7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route

Safari Overview

The Lemosho Route has been widely considered to be the overall best route to climb Kilimanjaro. It is considered one of the most scenic trail on the Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on almost all sides of the mountain. Being one of the newer routes, Lemosho is definitely an excellent choice for your climb.

The climb begins at Londorossi Gate at an altitude of 2360 metres, with an approach far to the west of the mountain. It then circles around Kilimanjaro to the south, passing through majestic rainforest where some of the region’s most unique wildlife can often be seen. The route continues up to the mountain’s third summit at Shira Ridge. From there, you will cross the famed Shira Plateau and see the awe-inspiring Shira Cathedral, before reaching Shira Camp on the main Machame route on day three. This allows a few days of quiet climbing overlooking some amazing terrain before taking the more heavily travelled route to the summit. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail, rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route.

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    Day 1: Arusha (1,400 m) – Londorosi Gate at (2,100 m) – Big Tree Camp at (2,750 m)

    After breakfast drive all the way to the town of Boma N’gombe and across the village of Sanya juu, You will have 15 minutes break at Boma Ng’ombe then you will drive along the pumpy road up to the Londorossi gate. At the gate the usual paper work will be done, and you will lastly sign the KINAPA book before you start your first day of ascent Kilimanjaro, you will need about 3 hours of walking to make your day. The route leads you mostly across the rain forest, large tree roots and a lavish nature so you man expect rain, mad & sometime fog. Reach your camp at late afternoon. Overnight at  Big Tree Camp (Mti Mkubwa Camp) 2,780 m.

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    Day 2: Big Tree Camp at (2,750 m) – Shira Camp 2 at (3,840 m)

    After breakfast leave Mti Mkubwa Camp, after trekking for 30 minutes the nature will transform into heather and moorland. You will cross many streams and trek over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp standing at (3,840 m). The camp is next to a stream & it offers a stunning view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Arriving at the camp similar procedure will follow as per the first day. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp (3,840 m).

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    Day 3: Shira Camp at (3,840 m) – Lava Tower at (4,630 m) – Barranco Camp at (3,950 m)

    After breakfast your third stage of Kilimanjaro trekking will start, firstly you will trek South of the Shira/Lemosho route. The route tracks over a black lava desert through millions of heavy rocks. During the ascend and descent past Lava Tower the climb is of about 1,4700 meters. Move on to Barranco valley after lunch. From the Barranco Camp you can observe the Great Barraco Wall, the West Breach of Kibo as well as the window and the south glacier. Evening time the sun gives wonderful play of colors. Overnight at Barranco Camp (3,950 m).

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    Day 4: Barranco Camp at (3,950 m) – Karanga Camp at (3,950 m)

    After breakfast, there is a big challenge ahead waiting for you “climbing the Great Barranco Wall” 1 to 1.5 hours is needed to climb the Great Barranco Wall. As you gaze behind the wall you will see a barren wall and the rocky plateau. The route then continues on sand and gravel through the rocky moors. After a distance of about 2 to 3 hours you will reach Karanga camp at an altitude of 3,950 meters, as you go up hill after hill, you will have a good view of upcoming routes. Overnight at Karanga Camp (3,950 m).

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    Day 5: Karanga Camp at (3,950 m) – Barafu Camp at (4,600 m)

    After breakfast you will start ascending the most difficult part of this mountain for the entire crew “The Barafu camp”. The first still existing moorland gradually vanishes and the landscape becomes rocky. Stones and boulders are ruling this landscape. This is the last water stop for porters because they can’t access water at Barafu Camp (4,600 m). Spend the rest of the day having snacks and dinner later on. You should go to bed early enough and get a good sleep. Overnight at Barafu Camp at (4,600 m).

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    Day 6: Barafu Camp at (4,600 m) – Uhuru Peak at (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp at (3,100 m)

    Wake up at around 23:00 or 23:30, have tea & biscuits, afterwards the final push to the summit will begin. The night is silent and freezing cold when you and your guide set out for the summit. The route to the summit is on the northwest & the scent is over the stone scree. Steeply up step by step and over the shoulders your path will lead you to the crater rim, to be reached after 5 to 6 hours and thus the Stella Point (5740 m). You only have 150 meters left to reach the highest point of the African Continent at the altitude of 5,895 meters. Take a short break, then descent along the crater rim back to Stella Point and then continue down to Rebmann Glacier. Your descending is via the same route of ascending so proceed down to Barafu camp where you will have a hot lunch. After lunch and some rest you go down to Mweka camp, downward the vegetation is attractive, reach your camp later afternoon. Get hot water to wash, tea or coffee & snacks will be served. Overnight at Mweka Camp (3,080 m).

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    Day 7: Descent: Mweka Camp at (3,100 m) – Mweka Gate at (1,980 m)

    Start with a good breakfast on this last day of your Kilimanjaro trekking, then make your way down to Mweka Gate. You will reach Mweka gate after 10 kilometers. Celebration, Tipping and farewell will be at Mweka gate and at the very end your guide will present to you Green certificate for hikers who reached Stella Point & gold certificates for those made to Uhuru peak the actual summit of Kilimanjaro Mountain. Meet your driver who have already be there and drive back to Arusha for overnight or drop off at the airport.

Included in the Safari Cost
  • Arrival & Departure airport transfers complementary to all our clients.
  • Transportation as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation per itinerary or similar with a request to all our clients.
  • Meals as per itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner.
  • Services literate English driver/guide.
  • National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • Excursions & activities as per itinerary with a request
  • Recommended Mineral Water while on safari.
Excluded in the Safari Cost
  • Visas and related costs.
  • Personal Taxes.
  • Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature.
  • International flights.
  • Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary like Balloon safari, Masai Village.
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