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The Lemosho Route stands out as a remarkably scenic trail for trekking Mount Kilimanjaro, known for its unparalleled beauty.

10 Days

9 Nights

Lemosho Route

Experience Price

From $2,950 per person

Lemosho Route

10 Days

9 Nights

Experience Price

From $2,950 per person


This path traverses the entire Shira Plateau, offering a delightful and relatively flat hike from west to east. Compared to other routes, the Lemosho Route maintains lower levels of congestion until it merges with the Machame Route near Lava Tower. Although a relatively newer route, it presents distinct advantages that make it a compelling choice, especially for travellers with extra time to spare. Embarking from the Londorossi Gate on the western flanks of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Lemosho Route guides adventurers through one of the more secluded sections of the mountain. Enveloped by a captivating rainforest, hikers may even catch glimpses of wildlife along the way. The forest teems with black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, small lizards, and a diverse array of birds. Subsequently, the trail leads to the expansive Shira Plateau, where hikers can effortlessly traverse its west-to-east expanse on terrain that is both gentle and straightforward.

The initial stages of the Lemosho Route provide ample solitude, as this path sees significantly fewer trekkers compared to the Machame and Marangu routes. Consequently, this already exceptional trek becomes even more awe-inspiring, as there are moments when it feels like having the entire mountain to oneself. Eventually, as the Lemosho route merges with the Machame route, the foot traffic increases. Nevertheless, if seeking tranquillity during the initial phase of the climb, the Lemosho Route proves to be an excellent option. While the Lemosho Route shares certain scenic spots, such as the Lava Tower and Barranco Wall, with the Machame Route, it boasts unique vistas of the surrounding landscapes during the early days. These views remain unparalleled and cannot be observed from any other part of the mountain. Travellers have the opportunity to wander through pristine rainforests and ascend to the breathtaking Shira Plateau, where panoramic vistas await above the treeline. Due to its remote nature and extended route, the Lemosho Route requires a few additional days for the trek. Most individuals spend around seven to eight days on this trail, leading to a considerably higher success rate in reaching the summit.

Experience Expectation

Embarking on a 10-day Lemosho Route itinerary to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro fills the hearts of adventurous souls with lofty expectations. The journey begins amidst the lush rainforests, teeming with diverse flora and fauna, setting the stage for an awe-inspiring ascent. As the trek continues, the landscape transforms, revealing breathtaking vistas of rolling moorlands and rocky terrain. With each passing day, climbers embrace the physical and mental challenges, drawing strength from the camaraderie forged among fellow trekkers.

As the altitude increases, anticipation builds for the remarkable views from the renowned Shira Plateau and the grandeur of the Barranco Wall. Finally, the pinnacle of the journey arrives at Uhuru Peak, standing proudly at 5,895 meters, where climbers can relish the unparalleled sense of accomplishment and witness the panoramic majesty of the African continent stretching out below. A 10-day Lemosho Route itinerary on Mount Kilimanjaro promises not only a physical conquest but also an immersive experience that touches the soul and leaves a lasting impression of the indomitable human spirit.


  • Scenic beauty: Beautiful landscapes, stunning views.
  • Straightforward path: Well-defined and easy to follow.
  • Hut accommodations: Comfortable sleeping arrangements.
  • Less gear required: No need for camping equipment.
  • High success rate: Popular route with a good summit success rate.
  • Cultural encounters: Interact with local Chagga people.
  • Gradual ascent: Helps with acclimatization.
  • Established trail: Well-maintained and established path.
  • Milder climate: Lower altitude and rainforest sections.
  • Personal achievement: Conquering Africa’s highest peak.

Experience Suitability

  • Adventure enthusiasts seeking a challenging climb.
  • Experienced hikers with prior high-altitude trekking experience.
  • Individuals who prefer a longer duration for acclimatization.
  • Nature lovers looking to explore diverse landscapes.
  • Those desiring a less crowded route with scenic views.
  • Groups or solo climbers aiming for a successful summit.
  • People in good physical condition with proper fitness training.

Day to Day Experience

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our representative will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. Take this day to rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead.

  • From: Londorossi Gate (7,742 ft)
  • To: Mti Mkubwa Camp (9,498 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After an early breakfast, we drive to the Londorossi Gate, where we complete the necessary registration procedures. From there, our trek begins through the lush rainforest of Mount Kilimanjaro. The trail winds its way through a magnificent natural environment, filled with towering trees and a variety of birdlife. Our first campsite, Mti Mkubwa Camp, offers a tranquil setting to spend the night.

