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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route: 7 days

Kilimanjaro Lemosho route: In short

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is a newer route and starts at the west-side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Just like the machame, this route has a high chance of succes. The route is arguably the most beautiful route to climb Kilimanjaro. The route comes across beautiful sights on the westside, then joins the ‘previously most beautiful route’ the Machame. Meaning this route gets the best of both worlds. New and fewer seen sights and the highlights of the machame route, but it is a bit more expensive. If you’re looking for a truly unique and more quiet route and don’t mind paying a little extra, then the Lemosho is the right route for you. 

During these 7 or 8 days we’ll be camping at the established campsites and reach the top of Kilimanjaro at day 6/7 (at sunrise). You’ll climb together with a solid team. Professional guides, porters and a cook. Our professional guides will guide you to the top and provide you with all the nessecary information, tips & tricks to ensure you will reach the top. All of our guides are specially trained and have years of experience. Our porters will carry all your belonings, tents & food, so you can climb at ease with only your daypack. The cook is your best friend, he’ll make sure you’ll never feel hungry.  



Combine Kilimanjaro with Safari or Zanzibar
Highlights of this trip
  • Roof of Africa af SUNRISE
  • More quiet route for the most adventurous experience
  • Unique sights + Shira Plateau, The Barranco Wall & Lava Tower
  • Classic Adventure! Hiking & Camping
  • Great team who will make sure you'll reach the top
Lemosho Route: Impressions

Trip itinerary

DAY 1 of the Lemosho Route - Reach 2800m - 4hours - 6km

Londrossi Gate - Mti Mkubwa Camp

On the first day of the Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route, we´ll pick you up and drive from Moshi to the gates of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. On the way we´ll pass the village Machame, which lies below the mountain. After reaching the gate, we´ll begin our final preparations so you´ll be fully ready. Starting from the gate, our hike brings us trough the forest at the feet of Kilimanjaro, all the way to the first camp. Here we rest, have dinner together and overnight.

DAY 2 - Reach 3500m - 5/6hours - 8km

Mti Mkubwa - Shira Camp

After a good breakfast, we will leave the forest and ascend into the heather moorland zone. We will hike untill lunch. In between will pass through lush rolling hills and cross several streams. After lunch we will cross into the Shira Caldera, an impressive high altitude desert which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. At the end of our full-day-hike we will overnight at Shira 1 Camp at 3500m.



DAY 3 - Reach 3840m - 6-7hours

Shira 1 Camp - Shira 2 Camp

Today is a good day on the lemosho route to let your body acclimite to the high altitudes, as we will only gain 340m in elevation. This helps reduce the chances of altitude sickness and will prepare your body for greater hights. In the morning we will start hiking again, through the Moorland and to the east, crossing the Shira Plateau and passing the Shira Cathedral. At the end of the deal, we will reach Shira 2 camp at 3840m.


DAY 4 - Reach 4600m and down to 3950m - 7 hours - +-14km

Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we´ll continue on a desert-like rocky landscape towards the Lava Tower or “Shark’s Tooth”. For most people, this is the toughest day of the climb. Here is the highest chance of breathlessness and headache due to the high altitude. So make sure to take one step, and one breath at a time. Slowly Slowly. Once we’ve reached Lava Tower, we will head down once again, towards the Barranco Camp. The way down has beautiful views of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. Great moment to take a photo. After about two hours we’ll reach the camp, which is situated in a valley below the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall, 

Here we’ll enjoy dinner and let us bodies rest from the high altitude we’ve experienced. This day is nessecary to let your body acclimatize as we will ‘climb high and sleep low’ doing this will prepare your body for a successful summit day.

DAY 5 - 3840m > 4200m

Acclimatisation Day (optional, 8 day route)

“Today is a ‘relax’ day, to let your body get used to the high altitude. We recommend doing so if you have little climbing experience. This will increase your chances of succes greatly.” After Breakfast, we will depart from Barranco Camp and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall and further through the Karanga Valley. Here you get a chance to view the glaciers from closeby. After, we will have Lunch at the Karanga Valley campsite. After lunch and a little break, you can view the Mawenzi Slopes as well as the Tanzania Sugar Plantation farms. Before returning to the campsite for dinner and the overnight stay, you can have a short hike in the surrounding area. 

