9 Days Lemosho Route Overnight Crater

Tour Overview

Crater Camp is a unique place. At 18,865 feet above sea level, it is the highest campsite on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is located just 475 feet below the summit. We offer the opportunity to stay at Crater Camp on the Lemosho and Northern Circuit routes. This option will add one day to the standard itineraries making them the 9 Lemosho Crater Route

We leave for the summit during daylight hours and stay at Crater Camp after the summit for better acclimatization. On all other Kilimanjaro routes, only the guides and clients summit while the rest of the mountain crew remains at high camp (i.e. Barafu). Using Crater Camp requires significantly more effort on our part as the entire mountain crew, along with all of the expedition equipment, has to ascend 4,000 feet higher than they normally would. Therefore, there is considerable added cost to do a Crater Camp route.

From Crater Camp, one can take an optional one hour hike to Reusch Crater, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Reusch Crater is a magnificent sight. It is almost perfectly circular and the ash pit measures 400 feet (120 m) deep and 1,300 feet (400 m) wide. This is rarely seen by tourists. The video below puts the size of the ash pit and crater into perspective.

We understand the attraction of staying at Crater Camp. However, the drawback of sleeping at this high altitude is that it is pretty dangerous. Serious AMS can develop if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieve.

Lemosho ROUTE ELEVATIONS

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:- Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.


  • Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: BLD
Day 2:- Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.


  • Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Health
  • Meals: BLD
Day 3:- Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.


  • Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 11 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heath
  • Meals: BLD
Day 4:- Moir Hut to Lava Tower and then Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization


  • (Moir Hut to Lava Tower) - Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
  • (Moir Hut to Lava Tower) - Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • (Moir Hut to Lava Tower) - Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • (Moir Hut to Lava Tower) - Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • (Lava Tower to Barranco Camp) - Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
  • (Lava Tower to Barranco Camp) - Distance: 3 km/2 miles
  • (Lava Tower to Barranco Camp) - Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  • (Lava Tower to Barranco Camp) - Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5:- Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.


  • Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
Day 6:- Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.


  • Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
  • Distance: 4 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
Day 7:- Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak and then Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp

During normal morning hours, we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We ascend for several hours at a slow but steady pace while taking frequent, but short, breaks. The trail turns into heavy scree as we make the steep climb to the crater rim. At Stella Point (18,900 ft), we see the summit sign in the distance. We continue the around the crater rim until finally we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
We then descend a short distance to Crater Camp, where the rest of the staff will join us to set up camp. There is an option to hike to Reutsch Crater and the ash pit, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Sleeping at this high altitude can be dangerous.


  • (Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak) - Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
  • (Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak) - Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • (Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak) - Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • (Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak) - Habitat: Arctic
  • (Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp) - Elevation: 19,341 ft to 18,865 ft
  • (Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp) - Distance: 1 km/.6 miles
  • (Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp) - Hiking Time: 0.5-1 hours
  • (Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp) - Habitat: Artic
Day 8:-Crater Camp to Mweka Camp

From Crater Camp, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


  • Elevation: 18,865 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Artic
Day 9:-Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate then Drive you to your Hotel in Moshi or Arusha

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. After taking the certificates we drive you back to your Hotel in Moshi.


  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Itinerary Map

Includes

  • 2 night’s accommodation in Moshi or Arusha is included
  • Park entry fees
  • Camping fees
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Ox meter
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Emergency first-aid kit

Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Tips for porters, Guide, Cook and Assistant Guide
  • Tips to the mountain staff
  • Flights or overland transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha town
  • Visas
  • Meals other than breakfast while in Arusha or Moshi
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Hotel upgrade costs if you decide to request an alternative hotel to the standard
  • Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc

