8 Days Lemosho Route
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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
This 8-day Lemosho route variant is the best option for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho route as it offers optimum time for acclimatization hence a high summit success rate. The climb from Barranco to Barafu on the 8-day Lemosho route is split into two days, providing for a rest day before the summit attempt. This is critical since summit day starts early, at midnight, and climbers are sleep deprived heading into the mountain’s most difficult day. Climbers will be more rested if they have a short day before the climb. There is 7-day Lemosho route variation but we recommend this 8-day trip because it has an extra day for acclimatization and better chances of making it to the summit.
8 Day Lemosho Route Prices
Below are the prices for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro using the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary or package. The cost of the 8-day Lemosho route package starts from $1,840 per person sharing for a group size of 10 people.
You can contact us if you are interested in full moon Kilimanjaro climbs for this 8-day Lemosho route trip and we will give you the dates for the years 2022-2023.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via The Lemosho Route
The Lemosho trail is recognized for being one of the mountain’s most scenic, calmer, and lesser-known climbs as it is less crowded. It’s also the newest and, in terms of the natural systems and landscapes, it goes through, possibly the most diversified. This route takes you through the lush rainforest zone for the first two days before emerging onto heath and moorland on the third day, where the trail for Lemosho converges with the Machame Route. This rather brief path, which begins on Kilimanjaro’s western slope, includes some extremely steep and undulating stretches.
Duration: 7 – 8 days
Where will you sleep on the Lemosho trail?
Accommodation for this 8-day Lemosho route expedition is in the form of tents and your porters will help in pitching the tents on designated campsites before you arrive from your trek of the day. Camping will be used all through the tour, from start to finish.
8 Days Lemosho Route Success
The 8-day Lemosho route climb has a superb summit success rate of about 90% while the shorter variation of 7 days has a good 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.
8 Days Lemosho Itinerary
Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Elevation (m): 2360m to 2895m, Distance: 6 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane forest.
We begin our 8-day Lemosho Route itinerary by driving from the hotel in Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate, early in the morning after a hearty breakfast. 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 Karanga Camp
Elevation (m): 3950m to 3930m, Distance: 7 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Today begins with a quick but enjoyable scramble to the Great Barranco Wall’s summit. Then, beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers, we walk on scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m). At Karanga Campground, we’ll spend the night.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (m): 3930m to 4600m, Distance: 6kms, Hiking Time: 3 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
We leave the Karanga campsite to reach the Mweka descending trail’s junction. We proceed up to the Barafu Hut from here. You’ve finished the Southern Circuit, which gives you a variety of views of the top. We may relax, eat dinner, and get ready for summit day in camp. From this vantage point, the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible.
Day 7: 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 woken up with a cup of tea and some snacks. 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 from the peak to the Mweka Hut camp site through Barafu for lunch. 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 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 10 km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Forest.
After breakfast, we trek to the Mweka Park Gate, where you will obtain your summit certificates. It might be muddy and damp at lower levels. The use of gaiters and trekking poles will be beneficial. T-shirts and shorts will suffice (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). This marks the end of our 8 day Lemosho Route tour
- 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
- 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.
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Specification: 8 Days Lemosho Route