  • From: Mti Mkubwa Camp (9,498 ft)
  • To: Shira 1 Camp (11,499 ft)
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Today, we leave the rainforest behind and enter the vast moorland zone. As we ascend, the vegetation becomes sparse, and we are treated to stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The trail takes us to Shira 1 Camp, where we set up camp for the night. Here, we can appreciate the unique beauty of the moorland and enjoy a peaceful evening under the starry sky.

  • From: Shira 1 Camp (11,499 ft)
  • To: Shira 2 Camp (12,598 ft)
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Continuing our trek, we make our way from Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp. The landscape becomes even more expansive and rugged as we ascend higher. Walking across the moorland, we are surrounded by unique vegetation adapted to the harsh mountain environment. Shira 2 Camp provides a picturesque setting to spend the night, with stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

  • From: Shira 2 Camp (12,598 ft)
  • To: Barranco Camp (12,956 ft)
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us to the imposing Lava Tower, standing at an elevation of 15,190 feet. This is an important acclimatization point on our journey. After taking in the breathtaking views, we descend to Barranco Camp. The descent allows us to regain energy and prepare for the following day’s adventure. Along the way, we are treated to stunning vistas of the alpine desert landscape.

  • From: Barranco Camp (12,956 ft)
  • To: Karanga Camp (13,106 ft)
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we conquer the famous Barranco Wall, a thrilling rock scramble that requires careful navigation. This challenging section rewards us with remarkable views of glaciers and valleys. Continuing along the southern slopes of Kibo, we make our way to Karanga Camp. Here, we rest and prepare for the next day’s adventure.

  • From: Karanga Camp (13,106 ft)
  • To: Barafu Camp (15,331 ft)
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Leaving Karanga Camp, we embark on a short but steep ascent towards Barafu Camp. The landscape transitions into an otherworldly alpine desert, with sparse vegetation and rocky terrain. Barafu Camp, situated on a rocky ridge, serves as our base camp for the summit attempt. We rest and prepare for the challenging ascent that awaits us.

  • From: Barafu Camp (15,331 ft)
  • To: Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft) and Millennium Camp (12,467 ft)
  • Distance: 4 km ascent, 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours to reach the summit, 5-6 hours to descend to Millennium Camp
  • Habitat: Arctic

Today is the highlight of our journey as we embark on the final push to the summit, Uhuru Peak. Starting in the early hours of the morning, we make our way up the steep slopes, navigating through scree and icy patches. As we reach the summit just before dawn, we are rewarded with an awe-inspiring sunrise and a sense of accomplishment. After celebrating our achievement, we begin our descent to Millennium Camp, where we spend the night.

  • From: Millennium Camp (12,467 ft)
  • To: Mweka Gate (5,400 ft)
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Our final descent takes us through the lush rainforest, offering a pleasant change from the higher altitude landscapes. As we make our way down, we reflect on our remarkable journey and cherish the sights and sounds of the vibrant rainforest. At Mweka Gate, we receive our summit certificates and bid farewell to our mountain crew. From there, a vehicle will transport us to Mweka Village and onward to our hotel in Moshi.

Today marks the end of our unforgettable adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro. After breakfast, we bid farewell and our team will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. You can depart with a sense of accomplishment, cherished memories, and the knowledge that you have conquered one of the world’s most iconic peaks.

Please note that the itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions, group pace, and the overall well-being of the trekkers. Our experienced guides will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your safety and enhance your trekking experience.

Experience Accommodation

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Upon your arrival in Arusha, you will be accommodated at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha, Arusha Serena Hotel or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha. Both hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options, providing you with a relaxing environment to rest and prepare for your Kilimanjaro trek.

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During the trek on the Machame Route, you will be provided with high-quality camping equipment, including spacious tents, sleeping mats, and dining facilities. Each night, our experienced team will set up the camp at designated campsites along the route. The campsites are carefully selected to offer scenic views and a comfortable setting for a good night’s rest. You will be provided with comfortable sleeping arrangements to ensure you are well-rested for each day’s trekking.

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Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, you will be transferred back to either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha, Arusha Serena Hotel or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha, where you can unwind, relax, and celebrate your accomplishment. Both hotels offer modern amenities, comfortable rooms, and excellent services to ensure you have a pleasant post-trek experience. You can enjoy a hot shower, indulge in delicious meals, and take some time to rejuvenate before continuing your onward journey or departing for your home country.

Please note that the specific accommodation arrangements may vary depending on availability and other factors. Our team will make every effort to ensure your comfort and provide suitable accommodation options throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour.

