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Trek Mt. Kilimanjaro: Lemosho Route Via Crater Camp

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  • Trek the lengthiest summit-bound route
  • Spot wildlife in the tropical rain forest zone
  • Enjoy a more relaxed pace than other routes, but longer in time and distance
  • Have a company of devoted guides, porters and cooks helping you on your way
Come with us to trek the Lemosho Route, a newer route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west and descends down Mweka in the south-east. It is a long and somewhat challenging route, but one that is preferred by most trustworthy Kilimanjaro outfitters due to its smaller crowds, scenic diversity and high victory rates.

A vehicle brings hikers to the gate, where the trail begins in the montane rainforest. Lemosho trekkers have a longer distance to enjoy the tropical rain forest ecosystem than other routes, and hikers do not exit the rainforest until the end of day two.

Though considered a difficult route, the additional days on the lower slopes of the mountain make this the best route for altitude acclimatisation. The route usually takes seven to eight days to complete.

Scenically, Lemosho is the most varied and spectacular route as it begins in the rainforest, crosses the spectacular Shira Plateau, and then combines with the Machame route to share viewpoints around the southern circuit.
customer reviews about Kilisa Tours & Safaris
4.4 - Very Good Based on 7 reviews
Review for another Kilisa Tours & Safaris tour
5 - Excellent
“We had very good experience with Kilisa Tours on our 7 days Machame Kilimanjaro climb

Their guides are professional and speak very good English! I owe my success summit Kilimanjaro to Bakari, Daniel, who made sure that we are comfortable at each stage. Special mention to the food provided during the trek- it was both delicious and healthy.

The prices are the best and camping was to our satisfaction. Naick the owner did utmost to answer all our questions and advised correctly. They made sure we had a Memorable life time experience.”
Carolyn's review for another Kilisa Tours & Safaris tour
4 - Very Good
“The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was of course the ascent of Kilimanjaro on summit day. It was exhilarating arriving at the peak after all the lead up to it and the views were fantastic.

The team had an excellent sense of humor, were honest and kind, and took great pride in their roles-we had a brilliant atmosphere in the camps because of this. Delicious meals were cooked up for us 3 times a day and a snack at tea time which surely helped us to the top. Tent were both laid out every night, including a separate mess tent for meals. All of good quality

We have no problem in recommend Kilisa Tours were exceptional and gave us the most unforgettable experience”
Silvia's review for another Kilisa Tours & Safaris tour
5 - Excellent
“It was my first time to climb Mountain and I am so excited to reach to the top roof of Africa that was a great and fantastic feeling to be there; I used 7 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking via Machame route as a solo hiker. Though Machame route ( “whisky route” ) seems to be a challenging one but worth it for a successful and great victory rate.”
4 hours Camping
Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, where we will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead, where we begin hiking through the undisturbed forest to the first camp site.
5-6 hours Camping
Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Heath

We continue on the trail leading out of the rainforest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.
5-7 hours Camping
Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatisation opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
7 hours Camping
Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head south-east towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatisation.
5 hours Camping
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatisation.
5 hours Camping
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Karanga and connect with the Mweka Trail. We continue up a rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
7-8 hours Camping
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

During normal morning hours, we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We ascend for several hours at a slow but steady pace while taking frequent, but short, breaks. The trail turns into heavy scree as we make the steep climb to the crater rim. At Stella Point (18,900 ft), we see the summit sign in the distance. We continue the around the crater rim until finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 18,865 ft
Distance: 1 km
Hiking Time: 0.5-1 hours
Habitat: Artic

We then descend a short distance to Crater Camp, where the rest of the staff will join us to set up camp. There is an option to hike to Retch Crater and the ash pit, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier.
4-6 hours Camping
Elevation: 18,865 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Artic

From Crater Camp, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles are helpful here as the trail is rocky. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
4 hours Hotel
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
what’s included
  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your guide
  • Emergency rescue fees
  • Hot meals prepared by our cook while on the mountain
  • Drinking water on the climb
  • Hot drinks at every meal
  • Safety equipment including emergency oxygen and pulse oximeter
  • Porter(s) to carry your luggage
  • Guide, porter and cook salaries
  • Climbing permits
  • Government climbing taxes
  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Transportation to/from climbing route
  • Hotel accommodation in Moshi, one night before the trek and one night after
  • Portable toilet tent
what's excluded
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English, french, german, russian & spanish
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Moshi, Tanzania
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