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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Mt Kilimanjaro Lemosho 7 Day and 3 day Safari
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“Where do I start! this tour operator is just what you need to get the most out of Tanzania. We worked with Naick who made sure our climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and experience a Safari was flawless. The operator provided the best hotel, guides, vehicles, cooks, porters; all at an affordable price. The organization for the trip was easy as Naick provided us with a detailed confirmation and itinerary. All of our travel questions were answered promptly and we were picked up from the airport right on time. This company goes above and beyond the rest. Our Mt. Kilimanjaro guides Bakari and Matthew were the best we could hope for. During the toughest weather and terrain they made sure we had everything we needed. They pushed us and took care of us. Our gear, provided by the tour operator, was top-notch and allowed us to safely summit. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable, both with the Mt. Kilimanjaro climb as well as the safari with our guide Chris. We were able to see almost every animal the Serengeti has, and our guide made sure we had the best views. We are extremely grateful to our operator, Naick, Bakari, Matthew, Chris, the porters, chefs, drivers and more. - Brandon and Dylan (Brothers from Argentina!)”
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“Thank you very much for the FANTASTIC Vacation! From the minute we landed in Kilimanjaro and the professional driver, to the AWESOME Safari guide and experience to the super professional hiking guides, we were absolutely blown away! We really really had a great time. The safari experience was so much better than we could have imagined. We saw so many different animals and so close to our vehicle that we got fantastic pictures!!! The guide was awesome in getting us close to all the animals and very friendly and professional. All the accommodations and lodges and staff were very inviting. We really felt welcomed and appreciated during the entire safari trip. The hiking portion was an experience of a life time! Although my wife did experience some altitude sickness, the entire hike was unforgettable. The professionalism of the guides (Rama and Stephen) and the entire crew was unbelievable. They always made us feel as part of the team and were always willing to help in anyway they could. The food during the hike was better than restaurant quality! I don't know how they cook such delicious meals on the side of the mountain, but we were really really impressed with the taste of the food. We successfully made it to summit and because it was so cold, we only spent a few minutes up there. Rama was fantastic and took our camera and really took some great pictures for us at the top. My hands were too cold to operate the camera, so we are really thankful of the pictures he took for us! My wife experienced some more severe altitude sickness after summit and with safety being the number one concern from the guides, they made the call to bring in a helicopter to get us off the mountain and my wife to the Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue clinic. The clinic did a fantastic job helping my wife and getting her feeling better. As we left the clinic, the tour company did a great job getting us a driver back to the hotel and securing the hotel room for the unexpected night.The entire trip was absolutely amazing and we are really glad we picked this company for our vacation. From all the help from Stasia planning the trip and answering our questions to all the staff at the hotels/lodges/safari/hiking crew/drivers it was a vacation of a lifetime!”
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5 - Excellent
  • Dan Camenson
“We actually took the 8 day trek. At age 65 we thought an extra day would be helpful. In actuality it was not needed. The trails while sometimes steep were well maintained. We were often in camp by 1400 even though we hiked slowly to conserve energy for ascent. We found the ascent challenging and were not as prepared for the cold as we should have been. In fact once the sun went down it was generally cold; bring more warm clothes than you think. We chose Lemosho route because it traversed the forest ecoregion and thoroughly enjoyed the trek”

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
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