Among other routes to Kilmanjaro, Lemosho route should be the most competitive route of all because of its’ scenic and trail development. Unlike the most popular and crowded Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat climb. The best thing as an added bonus is that climbers will meet few people while climbing until the route joins the Machame route. Later, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. Both Machame route and Lemosho route descends through the Mweka route. And the climber can decide to have a stop at Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp before heading out.
The Lemosho Route is generally considered to be the unsurpassed route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Although not too long ago, there were only two main routes used to climb Kilimanjaro – the Marangu (Coca Cola) route and the Machame (Whiskey) route but following the increase of number of climbers and increased interest to try new routes, the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) created more climbing trails to Kilimanjaro Uhuru peak. The trek using the Lemosho route starts above the Londorosi Gate, already at an altitude of 2360 meters. This route takes longer, is often considered to be the most scenically-varied, and as a newer route it experiences lower numbers of trekkers. More time is spent in the atmospheric rainforest and the extra time spent acclimatizing means a high success rate in reaching the summit.
With the years of experience our company has enjoyed, you can be assured that our knowledgeable and, above all, passionate staff, will take care of all the complex and important arrangements for the climb of this legendary mountain. We want you to have the best possible Kilimanjaro climb experience!
Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of the world’ feeling
A more relaxed pace than other routes, but longer in time and distance. But very challenging!
Stunning views as you ascend, with arguably the best photo opportunities, possible wildlife experiences on Day One
Discover Shira Plateau and Barranco
Climb the Lava Tower!
Dedicated guides, porters and cooks – a great team to help you on your way
Please arrive by 07:30 AM for a prompt departure at 08:00 AM
Approximately 5:30 PM
.2 Nights accommodation in Arusha in a Standard Hotel Quality, waterproof private mountain tents Professional, experienced, mountain guides
.All Park fees:
.All meals while on the Mountain
.Arrival and Departure transfers
.Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
.Mess tents with table and chairs
.Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
.Clean, purified drinking water
.Crisis management and safety procedures
.Insurance and ethical treatment of porters
.2 nights luxury hotel in Arusha / Moshi (FB)
.Emergency Oxygen Tank
.Extra Sleeping Bag
.Assistant porter to carry your daypack everyday
Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Hotel
Depending on your arrival arrangement, if you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our company driver on uniform will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha depending on the prior arrangement to relax after your flight and naturally acclimatize while getting used to the local weather. Your professional Mount Kilimanjaro guide will meet you at the hotel for gear check and climb briefing. It is good time to interact and know each other before your hike. If you need to go out for dinner, at another hotel or restaurant, kindly let the company know and help you organize it for you in advance.
Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa ('Big Tree Camp')
Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft Distance: 6 km Hiking Time:3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest
After an early breakfast (07.00), we leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Londorossi Gate for registration around 12.00, and in time to have our picnic lunch. After Londorossi, we have a short drive to the start-point of today's walk. Today our walk is a distance of 7km, with an expected 3.5 to 4 hours of walking time. Our starting altitude is some 2100 meters and we finish at 2700 meters. Our approach to the mountain is from the west and some people say this provides the best views of Kilimanjaro. At the start of our walk, we may be lucky enough to spy some colobus or blue monkeys, though an encounter with buffalo, elephant or leopard would be rare nowadays. Our walk, steadily upwards, is a wonderful experience, with fantastic forest and some colorful flowers. Mti Mkubwa Camp ('Big Tree Camp') is normally reached by 18.00 and dinner is served at 19.30.
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa ('Big Tree Camp') to Shira 1 Camp
Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft Distance: 8 km Hiking Time 5-6 hours Habitat: Moorland
You will soon become used to the early, 07.00 breakfasts and our departure time is at 08.00. Although our walking distance is similar to yesterday, today we will be ascending from 2700 metres to 3500 meters and we expect a longer walking time of between 6.5 and 7 hours. Today, the trees of our first day thin out, we eventually leave the forest environment behind as we move onto the moorland and are able to get our first view of both the Shira Plateau and Kibo itself. As ever, you should concentrate on walking polepole (slowly) to reduce the chances of feeling unwell. Our direction is largely eastwards, picnic lunch is taken around 13.00. Walking is steep at first after lunch, but then flattens and with the snow-topped Kibo ahead of you, you descend slightly to the Shira 1 Camp. Arriving at around 16:00, our dinner will be ready at 18:30.