Rates per Person

  • 1 Person

  • 2- 4 people

  • 5- 7 people

  • 8- 10 people

Experience Inclusion & Exclusion

  • All camping and hut fees
  • All Entry fees.
  • All camping gears.
  • High-Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress & Pillow
  • Duffle Bags or Sleeping Bags (- 10°C)
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Oximeter machine
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Experienced and friendly trek staff (cooks and porters) and their salaries.
  • Meals (3 times per day)
  • Boiled/Purified drinking water.
  • Cook and kitchen utensils.
  • 18% VAT
  • English-speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Special Language Guide (for $20 per guide, per day)
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Daily briefing
  • 25% discount on gear rental (the discount applies for online shopping only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide.
  • International and local flights from back home
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters.
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Hotels for before and after trek night (available as an add-on)
  • Airport Transfer (50$ one way per car)
  • Personal mountain gear (We offer high-quality Gear Rental, see below for more info)


Safari Transportation

We understand the importance of comfortable and reliable transportation during your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. To ensure a seamless experience, we provide transportation services for various stages of your journey.

Airport Pickup:

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our professional driver will be waiting to greet you. We offer transportation options depending on the size of your group. For smaller groups or individual travellers, we provide a Toyota Alphard, a spacious and comfortable vehicle ideal for airport transfers. For larger groups, we have a Safari Land Cruiser, which offers ample space for both passengers and luggage. Our experienced driver will safely transport you from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, whether it’s the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Trek Day:

On the day of your trek, we will arrange transportation from your hotel in Arusha to the starting point of your chosen route. We utilize a private Coaster shuttle bus, which provides a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. The shuttle bus is spacious, allowing you to relax and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. Our experienced driver will ensure a smooth journey as you head towards the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, ready to embark on your trekking expedition.

After Trek:

Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, we will arrange transportation from the mountain back to your hotel in Arusha. Our private Coaster shuttle bus will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you safely and comfortably. You can relax and reflect on your incredible achievement as our driver navigates the scenic routes back to your accommodation at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Airport Dropoff:

When it’s time to bid farewell to Tanzania, we will arrange transportation from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. For airport drop-off, we offer both the Toyota Alphard and Safari Land Cruiser, depending on the number of clients and their respective transportation needs. Our reliable driver will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner, allowing you to catch your flight with ease.

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. Our well-maintained vehicles and experienced drivers will provide a smooth and enjoyable transportation experience, allowing you to focus on immersing yourself in the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes and the thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Important to Know

The Lemosho Route is a scenic and less crowded route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some important things to know about the Lemosho Route:

  1. Difficulty: The Lemosho Route is considered to be a moderately difficult route. It offers a gradual ascent profile, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude. However, it still involves challenging sections and requires a good level of physical fitness and mental preparation.
  2. Scenery: The Lemosho Route provides stunning and diverse scenery throughout the trek. You will pass through lush rainforests, moorlands, alpine deserts, and breathtaking landscapes. The route offers panoramic views and excellent photo opportunities.
  3. Remote and Less Crowded: The Lemosho Route is less crowded compared to some other routes, making it a great choice for those seeking a quieter and more remote experience. The trail offers a sense of solitude and allows you to connect with the natural surroundings.
  4. Wildlife: The Lemosho Route passes through Kilimanjaro’s western slopes, which are known for their rich biodiversity. There is a chance to spot various wildlife species, including monkeys, antelopes, and a variety of bird species, adding to the unique experience of the trek.
  5. Campsites: The Lemosho Route features well-spaced and scenic campsites, providing a comfortable camping experience. The campsites are equipped with basic facilities such as toilets and dining areas. Camping equipment, including tents, and sleeping bags, is typically provided by the tour operator.
  6. Acclimatization: The Lemosho Route offers excellent acclimatization opportunities. The longer duration and gradual ascent profile increase your chances of acclimatizing properly, reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses. It is important to follow a slow and steady pace and stay hydrated throughout the trek.
  7. Summit Day: The summit attempt on the Lemosho Route typically begins in the early hours of the morning. You will face a challenging ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb is physically demanding, especially during the final ascent, but the sense of achievement and the panoramic views from the summit are truly rewarding.
  8. Guide and Support Team: Climbing the Lemosho Route requires the assistance of experienced guides and a support team. They will provide guidance, and support, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. It is essential to choose a reputable tour operator that provides trained and knowledgeable staff.
  9. Training and Preparation: Proper physical training and preparation are crucial for a successful climb. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to improve your fitness level and endurance. It is also important to pack the necessary gear and clothing suitable for varying weather conditions.

Remember, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route is a challenging adventure. It is important to choose a reputable tour operator, listen to your body, and follow the guidance of your guides. With proper preparation, determination, and a positive mindset, you can have an unforgettable experience and stand atop the majestic Uhuru Peak.

Travel Insurance

All our Tours are covered by AMREF Flying Doctors Travel insurance

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our clients during their Tanzania safari and Kilimanjaro climb tours. That’s why we have partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to provide comprehensive tourist insurance coverage for all our trips within Tanzania.


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