10 Days

Mt Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

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$3253/ Adult

Minimum 2 passengers

Please Note: This trip is currently only available for private bookings with a minimum of 2 people on the date of your choice. Pricing will be based on your level of accommodations and the number of people in your group. 

Why travel with us?

What's Included

  • 2 nights Hotel in Moshi (1-night on arrival and 1-night after climb) w/ Breakfast
  • All meals while on the mountain (large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food)
  • All camping and hut fees
  • All camping gear (4-season mountain sleeping tent, sleeping pad, etc)
  • Dining Tent with Table and Chairs
  • Professional, Experienced, Mountain Guide (English Speaking, certified as Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Adult and Child CPR)
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Permits
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue Fee
  • Guides, Porters, Cook (salaries and park fees)
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide
  • Transport to/from the Airport
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Private Camp Toilet
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

What's Excluded

  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Hotel Stay
  • Beverages & meals not specified
  • Trekking Equipment for rent such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes)
  • Tips for your guide, porters, cook and crew, & drivers
  • Innoculations & Vaccinations
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa Fees
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Sustainability Commitment

Our local travel partner for the Mount Kilimanjaro Trek is a Moshi-based, family-owned company who encourages environmental conservation and regeneration practices and participate in mountain clean-up efforts and tree-planting activities in collaboration with the local government and various NGOs. Furthermore, they proudly support the Nguzo Women’s Foundation, a grassroots non-profit in the Hai District of the Kilimanjaro region, whose initiatives include providing menstrual kits and health education to young girls in six government primary schools. In addition, they have taken proactive steps to create opportunities for female guides and porters on their team.


Lemosho is a relatively new route and perfect due to its beauty, remoteness, and success rate. In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit, and enjoy the experience overall. The first two days of this route take you through lush rainforest before you emerge into heath and moorland then join the Machame Route on the third day. This narrow trail, which begins on the Western side of Kilimanjaro, has some very steep and undulating sections. This route can be done in 7 or 8 days and has the highest success point to the summit compared to all other Kilimanjaro routes due to the acclimatization factor.

Adventure Highlights

  • Lemosho Route offers a diverse range of landscapes, from lush rainforests to alpine deserts, enhancing your overall trekking experience.
  • Compared to other popular routes, Lemosho tends to be less crowded, allowing for a more tranquil and immersive journey.
  • The longer duration of the Lemosho Route provides better acclimatization opportunities, increasing your chances of successfully reaching the summit.
  • The lower sections of the route pass through rainforests with a chance to spot various wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and sometimes larger mammals.
  • As you ascend, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of surrounding landscapes, including the Shira Plateau and the Great Barranco Wall.
  • The route offers a mix of terrains, from steep ascents to gentle slopes, keeping the trek interesting and challenging.
  • The campsite at Shira Plateau provides a unique high-altitude camping experience, and its stunning surroundings make it a favorite among trekkers.
  • A highlight of the journey is navigating the Barranco Wall, a thrilling scramble that adds an element of adventure to the trek.
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    Daily Itinerary

    Arrive in Moshi and you’ll be picked up at the airport by our representative at Moshi Airport (QSI) and taken to your hotel. Moshi is a small and clean town that offers many activities and sceneries to take part in.

    Arrive a few days before your climb and visit the ever-beautiful and tranquil Lak Chala, or take a dip in the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. Take a village trip to Materuni waterfalls and Materuni Village for a local coffee-making tour or take a tour to Olpopongi Village located at West Kilimanjaro.

    — Airport Transfer
    — Meals: Dinner

    Overnight at Moshi Hotel


    This morning, depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive another hour to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    Elevation: 2,360m/7,742ft to 2,895m/9,498ft
    Hiking time: 3-4 hours
    Distance: 6 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Mt Mkubwa Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we 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 amazing.

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    Elevation: 2,896m/9,500ft to 3,505m/11,500ft
    Hiking time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 8km/ 5 miles
    Zone: Heathland

    Overnight at Shira 1 Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Today, you’ll spend the day exploring the Shira plateau, one of the highest plateaus on earth. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciated peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity.

    — Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Elevation: 3,505m/11,500ft to 4,206m/13,800ft
    Hiking time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 14 km/ 9 miles
    Zone: Heathland

    Overnight at Moir Hut

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the southeast 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 4,877m/16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,962m/13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although our day ends at the same elevation as when we started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the summit day.

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Moir Hut to Lava Tower
    Elevation: 4,206m/13,800ft to 4,630 m/15,190ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 7 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Alpine-Desert

    Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
    Elevation: 4,630 m/15,190ft to 3,976m/13,044ft
    Hiking time: 2-4 hours
    Distance: 3 km/ 2 miles
    Zone: Alpine-Desert

    Overnight at Barranco Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb a steep cliff of nearly 274m/900ft. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 3,976m/13,044ft to 3,995m/13,106ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at Karanga Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    We leave Karanga and reach the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 3,995m/13,106ft to 4,673m/15,331ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 4 km/ 2 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at Barafu Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point 5,761m/18,900ft, we will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest, mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
    Elevation: 4,673m/15,331ft to 5,895m/19,341ft
    Hiking time: 7-9 hours
    Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
    Zone: Arctic

    Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
    Elevation:5,895m/19,341ft to 3,068m/10,065ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 12 km/ 7 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Mweka Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will be waiting for us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

    — Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Elevation: 3,068m/10,065ft to 1,640m/5,380ft
    Hiking time: 3-5 hours
    Distance: 10 km/ 6 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Moshi Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch

    Today is departure day and there are no scheduled activities. At the appropriate time, a representative will pick you up and take you to the airport for your return home or to your next destination.

    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Airport Transfer


    Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Map


    When is the best season to visit?

    The best times to trek the Lemosho Route are during the dry seasons, which are from late June to October and from December to February, when the weather is more stable and there is less chance of rain.

    How difficult is the Lemosho Route trek?

    The Lemosho Route is considered one of the more moderate routes up Kilimanjaro, offering gradual acclimatization and diverse scenery. However, it still requires a good level of fitness due to its length and altitude gain.

    What is the distance of the Lemosho Route and how many days does it take?

    The distance for the Lemosho Route is 71km (43 miles). The shortest number of days required for the Lemosho Route is 7 days, but 8 days is recommended to increase your chances of success in reaching the summit.

    Do I need any permits for the Lemosho Route trek?

    Trekking permits and park fees are required to climb Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route. These fees are included in the cost of your guided tour package.

    What is the altitude sickness risk on the Lemosho Route trek?

    Altitude sickness is managed through a gradual ascent, adequate hydration, rest days for acclimatization, and prompt descent in case of severe symptoms.

    What gear and equipment are essential for trekking the Lemosho Route?

    Essential gear includes appropriate clothing layers, sturdy hiking boots, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and personal items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a headlamp.

    Are there any wildlife encounters to be aware of on the Lemosho Route?

    While wildlife encounters are rare on the Lemosho Route due to its higher altitude, trekkers may occasionally spot birds, monkeys, or other small mammals. It's important to respect wildlife and follow guidelines provided by guides.

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