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The Lemosho route is lesser known. It begins on the western side of Kilimanjaro. Walking through the rainforest for the first two days the vegetation changes to heath and moorland with many ferns and ericas along the way. The narrow trail sometimes has some very steep sections and is scenically diverse. On the third day, the trail joins the Machame route. Hikers overnight in tents.

Day 1

Start: Lemosho Gate (2385 m)
Finish: Big Tree Camp (2780 m)
Altitude: ↑ 395 m
Walking Time: 2-3h

Path follows through forest on a clear path with a moderate incline. You might see monkeys.

Day 2

Start: Big Tree Camp (2780 m)
Finish: Shira Camp 2 (3900 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1120 m
Walking Time: 7-8h

A long day. Path is up and down until you ascent out of the rainforest section. Here you should have clear views of the Shira Ridge and the Kibo Summit on a sunny day.

Day 3

Start: Shira Camp 2 (3900 m)
Finish: Barranco Camp (3960 m)
Altitude: ↑740m   ↓ 680 m
Walking Time: 6-7h

This day should help with acclimatization as you will ‘walk high, sleep low’. A long trek through the shrubs of the heath and moorland zone to reach the Lava Tower rocks.

Day 4

Start: Barranco Camp (3960 m)
Finish: Karanga Camp (4035 m)
Altitude: ↑ 100 m  ↓ 25 m
Walking Time: 3-4h

The imposing Barranco Wall lies ahead today, but it is not as bad as it looks. It is a steep climb but the views of Kibo’s southern glacier are breathtaking.

Day 5

Start: Karanga Camp (4035 m)
Finish: Barafu Camp (4640 m)
Altitude: ↑ 605 m
Walking Time: 3-4h

A relative easy day through a desolate moon landscape.

Day 6

Start: Barafu Camp (4640 m)
Finish: Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)
Altitude: ↑ 1255 m  ↓ 2815 m
Walking Time: 10-14h

Summit day starts off in the dark. You will first go to Stella Point on the crater’s rim. Another few hours to reach Uhuru peak in the early sunrise.  You will ‘feel’ the altitude. After a few minutes at the summit, the descent is steep and long.

Day 7

Start: Mweka Camp (3080 m)
Finish: Mweka Gate (1630 m)
Altitude: ↓ 1450 m
Walking Time: 2-3h

Congratulations from the crew as they sing a traditional song and dance after breakfast. A relative short and easy descent through the green forest.

Tanzania Safari FAQ's

Is the Lemosho route easier than other routes to Kilimanjaro?

The Lemosho route is generally considered to be one of the easier routes to Kilimanjaro. This is because it is longer and has a more gradual ascent, which allows trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude more slowly. However, it is still a challenging hike, and proper preparation is essential.

How long does it take to hike the Lemosho route?

The Lemosho route typically takes 7-9 days to complete. This includes two acclimatization days, which are essential for preventing altitude sickness.

What is the elevation gain on the Lemosho route?

The Lemosho route has an elevation gain of approximately 19,341 feet (5,896 meters). This is a significant amount of elevation gain, and it is important to be in good physical condition before attempting this hike.

What are the best times to hike the Lemosho route?

The best times to hike the Lemosho route are during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). These shoulder seasons offer pleasant weather conditions without the crowds of the peak season.

What are the costs associated with hiking the Lemosho route?

The costs of hiking the Lemosho route vary depending on the operator and the level of service. However, you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $4,000 for a guided trek.

What is the average success rate for summiting Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route?

The success rate for the Lemosho Route is very high, with over 85% of climbers reaching the summit

What are the potential risks of climbing Kilimanjaro?

 The most common risks of climbing Kilimanjaro are altitude sickness, sunburn, and hypothermia. It is important to be aware of these risks and to take steps to mitigate them.

What are the challenges of hiking the Lemosho route?

The main challenges of hiking the Lemosho route are the altitude, the terrain, and the weather. The altitude can cause altitude sickness, which can be serious if not treated. The terrain is varied, with steep climbs and descents, as well as some sections of loose rock. The weather can be unpredictable, with sudden changes in temperature and precipitation.

What are the rewards of hiking the Lemosho route?

The rewards of hiking the Lemosho route are many. You will experience stunning scenery, including lush rainforests, alpine meadows, and snow-capped peaks. You will also have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, and monkeys. And, of course, you will have the satisfaction of reaching the summit of Africa's tallest mountain.

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We had such a lovely time completing the Lemosho 8 day route. The route was absolutely breathtaking, challenging and rewarding all in one. The scenery changed throughout and the summit night was something I’ll remember forever. Such a mental and physical challenge only made possible by our team

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