Lemosho8 Fixed Departures

Below you’ll find a full list of our Lemosho8 fixed departures for the year ahead. To enquire about availability or to reserve a place on one of our open climbs, visit the Kilimanjaro section of the Gane and Marshall website, or get in touch with us via our enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

Outline itinerary

Day/ProfileOutline
Day 1
Distance: 5km
Time: 3 hours
Altitude gain: 350m
Terrain: Rainforest
Depart from Moshi/Arusha for Londorossi Gate (4 hour drive), where you will complete your registrations and entry formalities. Then, a further 1 hour’s drive to the Lemosho trailhead at Lemosho Glades (2,100m).

Begin the trek through verdant rainforest to the first campsite at Big Tree (2,750m).
Day 2
Distance: 8km
Time: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain: 750m
Terrain: Moorland
The trail leads out of the forest and onto the moorland – a dramatic landscape of giant heather trees and volcanic rock – before dropping down into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau, and Shira I campsite (3,500m).

Today you can expect to get your first close views of Kibo, the dramatic summit cone of Kilimanjaro.
Day 3
Distance: 7km (10km via Cathedral)
Time: 3 hours
Altitude gain: 400m
Terrain: Moorland
A two to three hour trek east across Shira Plateau, via Simba Camp (3,720m) to our camp on the eastern slopes of Shira Caldera. The camp is located at Shira Hut (3,900m), about an hour’s walk from Simba. There is the option of extending this route by 1-2 hours by starting the day with a climb to Shira Cathedral (3,860m) – for stunning views and good acclimatisation.

(Today is included as an additional acclimatisation day and is specific to our Lemosho 8 and 9 climb itineraries.)
Day 4
Distance: 10km
Time: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain: 600m (during walk)
Terrain: Moorland
Trek to Kilimanjaro’s southern flank, past Lava Tower and Arrow Glacier, and then down the dramatic Barranco Valley to Barranco Camp at 3,900m. You will ascend to over 4,500m during today’s trek.

The camp at Barranco is one of the most spectacular on Kilimanjaro, with incredible views.
Day 5
Distance: 5km
Time: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 200m
Terrain: Semi-desert
Climb to the top of Barranco Wall this morning – a steep and fairly challenging climb. From the top you can, on a clear day, admire views of Meru and the plains far below. Continue along the ridge to Karanga Valley Camp (4,100m).

In the afternoon, an optional and highly useful acclimatization trek to just below the glaciers, which will allow you to try scree walking.
Day 6
Distance: 4km
Time: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 580m
Terrain: Alpine desert
Follow the traverse route to reach Barafu Ridge Camp (4,680m), progressing at a steady pace on account of the altitude. The trek up Barafu Ridge is tough and exposed to cross winds and the elements. Dinner will be early with an afternoon sleep to rest before the summit trek.

In the afternoon, the option of a short trek that will take you a few hundred feet higher. Do not take up this option if feel you need to rest, however.
Day 7
Distance: 5km up, 12km down
Time: 11-15 hours
Altitude gain: 1,200m
Terrain: Arctic
Rise after midnight to commence the trek up the scree slopes between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, arriving at Stella Point on the rim around dawn. Then continue around the rim to Uhuru Point, the roof of Africa! A few precious moments to enjoy the view before descending the scree via Barafu Ridge to Mweka High Camp (3,820m), and rest – well done!
Day 8
Distance: 9km
Time: 4-6 hours
Terrain: Rainforest
Descend 4-6 hours, through moorland and rainforest, to Mweka Gate for a picnic lunch, presentation of certificates and group photos.

After lunch, you will be met and driven to your hotel.

View the full Lemosho8 climb itinerary (pdf)

Departure dates

These are fully-inclusive climbs and run to the highest standards. Our group sizes are typically 8-12, with a maximum of 15. Read more about our Kilimanjaro open groups.

Trip dateAvailabilityClimb confirmed
03/10/2017FullCross
17/10/2017LimitedCross
05/12/2017Yes
19/12/2017Yes
27/12/2017Yes
16/01/2018YesCross
30/01/2018Yes
13/02/2018YesCross
05/06/2018Yes
26/06/2018Yes
10/07/2018Yes
31/07/2018Yes
14/08/2018Yes
04/09/2018YesCross
18/09/2018Yes
02/10/2018Yes
09/10/2018Yes

Price guide

The cost of this climb is £2,525 (US$ 3,025), applicable to all of our 8-day Lemosho route open groups departing in 2017. For 2018 rates and dates, please contact us.

Included in the climb cost

  • Half board accommodation at the start and end of your climb.
  • Airport transfers for Kilimanjaro International or Arusha Airport to and from Arusha.
  • Transfers from the hotel to and back from the mountain.
  • The climbs are full-board with all fees included.
  • We allocate one qualified mountain guide to every two climbers.
  • Our cooks, tent staff and porters are well paid and well trained as per the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project guidelines.
  • Emergency oxygen.
  • Jeremy Gane (21 times climber of Kilimanjaro and organiser of several high profile groups, including the 2009 Red Nose Day expedition for Comic Relief) will help you choose your climb and will look after your booking.
  • Flying Doctor cover

Excluded from the climb cost

  • International flights
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary (before and after climb)
  • Tips & drinks.

Discounts and Gifts
Group founders may be eligible for a discount on their trip costs, in addition to a free map. We give one free 1:75000 Kili map and guide to every two climbers.

All climbers get extensive information about the itinerary, kit, and training.

Wrong date?

If none of our open climbs fit your schedule, consider setting up your own open group through us. You choose a route and time of year that works for you, and we’ll promote your group to increase the group size and help bring down your costs. Alternatively, consider a private Kilimanjaro climb.


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