The Lemosho Route

Stunning Scenery with a high success rate

Lemosho Route Overview

Due to its length, and the ascent and descent over the duration of each expedition the Lemosho Route offers the best chance to summit Uhuru Peak at 5.985m. This route is unspoilt, remote, beautiful and not so frequently used on the way up to Shira Plateau. It is one of the few routes where an armed ranger accompanies groups, as the bush around the Lemosho Glades is rich in buffalo and other big game and takes you in some of the most beautiful geological features on the mountain e.g. Shira Plateau, Lava Tower, Baranca Wall. Descent is via Mweka Route.

Key Points:
  • Difficulty rating: +++
  • Approximate length: 96km
  • No. of Days: 7 or 8 (+2 nights accommodation in Hotel)
  • Quiet route with wildlife & fantastic view on the Western Kilimanjaro
  • Highest success rate because of best chances of acclimatization – ‘Climb High – Sleep Low’
  • Ascent and descent via different routes
Spectacular Scenery
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per person sharing

The Lemosho Route Day-to-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 Kilimanjaro Airport to Hotel in Arusha

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to hotel

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be greeted by one of our team and then driven to your lodge in Arusha where you can freshen up and relax into Tanzania.



ELEVATION        2.360m to 2.895m

DISTANCE          6km

TREK TIME        3-4 hours

CLIMATE            Mountain Forest

After breakfast in your hotel you will be given an overall briefing from your guide. At 9am you will be met by our staff, who will drive you several hours to the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro and to the Londrossi Gate, where our guides and porters will prepare and pack the equipment and supplies Once at the gate you will be given a packed lunch and after registration with the Kilimanjaro Park office, we will drive for another 45mins to Lemosho Glades where your trek will begin with ascending into the rainforest. You will ascend for approx. 3 hours in dense rain forest which could be very wet and muddy so be ready with your gaiters and trekking poles. During the trek we will have a break and you can enjoy the rest your packed lunch. We will reach the Mti Mkubwa Camp also known as 'Big Tree' Camp in late afternoon. After arrival, you will be taken to your camp and tent which has already been set up by the porters who ran ahead, where you will be greeted with boiled drinking water and hot washing water. Once you have freshened up and settled in, a hot dinner will be served in the mess-tent.


Todays hike is a long one.  There are some steep stretches as you traverse around and over the lava flows that make up the outer flanks of the Shira crater. You'll leave the forest zone a short while out of the camp and enter the heathland with the giant heather trees and St John's wort bushes.. The vegetation thins out to moorland habitat at the crater rim. then a short descent followed by a fairly flat stroll to camp. The camp is  on the western side of the Shira plateau. Late afternoons will often bring breath-taking first views of Kibo.

Altitude     3500m - 4200m
Distance    13km
Time           (approx.) 6 hours
The first few of hours today' trek are nice and easy, walking over blessedly flat terrain. You'll then leave the busier main trail which heads over to Shira 2 camp. Your guide will take along a very quiet alternative trail that will bring you toward the Lent hills. There's a couple of hours gradual ascent up to Moir camp, tucked in at the head of a valley. The afternoon can be spent taking a further acclimatisation hike up to the top of the lower Lents where you should have fabulous views over the Shira plateau and see Kili's little sister, Mount Meru, poking out through the clouds. Taking this alternative route and camp will aid your acclimatisation.
Altitude    4200m - 3950m
Distance   12km
Time          (approx.)  7 hours
Leaving this wonderfully quiet camp your trail starts to skirt around the southern slopes of Kibo.  You'll join the trails coming from the Shira camps where Lemosho and Machame  combine as 1 trail. The route passes Lava Tower a basalt plug over 60m high,. Here, if you're lucky, you'll have views of the Western Breach. This is your high point today. After this the trails descend down into the Barranco valley a stunning valley studded with giant groundsels and giant lobelia
Altitude       3950m - 4050m
Distance     7km
Time           (approx.) 4 hours
The morning climb today is a highlight for many. Scaling the Barranco wall. It can look daunting from camp, especially when you see the first porters negotiating the scrambles. It's not a difficult ascent and your guides will give you loads of help on the scrambly bits. Once you reach the top you'll hopefully be rewarded with an awesome view of the Kibo massif which suddenly appears alarmingly close. From here it's an undulating trail that leads you to the Karanga valley. There's just the valley to cross and you'll reach Karanga camp. Should the clouds part, you'll enjoy great views over the plains and of Kibo itself.
Altitude     4050m - 4600m
Distance   6km
Time         (approx.) 3-4 hours
You'll have a short, breathy walk, today following a mostly steady gradient up to Barafu camp. A hot lunch to pack in the energy for the summit bid. Plenty of time to prepare your kit and rest before your dinner and an early night.
Altitude     4600m - 5895m UHURU PEAK ! - 3830m
Distance    18km
Time          (approx.) 7-9 hours ascent 6-7 hours descent 

This is it ! It's the time to start the final ascent to Uhuru Peak ! It's a very, very early start. You'll begin your summit climb just after midnight. Crunching your way up the scree slopes of Kibo. It's a punishing slog but worth all the pain and effort. Possibly most amazing, sunrise you'll ever see will appear on the horizon behind Mawenzi. You'll probably be around Stella Point (5730m) at this time.  It's time for a much needed breather before walking around the top of the crater rim finally reaching Uhuru. Take some time to enjoy the views of the crater and glaciers. Then you'll retrace  your steps back to Barafu for breakfast and a rest. You'll then descend down to Millenium camp which will feel oxygen rich after the summit and enjoy a long nights sleep.

Altitude      3830m - 1800m
Distance     13km
Time            (approx.) 5-6 hours
Feeling refreshed this morning, you'll have time to thank your crew after breakfast. Then it's the final descent down to Mweka Gate. You'll pass back through the heath and forest zones. Look out for colobus monkeys !  At the gate your guide will arrange your certificates and our driver will be ready to whisk you away to your hotel for a lovely long hot shower and an evening of celebration.
If your time in Africa ends today our transfer team will drive you back to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your departure. If you have booked with KCC for a safari or a few days to dissolve into the pristine sandy beaches and tropical waters of Zanzibar, we will be there to help you comfortably transition from your climb into your next Tanzanian adventure.

What's Included

  • Return airport transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel
  • Two nights bed and breakfast hotel accommodation
  • An expedition briefing prior to leaving for the mountain
  • Kilimanjaro park entry permits
  • Kilimanjaro park camping permits
  • Mountain rescue permit
  • Helicopter evacuation registration fee
  • Bilingual guides
  • Expedition porters and cooks
  • Expedition food to include a hot breakfast,packed lunch, a hot evening meal and snack food available at camp + hot drinks.
  • Staff transport, meals & wages
  • High quality sleeping tents, 2 persons per tent
  • Mess tent with tables and chairs
  • Private toilet
  • Safety equipment to include short wave radios, a satellite phone, oxymeters, oxygen cylinder, large expedition first aid kit and means of evacuation.
  • Uhuru or Stella Point certificate of achievement

What's Not Included

  • Return flights to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Entry Visa ($50 Europe/ $ 100 USA) can be obtained on entry
  • Personal travel INSURANCE (specific to high altitude trekking and travel in rural Africa)
  • Gratuities
  • Vaccinations for travel to region

The Lemosho Route 10 Day Trek Availability

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