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Matthew R.
Matthew R.
2021-03-15
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Amazing Experience for Inexperienced Climbers **I actually went on this tour in early March 2020 but forgot to write the review because the world fell apart when we came off the mountain! And TripAdvisor only lets you post trip reviews with dates within the past year. I was reminded of the trip in March 2021 because of the one-year anniversary of my summit, and I needed to give this company the amazing props they deserve!** I would highly recommend this tour company to anyone! Me (22M at the time) and my friend (21M at the time) had always wanted to climb this mountain but had no climbing experience and lived close to sea level. My friend reached out to Emmanuel and he set us up with the 8 day Lemosho route. The whole process was easy, and he gave us plenty of tips on what to pack! The customer service was great the whole trip from Emmanuel, and the quick responses to our questions prior to the trip made the trip prep easy. I was picked up immediately by a very friendly man named Joseph despite my flight landing two hours late. We drove about 45 minutes to the hotel, where I met up with my friend who had arrived earlier in the day. The next morning, my friend and I had breakfast at the hotel and met the third member of our group, a German (30M) who we quickly befriended and shared stories with during the climb. We then drove to the TJT office and met Emmanuel and the whole gang. Our head guide, Ringo (Like Ringo Starr as he would say!), checked all our gear and made sure we were good to go. After a couple hours drive, we arrived at Londorosi Gate, the start of our Lemosho route. The route we took went as follows: Day 1: Londorosi Gate to Mt Mkubwa. 2250m to 2650m (400m elevation gain) and about 2-3 hours of climbing. Day 2: Mt. Mkubwa to Shira 1. 2650m to 3610m (960m elevation gain) and about 4-5 hours of climbing Day 3: Shira 1 to Cathedral Point to Shira 2: 3610m to 3895m to 3850m (285m elevation gain) and about 5-6 hours of climbing Day 4: Shira 2 to Lava Tower to Barranco: 3850m to 4600m to 3950m (750m elevation gain) and about 6-7 hours of climbing Day 5: Barranco to Karanga: 3950m to 3995m (45m elevation gain) and about 3-4 hours of climbing Day 6: Karanga to Barafu Hut: 3995m to 4673m (678m elevation gain) and about 2-3 hours of climbing Day 7: Barafu Hut to Uhuru Peak: 4673m to 5895m (1222m elevation gain) and about 6-7 hours of climbing. Followed by a descent all the way to Mweka Hut after a brief rest at Barafu Hut (about 6-7 hours of descending) Day 8: Mweka Hut to the park gate (about 3-4 hours of descending) We took it slow given our group's limited climbing experience and need to acclimate. All three of us got altitude sickness the night we made it to Barranco Camp, but after a couple hours we felt much better. Summit night was very difficult for all of us but was extremely rewarding when we made it to the top. The views were indescribable and we could even see Kenya! The ease of our trip wouldn't have been possible without Ringo, his assistant guide Modi, and all the porters who were patient with us as we snailed up the mountain. They told great stories, had great attitudes, and pushed us when we needed the extra motivation on the harder days. It was one of the best weeks of my life and was a great way to bond with my friend and make new friends along the way!
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2021-02-25
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Recommended!!! Me and my husband climbed Kilimanjaro at 2019 using Tanzania Joy tour. I was sick couldnt reached the top. But my husband made it perfectly. Second time, in 2021 I didn't want to take a risk about looking for another tour agent. I just trust Tanzania Joy. So I decided to back to Emmanuel (Tanzania Joy) and consulting about the trip. He is responsible. He gave me perfect team (guide, porters, cook, etc). I have Asthma, bronchitist and alergic of cold. Few weeks before climb, I got injury on my knee. Emmanuel ensure me that he will give me the best guide so I can reach the top this time. He will provide the guide all the things that I need for safety. (Notes: I bring my own personal medicine) And he is right! If not because of the guide (Mr. Ringo) and his assistant ( Kaka Rama) I am sure I already gave up that time and couldnt reach the Uhuru peak. Mr. Ringo is really really smart and supportive to customer. His team is perfectly good. They are funny and solid. The food was great! Here I am! Very satisfied and happy!
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2021-01-26
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Sommet du Kilimandjaro atteint ! Merci à Tanzania Joy Tours qui nous a accompagné jusqu'au sommet du Kilimandjaro avec le magnifique lever du soleil ! Emmanuel le gérant est très disponible pour tout programmer et nous conseiller ! De l'arrivée à l'aéroport à l'hôtel de fin d'ascension tout était parfaitement organisé. Son équipe est formidable, attentionnée, professionnelle. L'ascension fut très agréable, ainsi que chacune des personnes de l'équipe ! Un grand merci et une grande admiration pour leur travail à nos côtés : Living, Johnny, Robert, David et Hussen ! La cuisine parfaite, copieuse et variée ! Un grand merci à Adam le cuisinier, et à son assistant Izackiiii ! 😁 Les guides Regan et Kelvin sont aux petits soins, une amitié s'installe rapidement. Ils sont motivants, connaissent parfaitement bien cet environnement et sont très professionnels quand les difficultés liées à l'altitude se font ressentir ! Asante sana ! Pauline & Lucas
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2020-12-27
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Top Wir hatten eine super Zeit im Rahmen unserer Kilimanjaro Tour mit dem Dream-Team von Tanzania Joy Tours. Unsere Guides Patrick und Praygod haben einen super Rhythmus beim gehen und sie haben sich bestens um uns gesorgt. Das gesamte Team hat sich hervorragend um uns gekümmert - besser geht es nicht! Alle haben mit uns mitgefiebert :) Das Essen von unserem Koch Jeremia (Mr. delicious) war ausgezeichnet, abwechslungsreich und mehr als ausreichend. Respekt den Porters gegenüber, welche das schwere Gepäck und Equipment tragen. Ein riesengroßes danke an das gesamte Team!
