Overview

Lemosho is one of the least crowded routes on  Mt Kilimanjaro.  The route approaches from the west side of the  Mount Kilimanjaro leading on a narrow wilderness trail passing through a remote rainforest with wildlife. Unlike the popular Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Lemosho has some of the most spectacular scenery the most recommended choice of all routes!!

Lemosho Package Highlights

1. Acclimatization hike to Lava Tower ( 4630m)

2. Scenic climb – Lush forest, Sunsets at Shira, photographic views of Kibo peak, the great Barranco Wall, Glacial valleys , Ash pit, and  Ice glaciers

3. High chances of reaching the summit

4. 1 Day to relax and make final preparations before the Climb

KILIMANJARO CLIMB VIA LEMOSHO ROUTE 8DAYS/ 7NIGHTS

ITINERARIES

DAY 01

FROM KILIMANJARO AIRPORT TO HOTEL

Our friendly tour coordinator will be awaiting your arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport. Incase of further assistance at the Airport, she/he will be there to help. Drive to Moshi and Overnight at Kindoroko  Hotel. If you are arrive early, the guide will do a briefing on this same day.

 

Meal Plan: None

DAY 02

LONDOROSSI GATE (2100M) TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2750M)

Hike time: 3 hrs

Elevation gain: 650m
Estimated distance: 15km

Habitat: Montane Forest

 

After breakfast, you will drive to Londorossi gate   (about 2hours drive ) for registration, then drive for another 45minutes passing through a  lush forest to Lemosho Gate. From here you will hike through the rain forest for 3hours to Mti Mkubwa camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 03

MTI KUBWA CAMP (2750M ) TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (3340M )

Hike time: 5-6hrs

Elevation gain: 590m
Estimated distance: 8km

Habitat: Rainforest / Moorland

 

After breakfast, start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a full day trek with an altitude gain of 600m. A lunch stop is at the beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 3048m. After lunch you cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you’ll get your first close views of Kibo. Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp 1.

DAY 04

SHIRA CAMP 1 ( 3340) TO MOIR CAMP (4200M )

Hike time: 6 hrs

Elevation gain: 860m
Estimated distance: 12km

Habitat: Moorland/Semi Alpine Desert

Today’s climb offers rewarding views as you hike across  the  Shira Plateau east wards,  towards the  Kibo’s glaciered peak. The path  leads to Shira 2 camp then Moir camp, a less crowded campsite at the foot of Lent Hills. Walks on the Lent hills are recommended for those who would like to enhance their acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Moir Camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

DAY 05

MOIR CAMP (4200M) - LAVA TOWER (4630M) - BARRANCO CAMP (3950M)

Hike time: 7 hrs

Elevation gain: 790m
Estimated distance: 15km

Habitat: Semi-Dessert

Today is another great day for acclimatization as  you hike up to Lava Tower ( the highest point so far) and spend a night down at Barranco.  From the Shira Platue the path heads towards east up a ridge and changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower. Here you will take lunch as you continue to acclimatize then hike back down to Barranco camp. Enjoy your dinner and overnight at Barranco camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

DAY 06

BARRANCO CAMP (3900 M) TO KARANGA VALLEY CAMP (3963 M).

Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +/-100 m
Estimated distance: 4km
Habitat : Alpine Desert

You will start the morning with a climb up the great Barranco wall, with some parts requiring a bit of scrambling over the rocks. Then it will be  about a 2 hours walk down to Karanga valley where you will have lunch and rest. Overnight at  Karanga camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

DAY 07

KARANGA VALLEY CAMP (3963M) TO BARAFU CAMP (4600 M).

Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: 600 m
Estimated distance: 4km
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today hike down into the Karanga valley, and then back up to Barafu camp. Dinner and overnight here. You need to go and rest early so that you can start off well on your big night to the summit.

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

DAY 08

BARAFU CAMP (4600M) TO THE SUMMIT (5896 M) AND THEN TO MWEKA CAMP (3100 M)

Summit time: 7 hrs
Elevation gain: 1300 m
Estimated distance: 5km

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Descent time: 5 hrs
Elevation decrease: 2800 m
Estimated distance: 23km
Habitat: Montane Forest

Today  is the longest day. At around 12:30 am, you will begin your summit attempt. The path up to Stella Point zigzags back and forth along a gravel path. This portion takes about 6 hours. This can be quite mind-numbing as most of the hiking is in darkness with little to see. You then scramble over a few rocks and continue up to Uhuru Peak. After a few triumphant photos, you will head back down to Barafu camp for a short rest before making your way down to Mweka camp.

Meal Plan: Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner

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