8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb


8 Days Lemosho Route Itinerary – Climbing Kilimanjaro via Lemosho route is one of the less travelled and most scenic routes up Kilimanjaro.  Lemosho Route is our most favourite route up Mount Kilimanjaro. It is not as crowded as Machame route, offers stunning scenery and has a very high summit success rate. After arriving at Londorossi Gate on the western side of the mountain, the first two days are spent hiking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge. Unlike the famous Machame route which crosses at the Shira Plateau, Lemosho path traverses the whole plain from west to east through a gentle hike. Climbers on Lemosho route will revel in low traffic until the route joins up with the Machame route via Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu to the summit.

The minimal length for the Lemosho route is 6 days, but we strongly recommend trekking the route in eight days. The extra 8th day will give your body greater time to acclimatize, lowering the effects of altitude illness and provide you with greater time to relaxation earlier than trying the summit.

If you have more time, considering pairing this climbing Kilimanjaro tours with a lifetime Tanzania safari tours, or a relaxing holiday to Zanzibar to add to your Kilimanjaro trek!

Trip Type

We only offer private Kilimanjaro climbs.

Best Time To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Yearly around – but during March and April are the rainy months at Kilimanjaro so we recommend that you avoid this time period.

Climbing Kilimanjaro Price for 2024-2025 via Lemosho

  • $2,280 per person when 2 people travel together
  • $2,140 per person when 3 people travel together
  • $2,070 per person when 4 people travel together
  • $2,000 per person when 5 people travel together
  • $1,990 per person when 6 people travel together

NOTE: Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your tour has already been paid for.

Optional Climbing Kilimanjaro Activities

  1. 2  Days Tanzania Camping Safari ($412 per vehicle)
  2. 3 Days Tanzania Lodge Safari ($780 per person)

8 Days Lemosho Route Itinerary Include

  • Transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  •  Camping fees
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • High Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress and Pillow
  • Professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair treatment of our crew
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

Lemosho Route 8 Days Itinerary Exclude

  • International and local flight from to back home
  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Optional activities

Day 1: Arusha – Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate, climb to Mti Mkubwa Camp

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft
  • Distance: 6km/4mi
  • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Mti Mkubwa Camp

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira 1 Camp

  • Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp – Shira 2 Camp

  • Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Shira 2 Camp

After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp – Barranco Camp

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Hiking Time: 34 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Karanga Valley Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Day 6: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 4km/2mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

Day 7: Barafu Camp – Summit, down to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate, drive to Arusha

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha (about 3 hrs).

End of your  Lemosho route 8 days Climb


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