9 days lemosho route Mount Kilimanjaro Climb with Africa Joy Tours – Lemosho Route is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. You begin the trek from the west, climbing in the fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers on the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of the most beautiful areas on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. Lemossho route can be done 7days and combine with wildlife safaris in Tanzania you can see more packages here
KILIMANJARO LEMOSHO ROUTE INFORMATION
Lemosho route distance
Distance: The Lemosho route is 70 kilometres (42 miles).
Location: Access to the trail begins with a long drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Gate, and can take three to four hours. Londorossi Gate is located in the western base of the mountain.
Height: The Lemosho route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak, reaching a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet).
Trail conditions: The first part of the trail makes its way through the verdant rainforest to reach the Shira Plateau, and later travels through icefields and high alpine deserts.
The Lemosho route is known as one of the most beautiful routes, offering sweeping vistas from the mountain. Travelling in a similar direction as the Shira route from the western base, climbers are likely to encounter lower traffic until the route meets with the Machame Route, and it’s one of the newer routes on the mountain, which makes Lemosho a great choice for your climb.
As you travel along the western side of Kilimanjaro, you might be fortunate enough to spot antelope, buffalo, and maybe even a few elephants.
Lemosho route 7-day and 8-day itinerary
The Lemosho route can be completed in as little as 6 days on the mountain. However, it is ideally tackled over 8 days as this offers a better altitude acclimatization schedule.
The first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge and leads into a relatively flat hike, moving from west to east.
From this point, you’re unlikely to encounter many other hikers. Crowds will be few and far between until the route joins the Machame route near the Lava Tower.
The route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s icefields on a path known as the Southern Circuit, before summiting from Barafu.
To complete the journey, the descent is made via the Mweka route.
Previous trekking experience is highly recommended, as the days will feature 6-8 hours hiking with daily ascents of 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 1,100m to 1,200m.
Depending on the route, you may be trekking at an altitude of over 3,500m. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain.
Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered, as may the use of ice axes and crampons. A degree of physical and mental stamina will be essential to complete the hike as the days will be tiring.
DAY START ALTITUDE (M/FT) FINISH ALTITUDE (M/FT) TIME (HRS) DISTANCE (KM/MI)
1 Londorossi Gate 2,360m/ 7,742ft Mti Mkubwa 2,895m/ 9,498ft 3-4 6km/ 4mi
2 Mti Mkubwa 2,895m/ 9,498ft Shira 1 Camp 3,505m/ 11,500ft 5-6 8km/ 5mi
3 Shira 1 Camp 3,505m/ 11,500ft Moir Hut 4,200m/ 13,800ft 5-7 11km/ 7mi
4 Moir Hut 4,200m/ 13,800ft Lava Tower 4,630m/ 15,190ft 4-5 7km/ 4mi
Lava Tower 4,630m/ 15,190ft Barranco Camp 3,976m/ 13,044ft 2-3 3km/ 2mi
5 Barranco Camp 3,976m/ 13,044ft Karanga Camp 3,995m/ 13,106ft 4-5 5km/ 3mi
6 Karanga Camp 3,995m/ 13,106ft Barafu Camp 4,673m/ 15,331ft 4-5 4km/ 2mi
7 Barafu Camp 4,673m/ 15,331ft Uhuru Peak 5,895m/ 19,341ft 7-8 5km/ 3mi
Uhuru Peak 5,895m/ 19,341ft Mweka Camp 3,068m/ 10,065ft 4-6 12km/ 7mi
8 Mweka Camp 3,068m/ 10,065ft Mweka Gate 1,640m/ 5,380ft 3-4 10km/ 6mi
Lemosho route success rate
Lemosho route has a very good success rate with high chances of reaching the summit when you take your time. With 8 days on the mountain, your chances of reaching the top are as high as 90%. It is still very probable you’ll reach the top with the 7-day hike, with a success rate of 85%. However, with the 6-day hike the success rate drops to approximately 65%.
Lemosho route tips
Slow and steady wins the race. During the majority of the trek, you should only be walking at a pace that you can carry on a conversation with others.
Snacks will be essential to help break up the journey, and to provide a small boost of energy when you’re feeling drained.
Make sure you stay hydrated, as this is essential to reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Where possible, aim to complete short treks before your Kilimanjaro adventure, as a fit hiker is more likely to enjoy the experience.
HOW TO CLIMB THE LEMOSHO ROUTE
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?
Any physical activity you can participate in beforehand will help make your ascent more enjoyable. As for how hard you train, this will depend on whether you’re aiming for the Uhuru Peak or embarking on a shorter journey and this will be different for everyone.
WHEN SHOULD I CLIMB THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?
You can climb the Lemosho route year-round, but it may be wet and cold which means you should be equipped with the right waterproof gear. Consider climbing between January–March and June–October. Note that April, May and November are the wettest months.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK AND WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
While trekking tour operators may supply some of the gear you’ll need, there are a few non-negotiables you will need that includes waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable water bottle and a cap or a beanie for example.
HOW TO GET TO THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?
Before you start your hiking escapade to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will need to establish how to get there, and the best mode of transport to suit your itinerary or tour. Travellers flying from the UK, the US, Australia or Canada and other parts of the world have a few options to explore. Each of these options should be carefully considered based on your budget and how much time you have to explore Tanzania before, or after your trek. Most importantly, don’t be tricked into booking the cheapest flight without considering if there might be a catch; including long layover times, additional visas or transport arrangements.
