8 DAYS LEMOSHO

THE OVERVIEW

The Lemosho route is termed as the most scenic trail of the Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic views on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rates. We specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climbing Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu Camp. We offerLemosho as an eight day group climb or as a seven to eight day private climb. The seven day variation combines days five and six, going from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without skipingKaranga Camp. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

A glimpse of Lemosho route in photos

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THE ITINERARY

A NOTE ON THE FLEXIBILITY OF THIS ITINERARY

  • Please note that our itineraries are flexible and we customize them according to your needs. 
  • Airport pick up and drop off are optional, meaning if you are already in Moshi or Arusha or you can arrange your own airport transfers, we can take them out of the price for this tour.
  • Pre and post trek accommodations are optional.

We depart Moshi town for Londrossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours’ drive, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.
Londorossi Gate to MtiMkubwa  -Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles                   -Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

We move on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

MtiMkubwa to Shira 1 Camp  -Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km/ 5miles              -Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Health

Wesightsee the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut   -Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft

Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles     -Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

We start the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.


Moir Hut to Lava Tower  -Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles    -Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to BarrancoCamp  -Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km/2 miles               -Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. Once more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization. Baranco is among most of climber’s memorable area.

Barranco Camp to KarangaCamp -Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles                    -Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

Karanga Camp to BarafuCamp  -Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles                -Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (around midnight), The Wildmasters Guide awake you to begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descend continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


Barafu Camp to UhuruPeak  -Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles           -Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to MwekaCamp  -Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles          -Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we continue the descend from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.


Mweka Camp to MwekaGate  -Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles            -Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

And here will be end of your Kilimanjaro mountain trek.

PRICING

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Below are our standard price includes and excludes. These may change depending on how you want to customize your tour.

Tour price Includes:

  • Government taxes
  • Bottled drinking water.
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board accommodation
  • All park fees and emergency evacuation insurance
  • 4×4 jeep with pop-up roof for 360 degrees game viewing

Tour price excludes:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre/post accommodation
  • Items of personal nature (e.g. cameras, visa, and travel insurance)

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