Lemosho Route

Checking the trail ahead on Lemosho route

Checking the trail ahead on Lemosho route.

Climb Kilimanjaro on Lemosho route:

This is a remote and spectacular trekking experience, with dramatic gorges and views of West Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho route trail joins the Machame route for the final summit ascent via Stella Point.

Lemosho route can be climbed in seven days, but taking eight days to climb is better for acclimatizing your body in preparation for a successful summit attempt. Descent is via Mweka route.

8 trekking days.

Day 1:

Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to your Moshi hotel for overnight. Dinner and additional airport transfers can be included on request.

Day 2: 

The day begins with a long drive to Lemosho Gate for registration (2100m). Pass through village communities to the trail head to start hiking along a narrow forest path. Reach Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite (2,750m) in 3 to 4 hours.

Day 3:

An early start. Leaving the forest, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone towards Gane and Marshall One Valley, followed by a more gentle grade trek across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave Camp. Catch a glimpse of the infamous Arrow glacier (3,500m, 6-7 hours).

Day 4:

Hiking eastwards, Lemosho route crosses the moorland meadows of Shira Plateau and Shira Cathedral to reach Shira Camp 2 for dinner and overnight camping (3,840m).

Day 5:

Ascend to the base of the Lava Tower on a rocky and rugged path (4,630m – 5 to 6 hrs). Stop for lunch. This is a short distance ascending hike to help acclimatization. From the Lava Tower there is a 680m descent to Baranco camp site (3,950m, 2-3 hours) and your tent. The camp is situated in a valley below the Western Breach and Great Baranco Wall.

Day 6:

The route starts as a scramble up Baranco Wall (not as difficult as it looks from the base camp) to top out just below the Heim Glacier. The route then heads into the Karanga Valley and the camp where you will stay overnight. This is a short hiking day of 2 to 3 hours to help your body to acclimatize to the high altitude. Dinner and overnight camping (Karanga, 4000m).

Day 7:

After breakfast, leave Karanga Camp. Begin hiking through alpine vegetation, which becomes noticeably more sparse as the trail ascends. If there is no cloud cover you may get a good view of Mawenzi peak. After 4 to 5 hours hiking reach Barafu camp site. After dinner you will be briefed on the Kilimanjaro summit ascent before retiring to your tent for rest (Barafu, 4,550m).

Day 8: 

Around midnight expect a wake-up with hot drinks and snacks provided by your summit crew. The Kilimanjaro summit ascent is started around midnight on a frozen path. The climb up to Stella Point is steep but then the route flattens out along the crater rim before ascending again to reach the ice-capped summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m, 1-2 hours). After a short rest and celebration photos, begin the descent to return to Barafu camp for breakfast and another short rest before heading down the trail to Mweka campsite (3100m).

Day 9:

After an early breakfast, a 4 to 5 hour scenic hike on a rocky path will take you back to Mweka national park gate to pick up your certificates and to join the waiting vehicle for the journey back to the hotel in Moshi (dinner can be included on request).

Day 10:

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure or on to another activity (priced separately).

Add another activity.

Enjoy a wildlife safari or add a beach location to your Kilimanjaro climb.