Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro intrigues people? Why the Lemosho trail? Lemosho forest was once the area on the flanks of Kilimanjaro where you would see a lot of game; Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe etc, so much so that an armed ranger had to walk with you. Sadly, there is nowhere near the numbers of game in this stretch any more, but it does still hold claim to being one of the more remote regions of Kilimanjaro. Lemosho is a longer approach route than others on the mountain and so it best done in 7-8 days to allow your body to acclimatise to increases in altitude. It is a quieter route with a perfect balance of scenery, less people.

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho route approaches Kilimanjaro from the western side at Londorossi gate, after a drive of about 3 hours. The route heads through the Lemosho forest on an unspoilt less popular trail up the Shira Plateau. The route then crosses Shira Plateau from west to east on a relatively easy day, joining in with the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses from Lava Tower down to Baranco Camp descending in altitude. Then continuing on the southern circuit it leads up through Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley and then to Barafu Hut.

Lemosho climb can be done in as little as six days but yields lower success. The trek begins at Londorossi Gate at the western base, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The Kilimanjaro Lemosho route starts at a higher altitude than what you end on. With the Machame and Shira Route, Lemosho heads up Barranco Wall and then summits from Barafu. Descent is via Mweka route


Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

Day-3: Mkubwa Camp (2750m) to Shira Camp 1(3500m):

Day-4: Shira Camp 1(3500m) to Shira Camp 2 (3840m)

Day-5: Shira (3840m)- Lava Tower (4630m)-Baranco (3950m)

Day-6: Barranco (3860m) to Barafu (4550m)

Day-7: Barafu (4550m)- Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)

Day-8: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

Day-9: Depart

Fast Facts

It is 5895m or 19,341 ft above sea level.
The shortest number of days required for Lemosho Route is 7 days, but by the time you have added on arrival and departure days it is 9. However, as it is a much longer approach route it is actually best done over 8 or 9 days to increase your changes of success.
The Lemosho Route is approximately 70 km/ 42 miles from gate to gate so a good 8km longer than e.g. Machame or the Whiskey route
June to October. Kilimanjaro is equatorial which means minimal variation between the seasons. However, there are two rainy seasons in Tanzania, the first is from March to May (short rains) and November to December (longer rains) which can make the forest track very muddy and of course, snow and/or rain higher up.
It is in the sense in that it crosses the entire lower flanks of the Kilimanjaro massif from west to east in a pleasant, relatively undulating hike. Also, because it is best done over 8 days, it has great acclimatisation potential.
On the Lemosho trek you stay overnight in two person tents

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith:. Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility
to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

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Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Kilimanjaro International Airport arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

Elevation: 2200 metres to 2750 metres
Distance: 6 kilometres
Trekking duration: 3 hours to 4 hours
Environment: Montane forest
This morning we stop briefly in Moshi and then drive about 5 hours to Londorossi Park Gate at 2200m . After completing park formalities for Lemosho Route, we drive for another 11km to Lemosho Glades at 2000m. From here, we trek about 3 hours to our camp at Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day-3: Mkubwa Camp (2750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3500m):

Elevation: 2750 metres up to 3500 metres
Distance: 8 kilometres
Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Environment: Moorland
After breaking camp at Mkubwa or Big Tree Camp, we hike to Shira Camp 1 located near a stream. We hike through moorland shrub taking in views of Mt Meru and this afternoon we have the chance to film incredible sunsets.

Day-4: Shira Camp 1(3500m) to Shira Camp 2 (3840m)

Elevation: 3500 metres to 3840m metres
Distance: 6 kilometres
Trek duration: 2 to 3 hours
Environment: Moorland
The route is relatively easy trek across the plateau that leads to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadow. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this excellent for acclimatisation to the gains in altitude. Shira is one of the three volcanoes on the Kilimanjaro massif.

Day-5: Shira (3840m)- Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco (3950m)

Elevation: 3840 metres up to 4630 metres then down to 3950 metres
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6 hours  - 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, you hike though the moorland scrub and enter into a moonscape of semi-alpine desert, while you hike constantly upwards toward Lava Tower. As you approach an altitude of 4200m, you may start to feel a shortness of breath as the effects of altitude take hold.  After Lava Tower, you trek into a beautiful valley to Barranco camp where you spend the night at a lower altitude than Lava Tower. Today follows the golden principle of climb high and sleep low on Lemosho Route.

