Lemosho Route – 7 days

Lemosho Route – 7 days

Lemosho Route – 7 days

About the route

Lemosho route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. You will begin with a drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate.

Once you are here, you will spend your first two days trekking through the rainforest to Shira ridge. Lemosho is considered to be the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro. It is our favorite one, because it offers a perfect balance between low traffic, scenic views and a higher summit success (around 80%). Lemosho route is about 70km (42miles) long, from gate to gate.

Unlike the highly popular Machame route which simply brushes the Shira Plateau, Lemosho route goes across the entire plateau, from West to the East in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. The route takes more days to climb, so it offers great acclimatization opportunities.

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

Transport will be provided from the Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi. You’ll have some rest before meeting your guides, who will brief you about the climb and Mt. Kilimanjaro, followed by equipment check to ensure that all you have all the essentials. If some of your equipment is missing or is in a bad shape, you can rent from us. You’ll have dinner and spend the night here in preparation for the adventure awaiting you.

Day 2: Lodorosi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Campsite

You will depart your accommodation in Moshi around 8:00 A.M. and drive about 4 hours to Lodorosi gate. After finishing sign in formalities, we’ll drive for about an hour back to the starting point. Lunch boxes and water will be provided before we start the steep hike toward Mti Mkubwa campsite.

  • Elevation 2380meters to 2780meters
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa campsite to Shira Camp 1

Our trekking continues after breakfast, following the trail leading out of the forest and into the heather zone. The land here looks like a savanna grassland with amazing view of heather bushes growing  next to each other to resist the cold weather, making the perfect spot for picnic lunch. The trek gets steeper as we approach the Shira ridge before descend to Shira 1 camp. Magnificent view of Kibo across the Shira plateau will blow your mind.

  • Elevation 2780meters to 3500meters
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 to Shira camp 2

Our route continues toward Shira 2 campsite after breakfast. We will use this day to explore the Shira plateau, a great exercise to help your acclimatization, as we take easy walk facing Kibo from the east across the plateau, toward Shira 2 campsite . Hot lunch will be served once we reach the camp. You will have another acclimatization walk later in the afternoon to prepare you for the summit attempt.

  • Elevation 3500meters to 3900meters
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower to Barranco campsite

Today’s trek to Barranco campsite starts after breakfast, and our path will be towered by  Lava Tower (4600meters), which is also called the Shark’s tooth. Your lunch will be served at the Lava Tower, as you’ll spend some time at this altitude to get used to it. Then we’ll head to Barranco camp, nested at 3950m, and here you will have dinner and spend the night. Despite the fact that this day will end at the same elevation at which it begins, it is very important for acclimatization of your body for summit day.

  • Elevation 3900meters to 4600meters to 3950meters
  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-Desert

Day 6: Barranco Campsite To Barafu Campsite

Your trek will begin after breakfast, and it will take you through a steep ridge that passes the base of the Barranco wall to Karanga Valley campsite, where the picnic lunch will be served. After lunch, we’ll leave Karanga and continue walking toward Barafu hut, where you will have a stunning view of the summit from various angles. Dinner will be served early, so you will have a chance to rest and prepare for the hike to the summit. The two peaks, Kibo and Mawenzi, are visible from Barafu hut too.

  • Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
  • Elevation 3950meters to 4600meters
  • Distance: 10km
  • Hiking Time: 6 – 7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka campsite

Hiking to the summit will begin short after midnight, at around 12:30 A.M., as our path twists through heavy scree towards Stella Point at the crater rim. This part of the hike is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the ascend. Once we reach Stella Point, you will rest and refresh with warm cup of tea or coffee, accompanied by the views of the magnificent sunrise coming above Mawenzi. Going further up, you might encounter snow storm, although it is dictated by the season you are taking for the hike. The summit, Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Kilimanjaro and all of Africa, is just an hour ascend from Stella Point.

From the summit, you will start trekking down to Mweka campsite. Lunch stop will be at Barafu camp, where you can take some rest, before we continue our descend towards Mweka Campsite, which is located in the forest. Here, you will have your last dinner and overnight on the Kilimanjaro.

  • Elevation 4600meters to 5895meters (and down to 3100meters)
  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 8: Mweka Campsite to Mweka Gate

Breakfast will be served before we begin hiking down to Mweka Gate, where you’ll receive summit certificates. Path on the lower elevations can be rather wet and muddy, so the gaiters and trekking poles might come handy. There will be a vehicle waiting at the gate to take you back to your accommodation in Moshi.

  • Elevation 3100meters to 1800meters
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

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Map of the Route

What’s Included

  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees and services
  • Camping equipment: 3-season vaude tents, tables, chairs and sleeping mats
  • Transport to and from the gates
  • Three meals daily while on the mountain
  • Certified English-speaking guides
  • Recommended salaries for porters and guides
  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi {Pre and post climbing accommodation
  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport

What’s Excluded

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Mountain climbing equipment and clothes (but they available for rent)
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Alcohol
  • Portable manual flush toilet is extra
  • Gamov Bag is extra

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