Two trekkers in the snow near the summit of Kilimanjaro with glacier behind them

Lemosho Route

Trips/Climb Kilimanjaro

10 days

The Lemosho is one of our favourite routes up Kilimanjaro as it has varied and beautiful scenery. It also has a high summit success rate because of its good acclimatisation profile. The path ascends the western slope, then travels south of the peak to approach it from the east. You descend the southeastern slope. The Lemosho is a great route for climbing to the 'roof of Africa'!

Detailed Itinerary

Lemosho Route Map - Mt Kilimanjaro

Day 1: Arrival day

We meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to the lodge where you can meet your team and relax before your big adventure starts! The lead guide gives everyone a briefing tonight about the upcoming trek.

Lindrin Lodge group photo Kilimanjaro

Day 2: Hike through rainforest

At Londorossi Park Gate you're entered into Kilimanjaro National Park’s records. You're then driven for another hour to Lemosho Gate (2,100 m) and the trailhead. From here it’s a three-hour hike up to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,895 m), also known as Big Tree Camp. This is your first night sleeping under the stars in tents!

Group hikes in rainforest. Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 3: Walk through moorland

After an early breakfast, you climb out of the rainforest and into the heather and moorland zone. You cross many streams en route to Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m). Today and tomorrow offer some of the best scenery of the trek. You walk for five to six hours today.

Shira 1 Camp, Lucy photo

Day 4: Traverse Shira Plateau

Today you continue along the Shira Plateau, which offers a fantastic view of the Western Breach, a gap in the Kibo crater that was formed by lava flow, and glaciers. You can look forward to seeing giant lobelias, senecios and giant groundsels. You overnight at Moir Hut (4,206 m). All in all, you hike for six to seven hours today.

Hiking through moorland

Day 5: Lunch at Lava Tower

After breakfast you climb up to Lava Tower (4,630 m), an impressive rock formation. This is where you enjoy lunch. Next, everyone descends a little to Barranco Camp (3,967 m), which sits at the base of the famous Barranco Wall. This means you 'climb high, sleep low' today, which is great for acclimatisation. Hiking time today is six to nine hours.

Lava Tower, Kilimanjaro

Day 6: Climb Barranco Wall

After an early breakfast, it’s time to conquer Barranco Wall, a steep wall of rock. Although it looks intimidating, trekkers usually say it turns out to be easier than they expected. At the top of the wall you're above the clouds and enjoy superb views of the southern ice fields and summit. The trail winds up and down until Karanga Camp (3,995 m). Today's hike lasts four to five hours.

Group celebrating completion of Barranco Wall. Kilimanjaro

Day 7: Hike through alpine desert

It’s getting real! You’re now very close to the summit and have some amazing views of the mountain during your ascent of three hours to Barafu Camp (4,600 m). You go to bed early tonight as tomorrow’s summit hike starts in at midnight. This is partly to enjoy the sunrise from up high, and partly because of the long hours of trekking required.

Hiking Alpine dessert Kilimanjaro

Day 8: Summit day!

It's the big push! Today’s trek consists of two parts: a pre-dawn climb to Uhuru Peak of six to eight hours, followed by another six to eight hours of hiking for the descent to Mweka Camp (3,068 m). This is the moment to dig deep mentally and physically. Picture yourself standing at the tippy-top of Africa next to the Uhuru Peak sign (5,895 m), all that hard work rewarded!

Summit Kilimanjaro

Day 9: Last day on the mountain

Today you do the last bit of hiking (three hours) down through the beautiful rainforest to the foot of the mountain and Mweka Gate (1,640 m), where your driver is waiting for you. Achievement of a lifetime: check! Time to celebrate with the tipping ceremony, then enjoy cold beers and laughs, and finally take a well-earned sleep in a soft, comfy bed!

Hiking rainforest - Kilimanjaro

Day 10: Departure day

It's time to say say goodbye to Kilimanjaro. If you're leaving Tanzania or heading to Zanzibar, we drive you to the airport. Or if you're joining us for a Tanzania safari, we head west together to see the Big Five and more!

Group with flag on Kilimanjaro

Inclusions

Price Includes

Dedicated trip manager

In-depth preparation documents

Pre-climb Zoom consult

2 overnight stays at Lindrin Lodge in Moshi (incl. breakfasts and dinners)

In-depth pre-climb safety briefing at Lindrin Lodge

Transport to and from trailheads

Price Does Not Include

Tanzanian visa

Airfares

Airport transfers (US$40 per person per transfer)

Traveller's insurance

Tip for mountain crew

Single supplement ($200) if required

Where you'll stay

Lindrin Lodge Rooms

Lindrin Lodge

Lindrin Lodge in the town of Moshi offers chalet accommodation in a pretty and well-maintained garden setting.

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Gallery

Group shot - all climbers Lemosho Kilimanjaro
Two trekkers stand among giant groundsels on Kilimanjaro
Campsite on Lemosho route
Kilimanjaro group with Follow Alice flag
Trekkers spread out across the Lemosho route
Wildebeests grazing in Maasai Mara, Kenya, with setting sun

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