Day 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 camp
Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft Distance: 14 km Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Moorland Compared to yesterday, our climbing today is less (350 meters of ascent) and takes us up to an altitude of 3850 meters. The distance we cover will be similar, at approximately 7km. It is a steady, uphill climb and you should expect about 3.5 to 4 hours of walk time in total. Our breakfast today is at the civilized hour of 08.00 and our departure one hour later. We set off in a south-eastern direction across the moor and heathland of the Shira Plateau. Buffalo, dik-dik and klipspringer graze here and can occasionally be seen. We intend to reach Shira 2 Camp - which is also known as Shira Huts - by 13:00, in time to be served a hot lunch. Dinner tonight will be at 18:00.
Day 5: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft Distance: 7 km Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Semi Desert
Today we are back to our early, 07:00 breakfast time, ready for 08:30 departure. We have around 10km to cover, but although we will finish our day only 90 meters higher than we started it, in between we have to climb to the foot of the Lava Tower (4267 meters) before we then descend once more, down to Barranco for our overnight stop. You can expect around 6.5 to 7 hours of walking, during which time you leave the Shira Ridge and the Lemosho Route joins up with the more popular Machame trail. The scenery today changes to predominantly Alpine desert. Your picnic lunch will be at 13:00, arrival at Barranco around 16:00 and dinner at about 19:00.
Today we breakfast slightly later (07:30) and our walk is short, being only 4km but still taking between 3.5 and 4 hours of walking time. Our departure time today will be 08.30 and we will enjoy a hot lunch at 13:00 at Karanga and have the afternoon to enjoy the views before dinner at 18:00. Our altitude gain today is only 160 meters. At the beginning, we encounter the hardest part of today's stage as we have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the 'Breakfast Wall' as you tackle it right after your breakfast!). At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today's walk becomes a bit easier as we first descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley. We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zigzags until reaching the Karanga Camp.
Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft Distance: 4 km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
another short day -in terms of distance - begins with our breakfast at the camp at 07.30 and another 08:30 departure. Today we will ascend about 500 meters in a distance of around 5km and walking time once again is between 3.5 and 4 hours. We will be aiming to arrive at the Barafu Camp by 13:00, when we will be rewarded with a hot lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 17:30, giving you time to get to bed early. After leaving Karanga, today's stage climbs steadily, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today's goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk.
Day 8: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp
Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent Habitat: Arctic
Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal - the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our schedule for our 'Summit Day' is of course very different. Rising at 23:00, we take our tea and biscuits (23:30) before a midnight departure. The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4600 meters to Stella Point at 5745 meters; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From there it is another 150 meters of ascent and 45 minutes’ walking to the summit. Our goal is to reach the summit by around 07:00 then celebrate reaching the top, take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, we return to Barafu, where we rest for a couple of hours and enjoy a hot lunch. At 13:30, we depart to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 meters) where we should arrive at around 17:00, take our dinner at 19:00 and spend the night. (In total today, we cover around 17km with about 13 hours of walking.)
Day 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha
Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft Distance: 10 km Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest
Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07:00 and at 08:00 you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the 'Tipping Celebration.' Departure is at 09:00 and you descend down to Mweka Gate at an altitude of 1640 meters, where you will be served a hot lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate. Your transport will be waiting to return you back to your hotel in Arusha, where you can choose to relax - or celebrate!
Day 10: Departure
Your trip in Tanzania is now over. After a good night rest at your hotel, there will a breakfast ready according to your request while a scheduled check-out in most hotels is 10.00am. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and you will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs. You will be picked from your hotel and dropped off at the Kilimanjaro International Airport if you wish airport transfer arrangement; your airport transfer driver will meet you at the hotel. However, those travelers who have booked with us to go on safari, your Alkebulan Travels guide will be meeting you in the evening for safari briefing.