DAY 6 - Reach 4600m - 8hours - 9.4km

Karanga Valley Camp - Barafu Camp

In the early morning, we will leave Karanga Valley campsite, onwards to the junction that will take us on the Mweka Trail. From here we’ll continue to the Barafu Hut at 4600m high. At this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. A great moment to grab your camera and enjoy the view. Here we make camp, make sure to keep yourself warm, eat well, drink lots and rest for summit day! The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible from this site, so we can overnight with our eye on the prize. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the terrain, as we will start our hike at night in the dark. Tonight will be a very short night.

DAY 7 - Reach the Peak! (5895m) 7-8hours - 4.5km up > then down to 3110m - 6-8hours - 10.7km

ROOF OF AFRICA! Barafu Camp - UHURU peak - Mweka Camp

In the early, early morning. Still shivering from our short and cold night, we will enjoy warm coffee or tea together to lift our spirits. Now we will hike in the dark, with flashlights towards the summit of Uhuru peak at 5895meters high. Our last ascent of the Lemosho Route. Once we reach the peak, we will enjoy one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world and all the pain and suffer from the climb will be forgotten. These experiences is why we do all these crazy things, because in the end they’re all worth it. Uhuru Peak is the highest points of Kilimanjaro and whole Africa as a matter of fact. A place to never forget. 

Make sure to bring two sets of clothing, as the night will be bitterly cold, but after the sun rises and the first rays of sun touch the peak of Kilimanjaro, our bodies will warm quickly.  After the summit, we will make our descent straight down to the Mweka Hut Campsite, stopping at Barafu Camp for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 8 - Back to 1640m - 4-6hours - 8.5km

Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

Hopefully well rested and not to soar and tired of the long hike of the other day, we will have breakfast. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your Kilimanjaro-Lemosho summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to hotel in Moshi for hot shower.


Before and after the climb, we provide a stay in our climbers accommodation in Moshi, where we have a good last night and mentally prepare for the climb to come. 

On the Lemosho Route we camp at the established campsites mentioned in our day-to-day. On this route we will camp in tents. Our tents are of high quality, capable of withstanding the sometimes harsh conditions on Mt. Kilimanjaro. The tents will be carried by our porters, who will walk up front to set up camp for you. Once you arrive at the campsites, you can relax without having to worry about setting up camp. 

The cook will prepare 3 good meals a day, so you can take on everyday like a champion. A good meal provides the energy you need to take on the mountain. Drinking water will be provided during the climb, after finishing the fist batch, botles will be refilled with a water-filter at several points on the mountain, to provide you with fresh, drinkable water during the whole climb. 


Campsites on Kilimanjaro

Lemosho route cost

Lowest price

For 9+ Persons (6 days)
$1860/ p.p.

                                   2persons         3persons        4-5persons      6-8persons        9+persons

7 day route                        $2020                $1960                 $1930                  $1895                 $1860

8 day route                        $2240                 $2155                $2090                  $2045                 $1995

*Prices are per person. 

*It’s possible to join a group


Price Includes

  • Two overnights at our accommodation in Moshi (before & after the climb)
  • All transfers from and to the climbing gates
  • Experienced English Speaking Guide
  • Cook & Porters who carry your belongings
  • FULL BOARD (3 Meals a day)
  • Accommodation at the mentioned campsites
  • Camping equipment (tent, mattrass, sleepingbag etc.)
  • Parkfees & Government Taxes
  • Drinking Water (filtered)
  • Emergency contact point over satalite phone

Not included

  • Accommodation & Transfers not mentioned
  • (Inter)national Flights
  • Tips for the driver guides, cook & porters
  • Flying Doctors Insurance

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