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2020-11-17
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Amazing experience in a private Kilimanjaro!!! Amazing experience!!! When i was looking for a company to arrange the trip Emmanuel from Joy Tour got back to us in seconds and was very reactive at any question we had. On arrival, we were picked up at the airport and took to the hotel where we meet straightaway our tour guide, Kelvin and Joseph. The trip was a dream coming true and this couldn’t be better with Kelvin and his team, that look after us like king!! Also because of Covid the mountain was completely empty. This is of course not good for business but for us was a unique scenario. We also were impressed by the food; the quality was definitely above our expectations considering that we were camping, but having a personal chef and waiter at 4000m plus after a long hike is just amazing. Big thank you to the porters team Thomas, Sebastian, David, Living, Iddi, Jacob, Frans. Waiter Izack Chef Adam And of course the head guide Kelvin and his assistant Joseph that without them we would never manage to get to the top. Will definitely recommend !!
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2020-11-01
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2020-10-20
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Yuliia S
Yuliia S
2020-09-26
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5-Day Marangu route and 5-Day Safari We planned our trip to Tansania shortly after COVID-19 measures in Germany were partially lifted and selected Tanzania Joy Tours. Emmanuel was very helpful, answered all questions promptly and prepared individual program based on our wishes and needs. We've pre-paid this tour only one week before the actual travel, nevertheless, everything was organised on a top level. A driver picked us at the airport and brought to Weru Weru lodge. In the morning a guide and a team have already been waiting for us and together we started our journey to Kilimanjaro. Team was amazing and very helpful. We received delicious meals, water (even in alpine desert area) and our guide Ringo and his assistant, Mudi, were very attentive and cared about us a lot. Even though summiting was very tough, thanks to Ringo's and Mudi' support, we made it to the Uhuru peak. After celebrating our success, we were brought back to Weru Weru lodge and proceeded to Serengeti early next morning. Safari was outstanding and our guide, Chris, and cook, Viktor, were very helpful and made our stay as awesome as possible. Chris is very knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts about wild animals. We've enjoyed plenty of game drives, watched two huntings, saw the great migration and visited the best parks in Tanzania: Serengeti and Ngorongoro. I would like to thank Tanzania Joy a lot for outstanding trip which put this beautiful country to the top list among all destinations we've visited (38 and 55 countries).
M M
M M
2020-08-19
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6-day Machame route & 5-day Safari After our initial trip to Georgia was cancelled due to covid 19, we contacted Emmanuel only 4 days before the start of our holidays. In no time, he draw a program for us and booked everything while he did not even received our money yet due to the fact that we booked only 2 days before we left. When we arrived at Kilimajaro airport, our driver was already here and greeted us with lots of smiles and « karibu » (meaning welcome). We started with the Kilimanjaro hike (Machame route). Patrick, Leonard (the guides), Jeremiah (the cook) and all their team (additionnaly 2 waiters and 6 porters) made a wonderful job taking care of us all the way to the top. We hiked in other countries before and never experienced such service : large tents where you can stand (also fits a table and chairs to eat!), comfortable mats (no need to bring yours), hot water for you to wash morning and evening if you like, tasty food (which they will adapt to your taste if you ask) and encouraging and smiling team all the way. Even if i did not try the last ascent to the top (i did not feel well), my boyfriend successfully did. The cherry on the cake was of course the fact that we were only 6 pax to climb the Machame route on that week due to covid 19. We had sun all the way and the moutain for us! Overall, a great experience. For your reference, we tipped the team 15% of the total cost of the hike. After a rest day in Moshi (Altezza Lodge which we fully recommend), we went for a 5 day safari covering Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Praygod was our tour guide for safari : he is a very knowledgeable, kind and elegant man. He took special interest in showing us the big 5. He chased the cheetah and leopard for hours for us to see and never counted work hours. Even if we did not catch the rhino in Ngorongoro, we had the chance to see one of the few (around 30!) rhinos of the Serengeti National Park. Car was perfect and lunch boxes always tasty. In Serengeti we stayed in Heritage Luxury Tented Camp (very nice) and near Tarangire & Ngorongoro we stayed in Karatu at Eileen’s Tree Inn (do not recommend) and Kudu Lodge (way better, 2 minutes away from Eileen’s Tree Inn). For your reference, tipping is around 20usd a day for your guide. All in all, the experience we had with TJT was wonderful, don’t hesitate to book with them and to send them your money, they are 100% reliable and act as they say. Again thank you Emmanuel for your responsiveness, reliability and flexibility! We wish you and your team all the best and lots of clients to come!
Peter F
Peter F
2020-03-14
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Lemosho Route Overall the trip was 5 star from start to finish. Everything ran smoothly, the food was great and the portions were huge. We booked the 7 day Lemosho route, however given myself and my friend were doing so well, our guide Ringo recommended we attempt the summit earlier therefore completing the trek in 6 days. We really appreciated the personalised touch. Emmanuel was very responsive and arranged an extra night at the hotel. The porters were also brilliant. I would highly recommend booking with TJT.

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