8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route is relatively new. 8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira Route which begins at a higher, more challenging altitude. The Londorossi Gate is a fair drive from the town of Moshi, and considerably further from Arusha. At the gate you will register with the authorities before being driven a further 12km to the starting point. The western side of Kilimanjaro is still very wild and you may get lucky and spot large antelope, buffalo and maybe even elephant.

The 8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route joins the Machame Route at Lava Tower and heads down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit (see map below). As with the Machame Route, Lemosho trekkers need to transverse the Barranco Wall and then summit from Barafu Camp.

Descent is via the Mweka route.

Most trekkers complete the Lemosho Route in eight days; however, some tour operators offer seven day treks and six day hikes (not recommended) on the Lemosho. The 8-day variation is great for acclimatization and of course increases the probability of success.  The seven-day route typically stops for a night at both Shira Camp 1 and Shira Camp 2. Eight day treks stop again at Karanga Camp for another acclimatization day.

8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route

This route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, 8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route is a superb choice for your climb. Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. We specialize in guiding on the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The 8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the 8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or from the Hotel
DEPARTURE TIME Please be ready by 7:30 AM for a prompt departure at 8:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 5:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional instructor Meals
1 hour of free time Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Drinks
Instructor gratuity

What to expect on 8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route is the most affluent and beautiful trail for trekking on Kilimanjaro, and also one of the best route for acclimatization and is very successful. Compared to other trails like Machame, Marangu and Rongai, 8 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route begins higher up the mountain at 2250 meters above sea level and climbs slowly over 70 kilometers. It is actually an improvement on the original Shira Route which gains altitude faster and a shorter route but offers very low and poor acclimatization advantage.

OTHER INFORMATION

Prices are based on per person sharing.

  • 2 Persons in a private sharing safari – US$ 1450 per person
  • 4 Persons in a private sharing safari – US$ 1300 per person
  • 6 Persons in a private sharing safari – US$ 1230 per person

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travelers are available on request – please inquire.

8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route Trek price includes:

  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
  • Leshomo Route trek as per the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation in tents/huts whilst on the trek.
  • Two porters are assigned to each climber. Camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek and in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s
  • All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
  • Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers

8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route Trek price Excludes:

  • Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
  • Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
  • International flights and taxes
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

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8 Days Kilimanjaro Hiking Climbing Lemosho Route Itinerary

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)

  • Distance: ~5.5km / 3.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest

The Lemosho Route departs from the far West side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Getting to Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) takes approximately 2 hours from Moshi and longer from Arusha. At the gate you will register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities before getting back into vehicles to be transported to the starting point which is a further 12km from Londorossi.

Spotting large wildlife like elephant and buffalo is possible on this stretch of the mountain and you will likely be accompanied by an armed guide in case one of the big five gets too close for comfort! Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,500 meters)

  • Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

Day two starts with a gradual hike through the final stretch of the rainforest zone and then gets steeper as you approach the low alpine moorland zone. The trek is relatively short and easy to Shira Camp 1, which is on the western edge of the Shira Plateau; just over 8km from your starting point.

Day 3 – Shira Camp 1 (3,500 meters) to Moir Hut (4,200m)

  • Distance: ~14km / 8.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

From Shira Camp 1 you will continue on your hike across and up the Shira plateau to Shira Camp 2 at 3,850 meters. Here you will join trekkers from the Machame Route whilst enjoying stunning views across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for strong winds with temperatures getting below zero in the early hours.

You then continue up the Shira Caldera and onto an off-the-beaten path to Moir Hut.

Today is long and finishes at high altitude. You may start feeling altitude sickness symptoms. Make sure you monitor yourself closely. Sleeping high on this night will pay dividends on your trek going forward.

Day 4 – Moir Hut (4,200 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Barranco Camp (3,900 meters)

  • Distance: ~12km / 7.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 6-7 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone

On day four you will continue trekking through a desert-like landscape as you approach Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth formation at 4,600 meters. You will have lunch at Lava Tower before joining the Southern Circuit trail (see map above) which descends to Barranco Camp 3,900 meters where you will spend the night at a very similar elevation as the night before.

Climbing high and sleeping low is a good way to acclimatise the body to altitude.

Day 5 – Barranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960m)

  • Distance: ~7km / 4 miles
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone

On day five you will be presented with the relatively steep Barranco ‘Breakfast’ climb, a 257-meter scramble up the Barranco Wall. Be prepared to use all four limbs as you traverse the wall to the top of the Karanga Valley. From here you will follow a path that sojourns through many inclines and declines to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). For those on an eight-day hike, this will be your camp for the night.

Seven day trekkers will stop here for a brief lunch before continuing on through the barren desert landscape that leads to the Mweka trail and up to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters).

Day 6 – Karanga Camp (3,960m) to Barafu Camp (4,680m)

  • Distance: ~6km / 4 miles
  • Trekking time: 3 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone

Day day is a relatively short and easy trek. Starting at Karanga Camp, the trail quickly joins the Mweka route and heads up to base camp, Barafu at 4,680m.

We recommend you use the easy day to enjoy the scenery, rest the muscles, and prepare your mind for the summit push.

Day 7 – Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent
6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka

Day seven starts at midnight with hot tea, biscuits and a long and zigzagging hike up the heavy scree that covers the steep slopes of Kibo. The going is slow and very tough. You will need to dig deep and ensure you maintain a consistent pace to push yourself up to the crater rim.

After about 4-6 hours hiking you will reach Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will have a chance to rest and watch dawn break across the Tanzanian landscape. It is a good idea to have some hot tea or hot chocolate at this point as you will need to muster the energy to continue for another 1-2 hours around and up the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). Remember to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. Over 60% of climbers stop at Stella Point but most can make it to the summit if they are able to find the metal strength to push through. Obviously if you are experiencing severe AMS symptoms you should descend immediately.

Your time at Uhuru Peak will be brief. Take as many pictures as you can, savour your accomplishment and then start heading back to Stella Point. Many trekkers slide down the scree slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp, where you will have a chance to rest before continuing on to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters). In total you will be trekking between 12-16 hours on day 5 so it is really important that you pace yourself and remain hydrated.

Day 8 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

  • Distance: ~9km / 5.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Zone: Rain forest

The final day on the mountain is a short one, but nonetheless tiring as your body will be exhausted and your knees will likely be sore from the previous day’s descent. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rain forest scenery as you head towards Mweka Gate (1,640 meters).

At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities and will also receive your certificate, either for Stella Point or for Uhuru Peak.

Trek price includes:

  • Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
  • Leshomo Route trek as per the itinerary
  • Full board accommodation in tents/huts whilst on the trek.
  • Two porters are assigned to each climber. Camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations in Arusha before and after the trek and in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook/s
  • All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
  • Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi Return Shutle transfers

Trek price Excludes:

  • Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
  • Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value
  • International flights and taxes
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

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