7 Days Lemosho Route


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Duration 7 Days
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Lemosho Route Highlights

  • √ An excellent route to climb Kilimanjaro with a high success rate
  • √ Allows climbers to “walk high, sleep low” enabling better acclimatisation
  • √ Remote and spectacular approach with dramatic views of west Kilimanjaro
  • √ Ascent and descent via different routes. Joins up with the Machame route on day 3

Lemosho Route map

The 7-day Lemosho route is preferable to the six-day route since it divides day two into two days, allowing for slightly greater acclimatization and a more gradual ascent. However the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary is the one that offers ample time for acclimatization, we do not recommend the 6-day variation. On day two of the seven-day trek, we travel from Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1, gaining 2,000 feet in height. Then, on day three, we hike from Shira Camp 2 to the Moir Hut, which is only used seldom, at an elevation of 13,800 feet. Overall, exposure to this altitude will help the body prepare for greater elevations in the days ahead.

However, the six-day Lemosho variation’s walk from Barranco to Barafu, followed by the summit day, is unchanged.

The daily schedule for the seven-day Lemosho trek on Mount Kilimanjaro and corresponding prices are listed below.

7 Days Lemosho Route Prices

Below are the prices for the 7-day Lemosho route package starting from $1,680 per person sharing for a group of 10 people. Also you can contact us to get the exact full moon dates for this seven-day itinerary for Lemosho for years 2022-2023.

$2,440 $2,040 $1,905 $1,840 $1,800 $1,775 $1,775 $1,730 $1,705 $1,680

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is more remote, more tranquil, and attractive, although it takes a little longer and costs a little more than the other shorter routes. This makes it ideal for climbers with little or no experience who have plenty of free time. The trek begins at the Londorossi Gate on the mountain’s western side. The Lemosho route is an enhanced variant of the Shira route, which is rarely utilized.

The track passes through lovely, lush woods and wide moorlands before reaching the Shira Plateau on the third day, when it joins the Machame Route at Lava Tower and descends to the Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit. By chance, you could see buffalo, elephants, and other creatures. Because this path may be prolonged, you’ll have a higher chance of reaching the top because you’ll have more time to acclimate.

Duration: 7 – 8 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: Medium

Lemosho 7 or 8 Days?

Which route option is better for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the Lemosho 8 days or 7-day route itinerary, and why? The simple answer is, the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary is better. Why? Well, it gives enough time for acclimatization as it features an extra day over the 7-day Lemosho route itinerary.

7 Days Lemosho Route Success

The 7-day Lemosho route climb has a good summit success rate of about 85% while the longer variation of 8 days has a high summit success rate of 90%. The longer, the better, you have a higher chance summiting if you use the longer variation.

When you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight as you prepare for the next day. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check, and arrange for you to hire or rent any gear or mountain equipment you may need.

7 Days Lemosho Itinerary

Lemosho Route, Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Elevation (m): 2360m to 2895m, Distance: 6 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane forest.

The 7 day Lemosho route trip begins with a drive from the hotel in Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate for registration and paperwork. Before we begin our trek up the woodland route to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite at 2895m, our porters prepare and carry the food and luggage. We’ll spend the night here.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1

Elevation (m): 2895m to 3500m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland.

We proceed eastwards, passing via Shira Plateau and Shira Cathedral. We’ll traverse a moorland meadow on our way to Shira 1 camp at 3810 meters for supper and overnight camping. By now, we’ll be able to observe the Western Breach and its magnificent glaciers from an easterly direction. The temperature is expected to drop below freezing tonight, as it was the night before.

We cook dinner on the burners.

Day 3: Shira 1 to Moir Hut

Elevation (m): 3500m to 4200m, Distance: 14 km, Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Moorland.

As we leave the forest behind and approach the moorland zone, the route becomes steeper. Shira Cave, with spectacular views of the Arrow Glacier, is reached through an easy grade trek across the high altitude Shira Caldera. At 4200 meters, we’ll set up camp for the night.

Day 4: Moir Hut via Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation (m): 4200m to 4600m to 3950m, Distance: 12 km, Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Semi-desert.

Ascending to the base of the Lava Tower at 4600m for lunch and acclimatization, our itinerary continues on a stony and rough eastward trail. This will be our toughest day yet, and you may feel the altitude for the first time. We’ll drop over 650 meters to the Barranco camp after lunch. Acclimatization will be aided by the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, followed by a descent to sleep. Our descent to Barranco camp takes roughly 2 hours and provides excellent photographic chances of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. While you wait for your meal, the camp is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should present you with a magnificent sunset.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (m): 3950m to 4600m, Distance: 9 km, Hiking Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

A short and enjoyable scramble to the summit of the Great Barranco Wall follows breakfast. Then, beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers, we climb scree ridges to the Karanga Valley (3930m). Our path leads to Barafu Camp (4600m), where we will spend the night, after rising out of the Karanga Valley.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m), Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent, Time: 6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent, Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit.

At 23:30, you’ll be roused up with a cup of tea and some cookies. Between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers, we begin our climb to the top. We’ll take a north-westerly route to Stella Point on the crater rim, ascending via thick scree. This is the toughest portion of the journey, both psychologically and physically. We’ll stop for a short break at Stella Point (5732m) and be rewarded with one of the most spectacular sunrises you’ll ever witness (weather permitting). We will have reached Mount Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s highest peak, Uhuru Peak (5895m). At these heights, it can get extremely chilly at night, but by the end of the trekking day, it will be rather warm. We descend to the Mweka Hut camp site via Barafu for lunch after reaching the peak.

The rough gravel on the way down to Mweka Camp will necessitate the use of trekking poles (3100m). Later that evening, we’ll have our final meal on the mountain before getting some well-deserved rest.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 10 km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Forest.

After breakfast, we travel for the Mweka Park Gate, where you will be presented with your summit certificates. It might be damp and muddy at lower levels. Walking poles and gaiters will be useful. Shorts and tees are appropriate attire (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). This day marks the end of your 7 day Lemosho Route Itinerary.

What’s included

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)*
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel*
  • 1 Post-climb celebratory drink (beer, juice, or soda) on us*
  • Group transport to and from Moshi to ALL Kilimanjaro park gates*
  • No additional transport fees will be charged to the Northern or Western route gates*
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Camping/Hut fees
  • Mountain rescue fees
  • Guides/Porters salaries
  • Private toilet for the party on all climbs (except for Marangu)*
  • All season mountain tents
  • Foam sleeping pad (unless you opt to bring your own instead)
  • Mess tents, tables, chairs for parties of two or more
  • All meals on the mountain
  • No small party supplement fees will be charged
  • No single supplement fees for Private Climbs will be charged

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Personal Gear
  • Tips for porters & Guides
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Reviews

We are a group of photographers, our main aim was not only to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro but to also capture the beauty of the mountain. We learnt that most of the other routes use the same ascent and descent route so we wanted something more different. Lemosho route did not disappoint and we came back to the Netherlands with plenty of amazing scenery of the highest mountain in the whole of Africa. We had an amazing moment while climbing as the guides and porters were very helpful and patient with us.
Nicholas De VriesNicholas De Vries

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Mount Kilimanjaro Routes has been providing and still continues to provide the highest quality Kilimanjaro climbs at a reasonable cost.

Update - Route infoThere are eight established routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, namely: – Marangu Route, Machame Machame, Lemosho Route, Rongai Route, Northern Circuit, Umbwe Route, Shira Route and Western breach . The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes approach Mount Kilimanjaro from the South. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach the mountain from the west. The Rongai route and Northern Circuit Routes approach Kilimanjaro from the north near the border of Tanzania and Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

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