Unlike other trails, the Lemosho Route starts at a very low altitude. It is a long and difficult route with very few people, until it converges with the Machame Route. Despite its remoteness and difficulty, it is favoured by many trek operators because it is an extremely beautiful route with low traffic. Approaching the mountain from the ...

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“After long wanting to attempt climbing Kilimanjaro, we finally took the step of booking a trek with Enosa Expeditions. Our journey began in early January 2021. Upon arriving in Tanzania, we met Eric and Wilfred, the two (incredible) guides that would be leading us on this journey. They were well-informed and made sure to offer a comprehensive breakdown of what the coming days would offer and how to be best prepared, whether it was clothing, equipment, or merely preparing yourself mentally. All-in-all, the experience was truly remarkable, and the unwavering guidance, support, and enjoyment provided by our two guides along the way made the experience all the more worthwhile. For anyone trying to decide between the array of operators on the mountain, I can highly recommend using Enosa Expeditions. If you do, be sure to request that Eric and Wilfred guide you - with these two guys, you can feel comfortable that not only will you successfully make the journey to the roof of Africa, but you will have an awesome time doing it.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Lawrence
“Zara Tours recently organized a perfect trek with John Chitanda leading the best team with another guide, porters and a cook. The trek was not easy however we had great support from crew, very good equipment and an amazing cook who made sure we were well fed. The team took excellent care of al our needs. We were always safe! Standing at the summit of Kilimanjaro took our sheer determination and perseverance however I am very certain that we would not have made it without the support of this crew. Their experience on the mountain came in very handy as they knew the right time to push/rest/take it easy.Their company was also warm and kept us in great spirits. I have to recommend them with no reservations”

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route - Itinerary

Unlike other trails, the Lemosho Route starts at a very low altitude. It is a long and difficult route with very few people, until it converges with the Machame Route. Despite its remoteness and difficulty, it is favoured by many trek operators because it is an extremely beautiful route with low traffic.

Approaching the mountain from the west, the route begins with a long drive from Moshi. The minimum duration for this route is six days, but 8 days is ideal, so climbers get time to get acclimatized and enjoy the panoramic views from multiple sides of the mountain. During the first two days of the trip, trekkers traverse through beautiful rainforests, where small animals such as the Colobus and blue monkeys are visible. In comparison to the Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, Lemosho crosses the Plateau from east to west, providing marvelous views of Kibo Peak.

Other attractions include the Lava Tower, where climbers get to enjoy panoramic vistas and the Great Barranco Wall, which presents a difficult and thrilling challenge. Climbers will rest overnight in tents and after reaching the summit, the descent is made on the Mweka Route (designated descent trail for the other routes). The Lemosho is a highly recommended route because of its stunning scenic views, relatively low traffic and high summit success rate. Moreover, after a few days of climbing, the Lemosho route merges with the Machame route all the way up to the summit and the descent down Mwaka. Due to the extra days on the lower altitudes, this is the best trek in terms of acclimatization.

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route - Climbing Facts
Climb Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Climb Duration: 8 Days
Max Altitude: 5,895 Meters
Accommodation: Camping
Best Season: All Year

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route - Itinerary

The below is a sample itinerary. It may vary slightly depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:

  • Day 1: Moshe to Mkubwa Camp 2 – 4 hours
  • Day 2: To Shira 1 Camp 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 3: To Shira 2 Camp 1 – 3 hours
  • Day 4: To Barranco Camp 5 – 7 hours
  • Day 5: To Karanga Camp 3 – 4 hours
  • Day 6: To Barafu Camp 7 – 9 hours
  • Day 7: Summit Day and Mweka Camp 11 – 14 hours
  • Day 8: Descend to Gate 3 – 5 hours - trek ends

Trekking facts for the Lemosho route in a nutshell

  • Third most popular route -- 8% of climbers
  • Moderately difficult route - it merges with the Machame route (difficult route also) higher up on Kilimanjaro and initially goes through steep rain forest trails also
  • Relatively more expensive because it starts at a remote location
  • The most scenic route