Kilimanjaro Trek

Kilimanjaro Trek Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro is the great, iconic mountain of Africa, and we can confidently say that Fitways offers the finest Kilimanjaro trek, most unique and adventurous route to its summit. Our expedition begins in arguably the finest wildlife hotspot on earth, experiencing colourful Tanzanian culture, and bizarre and unique high-altitude environments, before arriving on the roof of the Continent.

While the most popular routes up Kili are over-crowded, with climbers sleeping (or not sleeping) in grim 16 person huts, Fitways takes the quieter, little-known, yet arguably most spectacular Lemosho route. We camp in two person tents, and have the most achievable and safest ascent profile, giving you the best chance of succeeding. This has resulted in a 100% success rate so far on our trips.

That said, Kili is tough. Summit day can be a gruelling 16 hour slog, so climbers will need to have a good level of entry fitness, and ideally have completed one of our training weekends prior to Kili.

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“What an amazing week! The scenery, the atmosphere and the sense of achievement is something I will never forget. Summit day was tough but with such an amazing leader and support crew I was determined to reach the top – I honestly don’t think I would have made it with any other leader! Nick was born for the mountains and it was an absolute pleasure to spend a week climbing this awesome mountain with him! If you are looking for an adventure and challenge then this is the climb to do!”

“My Kilimanjaro trip with Fitways was, without a doubt, the best thing I have ever done. The difference between a Fitways trip vs others out there is the attention given to every tiny detail to ensure that you get the most from your adventure and gives memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Starting with the route itself, the Lemosho trail allows you to see the mountain in all its glory, plus has the added benefit of currently being very underused meaning you pretty much have it to yourself giving you an experience that many others will miss out on. The 7 day Fitways schedule gives you adequate acclimatisation so we all reached the top in best possible shape which made reaching the summit all the more breathtaking as you could truly take in the surroundings and what you’ve just achieved! What’s more, you have the benefit of a Western guide plus the handpicked Kili guides, the combination of which gives you absolutely everything you could need in terms of mountain experience and local knowledge (I came back with the ability to converse in Swahili!). Despite some initial reservations about the size of the task ahead, Nick and our guides made every single element of the climb achievable and more importantly an absolute pleasure at all times – there was not one moment of on the entire trip that I could have asked for more.

Keep it up Fitways, can’t wait for the next adventure!”

$2,900 (USD)
9 days in Tanzania, 7 days on the mountain
Daily walking time:
4 to 9 hours (up to 16 on summit day)
Max team size:
15 – 23 Febuary 2020

Experience required:

To approach this trek, you need a good level of base fitness, a positive mental attitude and ideally some experience of trekking at altitude


Day 1

Arrive at JRO (Kilimanjaro Airport)
You will be greeted by a Fitways representative and driven to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

A three-hour drive from Moshi brings you to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. Here we will complete the necessary registration before driving to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades where you will start trekking through the rain forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are magnificent and add another dimension to your experience. Your trek will be along a little used track known as Chamber’s Route. You will camp in the rain forest at Shira One Camp.

Day 3

MTI MKUBWA to SHIRA TWO CAMP (3,718 metres)
After breakfast, we will start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a very long day trek with an altitude gain of 1,100m. A great lunch stop is at the beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 3,048m. After which you cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you’ll get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro. We hike eastwards across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular.

Day 4

Today’s the last of the “easy days”. It’s about a 7 hour superb hike. You pass the Lava Tower, around the southern flank of Kibo, and slowly descend to Baranco, your most spectacular campsite, at the foot of Kibo Peak, which looms high above. Your camp is only 141 feet higher than where you were last night, but our walk will have taken you just over 4,267m today. This is an extremely valuable acclimatization day.

Day 5

BARANCO HUT to KARANGA CAMP (4,033 metres)
After breakfast, your first obstacle is to breach the Baranco Wall, a 600-foot rock. Once over wall, the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks on your left. Then you descend to the Karanga Valley – Another amazing overnight location.

Day 6

KARANGA CAMP to BARAFU (4,673 metres)
The air is starting to get quite thin, and you will be running short of breath as you climb out of the Karanga Valley. It is a slow tough hike/scramble up to Barafu hut. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. Go to bed early as you’ll be up at midnight for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak – the summit.

