleep disturbance) should avoid further ascent. In the absence of improvement or with progression of symptoms the first response should be to descend.

Trip Highlights:

Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, lies just three degrees south of the equator and is permanently snow-capped.

lt offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability.

The trek takes you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest.

The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

One day (day 5) for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Full Moon view Summit on day 7!

Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment!

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