The Lemosho route is located from the west that begins with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate.  Is one of our preferred route due to beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route after Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.

The lesser-known Lemosho route begins on the western side of Mt Kilimanjaro. The first 2 days of the tour cross the thick rainforest belt which then changes into heath and moorland with many ferns and erica’s along the way.

 

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Londorosi gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira camp 1

Day 4: Shira camp1 to Shira camp 2

Day 5: Shira camp 2 to Baranco camp

Day 6: Baranco camp to Karanga camp

Day 7: Karanga camp to Barafu camp

Day 8: Barafu camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka camp

Day 9: Mweka camp to Mweka gate to the hotel

Day 10: International departures or proceed to safari

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Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Londorosi gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira camp 1

Day 4: Shira camp1 to Shira camp 2

Day 5: Shira camp 2 to Baranco camp

Day 6: Baranco camp to Karanga camp

Day 7: Karanga camp to Barafu camp

Day 8: Barafu camp to Uhuru peak to Mweka camp

Day 9: Mweka camp to Mweka gate to the hotel

Day 10: International departures or proceed to safari

Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 2:00 am

Arrive at Moshi

Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the moment you land at Kilimanjaro International Airport, You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to our partner lodge in Moshi in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post trek accommodation in Honey Badger, or Q wine hotel. The guide will perform a gear check for you after dinner so that next morning you will be ready for your tour to start.

Day 2

Time : 5:00 am

Moshi – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Moshi to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorossi Gate, you will receive a packed lunch and can buy mineral water for the hike. Then the final 45 minutes of the drive leading up to the gate will be on a bumpy forest track requiring 4WD vehicles. At the entrance gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). You are now ready to begin your 3-hour hike into the rainforest. Be on the lookout for Colobus monkeys! Along the way, you will stop for an afternoon lunch break and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!

Day 3

Time : 7:00 am

Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira Camp 1 (3500m)

Hiking time: 6.5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.

Day4 Shira Camp 1 (3840m) to Shira camp 2 (3900)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi-desert

you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Time : 8:00 am

Shira Camp 1 (3840m) to Shira camp 2 (3900)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi-desert

you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Time : 8:00 am

Shira camp 2 (3840m) to Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking into the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3950 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

Day6 Baranco Camp (3950m) to Karanga camp (3963m)
Hiking time: 5:30 hrs
Distance:6 km
Habitat: Desert

Day 6

Time : 4:00 am

Karanga camp (3963m) to Barafu camp (4640m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: 3.5km
Habitat: Desert

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up between 11 pm and 12 pm to start the climb to the summit.

Day 7

Time : 10:00 am

summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.
At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 8

Time : 5:00 am

Barafu camp (4640m) to Uhuru peak (5895m) to Mweka camp (3100m)

Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 16hrs
Habitat: Desert, Moorland, and forest

We start off at around midnight and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Day 9

Time : 2:00 am

Mweka camp (3100m) to Mweka gate 1630m) to hotel

Time: 6hrs
Distance: 9.2 km
Habitat: Rain forest

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

Day 10

International departure

This day left for your next flight back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees are collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fee,s and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Honey Badger, AMEG Lodge or Park View Inn) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents 

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Mountaineering insurance.

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Lemosho route is around 70 kms or 42 miles whether you opt for the 7 or 8 day version. It joins up with the Machame Route between Shira and Barranco so the terrain is very similar.

Barranco Wall Mt Kilimanjaro – A Steep Climb But Totally Doable. The Barranco Wall on Mount Kilimanjaro forms part of your early morning exercise on day 4 for climbers on the Machame, Shira, Umbwe and Lemosho Route. ... You need no technical climbing skills to be able to scale the Barranco wall.

Mount Kilimanjaro can be a dangerous mountain to climb. Nearly 1,000 rescues and ten deaths on the mountain occur each year. While climbing the mountain itself is dangerous, the Barranco Wall is a portion of the climb that does not require technical skills to navigate.

Lemosho has the highest summit success rate of all route! Machame is the second most popular route on Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho route is a good eight day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day's acclimatization, giving a better success rate. Experienced and already acclimatized mountaineers may opt for the more difficult 7 day ascent along the Lemosho route

There are public toilets at every camp stop on a Kilimanjaro trek. You're going to need to lower your expectations though. Forget porcelain loos with lockable doors, marble sinks with soap dispensers, hot water and hi-tech hand driers.

Technically speaking, Mount Kilimanjaro is also relatively safe compared to other mountains of similar altitude and the risks are low compared to other mountains. ... The main reason why climbers do not reach the summit is altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), caused by the high elevation.

At the summit, Uhuru Point, the night time temperatures can range between 20 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 to -29 degrees Celsius).

As we mentioned before, Kilimanjaro is suitable for beginners; they do very well. The best advice is for everyone to arrive in great shape. Don't underestimate the climb because you know someone did it who you believe was not fit. Train for the adventure.

By far, the reason people have to abandon their Kilimanjaro attempt is due to altitude sickness. At high elevations, nearly everyone will experience some symptoms of altitude sickness. Mild levels of altitude sickness include a headache, nausea, lack of appetite, dizziness, and lethargy. This is normal.

Why? Because winds carry moisture from the ocean. When they hit large objects, like mountains, they rise, cool and condense, forming clouds and precipitation (i.e. rain and snow). There are two main winds that drive weather patterns on Mount Kilimanjaro – the South-east trade winds and Northeast anti-trade winds.

Kilimanjaro is an achievement many hikers, athletes, and nature lovers have set their eyes on. But towering 19,341 feet, with a nearly 50% fail rate, reaching the peak takes a hefty amount of work against significant odds. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is absolutely worth it.

How long does it take to train to climb Kilimanjaro? If you aren't already active each day (hiking, walking, or running several miles), if you aren't in great shape it's recommended that you take at least 8 weeks (or 2 months) to train.

The short answer is “Yes”. You may get a phone signal all the way through the summit. Over the years, the mobile network coverage on Kilimanjaro has improved greatly. Nearly everyone who treks nowadays brings Electronic Gadgets On Kilimanjaro, especially smartphones

Here are some common animals that you have a chance of seeing on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Blue Monkey. ...
White Necked Raven. ...
Colobus Monkey. ...
Four Striped Mouse. ...
Bush Baby.

How to minimize your chances of suffering from altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro:
Acclimatize prior to the climb. ...
Start the climb in the best possible health and with an excellent level of physical fitness. ...
Take it easy on the trail and in camp. ...
Drink plenty of fluids. ...
Eat well. ...
Sleep well. ...
Relax.

The fact that there are still glaciers is due to the prolonged 'cold snaps', or ice ages, that have occurred down the centuries, allowing the glaciers to regroup and reappear on the mountain.

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro are the months of January through early-March and June through October. The clear skies, great views, and the sunshine makes it the best comfortable hiking conditions. However, there is always the possibility of weather changing dramatically, regardless of the season.

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