8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro


8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro

Duration :   8 Days 7 Nights
The Price :   $2,565.00
Start Location:   Trailhead, Kilimanzaro

    Number of Adults*

    8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. It offers a chance to visit Shira Plateau and Shira Caldera. Lemosho Route crosses from Shira Ridge to Shira 2 Camp, in a pleasant hike. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterward, Lemosho follows the same route as Machame Route through Lava Tower, Barranco, and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. The minimum number of days required for this route is 7 days, but eight days are recommended as it will give more chances to acclimatize and achieve the summit. Like Machame, this is a scenically spectacular and varied route. Lemosho is highly recommended and it has an abundance of wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, elands, and lions which come over to forage during the dry season from Longido game-controlled areas.


    • 8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro is a newer route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west.
    • It is a difficult and long route, but one that is favored by most reputable Kilimanjaro outfitters. This is because of smaller crowds, scenic variety, and high success rates.
    • This is one of the three popular routes up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
    • There are lots of combinations and other routes too, please enquire with our team to see more options.

    Schedule Details


    Kilimanjaro | 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike


    Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival you will be met and assisted through arrival formalities followed by being transferred to the Hotel.


    Accommodation: Salinero Kilimanjaro Hotel BB – Comfort / Mid range


    Alternative: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel BB – High end / Luxury

    Moshi town / Kilimajaro

    After breakfast, you will be met by our representative and you will be briefed on the hike and equipment inspection will be done. Worry not! In case you need equipment or wear for the hike we can provide at an extra supplement.


    Depending on the time that inspection will be done, you can choose to venture on various attractions found nearby at an extra supplement such as,


    • Materuni village and coffee tour
    • Themi Waterfall
    • Lake Duluti Canoeing
    • A walk in Arusha National Park


    Accommodation: Salinero Kilimanjaro Hotel BB – Comfort / Mid range


    Alternative: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel BB – High end / Luxury

    Day 1 : Londorossi Gate to MtiMkubwa Day 1 : Londorossi Gate to MtiMkubwa

    We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through an undisturbed forest that winds to the first campsite.

    Day 2 : MtiMkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

    We continue on the trail leading out of the rain 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. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

    Day 3 : Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

    We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail 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 Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

    Day 4 : Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at a higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

    Day 5 : Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. 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.

    Day 6 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you 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.

    Day 7 : Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

    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 (18,900 ft), you 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 which is why trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.


    Day 8 : Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

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


    What's Included

    • Safari Chairs
    • Porters
    • Tables
    • Gas Cooker
    • Rescue Fees
    • Transfer Back to Moshi From Mweka Gate
    • Camping Fees
    • All Park Entry Fees
    • Oximeter
    • Flying Doctors Insurance
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • 2 nights accommodation in either Comfort / High end
    • Transfer to Machame gate
    • Sleeping Mattresses
    • Mess Tent
    • Sleeping Tents
    • Three Meals a Day Except for the First Two Nights in Moshi / Arusha Town
    • Cook

    What's Excluded

    • Tips
    • Items of Personal Nature
    • Visa
    • International / Domestic flights
    • Travel and Personal Insurance
    • Any Other Items Not Mentioned in What’s Including Section

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