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9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route!

Lemosho route is one of the most beautiful and longest routes to climb Kilimanjaro. The scenery and views are spectacular and the success rates to reach the summit are high. It starts on the western site of the Kilimanjaro. On day three the trail joins with the popular Machame, but the first two days on the mountain are fairly private, with few other climbers around. Although Memosho is a more expensive route, it gives climber plenty of time to acclimatize properly.

During your climb a professional team of guides, porters and cooks assist you. Tanzania Specialist selected the best guides, that have a high safety record and client success rate. To secure your safety, they check your pulse rate and oxygen saturation each day.

After your booking is confirmed, we send you a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing List.

For an overview of all the options check Climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilmanjaro - Moshi

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will transfer you to the  hotel of your choice. Settle into your accommodation, take time to relax and to get used to the African atmosphere. It is possible to book an extra day rest (day 2), to reload and get ready to start your climb the next day (day 3). This extra day increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Note. The hotel on the first and last day is not included in this itinerary since we want to give you the freedom to make your own choice. You prefer basic ($40 per night bed & breakfast) or 5-star luxury? Just let us know and we can book any hotel in Moshi for you. Our price will never be higher than booking.com.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2: Lemosho Trailhead (2,000 m./6561 ft) - Big Tree Camp (2,800 m./9186 ft)

Elevation gain: 800 meters / 2,624 feet

Today your driver will pick you up and drives you to Londorossi Gate (west side) to arrange entry formalities. Then drive to Leomosho trailhead to eat lunch before the climb starts. It is an easy walk through thick forest where you can spot buffaloes and monkeys, such as the rare black-and-white-colobus monkeys.  This first day takes only about 3 hours, on a small trail with a few steep sections.

Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2,800 m./9186ft) - Shira 2 Camp (3,800 m./12,467 ft)

Elevation gain: 1000 meters / 3280 feet

Today wil be a long day (7-8 hours) since the trail is steep and you will need several breaks. Trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heater with volcanic rocks. This trails goes up and down with beautiful views of the Kibo summit and Shira Ridge. Shira is one of the three volcanic summit of Kilimanjaro. This steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau ends at Shira 2 Camp.

Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3,800 m./12,467 ft) - Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,631 ft)

Elevation gain: 750 meters / 2,460 feet

Elevation loss: 700 meters / 2,296 feet

Your trek starts with an ascent, walking for 4 hours in the desert zone on the lava ridges towards the Lava Tower. This tower is a 300 ft tall volcanic rock. In the afternoon you go downhill for 1-2 hours to the Barranco Valley. A beautiful camp at the foot of the impressive Barranco Wall. Your day starts and ends at the same elevation to give your body time to acclimatize.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,850 m./12,631 ft), via Karranga Camp (3,950 m./12,959 ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m / 15,091 ft)

Elevation gain: 750 meters / 2,460 feet

For a lot of climbers this is the best part of the route due to the adventure. You start with a descent into the base of the Barranco Wall and then climb a steep cliff. On top of the Barranco Wall you are rewarded with beautiful views. From the top of this wall you circle through hills and valleys around the mountain. At the left the sightnings of Kibo are spectacular and at the right you can see Mount Meru. The trek continues across slopes until you arrive at Barafu Camp, located just under the Kilimanjaro summit. Today is a long active climb of 8-10 hours. Its also possible to split this 2 into 2 days so you give your body more time to acclimatize.

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,600 m./15,091 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 m./19,340 ft) - Mweka Camp (3,110 m./10,203 ft)

Elevation gain: 1295 meters / 4,248 feet

Elevation loss: 2785 meters / 3,137 feet

Around midnight you start the last part of the journey, 6-8 hours upwards to the Uhuru Peak (summit). This is the most challenging part of the trek starts due to the altitude increase, cold and darkness. You arrive at Stella Point when the sun rises. A breathtaking view to see the red sunrise over Mawenzi Peak that slowly turns yellow. After another hour walking you arrive at the highest point of Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak.  Celebrate your accomplishment at the summit while you look out onto a incredible vast landscape of white snow and towering peaks. From the summit you start your descent a rocky trail to Stella Point and Barafu Camp, before arriving at Mweke Camp after 6 hours. Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a good night sleep.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,110 m./10,203 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,830 m./6,000 ft)- Moshi

Elevation gain: 1280 meters / 4,199 feet

This last trek down takes you in 2-3 hours through the beautiful forest to the Mweke Gate. You have the chance to spot monkeys. At the gate you can collect your summit certificate. Your driver brings you to your hotel in Moshi to relax, have a shower and enjoy a delicious dinner and sleep.

Day 8: Moshi Ariport

Today you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari. Another option is to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island r one of the other exotic beach destinations Pemba Island and Mafia Island. If you choose to fly home after your Kilimanjaro trek, you will arrive back home on day 9.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk 6-7 hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. Fortunately the Leomosho Route offers good opportunities to ‘walk high and sleep low’ which is essential to avoid altitude sickness. This route gives climbers plenty of time to acclimatize properly and the trails are pretty good. Not many people experience altitude sickness on this route to the summit.

By adding 1 extra day to your climb, you will reduce the chance to get altitude sickness. Because you spread the climb over more days and your body gets more time to get used to the higher altitude. We do really advice to do this to increase the chance of making it to the top. The costs of this extra day are $ 346 per person.

If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?

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Price information

Lemosho prices per person2 persons4 persons6 persons
all seasons$ 2251$ 1886$ 1785

Include:

  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for national park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • High quality tents
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee

Exclude:

  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors etc)
from $1785 p.p.*
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