Day 7

Dress warmly, because we start climbing around midnight, on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon will provide enough light, and we’ll reach Stella Point by sunrise. (About 6 hours) At dawn, from the Crater rim, rugged Mawenzi is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater’s ice-walls looming ahead. If you feel strong enough, you should continue to Uhuru Peak (1-2 hours) This is the highest point in Africa, and the world’s highest solitary peak (5,895 metres). This is the toughest day that most trekkers have ever experienced. You will have ascended 1,097 metres and descended 2,194 metres in a period of 13-16 hours. Although the descent is far less tiring, it’s a good idea to have a little rest once in a while as you continue down to Mweka Hut (3-4 hours from the top).

Day 8

In the morning we walk out of the park through the to Mweka Gate. After a welcome lunch it’s time to say “kwaheri” to the porters. We then get a lift back to the hotel and a well-deserved beer. This all takes 6 to 7 hours. (The walk and the ride — not the beer). Drinks, dinner and a comfortable bed.

Day 9

Transfer to the airport.


What’s Included?

The Fitways Adventures goal is to provide you with a stress & hassle free trip a cut above the rest. We go the extra mile to organize everything using quality sources so you can sit back and enjoy the trip. We don’t want to be one of the companies guiding trains of people up the mountain, so we limit our group size to 8, giving you a more personal service

Customer feedback from clients going on other trips is that they were surprised at the extra costs they incurred and were frustrated by having to continually pay out additional money. Because of this, we want to give you a single price to ensure that there are no nasty surprises once you’ve arrived in Tanzania. Therefore, the only items you’ll need to pay for are the guide/porter tip (Customary on Kilimanjaro), any additional food and drink and any gifts you want to buy. The only additional costs to you are your international flights, travel insurance and the visa required for entering Tanzania ($50 for a 30 day visa – processed on entry).

While this trek may appear more expensive than those offered by competitors – look closely at what is included.

We Included:

  • 7 days, 6 nights on the mountain. Many trips take only 5 days, 4 nights meaning you spend much of you time suffering with altitude sickness. Worse still, in our view, to attempt to climb to an altitude of nearly 6,000m in little over 3 days is extremely dangerous and likely to encourage the onset of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)
  • Local guides with good English and a sound knowledge of local flora & fauna.
  • International Mountain Leader (British). First-aid qualified with extensive experience of operating at high altitudes.
  • Accommodation. We stay in a pleasant hotel on the outskirts of Moshi. It includes a restaurant, bar and outside pool. You will usually be sharing a twin room.
  • Porters to carry equipment – each person will have a 10kg weight allowance – please note that our porters are professionally kitted out and fully insured.
  • Oxygen – we take safety extremely seriously on these trips and as a precaution, we carry a spare oxygen tank and mask for use in emergencies.
  • Hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag) – again, this is for use in emergencies and gives you peace of mind. These are proven to be extremely effective for dealing with cases of altitude-induced mountain sickness.
  • Pick-up from Kilimanjaro airport
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a hotel in Moshi, including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • All Permits on the mountain (National Park Fees – over $100/day)
  • 6 nights’ accommodation on the mountain (2 person tents with plenty of room), including breakfast, packed lunch & 3 course dinner
  • Water (due to environmental considerations, we do not buy bottled water on the hill, we purify our own)

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Lunch on the day of arrival or departure
  • Drinks in the Hotel (Water is included)
  • Arrival Visa in Tanzania ($50 as of Aug 2018)
  • Tip for the guides & porters – This is a customary part of any Kilimanjaro Trip (Budget £150/person)
  • Laundry
  • Any additional meals and drinks you may decide to purchase
Main Bag

This will be used to carry all your belongings in the plane’s hold and used to store any items you don’t need while trekking. This can be left behind at the hotel in Moshi at no extra cost. Standard airline allowance is normally between 20kg and 30kg – you may also want to leave some space for souvenirs.

Trekking Bag

This will be used to carry all the items you won’t be carrying on the trip itself – this will be given to the porters. Ideally, this is a rugged duffle bag that you don’t mind being bashed around a bit. It is recommended that clothing is kept within a dry bag in a holdall to prevent it from getting wet. The recommended size is 110 litres and the weight allowance for your bag is 10kg. If you wish to pay extra for a larger weight allowance, this can be arranged.

