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Lemosho Route

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The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic views on all 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. Ultimate Kilimanjaro specializes in guiding the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

The Lemosh route is one of the newer routes on the mountain and shares a portion of the same path as the Machame route, although it holds a few advantages over that route that make it worth considering, particularly for travelers who have some extra time.

The starting point for the Lemosho route trek up Kilimanjaro is in the west, so you can already imagine what the sunsets will be like. This is one of the longer routes, and it boasts some fantastic scenic variation. It also offers more time to acclimatize, giving it the highest success rate of any of the main routes.

You walk through the Lemosho rainforest for two days on this route; camping in the luscious forest is a true treat on the first night. Then onto the more open, heather-covered slopes that lead up to Shira Plateau – which involves a wonderful hike across the entire plain from west to east, on a relatively flat trail.

Other routes intersect this Plateau, but this one embraces every bit of it and you pitch camp bang in the middle of it. Watching the mists fall over the plateau all around you is something else.

Kilimanjaro also has a high summit success rate because of its good acclimatization profile. The path ascends the western slope, then travels south of the peak to approach it from the east. You descend the southeastern slope. The Lemosho is a great route for climbing to the 'roof of Africa'!

Map & Itinerary


Lemosho Glades (3,500 m)
Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m)

  • Hiking distance: 5 km
  • Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle (roughly 3 to 4 hours) to Kilimanjaro National Park's western entrance: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group continues upwards towards their drop off point by off-road vehicles (reaching 3,500 meters). Here you can see stunning views of the Shira Plateau for the first time.

The route from your drop off point to your first high-altitude camp Shira 1 features a small gain in altitude and is not too physically challenging. Due to this, you will be able to properly begin the process of acclimatization. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:

  • Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
  • Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.

At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.


Shira 1 Camp


Trekking from Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp:
Change in Elevation:
- Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m)
- Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m)

  • Hiking distance: 7 km
  • Hiking time: 3 to 4 hours

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation:
- Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m)
- Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,110 m)

  • Hiking distance: 2 km
  • Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours

Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second high altitude camp: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting.

When you arrive to camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp that features a 200-meter gain in altitude.

Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.


Shira 2 Camp


Change in Elevation:
- Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m)
- Lava Tower (4,630 m)
- Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

  • Hiking distance: 12 km
  • Hiking time: 6 to 8 hours

After breakfast you will leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1 to 2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.

Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.

Note: If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters.


Barranco Camp


Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp:
Change in Elevation:
- Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
- Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

  • Hiking distance: 5 km
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Acclimatization hike:
Change in Elevation:
- Karanga Camp (4,035 m)
- Destination point en route to Barafu Camp (4,270 m)

  • Hiking distance: 2.5 km
  • Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours

Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.

Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back down to the camp.


Karanga Camp

Day 5 - Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp:
-Change in Elevation: 
-Karanga Camp (4,035 m) 
-Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

  • Hiking distance: 6 km
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Acclimatization hike:
- Change in Elevation: 
- Barafu Camp (4,640 m) 
- Kosovo Camp (4,800 m)

  • Hiking distance: 2 km
  • Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours

In the morning after breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.


Barranco Camp

Day 6 - Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Change in Elevation:
- Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
- Uhuru Peak (5,895 m)
- Millennium Camp (3,820 m)

  • Hiking distance: 15 km
  • Hiking time: 8 to 12 hours

Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).

Note: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.


Millennium Camp

Day 7 - Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Change in Elevation:
- Millennium Camp (3,820 m)
- Mweka Gate (1,650 m)

  • Hiking distance: 12 km
  • Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,650 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you a transfer back to the hotel.


Mweka Gate


Spend an Extra day at Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780m) for better acclimatization.


Mkubwa Camp

What's Included

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees
  • Camping fees
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

What's Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Travel insurance
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek.
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain
  • Guides: $20/day/guide
  • Cook: $15/day
  • Porter: $10/day/porter

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