Lemosho Route – 8 Days

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All about the Lemosho Route – 8 Days.

Lemosho route 8 days climb – The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It has been a bit long ago, there were only two main routes used to climb Kilimanjaro – the Marangu (Coca Cola) route and the Machame (Whiskey) route. Lemosho, a relatively new route, and perfect route due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate. In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit, and enjoy the experience overall.

The first two days of this route take you through lush rainforest before you emerge into heath and moorland then join the Machame Route on the third day. This narrow trail, which begins on the Western side of Kilimanjaro, has some very steep and undulating sections. Hikers overnight in tents.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

All Park entry fees – All Park Camping fees/Hut fees
Pick up from the Airport
Guide/assistant guide/Porters
Overnight at the Hotels/Lodge/Tented Camps/Campsites according to the program
Chef/Meals as per the above itinerary
Park commission fees
Transport to and from the gate
Complimentary bottled drinking water 1.5 litter per person per day during on safari
1 night free Hotel accommodation on your arrival in Arusha with bed & breakfast
Tents/Sleeping mats/Sleeping bagsTents

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

International flights & Domestic flight
Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
Tips for staff such as guides/Chef & porters.
Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)
Climbing gears.

  1. Day 1 Arrival

    Our driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro airport.  After loading the luggage into the vehicle you will make your way to your hotel for the evening. You can relax the rest of the day or go and explore the city of Arusha. Our team will meet you later the day to have a preliminary talk in preparation for the days to follow.

  2. Day 2 Londorosi gate - Big Tree Camp

    After breakfast you will make your way to the Londorossi gate which is about a 2 hour drive from our hotel. After finalizing all the registration papers you will continue another 15km on a bumpy road which will take you to the start of this trek deep in the rain forest. Today will be a shortest walk of the entire trek, about 2½ hours, which gives you a small taste of what lies ahead in the coming days. The walk takes you through dense and unspoiled rain forest, which is very different from the scenery you will have in the next couple of days. Your destination for the day is the beautiful Big Tree Camp at 2780m

    • Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
    • Distance: 6 km
    • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Rain Forest
    • Full board at Forest camp Know as {Big tree Camp}.
  3. Day 3 Big Tree Camp – Shira Camp

    After breakfast you will follow a thin trail through the rainforest before leaving the green area behind heading into moorland. Erica and Lobelia plants will start to take over the landscape. After about 3-4 hours you will reach Shira Camp 1 where you will have your evening meal and overnight stay.

    • Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
    • Distance: 8 km
    • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Full Board at Shira One Camp
  4. Day 4 Shira Camp

    After breakfast you continue your trek, which today will be less tiring than the day before. You will cross Shira Ridge which will allows for great views of the Rift Valley and Mt Meru. The ever changing landscape will again surprise you with a different terrain, you will walk on ground where lava once flowed. You will also pass the big Senecien that can grow to more or less 9 meters in height. Shira Camp 2 will be your destination for the night at (3900m), 400m more than night before.

    • Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
    • Distance: 9 km
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Full Board at Shira 2 camp
  5. Day 5 Shira Camp 2 – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

    After breakfast you will start your walk up to Lava Tower with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau. You will climb quite a bit in altitude, roughly 740m. You will have a rest here before descending again. This is a so called acclimatising day, where you will climb high but sleep low, giving you a good idea of how your body reacts to altitude. The landscape will once again change as you pass through the Barranco Valley with its big Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After a long 6 – 7 hours you will reach your beautiful camp for the night the Barranco Camp. The crew will be there waiting with a well deserve evening meal before settling in for the night.

    • Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
    • Distance: 7 km
    • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    • Habitat: Semi Desert
    • Full Board at Shira 2 or Moir Hut camp
  6. Day 6 Barranco Camp ─ Karanga Camp

    Straight after breakfast you will make your way up the famous Barranco Wall. This is most probably the steepest part of the entire route. Safety is very important to us so please follow the guideline of your guides who will get you to the top safely. You might have to use yours hands every now and then to get a better grip but rest assured there are no alpine climbing passages. Once at the top you will walk along the mountain ridge and if the weather allows you will have a great view of the southern glacier of Kibo as the Kibo summit. After 3 – 4 hours you will reach Karanga Camp for your overnight.

    • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
    • Distance: 5km
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Full Board at Karanga Camp.
  7. Day 7 Karanga Camp ─ Barafu Camp

    Barafu Camp is your destination for today at (15,220 ft) 4640m. You will start after breakfast and should reach it in about 3 to 4 hours. The scenery for today will be mostly afro-alpine dessert. Once at the camp you will have a filling early dinner before settling in for a good rest in preparation for tomorrow exciting climb.

    • Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
    • Distance: 4 km
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Full Board at Barafu Hut Camp.
  8. Day 8 Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

    Your day will begin at 00:00. After hot tea and biscuits you will start your 5-7 hours walk to Stella Point, the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. Here you will have a short rest if necessary before continuing another 1-2 hours to reach the highlight of the trip the Uhuru Peak (5895m). This is truly a once in a lifetime experience as you stand at the top of Africa watching the sunrise light up the surrounding summits and landscape. After taking much needed pictures you will make your way down back to Barafu Camp for a 1-2 hours rest. Once everyone is well rested you will continue down to Mweka gate (3080m), an approx. 3 hours walk. The rest of the evening is yours to relax, you’ll have a nice evening meal and a good night’s sleep.

    • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
    • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
    • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
    • Habitat: Arctic
    • Full Board at Mweka hut Camp.
  9. Day 9 Mweka Camp ─ Mweka Gate

    After breakfast, before starting your final stretch, you will enjoy a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. A 2 – 3 hours walk will take you through the rainforest back the Mweka Gate. Our driver will be there waiting for you and take you back to the Hotel. The rest of the day you will relax and to reflect back on this once in a lifetime experience.

    • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
    • Distance: 10 km
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Rain Forest
    • Half Board