Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
11 Days
Age recommendations

Climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is quickly gaining the reputation of being the most scenic route on Kilimanjaro. It has one of her best summit success rates on the mountain due to its excellent acclimatization program. Although you could trek the entire route in 6 days, we highly recommend that 8 days is taken to fully enjoy the mountain experience. The route starts at then Londorossi Gate which is located in the lush rainforest environment on the western side of Kilimanjaro. The first part of the hike once you have made your way through the rainforest traverses Shira Plateau. An awesome expanse of volcanic rock that is very unique to the mountain. After the third day the trail joins the Machame route and follows what is known as the Southern Circuit. The advantage of the Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is that is has some incredible views of Kilimanjaro from all angles throughout the several days hiking. The total hiking distance is about 70km/42 miles and is therefore recommended to the climbers who have a better than average fitness level.

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is certainly one of the most naturally scenic routes to hike Kilimanjaro!

Having led more than 10 successful groups to the Summit of mount Kilimanjaro in as many attempts, we can confidently say that there is more than a 95% of summit success on the Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route.  The rainforest traverses are unique and that makes this hike a must, even if you have climbed Kilimanjaro before, you have to climb this route to "get all the badges", its simply a must climb.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Regarded as one of our favorite hikes in the world, the Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route not only surprises first-time climbers but also sees many experienced Kilimanjaro climbers do it a second time later on in their lives. The Lemosho route offers adventure, scenery and reward, book your climb today.  

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Day 1

Our climbs begin and end via flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route start to finish:

Distance: 76km / 47.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 4818m/ 15,807 ft
Elevation Loss: 4858m / 15,938 ft

The destination airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania. (JRO). Upon arrival you will met by one of representatives and transferred to the hotel in Moshi.

The drive takes just over an hour. Once there we assist you in checking in. The rest of the day depending on what time you arrive is reserved for you to relax.


Day 2

After breakfast we the whole team will sit down for a detailed briefing session. We will cover all aspects of the climb as well as an equipment check.

If you need to hire any equipment or have misplaced anything, we can assist through the onsite gear rental shop.  After Lunch we will explore the bustling and vibrant town of Moshi.


Day 3

After breakfast, we load up the 4×4 vehicle and make our way through to the Londorossi gate. The drive takes about 2 hours and is very scenic as we find ourselves winding through the many coffee plantations and the beginning of Kilimanjaro’s famous rainforest.

Once we get to the gate, we will first introduce you to the rest of the team. The next step is registering with the Parks Board authorities. We sign in, conclude all the necessary paper work for the hike and then your dream of climbing Kilimanjaro finally becomes a reality.

The trek does not start there however. We pile back into the 4x 4 and drive through some incredible farmland where you will get to see some amazing views of the plains below. When we get to the Lemosho trail head we will meet the rest of the porter team.

The porters play a massive role in the success of your journey on Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route. Not only will they provide insight onto their culture and society, they are going to leave a mark on your heart and will definitely walk away friends after the climb As far as the hiking goes, today is an easy day.

The path winds through some beautiful and really think forest until we reach our first camp on your Kilimanjaro climb-The Big Tree camp

Lemoasho Route Climb Summary Kilimanjaro

End: Big Tree Camp 2850m / 9,200 ft
Elev gain: 750m/ 2,440 ft.
Time: 4 hours on average
Distance: About 5km / 3 miles


Day 4

After breakfast, we continue our climb towards the Shira 1 Camp. On this particular stretch of the hike you will start to get a feeling of really being in the wilderness.

We trek through the rainforest and into the Heath/Moorlands. The landscape is surreal and is the usually accompanied by a delicate mist which just adds to the magical feel of the mountain environment. The camp site for the night is situated at 11,500 ft. on a volcanic plateau known as Shira.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climb Summary

End: Shira I camp 3505m / 11,500’ft
Elev gain: 700m, 2,300 ft.
Time: 7 hours average
Distance: About 9km, 5.6 miles


Day 5

After a scrumptious breakfast prepared by our cook, we head on upwards to Moir camp at 13,500ft. The trek traverses the main bulk of the Shira Plateau towards a giant lava flow where the camp has been set up.

The trek today is pretty easy and the terrain is still through  what is known as the Moorlands zone of the mountain. In terms of your position on Kilimanjaro, you are just above Kenya on the Northest side of the mountain. Moir campo is spectacular to day the least. It is situated beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climb Summary

End: Moir camp 4114m / 13,500 ft
Elev gain: 600m / 2,000ft
Time: 6 hours average
Distance: About 10km, 6 miles 


Day 6

Today sees the hike ascending the mountain to our camo site for the evening situated below a massive volcanic outcrop known as Lava Tower at 15,909ft. Lava Tower is situated below the Western Breach which arguably the longest ice cliff in Africa.

After spending the last 2 days trekking through the heath zone, we will slowly make our way into the Alpine Desert zone of Kilimanjaro. Today is a relatively shorter day compared to the first couple of days climbing.

