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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Lemosho Route

From US$ 1,750 per person
Based on 7 Reviews
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highlights
  • Low traffic route to Kilimanjaro
  • Higher probability of making it to the summit
This is a lesser known route which usually begins on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on the mountain, and a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Most of our clients use this route and love it.

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 rainforest to Shira Ridge.

Unlike the popular Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. An added bonus is that climbers will encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
Day 1 Moshi – Starting point – Mkubwa camp (2,780 m) 2.5 hours Camping

In the morning our professional driver will pick you at the hotel and taken to the Londorossi Gate (2,250 m), an approximate 2½ hour drive away. After registration by the Government authorities (Kilimanjaro National Park officers) you will be driven up to a bumpy track that will take you into the dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your trek begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoiled natural forest to Mkubwa Camp (2,800 m). This camp is about 2½ hours away and it’s your destination for today. As this region is also home to wild game, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger during the first 2 days of your trek.

Day 2 Mkubwa camp (2,780 m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m) 5 hours Camping

In this day trek will starts on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As you climb, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like Erica and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for a lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb, you will climb another 400 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and at Shira Camp 2(approximately 4 hours). Shira camp 2 is the final destination for this day and you will spend your evening and night there.

Day 3 Shira Camp 2 –Lava Tower – Barranco camp 7 hours Camping

This day you will climb approximately 740 m but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to cope with the climatic change, as a height of over 4,600 m will be reached before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower (4,640 m). The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley wich have lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 7 hours’ walking, you will arrive at the Barranco Camp – perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.

Day 4 Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – Karanga Camp (4,035 m) 4 hours Camping

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Karanga camp is situated at an altitude of 4,640 m and will be reached in about 3 to 4 hours. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation of the upcoming summit night.

Day 5 Karanga Camp (4,035 m) – Barafu Camp (4,640 m) 4 hours Camping

In this day we continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 6 Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp 4 hours Camping

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

After a short break and taking photos, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the crew will be waiting for you. You will have a warm lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours before you make our way down to the Mweka Camp (3,080 m) about 3 hours away.

Day 7 Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Moshi 2 hours Camping

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

what’s included
  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Meals during the climb
  • Drinking water
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc)
  • Portable toilet and toilet tent
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers
what’s excluded
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Ticket or transfer validity 7 days
guiding method Entrance ticket or transfer
Maximum altitude 5895 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Moshi, Tanzania
customer reviews
4.7 - Excellent Based on 7 reviews
Amazing 7 day Lemosho Route in September
Chris C. From Denmark At
5 - Excellent
“My girlfriend and I successfully reached the peak of Kilimanjaro with Enosa Expeditions. We initially went for the 8 day Lemosho itinerary, but on our way up we decided, together with the guides, to reach it one day earlier. All the way from booking the trip with Enosa to finishing our hike we were taken great care of by the team. Noel was very accommodating and was able to answer all our questions before going to Kilimanjaro. During our hike the crew took good care of us, and we always felt in save hands with them. We highly recommend Enosa Expeditions for Kilimanjaro,which offer good prices, good and responsive communication before the trip, and a professional crew.”
Had an amazing climb with Enosa Expeditions!
Steve From USA At
5 - Excellent
“Noel, the owner of the company, really took good care me. All arrangements were taken care of and we even reached the Summit of Mt Kilimanjaro - very happy with that. Thanks for an amazing climb!”
Wauw, amazing experience!
Frederik From Denmark At
5 - Excellent
“I went on a Kilimanjaro hike (7 day Lemosho) with my sister. The nature is amazing - especially the first two days. The route was also very good for aclimization - we didn't encounter any serious altitude sickness symptoms before summit-night. The trail is in great condition and is maintained very well. The mountain itself is majestic and abolutely huge! The campsites were clean and well organized.
If you enjoy the green rainforrest and aren't in a hurry to reach the summit, the Lemosho route is definately reccomendable.”
7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Lemosho Route with Enosa Expeditions
Mr. V. Carcao From Portugal At
5 - Excellent
“Enosa Expeditions provided everything for me, including airport transfers, accommodation (a very nice hotel called Park View Hotel, located in Moshi town), camping facilities and all staff in mountain.

I climb Mount Kilimanjaro through Lemosho route for 7 days and my guide "Benson" made everything to reach the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro!

I've travelled alone, but Enosa includes me in a very friendly group.

Enosa Expeditions fulfilled all deal details and at the end offered me two T-shirts and some fridge magnets.
Last meal at hotel was offered by Mr. Noel.

Comparing with others companies, the price was very reasonable.

I want to thank Mr. Noel by serious and professional way they deal with your customers.”
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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