Day-6: Barranco (3860m) to Barafu (4550m)

Elevation: 3860 metres up to 4550 metres
Distance: 13 kilometres
Trek time: About 7 hours
Early morning at around 07h00, the Barranco Wall lies ahead which you climb, to bring you out to a great spot with incredible views over Moshi and the clouds below. The route then descends down through the Karanga Valley and eventually come out at Karanga Valley Camp. Barafu Hut is another 2 hours trek higher up towards Kibo Crater.

Day-7: Barafu (4550m)- Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)

Elevation: 4600 metres to 3100 metres
Highest point: 5895 metres (Uhuru Peak)
Distance: 30 kilometres (7 kilometres ascent, 13 kilometres descent)
Trek duration: 13 to 16 hours (6 - 8 hours ascent, 7 - 8 hours descent)
Environment: Stone scree / ice-capped summit
Rising before midnight, you start your climb into the night in a North westerly direction. The route will take you towards Stella Point (5685) on the crater rim. It can take anything from 5 - 6 hours and is physically challenging. After a short rest at Stella Point the trek to Kilimanjaro summit is another altitude gain of 200m, taking anywhere from 1-2 hours. After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, you hike down to Barafu and then down to Mweka Camp

Day-8: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

This morning is a short 3-hour scenic hike to Mweka. Climbers who climbed to Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates for your Lemosho Route climb on Kilimanjaro. 

Day-9: Depart

Today you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home.

End of services

What's Included

Price includes

Return Kilimanjaro airport transfers
Three meals a day on trek except for last day of trek
All park entry fees
All porter, guide and cook fees
Kilimanjaro emergency rescue fees
Kilimanjaro Lemosho Park permit for 7 days
Camping fees for Lemosho Route
Tents on Mt Kilimanjaro
Dining tent, chairs, utensils etc.
Sleeping mattresses for Mt Kilimanjaro
Two night's bed and breakfast at Moshi Springlands Hotel twinshare

Price Excludes

Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Bottled water
Meals other than those indicated
Visa's and vaccinations
International flights
Costs for giving up the expedition (no refunds applicable)
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $70 per night)
Additional transfer across to Londorrosi Gate

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Overview of other routes
 6 - 7 days trekking
 40 minutes drive to Machame Gate
 Scenic but steep
 Good for acclimatisation
 Starts in forest and joins Lemosho and Shira routes
 Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
 Two man Tents
 Descend down Mweka Route
Machame Route
 6 - 7 days trekking
  3 hour drive to Park Gate
  Scenic and quiet
  Good for acclimatisation
  Starts in forest and joins Lemosho and Machame routes
  Summit via Barafu Hut and Stella Point
  Sleep in Tents
  Descend on Mweka Route
Shira Itinerary
 6 - 7 days trekking
  4 hours of driving to Park Gate
  Very quiet
  Need to add a day for acclimatisation
  Starts near Kenyan Border
  Route joins Marangu Route
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Tents overnight
  Descend on Marangu Route
Rongai Route
 5 - 6 days trekking
  30 minutes road to Marangu Gate
  Busy route
  Less scenic - same ascent and descent
  Need to add a day for acclimatisation
  Route joins Northern Circuit and Rongai Route
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Sleep in Huts
  Descend Marangu Route
Marangu Route
8-9 days trekking
  4 Hour drive to Shira Gate
  Very Quiet
  Less scenic but longer approach
  Start higher but route is good for acclimatisation
  Route joins Rongai and Marangu Routes
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Sleep in Tents
  Descend via Marangu Route
Northern Circuit Route
 5-7 days trekking
  40 Minute drive to Umbwe Gate
  Very Quiet
  Very steep and fast approach
  Poor chances for acclimatisation
  Route joins Shira, Lemosho and Machame Routes
  Summit via Kibo Hut and Gilman's Point
  Sleep in Tents
  Descend via Mweka Route
Umbwe Route
 Kilimanjaro Short Treks
These treks are designed for people with less time available or who do not want to go for summit. They range from 1 to 4 days on the mountain
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 Mt Meru
Mt Meru is a great pre-acclimatisation trek before Kilimanjaro or a stand alone trek. These treks are 3-4 days
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There are several options to add on a safari tour in either Tanzania or Kenya after your Kilimanjaro trek. The shortest safari is 3 days up to around 9 or longer if you prefer.
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