Lemosho-Barafu Crater Itinerary

Lemosho-Barafu Crater Route


Lemosho-Barafu Crater Itinerary

Lemosho-Barafu Crater Route



Day 1: Rainforest Zone

We enter the western gate of the park at approximately 7,700 feet and climb to approximately 9,000 feet and camp overnight at Big Tree Camp in a tropical rainforest. This part of the trip will consist of a trek through lush rainforest and the possibility of interacting with a variety of wildlife.

Day 2: Heather Zone

We climb from 9,000 feet to approximately 11,520 feet and camp overnight at Shira 1 Camp in the Heather Zone. Trekkers will be travelling through the Heather and Moorland Zones, consisting of more lush vegetation.

Day 3: Moorland Zone

We climb from 11,520 feet to approximately 13,700 and camp overnight at Moir Camp in the Moorland Zone. The landscape will begin to change to smaller plants and trekkers will start to travel through a more desert-like landscape.

Day 4: Great Baranco Wall

We climb from 13,700 feet to approximately 14,940 feet at Lava Tower. We then descend down to 13,000 feet and camp at Baranco Camp. We have spectacular views of the Baranco Wall. We camp at Baranco Camp.

Day 5: Karanga Valley

We climb from 13,000 feet to approximately 13,300 feet reaching the Karanga Valley. Our hike is short today, so we have plenty of time to relax, take pictures or read. We camp overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Barafu Camp

We climb from 13,300 feet to approximately 15,250 feet and camp overnight at Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is near the peak, and as a result provides us with the perfect views to take pictures. 


Starting at 15,250 feet, we will climb to 19,365 feet. We wake up at 6 am and hike approximately 7 hours to Stella Point. We stop for a short lunch and then continue our climb to the summit. After spending time at the summit, we will descend to camp overnight at Crater Camp (18,500 feet). 

Day 8: Mweka Camp

We climb from 18,500 feet down to Mweka Camp (approximately 10,000 feet) in the Tropical Rainforest Zone.

Day 9: Mweka Gate & Official Certificate

After breakfast, we continue to climb down to Mweka Gate, at 5,400 feet, where we sign the official register, have a cold drink, and get presented our official certificate by our Head Guide. We then head to our bus, where we leave for our hotel and a well-deserved shower.