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Kilimanjaro climbing - Lemosho Route 8 days Itinerary

Kilimanjaro climbing – Lemosho Route 8 days Itinerary is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.

Lemosho Route starts on the west side of Kilimanjaro from Londorossi Gate. After which the trek continues through the profound rainforest to Shira level throughout the following two days. The trail at that point, moves eastbound of the Shira Plateau to the Lava Tower in a level climb. The route at that point heads down towards Barranco Valley by means of the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) (Google Map)

Departure Time

8:30AM After breakfast

What to Expect

Kilimanjaro climbing – Lemosho Route 8 days Itinerary after a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you’ll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from where the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That’s where you’ll embark on your adventure through all the climate zones – from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho route is one among  Pamoja Kilimanjaro & Safaris favorite route for reaching the roof of Africa.

Pamoja Kilimanjaro & Safaris team will ensure your dreams become reality

Itinerary

Day 1Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

  • Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, 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.

Day 2Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

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

We continue 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.

Day 3Shira 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 explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadow 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.

Day 4Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

  • Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15200ft down to 13000ft
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin 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.

Day 5Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley

  • Elevation: 13,000ft
  • Distance: 5km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After a climb of the Great Barranco Wall we continue around the southern ciruit train until we reach another sceneic location of Karanga Camp

Day 6 Day 6: - Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 15,091(ft)
Distance: 4km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Arctic

The trail from Karanga to Barafu reaches the bleak high desert of Kilimanjaro. Barafu Camp is a basic camp geared towards the business of reaching the summit.

Day 7Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak descent to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft descent to 10065ft
Distance: 18 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 13-14 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we 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 descent 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.

Day 8Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

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

On our last day, we continue the descent 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.

Killimanjaro Trekking Price Comparison

BUDGET PRICE
STANDARD PRICE
LUXURY PRICE

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8 Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $1435 $1350 $1305 $1250
Marangu Route 6 days $1545 $1450 $1405 $1350
Machame Route 6 days $1695 $1675 $1550 $1525
Machame Route 7 days $1775 $1675 $1595 $1550
Lemosho Route 6 days $1705 $1625 $1550 $1525
Lemosho Route 7 days $1805 $1705 $1625 $1550
Lemosho Route 8 days $1875 $1775 $1675 $1650
Rongai Route 6 days $1705 $1625 $1550 $1525
Rongai Route 7 days $1805 $1705 $1625 $1550
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $2075 $1975 $1825 $1795
Umbwe Route 6 days $1705 $1605 $1550 $1525
BUDGET PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Backpackers accommodations (Camping sites) before & after the climb, bed & breakfast basis, double occupancy
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
BUDGET PRICE NOT INCLUDE
  • Airfares and taxes
  • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry (available at the hotel)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
  • Snacks and personal medicine

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8 Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $ 1585 USD $ 1500 USD $ 1455 USD $ 1400 USD
Marangu Route 6 days $ 1695 USD $ $1600 USD $ 1555 USD $ 1500 USD
Machame Route 6 days $ 1845 USD $ 1745 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Machame Route 7 days $ 1925 USD $ 1825 USD $ 1745 USD $ 1700 USD
Lemosho Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Lemosho Route 7 days $ 1955 USD $ 1855 USD $ 1755 USD $ 1700 USD
Lemosho Route 8 days $ 2025 USD $ 1925 USD $ 1825 USD $ 1800 USD
Rongai Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Rongai Route 7 days $ 1955 USD $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $ 2225 USD $ 2125 USD $ 1975 USD $ 1945 USD
Umbwe Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1755 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
STANDARD PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Midrange accommodations before & after the climb, bed & breakfast basis, double occupancy(Key’s Hotel, Panama Lodge, Lindini Lodge)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mobile toilet
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, double layer sleeping bag 3 inches thick and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
STANDARD PRICE NOT INCLUDE
    • Airfares and taxes
    • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
    • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
    • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Laundry (available at the hotel)
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
    • Snacks and personal medicine

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $1735 $1650 $1605 $1550
Marangu Route 6 days $1845 $1750 $1705 $1650
Machame Route 6 days $1995 $1895 $1850 $1825
Machame Route 7 days $2075 $2005 $1895 $1850
Lemosho Route 6 days $2005 $1925 $1850 $1825
Lemosho Route 7 days $2105 $2005 $1905 $1850
Lemosho Route 8 days $2175 $2075 $1975 $1950
Rongai Route 6 days $2005 $1925 $1850 $1825
Rongai Route 7 days $2105 $2005 $1925 $1850
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $2375 $2275 $2125 $2095
Umbwe Route 6 days $1855 $1905 $1850 $1825
LUXURY PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • 4 STARS accommodations before & after the climb, FB. (WERUWERU RIVER LODGE, KIBO PALACE, KILI WONDERS HOTEL)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mobile toilet
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, sleeping bag & pad 3 inches thick, Mattress and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
LUXURY PRICE NOT INCLUDE
    • Airfares and taxes
    • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
    • Drinks at hotel
    • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Laundry (available at the hotel)
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
    • Snacks and personal medicine

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