Mount Kilimanjaro from Kilimanjaro Airport
The best option would be to fly directly into Kilimanjaro airport, located approximately 45 kilometres from the towns of Moshi, Marangu or Arusha as this is where most climbs will start or where your small group tour will meet. Airlines that fly into Kilimanjaro airport include:
Travellers should note these routes or airlines may be subject to change.
Mount Kilimanjaro from Julius Nyerere International Airport
The next option for travellers is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, as this is the main hub for domestic and international travellers. Domestic flights within Tanzania are operated by regional airlines, including:
Julius Nyerere International Airport is located just 12 kilometres from the Dar es Salaam city centre. Depending on how your tour or itinerary is planned, there are also many operators that will start their tours in Dar es Salaam and travel overland to the towns of Moshi or Arusha.
If time allows, you could always stay in Dar es Salaam and enjoy the time before your hike on a few of the beaches including Kipepeo Beach, Coco Beach or Mbezi Beach.
Mount Kilimanjaro from Nairobi Airport
Another option that is sometimes overlooked is for travellers to fly into Nairobi Airport in Kenya and book a one-hour connecting flight to Kilimanjaro airport. If you do arrive in Kenya, there is the option for you to arrive by land into Arusha via shuttle bus or a private transfer (depending on your budget). Flights to Nairobi are likely to be cheaper than flying directly into Kilimanjaro and allow for the opportunity to explore another region before trekking to Mount Kilimanjaro.
It is worth noting that while the initial flight into Kenya might seem cheaper, travellers should consider the cost of an additional visa to Kenya, local taxis, and accommodation if spending a night in Nairobi before travelling onwards and starting the tour in Arusha.
WHAT ARE THE CLIMBING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?
Mount Kilimanjaro welcomes hikers of all levels of fitness and ability, but if you’re planning to reach the summit, careful planning and vigorous training is vital. Consider adding extra time to your itinerary to avoid altitude sickness and to enjoy your time climbing Kilimanjaro
WHAT SHOULD I PACK AND WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
While trekking tour operators may supply some of the gear you’ll need, there are a few non-negotiables you will need that includes waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable water bottle and a cap or a beanie for example read more
What permits do I need?
Each visitor will be required to pay a fee per person, per day for the conservation fee to help manage the national park, however, most tours will cover the permits and entry fees are included in the price.
Details 9 Days lemosho route Mount Kilimanjaro Climb itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania – Today you will be meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport and then transferred to the hotel in Arusha. The drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha is approx one hour. Meals – Dinner at Mvuli hotel in Arusha https://www.mvulihotels.co.tz/
Day 2: Your 9 days lemosho route starts from – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Trek to Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Moshi (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorossi Gate, you will receive a packed lunch and can buy mineral water for the hike. Then the final 45 minutes of the drive leading up to the gate will be on a bumpy forest track requiring 4WD vehicles. At the entrance gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA). You are now ready to begin your 3-hour hike into the rain forest. Be on the lookout for Colobus monkeys! Along the way, you will stop for an afternoon lunch break and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!
Day 3: Trek from Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6.5 hours
After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone. You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.
Day 4:9 days lemosho route Trek Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi desert
Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m). Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.
After lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.
Day 5:Trek9 days lemosho route Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m) and enjoy dinner and washing at the site.
Day 6:Trekking from Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600)
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!
Day 7: summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.
At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.
Day 8: Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations. Dinner and overnight at Mvuli hotel in Arusha
Day 9: Continue with wildlife Safari or departure .
After breakfast you will you will have time to discus with our operation manage either you wild like to do wildlife safari can be arranged on time and experience this amazing destination for game view in northern Tanzania national park if not you will have time to pack your staff for transfer to airport ready to back home or continue with next destination of your choice .
Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek. The prices are based on your group size.
|Solo Trekker||USD 2070 per person|
|Group of 2||USD 2010 per person|
|Group of 3||USD 1955 per person|
|Group of 4||USD 1878 per person|
|Group of 5||USD 1830 per person|
|Group of 6||USD 1810 per person|
|Group of 7||USD 1808 per person|
|Group of 8||USD 1797 per person|
|Group of 9||USD 1788 per person|
|Group of 10 and above||USD 1799 per person|
Available Discounts Available discounts for Lemosho -9 days
|Children between 5 years and 15 years old||USD 800 per person|
|Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania||USD 280 per person|
|East African Citizens||USD 1000 per person|
Daily Hot Lunch & Hot water / tea on mountain
– meet and greets at airport
-All land transfers
-3 meals per day while trekking – Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
-Two nights at outpost lodge in Arusha. BB booked
-All park entrance fees and government levies
-English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
-Mess Tent, tables, chairs, Sleeping tents, private toilet Emergency Oxygen, Ox meters, First Aid Kit with Diamox and other related medicines, Rescue fees
The Price does not include:
Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats, Rain suits, Warm Jacket, Heavy boots, Scarf’s, Rain Trousers,
Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
-, Visa and Travel Insurance
– Tips to mountain crew (highly recommended)
Per potter per day is from 6 USD
Assistance guide / cook – per day is from 12 USD
Guides per day is from 20 USD