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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Kilimanjaro Lemosho route Reviews

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5 - Excellent
  • Max Klumb
  • From USA
“I dont think this trip would have been so memorable if it werent for kilisa. They made this trip an incredible experience and one that Ill never forget! They were the reason we made to the top of Kilimanjaro and the reason we saw a cheetah hunt in the Serengeti! They are experienced and incredibly kind and accommodating! I highly recommend you choose kilisa!”
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  • Anonymous
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“Fantastic company with excellent guides and group that got us to the top. Couldnt have done it without then. Highest praise for Bakari and Mathew!”
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5 - Excellent
  • Dan Camenson
  • From USA
“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