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Lemosho Route

// Kilimanjaro Trekking → Lemosho Route - 9 Days


The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Jackal Adventures specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

9 Days / 8 Nights

  • Day : 1 — Londrossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,650 m)

    After breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, we drive approximately 2 hours through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate. For the necessary park registration formalities at the Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. We start our ascent along the forest trail we camp at Lemosho Mti Mkubwa Camp.

    • • Approx. time taken: 3 - 4 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 2 — Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira One Camp (3,550 m)

    We leave the forest behind now, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. A full day trekking with slow and steady pace up to Shira Camp.

    • • Approx. time taken: 6 - 7 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 3 — 2nd Cave Camp (3480m) to Kikelewa Camp (3630m)

    Today we follow an easy path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut. As this camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

    • • Approx. time taken: 3 - 5 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 4 — Shira Hut to Moir Hut (4,200m)

    In the morning we cross part of the plateau through lush of heather and moorland then into expensive high Savannah desert before reach moir hut in the alpine zone. For extra acclimatization one can take walk around for the higher lands around the camp; views are superb. Lunch will be served at Fisher camp. The afternoon will be the acclimatization walk up onto the Lent Hills, the summit of which is at 4,700 metres.

    • • Approx. time taken: 3 - 4 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 5 — Moir Hut to Barranco valley (3,900m)

    Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.).

    • • Approx. time taken: 5 - 7 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 6 — Barranco Camp to Karanga camp (4,000 m)

    A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.

    • • Approx. time taken: 4 – 5 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 7 — Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m)

    Today we take the Traverse Route that takes up the Barafu Ridge, we walk up quite slowly to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

    • • Approx. time taken: 3 - 4 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 8 — Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (3100 m)

    Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.

    • • Approx. time taken: 13 - 15 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • Day : 9 — Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

    A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch we drive back to Hotel.

    • • Approx. time taken: 3 - 5 hours
    • • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

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