8Days Lemosho Route

8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb with Africa Joy Tours – Lemosho Route is considered one among the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. you start the trek from the west, climbing within the fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers on the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one among the foremost beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. Lemossho route are often done 7days and combine with wildlife safaris in Tanzania  you can see more packages here

Lemosho route distance

8Days Lemosho Route distance Distance: The Lemosho route is 70 kilometres (42 miles).

Location: Access to the trail begins with an extended drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Gate, and may take three to four hours.

Londorossi Gate is found within 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 primary a part of the trail makes its way through the verdant rainforest to succeed in the Shira Plateau, and later travels through icefields and high alpine deserts.

The Lemosho route is understood together of the foremost beautiful routes, offering sweeping vistas from the mountain. Travelling during a similar direction because 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 among the newer routes on the mountain, which makes Lemosho an excellent choice for your climb.

As you follow the western side of Kilimanjaro, you would possibly be fortunate enough to identify antelope, buffalo, and perhaps even a couple of elephants. Lemosho route 7-day and 8-day itinerary

The Lemosho route are often completed in as little as 6 days on the mountain. However, it’s ideally tackled over 8 days as this offers a far better altitude acclimatization schedule. The first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge and leads into a comparatively flat hike, moving from west to east.

From now, you’re unlikely to encounter many other hikers. Crowds are going to be few and much between until the route joins the Machame route near the Lava Tower. The route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s icefields on a path referred to as the Southern Circuit, before summiting from Barafu.

To complete the journey, the descent is formed via the Mweka route. Previous trekking experience is very recommended, because 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’ll be trekking at an altitude of over 3,500m. you would like complete confidence in your ability to trek for several 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.
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

8 Days Lemosho Route Success Rate

Lemosho route features a excellent success rate with high chances of reaching the summit once you take some time. With 8 days on the mountain, your chances of reaching the highest are as high as 90%. it’s still very probable you’ll reach the highest with the 7-day hike, with a hit rate of 85%. However, with the 6-day hike the success rate drops to approximately 65%.

8 Days Lemosho Route Tips

Slow and steady wins the race. During the bulk of the trek, you ought to only be walking at a pace that you simply can keep it up a conversation with others. Snacks are going to be essential to assist hack the journey, and to supply alittle boost of energy when you’re feeling drained. Make sure you stay hydrated, as this is often essential to scale back the symptoms of hypoxia. Where possible, aim to finish short treks before your Kilimanjaro adventure, as a fit hiker is more likely to enjoy the experience.



Any physical activity you’ll participate in beforehand will help make your ascent more enjoyable. As for a way hard you train, this may depend upon whether you’re aiming for the Uhuru Peak or embarking on a shorter journey and this may vary for everybody.


You can climb the Lemosho route year-round, but it’s going to be wet and cold which suggests you ought to be equipped with the proper waterproof gear. Consider climbing between January–March and June–October. Note that April, May and November are the wettest months.


While trekking tour operators could provide a number of the gear you’ll need, there are a couple of non-negotiables you’ll need that has waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable bottle and a cap or a beanie for instance.


Before you begin your hiking escapade to the summit of Kilimanjaro, you’ll got to establish the way to get there, and therefore the best mode of transport to fit your itinerary or tour. Travelers flying from the united kingdom, the US, Australia or Canada and other parts of the planet have a couple of options to explore. Each of those options should be carefully considered supported your budget and the way much time you’ve got to explore Tanzania before, or after your trek. most significantly, don’t be tricked into booking the most cost effective flight without considering if there could 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 kilometers from the towns of Moshi, Marangu or Arusha as this is often where most climbs will start or where your small group tour will meet. Airlines that fly into Kilimanjaro airport include:

Turkish Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines
Travelers should note these routes or airlines may be subject to change.
Mount Kilimanjaro from Julius Nyerere International Airport
The next option for travelers is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, as this is the main hub for domestic and international travelers. Domestic flights within Tanzania are operated by regional airlines, including:
Precision Air
Hanh Air
Kenya Air

Julius Nyerere International Airport is found just 12 kilometres from the Dar es Salaam city center. counting on how your tour or itinerary is planned, there also are many operators which will start their tours in Dar es Salaam and travel overland to the towns of Moshi or Arusha.

If time allows, you’ll always stay in Dar es Salaam and luxuriate in the time before your hike on a couple of of the beaches including Kipepeo Beach, Coco Beach or Mbezi Beach. Mount Kilimanjaro from Nairobi Airport Another option that’s sometimes overlooked is for travellers to fly into Nairobi Airport in Kenya and book a one-hour flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

If you are doing arrive in Kenya, there’s the choice for you to arrive by land into Arusha via shuttle or a personal transfer (depending on your budget). Flights to Nairobi are likely to be cheaper than flying directly into Kilimanjaro and permit for the chance to explore another region before trekking to Kilimanjaro.

It is worth noting that while the initial flight into Kenya might sound cheaper, travellers should consider the value of a further visa to Kenya, local taxis, and accommodation if spending an evening in Nairobi before travelling onwards and starting the tour in Arusha.


Mount Kilimanjaro welcomes hikers of all levels of fitness and skill, but if you’re getting to reach the summit, careful planning and vigorous training is significant. Consider adding overtime to your itinerary to avoid hypoxia and to enjoy some time climbing Kilimanjaro.


While trekking tour operators could provide a number of the gear you’ll need, there are a couple of non-negotiables you’ll need that has waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable bottle and a cap or a beanie for example read more

What permits do I need?

Each visitor are going to be required to pay a fee per person, per day for the conservation fee to assist manage the park, however, most tours will cover the permits and entry fees are included within the price.

Kilimanjaro Climb- 8 days Lemosho Route Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania – Today you’ll be meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport 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: 8 days Lemosho Route- Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Forest camp (2750m)

Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorossi where you will complete entry formalities, Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead) Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Day 3: 8 days Lemosho Route- Forest Camp (2750m) – Shira 1 Camp (3540m)

Hiking time: 5.5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Distance: 8 km

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.

Day 4: 8 days Lemosho Route-  Shira 1 (3540m) – Shira 2 (3840m)- Moir Hut (4114

Hiking time: 5-7 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: moorland

This spectacular camp we will be going to today is  located beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered 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. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 5: 8 days Lemosho Route-  Moir Hut ( 4114)- Lava Tower ( 4600)-Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers

Habitat: Semi Desert

From Moir hut, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East 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 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 6: 8 days Lemosho Route-  Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (4235m)

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 7: 8 days Lemosho Route- Karanga Camp (4235m) – Barafu Hut (4600)

Hiking time: 3-4 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 8: 8 days Lemosho Route-  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 screen 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 9: 8 days Lemosho Route- Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Forest

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.

Day 10: 8 days Lemosho Route- Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

* Safari and Zanzibar add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast Included

No. of Pax in one group 7 Pax 6 Pax 5 Pax 4 Pax 3 Pax 2 Pax 1 Pax
Price/Person $1808 $1810 $1830 $1978 $2155 $2250 $2390

Items included:

Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

All Park fees

Rescue fees

All meals while on the Mountain

Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Airport transfers

2nights in Arusha before climb and after climb

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

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