Lemosho route is one of the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro. We recommend the route as a second option due to its great panoramic views. Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Most of our clients who used Lemosho route consistently report that they loved. We recommend a ten-day schedule for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. With eight days (seven nights) on the mountain, your chances of reaching the top are very high, around 90%.

Day 1: Arrival

Kilimanjaro airport meet and greet by your mountain guide and be transfer to hotel or Lodge in Arusha.

Day 2: Acclimatization day

Drive to Arusha National park for a game drive. Dinner and overnight at hotel or lodge. During Dinner your chief guide Mary Kariuki briefs you on the Mt Kilimanjaro trip.

Day 2: Acclimatization day

Drive to Arusha National park for a game drive. Dinner and overnight at hotel or lodge. During Dinner your chief guide Mary Kariuki briefs you on the Mt Kilimanjaro trip.

Day 3: Londorossi Gate to MtiMkumbwa

  • Elevation Change: + 650 M/+2,132
  • Estimation distance: 10 km
  • Final Elevation: 2,650 m/8,694 ft

After the morning drive to the trailhead you’ll spend the first day with an armed ranger due to the animal population in this forest area, stopping at the MtiMkumbwa Camp after only about 3 hours of climbing

Day 4: MtiMkubwa to Shira One Camp

  • Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Elevation change: + 950 M/+3116
  • Estimation distance: 12 km
  • Final Elevation: 3609 m/11,841 ft

This day starts in the forest and gets considerably steeper as you go through the heather and moorland areas before camping at the Shira Plateau in a large, open, and scenic area at the Shira One Camp.

Day 5: Shira One Camp  to Shira Two Camp

  • Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Elevation change: + 240 M/+787 ft
  • Elevation distance: 5 km
  • Final elevation: 3849 m/12,628 ft.

This day takes you on a gentle walk across the plateau for some excellent scenery while your body continues to acclimatize.

NOTE: From Shira Two Camp onwards, this route is identical to Machame Route, including the descent on the separate Mweke Route. If you’ve taken Lemosho you’ve done another day at this point, so Day 4 of Lemosho is identical to Day 3 of Machame and so on.

Day 6: Shira Two Camp to BarrancoHut

  • Hike time: 5 hrs
  • Elevation change: +100 M/+328 ft
  • Estimated distance: 6 km
  • Final elevation: 3948 m/12,956 ft.

The morning climb is somewhat steep on this day as you ascend to Lava Tower at 4,600 meters at midday before descending again on the scenic route to Barranco Camp. This is a great example of the climb high/sleep low rule that helps people acclimatize safely.

Day 7: Barranco Hut  to Karanga Valley

  • Hike time: 3.5 hrs
  • Elevation change: +100 m/+328 ft
  • Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
  • Final elevation: 3,963 m/13,000 ft

You climb the Great Barranco Wall, which looks more intimidating than it really is, and down into the Karanga Valley. This day has many ups and downs and crosses many small streams before crossing the Karanga River just before camp.

Day 8: Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut

  • Hike time: 3.5 hrs
  • Elevation change: +600 m/+1,968 ft
  • Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
  • Final elevation: 4,600 m/15,091 ft

You climb through rocky and otherwise barren terrain on your way to Barafu Camp. The camp is in another cold and windy area, but you’ll only be sleeping from around 7 p.m. until 11: 30 p.m. or so because you’ll be starting the summit climb at midnight.

Day 9: Barafu Camp to The Summit and then to Mweka Camp

  • Summit time: 7 hrs
  • Elevation change: +1,300 m/+4,265 ft
  • Estimated distance: 5km/3.2 miles
  • Final elevation: 5,896 m/19,343 ft
  • Descent time: 5 hrs
  • Elevation change: -2,800 m/-9,186 ft
  • Estimated distance: 12km/7.5 miles
  • Final elevation: 3,100 m, 10,170 ft

You’ll start at midnight with by far the most challenging 6-hour section of entire climb as you reach Stella Point around sunrise. After a short rest you’ll probably be walking in snow for the next two hours until you reach Uhuru Peak, AKA the summit! After enjoying the moment briefly you’ll begin your descent to the Mweka Camp back in the rain forest, which takes about 8 hours including a quick rest in the middle.

Day 10: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate

  • Descent time: 4 hrs
  • Elevation change: -1,250 m/-4,101 ft
  • Estimated distance: 10km/6.21
  • Final elevation: 1,828 m/6,000 ft

After the previous day you’ll deserve this short and very scenic descent of about 4 hours down to the Mweka Gate, later transfer to your hotel for a well-earned sleep and celebration. Dinner and overnight at Hotel/Lodge.

Cost per person for this route:

 7 – 10 Pax:  USD 2,875 per person

Items included:

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
  • All transfers and 1night accommodation in the hotel.
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Items not included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Gratuity
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Hotel accommodation on BB
  • Hiking Equipment


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