Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route – 8 days
$2050 per person
Mt Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. We begin from the west, trekking in the fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers of the Heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit.
The total time on the mountain is 7 days but we recommend hiking the 8-day Lemosho route as it provides plenty of time for acclimatization and it also keeps the daily hiking distances very reasonable.
The Mt Kilimanjaro Lemosho route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
Departure Timemorning from Arusha
Return Timeafternoon to Arusha
Dress CodeComfortable trekking and athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedAccommondation per Tour DescriptionAll meals during safari as per itineraryDestinations transfers (airport transfer)Emergency Evacuation by Flying DoctorGovernment Taxes, VAT and all relating service chargesKnowledgeable driver/guidePark FeesRescue Fees
Not IncludedBeveragesDrinking water one bottle of 1.5 ltr a day while on safariFlightsMeals not listedOptional ToursPersonal Expenses (i.e. laundry and communications)Private 4x4 custom built vehicleTanzania VisaTips for guidesTrip & medical insurance
Day 1: Londorossi Gate 2,100 m/6,890 ft
Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more intimate hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on day four, the first three days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail. On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 12pm. Spend about an hour at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Please note that the arrival time at the gate may vary depending on road conditions. After registering at the gate, drive to the trailhead and enjoy a picnic lunch before starting the trek to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp. Pass through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon and relax for the rest of the day.
4-5 hours · +650 meters elevation: +2,133 ft.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp 2,652 m/8,700 ft
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho trailhead. We often have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through the beautiful and lush forest. This area has a variety of game, including buffalo. We camp at Mti Mkubwa Camp (8,700 ft).
2-3 hours · 2.9 miles elevation: +1,700 ft.
Day 3: Shira One 3,536 m/11,600 ft
We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the center of the plateau at Shira One (11,600 ft).
6-7 hours · 4.9 miles · elevation: +3,000 ft.
Day 4: Shira Hut 3,840 m/12,600 ft
An easy day to help acclimatization and to explore the volcanic rock formations of Shira Plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (12,800 ft) before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut (12,600 ft). This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable.
4-5 hours · 9.9 miles · elevation: +1,000 ft.
Day 5: Lava Tower camp 3,901 m/12,800 ft
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower (15,150 ft), we descend to the bottom of the Barranco Valley to camp at Barranco Camp (12,800 ft), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below.
5-7 hours · 6.3 miles · elevation: +200 ft.
Day 6: Karanga campsite 4,000 m/13,100 ft
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga Camp (13,100 ft), the last water point on the way to the summit.
4-6 hours · 3.2 miles · elevation: +300 ft.
Day 7: Barafu Hut 4,511 m/14,800 ft
We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu Camp (14,800 ft) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent.
3-5 hours · 3.4 miles · elevation: +1,700 ft.
Day 8: Mweka forest camp 3,801 m/12,500 ft
We start our ascent by headlamp about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (18,800 ft), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshments, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite, Mweka Camp (12,500 ft).
11-15 hours · 8.2 miles · elevation: +4,545 ft gain · -6,845 ft loss
Day 9: Mweka Gate 1,646 m/5,400 ft
A sustained descent on a well-constructed path takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Mweka (5,400 ft); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village, where we are transferred to your lodge in Moshi. at Mweka (5,400 ft); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village, where we are transferred to Arusha.4-6 hours · 7.6 miles · elevation: -7,100 ft
Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive strato-volcano in northeast Tanzania, near the border with Kenya. At 5,895m (19,340 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest peak and the world's highest free-standing mountain. Aided by its relatively easy ascent - Kilimanjaro has become a major destination for mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. It's also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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