Kilimanjaro glaciers

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'!

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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

Today we 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 safari, we head west together to see the Big Five and more!

Group with flag on Kilimanjaro

Inclusions

Dedicated trip manager

In-depth preparation documents

Assistance and advice concerning Covid testing requirements

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

Kilimanjaro National Park entrance fee

Qualified, experienced, English-speaking guides

Porters

Experienced cook

All meals on the mountain

Snacks and hot drinks

Purified drinking water

Daily bowl of water for ‘washy washy’

High-quality, four-season sleeping bag

High-quality, four-season sleeping tent

Sleeping mat

Private Follow Alice toilet (1 per 8 climbers)

Organisation of any rental equipment, if required

Medical equipment (incl. pulse oximeter and emergency oxygen)

Climb certificate

Tanzanian visa

Airfares

Traveller's insurance

Airport transfers ($25 per person per transfer)

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.

What others have to say

June 2022
Clark CoffmanJan 2022
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Chris HanleyOct 2021
We hiked the 8 day Lemosho and we walked away being thrilled that we had booked the trip with Follow Alice. James, Gideon, and the entire group made t...
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Christopher Scott CarpenterFeb 2021
I selected Follow Alice for my Tanzania adventure based on the stellar reviews they've received - I am thrilled to add one more stellar review to thei...
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KaraJan 2021
Amazing team! I had so much fun hiking and felt safe the entire time. Highly recommend! Miss everyone already.
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Ravelle MantouraFeb 2021
Absolutely incredible experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and taking a safari through Tanzania’s national parks with the guidance and help from Foll...
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Tina CraigFeb 2020
I literally cannot say enough good things about this company and all of its people! They go above and beyond in every way. From the initial planning/ ...
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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

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