Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Overview

Lemosho route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. The low traffic is experienced by the hikers till it merges with the Machame route. Then both the routes become the same while passing through the Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. The total days required for this route is 7, but 8 days is recommended as it will give more chance to acclimatize and achieve the summit.

Lemosho offers various scenic views all through its path starting from the rainforest, the spectacular Shira Plateau and the view points of the southern circuit. Lemosho has low crowds until it combines with Machame. Lemosho is highly recommended and it has an abundance of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, eland and lion which come over to forage during dry season from Longido game controlled area.

Because the starting point is far from Moshi, it is more expensive to climb this route due to the added transportation cost of getting hikers to the gate. A vehicle is used to bring hikers to the gate, where the trail begins in the montane rainforest. Lemosho trekkers have a longer distance to shield in the tropical rain forest ecosystem than other routes, and as a result hikers do not exit the rainforest until the end of day two. This plan means that the Lemosho route is a longer route, usually taking 7 to 8 days to complete.


Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi Town

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer to Moshi town to your designated hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Moshi to Londorosi Gate to Big tree Campsite

Elevation: 1200m to 1950m, Distance: 9km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montana Forest

We will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to Londorosi gate for registration. After this formality, you board the vehicle and drive again to Lemosho glade. From this point you will start the trek across undisturbed Montana forest decorated with Black and White Colobus Monkeys to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.

Day 3: Big Tree to Shira One Campsites

Elevation: 2850m to 3500, Distance: 13km, Hiking Time: 8 hours, Habitat: Moorland and heather land

This is an acclimatization trek because you will gain over 650m by starting walking across a beautiful valley outside Shira caldera rim (3600).  After few hours you will reach into Shira caldera. Shira is one among the three peaks which erupted in Kilimanjaro ecosystem. It is a high altitude desert. After thousands of years the collapsing of the peak formed the crater and ultimately became filled with the lava flow from Kibo peak. The volcanic action and he weather are some of the factors that erode to its rim. Overnight at the Shira one campsite (3500m).

Day 4: Shira one to Shira two campsites

Elevation: 3500m to 3800m, Distance: 7km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland and rocky

This day you will trek to east across Shira plateau visiting Cathedral peak 3850m for acclimatization. The spectacular views of Mount Meru and the Mibo peak are clearly visible from this peak.  Our next destination would be the Shira Two camp where we would have the dinner and the overnight stay.

Day 5: Shira two to Barranco Campsites

Elevation: 3800m to 3950m, Distance: 13km, Hiking Time: 7-8 hours, Habitat: Moorland

Today is a long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek east to junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. The next step would be to descend to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Barranco to Karanga Campsite

Elevation: 3950m to 3900m, Distance: 6km, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Moorland

Today is short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes toward the southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

NOTE: For 7 days itinerary from Barranco you hike directly to Barafu campsite.


Day 7: Karanga to Barafu Campsite

Elevation: 3900m to 4620m, Distance: 8km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult because of altitude. The walk takes few hours because of short distance but steep which require a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You will walk across an alpine desert with strong and winds blowing down from Kibo peak and its glaciers. You will have an early dinner at 1700hours the rest until midnight when we will commence your push to the summit.

Day 8: Barafu Hut Campsite to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Hut Campsite

Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100, Distance: 15km, Hiking Time: 10-12 hours, Habitat: Desert and ice

Wake up at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Departure at 12:00 am, switch back up steep scree or possibly snow and reach Stella point on the crater rim 5861m between 4 and 5 am. This is the point from where you can have the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps and after one hour of hiking along the crater rim you would find yourself on the true summit of Kilimanjaro. Your main activity here is to take the photographs to memorize the victory. After your summit activities, you will descend back to the Barafu huts campsite for lunch and rest, then collect your gears and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka Campsite.

Day 9: Mweka Hut Campsite to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 3100m to 1700m, Distance: 9km, Descending time: 3 -4 hours, Habitat: Montana forest

Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montana forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. At the gate you will sign out and board a vehicle ready for the transfer back to your hotel for your certificates presentation celebration.

Day 10: Hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night rest and breakfast at the lodge, our transfer vehicle will be ready to pick you up and take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home. But if you wish to extend your program and proceed with safari kindly let us know so that we can arrange it in advance.

7 Days Lemosho Route +2 nights hotel

SOLO(1)Personal 2 Persons 3 Persons 4-5 Persons 6-8 Persons 9-10-Persons
US$1899 US$1850 US$ 1810 US$1750 US$1680 US$ 1599

Price includes;

  • Park fees, camping fees, Hut fees & rescue fees
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope with basic first kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • 18% Value Added Tax on tour fees & services
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, camp chairs, camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals) and 3 Season mountain tents
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Medically qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 Meals while on the mountain + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • Hot water for washing up daily and treated water for drink while climbing.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Moshi. Bed & Breakfast Basis with storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
  • Kilimanjaro certificate for your successful summit attempt.

Price excludes;

  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Entry visa for Tanzania

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