Daysack / Rucksack

Recommended 30-35 litres – this will be used to carry personal effects during the trek. You’ll be reunited with your duffle bag at the end of each day when we arrive at the accommodation. Your Group Leader will give you a briefing on what you need to carry, but to give you a rough idea, it will include water, waterproofs, warm hat & gloves, sun cream, water, first aid kit, notepad, camera, snacks. Please note that rucksacks are generally shower proof and not waterproof. Therefore it is advised that you put your kit into dry bags within your pack to prevent your items from getting wet.

Want to do it your way?

If you have a group size of 4 or more people, and have ideas for a different itinerary just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss possibilities.

Don’t want to leave?

You book your flights so you can set the dates, if you want to extend your trip feel free.

Visa On Entry

Tanzania is one of the few countries which offer UK citizens the convenience of being able to obtain a visa on arrival. All you need to do is:

  • Complete a visa application form in the airport upon arrival in Tanzania
  • Have your fee in hard currency cash ($50 USD) – 90 days multiple-entry
  • Stand in queue

Note: You will need a yellow fever certificate if you are traveling from any country that has a yellow fever endemic – this includes a transit period of 12 hrs or more.

Arranging a visa before you travel

If you’d rather arrange your visa in advance, you can do so by downloading and completing the application form.

You can then apply in person at the Tanzania High Commission, 3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS

Applications submitted in Person at the Consular

Opening Times: 10am – 12.30pm: Visa applications (strictly adhere to the set times) Visa Collection: 14.00pm – 15.30pm

Note: The office is open on weekdays except on UK and Tanzania National holidays

Visa applications can be submitted on behalf of other applicants.  Children require visas and fee is same as adults. There is no appointment system.  Submit the following for each application:

  • A completed visa application form
  • Original passport, which must be valid for at least the next 6 months from date of application
  • 2 recent passport photographs (scanned photos printed on ordinary paper will not be accepted)
  • Visa fee £40.00 in cash/postal order payable to Tanzania High Commission

Tourist/Holiday visa: single entry only. Double Entry allows entry into Tanzania for a second time if travelling from [Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi only] during the validity of the visa.

Safety First

Valid travel insurance is essential in order for you to take part in a Fitways trek.

You will need cover for medical expenses and emergency repatriation in the event of illness or injury, including cover in the event that you need to be evacuated from the mountain by helicopter. Fitways also recommend that your policy includes cancellation protection as deposits paid cannot be refunded.

Before you leave the UK

As with all foreign travel, it is advisable that you check the latest information and advice on your destination. For UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice, see


In order to get the most from a trip, it is important that you stay fit and healthy while you’re abroad. This can be greatly helped by a little advanced preparation and knowledge

Although there are no mandatory vaccinations for this trip (see section on yellow fever), we do recommend the following:-

  • Polio,
  • Tetanus,
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B – low risk
  • Yellow Fever – low risk
  • Diphtheria
  • Malaria – antimalarial medication is recommended
Yellow Fever

If you are traveling from (or been in transit for over 12 hours) any of the following countries then you will need to produce a yellow fever certificate:

Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Coasta Rica, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French, Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sao Tome and Principle, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Uganda and Venezuela.

Further information can be seen on the Tanzanian High Commission Web Site – Click here.

Note: We have been asked to produce a Yellow Fever certificate on arrival in Tanzania but have been allowed entry having explained we are traveling from the UK.

We always recommend that you consult your GP or a Travel Health Clinic well in advance of your departure for the latest information.


With Tanzania being only three degrees south of the Equator, it is the altitude which affects the temperature as the trek progresses. Day-time temperatures on the lower parts of Mount Kilimanjaro are often pleasantly warm, even hot, although a brief rain shower in the afternoon is always possible. As soon as the sun goes down the air temperature becomes cold – well below freezing on the higher sections.

Electric Supply & Plugs

The electricity supply in Tanzania is 240V. They use the standard UK sockets so no adaptors are required. There will be no available electricity supply on the trek itself so do ensure you have plenty of spare batteries.


Wi-fi is available at the hotel in Moshi. There is also mobile phone reception. During the trek there are sections where you will be able to pick up a mobile signal.

How long should it take?

Standing at 5,895m, Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Whilst there are several routes to summit, Fitways Adventure take the quieter, little-known, yet arguably most spectacular Lemosho route to the roof of Africa, Uhuru Peak.

