Lemosho Route is a fresher route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west. It is a tough and long route, but one that is preferred by most trustworthy Kilimanjaro outfitters due to its smaller crowds, scenic diversity and high victory rates.
A vehicle is used to bring hikers to the gate, where the trail begins in the montane rainforest. Lemosho trekkers have a longer distance to shield in the tropical rain forest ecosystem than other routes, and as a result hikers do not exit the rainforest until the end of day two. This plan means that the Lemosho Route is a longer route, usually taking seven to eight days to complete.
Though measured a difficult route, the additional days on the lower slopes of the mountain make this the best route for altitude acclimatization. The descent is down Mweka, in the south east. Because the starting point is far from Moshi, it is more expensive to climb this route due to the added transportation cost of getting hikers to the gate. Scenically, Lemosho is measured the most varied and most beautiful because it begins in the rainforest, crosses the spectacular Shira Plateau, and then combines with the Machame route to share its viewpoints around the southern circuit. Lemosho has low crowds until it combines with Machame.
Lemosho Route-Main Features
Day 1 : Lemosho Glades 2100m To Big Tree Camp
7kms – 3 hours – Altitude gain 700m
Pick up at the lodge and transfer to Lemosho gate to start your trek. Leave in the morning from Moshi to Londorossi village were gate is located. The start of trail 2100m trek winds up through the lush forest zone on to the lower slopes of the northern side, going to Shira Plateau. Overnight at Mti Mkubwa 2650m, 4 to 5hrs
Day 2 : Big Tree 2800m To Shira Camp 2
14kms – 8 to 9hrs – Altitude gain 1050m
Trek to Shira 2 Hut walking through the fine open moorlands. Overnight at Shira 2 Hut. 3480m, 6 to 7 hrs
Day 3 : Shira Camp 2 3850m To Barranco Camp
10kms – 6 to 7hrs – Altitude gain 700m, down 600m
A long trek to Barranco. This camp lies in a sheltered area below the remarkable cliffs of the Breach wall. The Breach wall, the dome of Uhuru and the edge of the Heim Glacier dominate the head of the valley. Overnight at Barranco Camp. 3900m, 6 to 7hrs
Day 4 : Barranco Camp 3950m To Karanga Valley Camp
6 kms – 3-4hrs – gain 250m down 250m
Acclimatization Day. The trek continues from Baranco to Karanga valley. Overnight at Karanga camp. 3930m, 3 to 4hrs
Day 5 : Karanga Camp 3963m To Barafu Camp
4kms – 3 to 4hrs – Altitude gain 650m
In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Here is the last water point. Overnight Barafu Camp. 4600m, 3hrs
Day 6 : Barafu Hut 4600m To Uhuru Peak 5895m
19km -12 to 14hrs – Altitude gain 1295m down 2105m
At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Stella Point. Walk steadily up the ridge and about the crater to reach Uhuru peak at 5895m. From the summit the trek descends to overnight at Millennium. 3100m
Day 7 : Millennium Camp 3730m To Mweka Gate 1800m
13kms – 5 to 6hrs – Descend 1650m
Pick up at Mweka gate and transfer to the lodge/hotel.
Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Moshi.
Included in price package
• Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
• 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
• Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
• Park entry fees,
• Camping fees
• Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
• 18% VAT on tour fees & services
• 4 Season mountain tents
• Double layered Sleeping Mats
• Friendly and 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 wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
• Government taxes
• Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
• Emergency first-aid kit
– Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
– Travel insurance
– Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek.
– Laundry (Available at hotel)
– Personal items and toiletries
– Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain
Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):
• Guides: $20/day/guide
• Cook: $15/day
• Porter: $10/day/porter