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Mount Kilimanjaro Climb Lemosho Route | 7 Days

Lemosho route is considered the most beautiful trail on Mount Kilimanjaro hiking trip, granting panoramic views on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is an excellent choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenes and a high probability of hiking to the summit successfully. Expect In Africa Safar specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route, most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. This makes the Lemosho hiking route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Arusha 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 travers’s underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern ice field on a path known as the Southern circuit before summiting from Barafu, descent is made via the Mweka route.

PRICE FROM: $ 1,979

DAY-0 | Arrival at {JRO}

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by a member of the Expect in Africa Safari team who will transfer you by road to your hotel.

Accommodation : Arusha Gold Crest Hotel
Meals : Dinner & Breakfast

Day -1 | Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

Depart from Arusha to Londorossi Gate, which takes about 3 to 4 hours, where you will complete entry registration and formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, hikers eat lunch and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Rising (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft

  • Stretch: 6 km
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
  • Climatic habitat: Rain Forest
Accommodation : Shira 1 Camp
Meals : All meals included

Day -2 | Forest Camp to Shira Camp

Hikers will continue on the trail leading out of the 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. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is phenomenal, extraordinary and amazing.

  • Rising (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
  • Stretch: 8 km
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours
  • Climatic habitat: Moorland
Accommodation : Shira 1 Camp
Meals : All meals included

Day -3 | Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Camp

Hikers and the team explore the Shira plateau for a full day, it is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered summit across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Camp, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent chance for acclimatization opportunity, Shira is one of the highest plateaus on Earth.

  • Rising (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800ft
  • Stretch: 14 km
  • Hiking time: 5-7 hours
  • Climatic habitat: Moorland
Accommodation : Moir Camp
Meals : All meals included

Day -4 | Moir Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira plateau hiker(s) and the team will continue to the East up a ridge passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth”. Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco camp at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner and overnight although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started. This day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Rising (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
  • Stretch: 7 km
  • Hiking time: 4-6 hours
  • Climatic habitat: Semi desert
Accommodation : Barranco Camp
Meals : All meals included

Day -5 | Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast hicker(s) and the rest of the team leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco wall, to the Karanga valley camping ground. Then we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail we continue up to the Barafu camp. At this point you have completed the South circuit which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for the summit night.

  • Rising (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
  • Stretch: 9km
  • Hiking time: 8-10 hours
  • Climatic habitat: Alpine desert
Accommodation : Barafu Camp
Meals : All meals included

Day -6 | Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning from midnight to 2 am, hiker(s) and the team continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. Hiker(s) on Lemosho hiking route will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella point (18,600 ft) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent and beautiful sunrise you are ever likely to see weather permitting. From Stella Point you may encounter snow all they way on your 1 hour ascent to the summit.

At Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa, congratulations faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. 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 and fulfilling sleep.

  • Rising (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft and down to 10,000ft
  • Stretch: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Climatic habitat: Arctic
Accommodation : Mweka Camp
Meals : All meals included

Day -7 | Mweka Camp to Arusha

After breakfast hiker(s) continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, hiker(s) continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet hiker(s) at Mweka village to drive them back to hotel in Arusha.

  • Decend (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Stretch: 10 km
  • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
  • Climatic habitat: Rain Forest
Accommodation : Arusha Gold Crest Hotel
Meals : Dinner & Breakfast

DAY-8 | Drive back to Airport

Depart the lodge in the Mid Morning - or flight time and make your way to Kilimanjaro International Airport, for your onward travel.

Meals : Breakfast

Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:30 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

Kilimanjaro Trek via Lemosho Route Price 1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 5 PAX 6 PAX 7 PAX
Included Halfboard Hotel Before & After Trek $ 2,132 $ 1,979 $ 1,898 $ 1,880 $ 1,851 $ 1,830 $ 1,818

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in huts while trekking
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • Transfers from Arusha to Lemosho gate -return
  • Meals per day while trekking
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant guides
  • Porters and cooks
  • Accommodation in Arusha Half board, before and after the climb

Price Excludes

  • Tips for Crew
  • International Flights
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Additional drinks
  • Personal equipment (see kit list)
  • Airport transfers ($100 ) per vehicle two ways

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