Kilimanjaro Climb via Lemosho Route

LEMOSHO ROUTE, TREKKING

7 or 8 Days

TREKKER TIPS

Which Route is the Best?

Factors considered are summit success rate, terrain, acclimatisation and safety. We rank Machame and Lemosho route the best followed by Rongai and Marangu.

Is there any medical check needed?

No check-up on arrival. Climbers should seek medical fitness pass from his/her medical practitioner before deciding on trekking Kilimanjaro.

What do I need to Prepare?

Preparation is vital. We have a complete list of everything you need to carry for the tour. Our travel expert will make you have preparation checklist at fingers tips.

How About Internet Access?

Tanzania government has recently installed a high speed internet on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, however we provide no guarantee to connectivity.

OVERVIEW

Lemosho is the easiest route to Climb Kilimanjaro, with most flat walks, and therefore can even be done in 7 days. However, 8 days is suitable for more acclimatization leading to a higher summit success rate. The route starts at Lemosho gate at an elevation of 2250m above sea level, trailing through montane forest

PROGRAMS

7-DAYS LEMOSHO CLIMB

After breakfast, we gently hike across the plateau leading to Shira 2 Camp which is situated on moorland meadows by a stream. This is a great opportunity to explore the area around the Plateau. Many short hikes acclimatization days.

DAY 3

Elevation: 3500m/11500ft to 3850m/12600ft

Distance: 8km/5miles

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we leave Shira Plateau and head east along a ridge, towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes southeast towards Lava Tower – a 300ft tall volcanic rock formation. We then pass the Arrow Glacier and arrive at the Barranco Camp. Although not much elevation has been achieved, this day is extremely important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

DAY 4 FACTS

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 3950m/13,000ft

Distance: 8km/5miles

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we leave Barranco camp and continue along a steep ridge up to the Barranco Wall. We then head through the Karanga Valley and join the Mweka Trail.

DAY 5 FACTS

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

Distance: 5km/3mi

Climbing Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we take a slow and steady pace to Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

DAY 6 FACTS

Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4673m/15,350ft

Distance: 4km/2miles

Climbing Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

It’s summit night and you will be woken up between 12 to 2 am. Then have a light breakfast. You will start your hike to the summit. You’ll be feeling nervous and excited, but we take it slow and head on through Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Taking north-west direction and ascending through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mental and physical part of the Trek, some people may feel really tired and want to quit here, but our guides will always be there to motivate you.  Finally, reaching Stella Point, we will stop for a short rest to watch a magnificent sunrise.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow on 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak, congratulations you have now reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit, we descend straight down to Barafu camp for resting and lunch.  After that, we head to Mweka Camp and enjoy a celebratory evening on the mountain.

DAY 7 FACTS

Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 4673/15,350ft to 5895m/19,341ft

Distance: 5km/3miles

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Elevation: 5895m/19,341ft to 3000m/10,150ft

Distance: 13km/8miles  

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Arctic, Alpine Desert, Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we continue to descend down to Mweka Gate. Once you get to the gate and sign out, you will meet your team and you can now say goodbye to your mountain team before being transferred to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel, your guide will present you with your summit certificate.

DAY 9 FACTS

Elevation: 3000m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT MAKES IT 8-DAYS

When we do 7 days we actually skip Shira 1 Camp while on 8-days from mti mkubwa camp we head for overnight at Shira 1. It is recommended to skip Shira I because it’s on a lower elevation. We could do the same for higher elevations but there you need to be slow, and steady to cover short distances for better acclimatization.

8-DAYS LEMOSHO CLIMB

After breakfast, we continue on along the trail which gradually steepens and takes us into the giant heath and moorland zone. We cross several streams and continue over the Shira Ridge to Shira 1 camp.

 

DAY 2 FACTS

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft

Distance: 8km/5miles

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we gently hike across the plateau leading to Shira 2 Camp which is situated on moorland meadows by a stream. This is a great opportunity to explore the area around the Plateau. Many short hikes acclimatization days.

DAY 3

Elevation: 3500m/11500ft to 3850m/12600ft

Distance: 8km/5miles

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we leave Shira Plateau and head east along a ridge, towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes southeast towards Lava Tower – a 300ft tall volcanic rock formation. We then pass the Arrow Glacier and arrive at the Barranco Camp. Although not much elevation has been achieved, this day is extremely important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

DAY 4 FACTS

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 3950m/13,000ft

Distance: 8km/5miles

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we leave Barranco camp and continue along a steep ridge up to the Barranco Wall. We then head through the Karanga Valley and join the Mweka Trail.

DAY 5 FACTS

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

Distance: 5km/3mi

Climbing Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we take a slow and steady pace to Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

DAY 6 FACTS

Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4673m/15,350ft

Distance: 4km/2miles

Climbing Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

It’s summit night and you will be woken up between 12 to 2 am. Then have a light breakfast. You will start your hike to the summit. You’ll be feeling nervous and excited, but we take it slow and head on through Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Taking north-west direction and ascending through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mental and physical part of the Trek, some people may feel really tired and want to quit here, but our guides will always be there to motivate you.  Finally, reaching Stella Point, we will stop for a short rest to watch a magnificent sunrise.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow on 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak, congratulations you have now reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit, we descend straight down to Barafu camp for resting and lunch.  After that, we head to Mweka Camp and enjoy a celebratory evening on the mountain.

 

DAY 7 FACTS

Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 4673/15,350ft to 5895m/19,341ft

Distance: 5km/3miles

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Arctic

 

Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Elevation: 5895m/19,341ft to 3000m/10,150ft

Distance: 13km/8miles  

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Arctic, Alpine Desert, Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping

After breakfast, we continue to descend down to Mweka Gate. Once you get to the gate and sign out, you will meet your team and you can now say goodbye to your mountain team before being transferred to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel, your guide will present you with your summit certificate.

 

DAY 9 FACTS

Elevation: 3000m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

Meals: Breakfast

PACKAGE

  • Package Inclusions
  • Travel Handbook

Included in Package

Airport Pick up and drop off

Pre and Post Trek Hotel accommodation 

Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, and taxes

Q-4 season mountain tents

Transportation to and from the mountain gate

Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters

3 meals per day whilst on the mountain

Filtered water throughout the trek

Excluded in Package

International flights
Traveler’s insurance
VISA
Drinks outside safari
Tipping (we recommend from $10 per person per day)

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