Because we are going to be sleeping at an altitude of 15,000 feet, today is a critical day for acclimatizing to higher camps on the mountain. If you are up for it you can take the challenge of climbing to the top of the Lava Tower where there are some incredible views of Kilimanjaro and the campsite below.

Because we are going to be sleeping at an altitude of 15,000 feet, today is a critical day for acclimatizing to higher camps on the mountain. If you are up for it you can take the challenge of climbing to the top of the Lava Tower where there are some incredible views of Kilimanjaro and the campsite below.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climb Summary

End: Lava Tower camp 4600m / 15,090 ft
Elev gain: 490m / 1,500 ft
Time: 3.5 hours average
Distance: About 5km, 3.1 miles 


Day 7

Today is a long and probably the most challenging day on the Kilimanjaro Lemosho route so far. From the Lava Tower camp we hike down through the spectacular Barranco valley before ascending the infamous Barranco Wall. Today is an excellent day in terms of acclimatisation. Our campsite for the night is situated at Karanga at 13,300ft

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climb Summary

End: Karanga camp 4053m / 13,300 ft
Elev gain: 442m/ 1,450 ft
Elev loss: 762m / 2,500 ft
Time: 7 hours average
Distance: About 11km, 7 miles


Day 8

A relatively short day today as we prepare for the final summit attempt. From the Karanga River we climb for about 5 hours to our high camp at Barafu situated at an elevation of 15600ft.

The hike is really scenic as we find ourselves meandering through a high desert plateau covered in volcanic boulders. The first glimpses of Kilimanjaro sister, Mowenzi Peak can will come into view from the South.

Once we get to Barafu, we settle down and prepare for an early morning start at midnight. So basically the rest of the day is spent staying hydrated and resting.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climb Summary

End: Barafu Camp 4760m / 15,600 ft.
Elev gain: 700m, 2,300 ft.
Time: 5 hours
Distance: About 5km, 3 miles


Day 9

Finally the day you have been dreaming of-Summit day! We will wake you up with a steaming cup of tea and spend the next hour preparing your gear and clothing for the ascent. The route up to Stella Point will take about 5 hours.

This section of the climb is where your mental and physical stamina is going to be tested more than any other section on Kilimanjaro lemosho Route.  We climb wearing headlamps until the predawn light is reflected off the African plains. After a brief rest at Stella Point, we traverse northwest along the summit ridge to the main summit, Uhuru Peak at 19340 ft.

There are some incredible views of the crater as well as the Bismarck Towers, rock pinnacles along the rim and the hanging Rebman Glaciers. You will then be rewarded with the best African sunrise ever, and dare we say the highest African sunrise you will ever get to see.

After about half an hour on the summit we will begin our descent to Barafu where breakfast and hot tea will be waiting for you. After breakfast we start the trek down to Millenium Camp at 13,000ft

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climb Summary

Summit: Uhuru Peak 5896m / 19,344 ft.
Elev gain: 1136m, 3726 ft.
Time: 14 – 19 hours
Distance: About 20km, 12 miles


Day 10

After one of the best night’s sleep who may ever have, we awake to an awesome sunrise with the mighty Kilimanjaro towering above us.

We descend through the lush green landscape of the Mweka route into the thickest jungle we have yet encountered. Surrounded by 20ft trees and the lush rainforest you will think you have woken up in a scene from Avatar.

After reaching the Mweka Gate we will load our gear onto the 4×4 and take the 1 hour drive back to the hotel in Moshi where the rest of the night is set aside for the well-earned celebrations.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climb Summary

End: Mweka Gate 1800m / 5,580 ft.
Elev loss: 1300m, 5,900 ft.
Time: 4- 5 hours
Distance: About 7km, 4 miles


Day 11

After breakfast. You will transferred back to the Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight home or alternative destination.

Our routes take us through the 5 micro climates of Kilimanjaro

We have an over 95% success rate on the Kilimanjaro Lemosho route

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is regarded as very scenic

The Lemosho route has less traffic

The route joins up with the Machame Route on day 3

Indulge in a 5 star hiking experience which includes dining tents, portable toilets, trained cooks and a dynamic and friendly African porter team

If you book onto one of scheduled trips you will accompanied by one of our African Adventures team leaders


Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to and Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
2 Nights, twin-shared, hikers class accommodation in a hotel in Moshi, with bed and breakfast (dinner can be arranged on request and at additional cost)
Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees and climbing permits.
Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
Pulse-Oximeter carried by all chief guides and daily check up on all hikers
Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by KINAPA
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs & sleeping mat)
Water for washing up daily
Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
Dedicated Kilimanjaro Trip Planner
Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
Private climb only guaranteed with 5 hikers or more, if your group size are 4 hikers or less will additional cost apply to have a private climb
18% tourism VAT


Flights and airport taxes
Items of a personal nature
Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker – depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
Visa for Tanzania
Health requirements (Yellow Fever)
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Personal hiking/trekking gear – you can rent some of the gear once in Tanzania
Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets
Meals & drinks not specified

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November 15, 2016

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