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Plains to Peak

The Ultimate Kilimanjaro Expedition

2 days acclimatisation in West Kilimanjaro Wilderness + 9 day Kilimanjaro Lemosho hike including night in Kibo caldera!

Why this itinerary?

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is the best ascent route but this offers the complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatisation time, more culture, more spectacular scenery and even a night in Kibo caldera - Plains to Peak!


Starting with 2 nights in a wilderness reserve in West Kilimanjaro with the possibility of seeing some of the biggest elephants left in Africa, this trip allows guests to see and learn more about the mountain that has fascinated European explorers since it was first sighted in 1849. The trip is fully supported with spacious guest tents, mattress and pillow as well as a mess tent with lightweight tables and chairs and all cutlery. Our trips also include a toilet tent in camp and most importantly knowledgeable professional guides that go through bi annual training. Our logistics team at our base monitors your trip from start to finish.


West Kilimanjaro private wilderness, Maasai culture, walking with Maasai, Amboseli elephants, Lemosho ascent of Kilimanjaro, afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!

In brief

1 Arusha
2 West Kilimanjaro
3 West Kilimanjaro
4 Kilimanjaro - Lemosho
5 Kilimanjaro - Shira 1
6 Kilimanjaro - Shira 2
7 Kilimanjaro - Lava Tower
8 Kilimanjaro - Karanga
9 Kilimanjaro - Barafu
10 Kilimanjaro - Crater
11 Kilimanjaro - Mweka
12 Kilimanjaro / Arusha
13 End

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 9 days

In Detail
(note all bookings include an in depth information pack)


On arrival you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well appointed hotel. In the afternoon there is a full briefing with the climbs Manager and your guide. Dinner is included at your hotel.

Overnight The Arusha Hotel (dinner)


After breakfast you depart by vehicle to West Kilimanjaro. Lunch is taken in camp before an afternoon game drive.

Overnight Hemingway's Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)


Today you have a full day of activities starting first thing with sunrise over Kilimanjaro! Here you have the freedom to meet and even walk with Maasai in the wilderness as well as game drives, night game drives and meals al fresco. Your guides are with you throughout to answer and explain the environment and history of this very special area.

Overnight Hemingway's Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)


From camp we set out in vehicles to the starting point of our Kilimanjaro climb, the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon.

Overnight Forest Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)


From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon.

Overnight Shira 1 Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)


After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides.

Overnight Shira 2 Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)


The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heath zone in to the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. A half day where lunch is taken in camp. In the afternoon, dependant on weather conditions, there is an option to scramble to the top of the nearby Lava Tower.

Overnight Lava Tower Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)


After 2 half days you now have a relatively long day to Karanga camp. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic - significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatisation and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you.

Overnight Karanga Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)


Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm.

Overnight Barafu Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)

DAY 10

Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, your hike selection affords you a day time ascent to Kibo crater. The going is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team the rim of Kibo is reached before descending a little way into the caldera to Crater camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of your guides.

Overnight Crater Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)

DAY 11

After a night in the crater you now have the shortest final summit bid of any route. With such a short distance to the summit from the crater (around 1 hour) means that timing arrival with the sunrise is much easier and quite spectacular. The summit of Kilimanjaro is the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. After your summit bid you then descend for a final night on the mountain at Mweka Camp passing back through the heath zone. Endemic Proteas, pollinated by Malachite Sunbirds are plentiful.

Overnight Mweka Camp (breakfast- lunch - dinner)

DAY 12

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!

Overnight The Arusha Hotel (breakfast- lunch - dinner)

DAY 13

Today a day room is held to allow time for packing and relaxing pre departure, or today you can join ongoing safari / adventure or beach trip extensions.

Day room The Arusha Hotel (breakfast - lunch)

End of Services

>> Follow on safaris include: Climbers Safari (3 days), The Big 5 (6 days), A Tanzanian Adventure (9 days)


please note that in 2011 we are only operating departures on demand rather than listing set dates. For a new departure we require just 2 people and 3 months notice.


  • For listed set departures please contact on of our tour operator partners (as us for a list).
  • For PRIVATE trips you can set up a trip on any date you like - again contact your tour operator for more info or ask us for more info on who to contact.


  • Trained Kilimanjaro guides (1 guide to 2 clients)
  • All relevant Kilimanjaro Park fees & rescue fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • all accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee & hot chocolate)


  • International flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Airport departure taxes (unless stated)
  • Laundry
  • Beverages in hotels (except those in your personal safari vehicle)
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency
Please note: in the event the listed accommodation is not available, alternative accommodation of a similar standard will be selected.

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