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.