Mt Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route
8 Days/7 Nights
The Lemosho route is considered to be one of the newest routes to summit Kilimanjaro and as such does not attract the large number of trekkers that the Machame or Marangu route does. The most scenic and unspoilt of all the routes it traverses beautiful forests and moorlands. The trek begins at Londorossi gate, located in the western base of the mountain with its lush fertile rainforest. The route then crosses the caldera of Shira volcano before traversing beneath the ice fields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest volcano. The approach to the summit is made from the east, while the descent follows Mweka trail.
The trip includes 8 days of trekking, which is 1-2 days longer than other routes, however it does provide you with the best chance of any route to acclimatise to the altitude and a better chance to summit.
- High summit success route
- One of the 'newer' routes used to summit Kili
- Allows climbers to “walk high, sleep low” enabling better acclimatisation
- Remote and spectacular approach with dramatic gorges and views of west Kilimanjaro
- Ascent and descent is via different routes
- Fully tented camping
- Maximum acclimatization; plenty of time at last camp to explore higher, sleep lower
- Available emergency evacuation service (Flying Doctor - Air Ambulance 24Hrs)
- Excellent game viewing opportunities at lower levels of the mountain
- Considered the most scenic route
- Less strenuous summit walk with no midnight start and taking only three hours
Safari at a Glance
Start: Arrival in Moshi
Jambo, welcome to Tanzania. You will be transferred to your accommodation in Moshi where you will attend a pre-departure meeting with your Kilimanjaro guide to go over last minute details of your upcoming trek.
Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp
This morning you will depart for Londorossi Gate, at the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. At the entrance to the park you will assemble with porters and guides and complete entry formalities. Your first day’s trek winds up through the lush forest zone on to the lower slopes of the northern side on a little used track going to Shira Plateau. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife today, perhaps some black and white Colobus monkeys. You will pitch your tent at Forest Camp.
Trekking time 4-5 hours
Day 2: Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1
This morning we continue on the trail leading out of the forest until it steepens and you will find yourself in the giant heather moorland zone, a savannah of tall grasses and rock draped with lichen beards. The landscape is stunning and at times otherworldly. You will ascend through rolling hills crossing several stream before reaching Shira Ridge. You will have the opportunity to view Kibo from across the plateau. You will pitch your tent at Shira 1 Camp.
Trekking time 5-6 hours
Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
This day is an acclimmitisation day and will be spent exploring the Shira Plateau. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to you campsite at Shira 2 Camp on moorland meadows next to a stream. By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers.
Trekking time 5-7 hours
Day 4: Moir Hut to Lava Twer to Barranco Camp
From the Shira plateau we will head due east towards Kibo Summit, passing the turn-off of the trail which leads around the northern side of the summit. Along the trek our direction changes to south east towards the Lave Tower, called the ‘Shark’s Tooth’. From here you descend to Barranco Camp, your overnight camp which lies in a sheltered area below the spectacular cliffs of the Breach Wall.
Trekking time 5-6 hours
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Today we only spend approximately 4 hours trekking, to help with acclimatisation. After breakfast, we will depart Barranco and head eastward along the Southern Circuit. After a 200m scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall, you traverse scree fields and a series of ridges to the Karanga Valley (4100m), beneath the icy snouts of Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. You will pitch your tent at Karanga Camp.
Trekking time 4 hours
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
After breakfast we head out of the valley and join the Mweka Route on a trail which ascends a steep ridge to Barafu Camp, standing amidst a desert of bleak tundra. Tonight you must ensure that you don’t pack anything you don’t need in your daypacks, as you’ll need all your reserves of energy tomorrow! You get an early night in order to leave soon after midnight so you can reach the summit before it clouds over.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
The day to summit!!
You will rise after midnight and start out in darkness by the light of your head torch, in the extreme cold. The Mweka Route leads steeply upward over a long scree slope between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers. This is the hardest part; it can be covered with snow, so trekking poles are useful for balance. After 5-6 hours walk we will reach the rim of Kibo Crater, close to Stella Point (5732m). Here, we will stop for a brief rest and watch the most spectacular sunrise you are ever likely to see. From here it’s another hour’s walk west along the crater rim past Hans Meyer’s Point, named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 – to reach Uhuru (meaning “Freedom”) Peak (5895m). If the summit is clear, there are fine views of the sun rising over Mawenzi’s icefields and jagged peaks to the east, and of Mount Meru to the west. Triumphant, you then head back to Barafu Hut, where you rest from your exertions for a while. After lunch you continue down to your final camp at Mweka Hut, in the giant heather, close to the forest’s edge. Tonight you enjoy a well-earned rest and your last dinner on the mountain.
Trekking time is 12-14 hours(7-8 on ascent and 5-7 hours to descent).
Day 8: Mweka Camp to Moshi
After enjoying your last breakfast on Mount Kilimanjaro you will continue the descent down the Mweka Route crossing alpine meadow and rainforest. If successful, you will collect your summit certificates from the Mweka Park Gate. From the gate, you will continue another hour to Mweka Village where a vehicle will meet you to transport you to your accommodation at Moshi, where you can put your feet up and relax.
Trekking time 3-4 hours
Cost and Availability
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- Communications equipment – radio contact between Base Station and guides, mobile phones
- Safety – first aid kits for all climbers
- Head guide, three porters per client and a cook. NB Luggage is restricted to 15 kg per person
- Equipment – special mountain tents on a two-per-tent basis, mess tents for mealtimes, thermal sleeping mats, kerosene lamps, all cooking and eating utensils and gas for cooking
- Food – carefully-planned menu for maximum energy nutrition (sample menus & special dietary requirements on request) and water.
- Crew and equipments transfer to & from Mountain base
- Available emergency evacuation service (Flying Doctor – Air Ambulance 24Hrs)
What's Not Included?
- All park fees $60 per day , camp and hut fees $50 per night, rescue fees $20 for entire trekking. ( All government fees will be paid by client direct at the gate)
- Transfers – Airport transfer to hotel, transfers from Arusha to the Kilimanjaro trailhead on the morning of the climb and return to Arusha immediately after descent. Gratuities to guides and porters – see our Tipping Guidelines
- Accommodation expenses
- Items of a personal nature/use – all supplies must be brought in advance (a limited supply is available at Marangu gate)
- Medical equipments can be hired on request. Eg. Hyperbaric chamber, oxygen cylinder, stretcher.
- Water – boiled water can be provided on request; mineral water is available throughout the climb at each camp but bear in mind that the price rises steadily with altitude
- Personal insurance
- Services before and after the climb, including accommodation. These can be quoted separately on request.