8 Days Lemosho Route

TYPOLOGIES

Mountain Trekking

DIFFICULTY

High

MIN. AGE

18 years

Tour Overview

The Lemosho route can be done in as little as six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, it is ideally tackled over eight days (seven nights) for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. Lemosho starts in lush, fertile rainforest. It is the first ecological zone you encounter on Kilimanjaro. Buffalo and elephant sightings are possible on the first day trekking through the forest, The route is the longest distance to trek up Kilimanjaro approximately 70 km/ 42 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience.

The Lemosho route is one of our preferred routes due to its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route starts off from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau. We recommend a minimum of 7 days to attempt this route but 8 days is preferable for better acclimatization and summit success. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route at Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.

Comments

  • Please note that our itinerary is flexible and can be modified until it suits your needs and wishes.
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Tour Includes

Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees

18% VAT on tour fees & services

3 Season mountain tents -29C

Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags

Double layered Sleeping Mats

Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters

3 meals daily while on the mountain Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek

Pre & Post Trek accommodation

Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National

Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town

2 - way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle)

Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter

Tour doesn't Include

Flights Tips to mountain

Crew Items of a personal nature

Laundry Services

Visa and passport fees

A doctor for the group

A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)

Daily Activities

Day 1 - ARRIVE IN TANZANIA.

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Meals: Dinner and Overnight at Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative).

DAY 2 : LEMOSHO GLADES (2385M) TO BIG TREE CAMP (2780M)

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.
Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi Approx.
Time taken: 4 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 3 : BIG TREE CAMP (2780M) TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (3500M)

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.
Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi
Approx. time taken: 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 4 : SHIRA 1 CAMP (3500M) TO SHIRA 2 CAMP (3900M)

Today 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.
Distance covered: 8km / 5mi Approx.
Time taken: 5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 5 : SHIRA 2 CAMP (3900M) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3960M)

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to 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 (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.
Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi Approx.
Time taken: 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 6 : BARRANCO CAMP (3960M) TO KARANGA CAMP (3963M)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
Time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 7 : KARANGA CAMP (3963) TO BARAFU CAMP (4640M)

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 at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.
Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi Approx.
Time taken: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 8 : BARAFU CAMP (4640M) TO UHURU PEAK (5895M) & DOWN TO MILLENNIUM CAMP (3790M)

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 Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.
Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi Approx.
Time taken: 12 – 15 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
End of Tour

DAY 9 : TREK MILLENNIUM CAMP (3790M) TO MWEKA GATE (1630M)

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 (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration.
Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi Approx.
Time taken: 6 hours
Overnight at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative)

DAY 10: DEPART TANZANIA

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. * We also welcome you spare an hour of your day to plant a tree, as part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro region. * Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
End of Tour