The Lemosho route is considered to be the best route. This is for several reasons but most importantly due to the time it allows you to spend on the mountain. The Lemosho route gives you 7 days on the mountain, an adequate amount of time to acclimatise. The route maximises the chance of reaching the summit whilst ensuring that you can enjoy the overall experience thanks to its acclimatisation schedule.

The route we take ensures that you gain height at a safe pace, giving us several opportunities to climb higher, and sleep lower, keeping you in the best shape possible for a safe and successful summit. Trying to save time and money by cutting the number of days on the mountain is very dangerous and reduces your chance of summiting. Pushing yourself at altitude and ascending too quickly increases your chance of getting altitude sickness, which puts you at a huge risk, as well as affecting your teammates and leaders.

On previous Kilimanjaro treks, we have witnessed far too many climbers suffering from severe altitude sickness. Many were still pushing to reach the summit encouraged by local guides focused on their tip. This high risk strategy is both complete madness and incredibly selfish. In two separate cases, abandoned by their teammates, the stricken climbers were being assisted by their assistant guides who had no medical training or equipment. Fortunately, we were able to administer lifesaving oxygen, high altitude drugs and assist (i.e. carry) these individuals back down to safety. We later discovered they were both on budget charity trips and trying to climb the mountain in just 5 days to save money. This really needs to stop. While considerably more expensive, in our view 7 days is the absolute minimum time needed to climb Kilimanjaro. There are many ways to save money but skimping on your Kilimanjaro climb should not be one of them.

Clothing & Footwear
  • 3 pairs of warm walking socks (suggest wool – no nylon)
  • 3 pairs of lighter weight socks (ideal for use with trainers around camp)
  • Lightweight shoes (trainers/trail shoes are ideal) for evenings or lower on the trail as well as in towns & cities
  • Walking boots (Warm, Reasonably sturdy & worn in) It is advisable to wear them on the ’plane so that in the event that your baggage goes astray, you’ll have them with you
  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • Base layer trousers or thermals (useful for sleeping and during summit day)
  • Walking Trousers (A light weight and warm pair)
  • Waterproof trousers (ideally lightweight – it’s not essential that these are made of a breathable material)
  • 2 x base layer (ideally long-sleeved)
  • 4 T-shirts (not cotton- light colours are cooler)
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Heavyweight fleece (or soft-shell)
  • Down jacket (medium weight)*
  • Waterproof jacket (breathable e.g. Gore-Tex)
  • 3 x Liner gloves
  • 2 x Warm gloves or mitts (lightweight gloves are not sufficient)
  • Buff (great when the trails get dusty)
  • 2 warm hats (something that will cover your ears)
  • Balaclava
  • Sun hat (ideally a light colour)
  • Walking shorts (great for lower elevations)
  • Sunglasses (must be Category 4 rated)
  • Rucksack (daypack 30 – 35 Litres)
  • Water bottle (3 x 1 Litres) No Camelbaks or metal bottles on summit day
  • Lightweight flask (0.5 – 1L) Great for summit day
  • Snow goggles (optional)
  • Walking poles*
  • Head torch and 3 sets of spare batteries

*These can be hired inexpensively when you arrive

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping Bag (Comfort Rated -10°C to -18°C) Please store in dry bag*
  • Thermarest Mattress
  • Compeed or equivalent
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Sun cream (minimum Factor 30)
  • Lip salve (high factor)
  • Water purification tablets or solution
  • Drink Powders (to make the water taste better)
  • Nail clippers
  • Foot powder or cream (antifungal)
  • Camera and spare batteries/charger
  • Notepad and pen
  • Contact lenses (& glasses as a back-up) – the dust on the treks can be very irritating
  • All the contact lens solution you will need for the trip
  • Glasses (Avoid metal rims as they may freeze to your face during the summit climb
  • Zip Lock plastic bags and dry bags (Essential) – perfect for keeping your kit organised & dry
  • Kit Bag for the porters (Around 120L) Barrel shaped bags (waterproof) are ideal. This item can be hired on arrival
  • Small padlock
  • Cash (USD) for the tip at the end of the climb (small denominations) and celebratory drinks
  • Spare kit bag (small) to leave any excess clothing at the hotel in the storeroom
Personal Items
  • Toilet paper & lighter
  • Wash kit (including  biodegradable soap & shampoo) – please keep any heavy items, including cosmetics, to a minimum; Travel size options recommended. If you are travelling as a group consider sharing these items on the mountain.
Optional Items (recommended)
  • Ear plugs (great for ensuring a good night’s sleep)
  • Eye mask (Very useful if your room mate wants to read)
  • Books or e-reader  (there will be plenty of free time most afternoons/evenings)
  • iPod
  • Travel towel (you will be provided with hot water in the mornings and evenings)
  • Wet wipes (A great way to freshen up)
  • Antibacterial hand gel (excellent for preventing the spread of bugs/illness)
  • Small can of deodorant
  • small can of air freshener (improves the toilet experience)
  • Hip Flask
  • Hand Cream
  • Moisturiser (skin can get a little dry)
  • Coffee (the local coffee is a little week)
  • Chemical hand warmers (great for summit day)
  • Trail food – chocolate, energy bars etc
  • Swimming costume (for hotel pool)
General Supplies
  • Antiseptic. A good choice is povidone-iodine (Betadine)
  • 10cm rolled cotton bandages (ideally elasticated)
  • 10cm elastic bandage (for sprains and to hold dressings)
  • Four 10cm by 10cm gauze pads (for bandaging wounds or burns)
  • Compeed – for foot blisters – apply early (as soon as you can feel a ‘hot spot’.
  • Scissors
  • 10 Assorted sticking plasters
  • Roll of 2.5cm tape (micropour)
  • Tweezers  – for splinters
  • Triangular bandage (slings and splints)
  • Antibiotic eye drops
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen, 400mg, 20 tablets)
  • Antihistamine
  • Hydrocortison 1% cream (one tube)
  • Loperamide (e.g. Imodium; 20 tablets)
  • Paracetamol, (500mg; 20 tablets)
  • Motion sickness tablets if you suffer from Travel sickness.
  • Laxative
  • Rehydration tablets/salts – Recovery
  • Throat lozenges
Altitude Sickness

Diamox (Acetazolamide) (250mg; 20 tablets), 125mg or 250mg every 12 hrs

Master First Aid Kit Carried by Group Leader
  • Antiseptic. A good choice is povidone-iodine (Betadine)
  • 10cm rolled cotton bandages (ideally elasticated)
  • 10cm elastic bandage (for sprains and to hold dressings)
  • Four 10cm by 10cm gauze pads (for bandaging wounds or burns)
  • Wound Dressings
  • Compeed – for blisters
  • Paper stitches – Steri-strips
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle – to drain blisters and remove splinters
  • 10 Assorted sticking plasters
  • Roll of 2.5cm tape (micro pour)
  • Tweezers
  • Triangular bandage (slings and splints)
  • Thermometer
  • Gloves
  • Gaffer Tape
  • First Aid manual
  • O2 Saturation & Heart Rate monitor.
  • Antibiotic eye drops
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen, 400mg, 20 tablets)
  • Azithromycin (500mg; three tablets) –  a general purpose antibiotic
  • Decongestant (eg pseudoephedrine; 10 tablets)
  • Diphenhydramine (e.g. Benadryl, 25mg or 50mg; 10-20 tablets) – antihistamine
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream (one tube)
  • Loperamide (e.g. Imodium; 20 tablets)
  • Ciproflaxin (10 tablets). Excellent for diarrhoea caused by bacteria. 1 dose followed by a 2nd dose 12 hrs later.
  • Paracetamol, (500mg; 40 tablets)
  • Potent Painkiller, such as acetaminophen with hydrocodone, or acetaminophen with codeine (eg Vicodin; 20 tablets)
  • Aspirin (300-600mg; 40 tablets)
  • Tinidazole (500mg; 12 tablets). A good choice for Amoebic Dysentery. 2g one per day for 3 days. Also the best cure for Giardiasis.
  • Motion sickness tablets for long bus rides.
  • Laxative, such as dulcolax tablets or suppositories
  • Rehydration salts
  • Throat lozenges
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Diamox (Acetazolamide) (250mg; 40 tablets), 125mg or 250mg every 12 hrs (AMS & HACE)
  • Dexamethasone (4m, 20 tablets)
  • Nifedipine. Nifedipine (10mg every eight hours) for High-altitude pulmonary oedema

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