Kilimanjaro Lemosho route
The Lemosho route is one of the newest Kilimanjaro routes. It was introduced as an alternative to the Shira route which starts at a higher and more challenging altitude. Because of it’s versatility, scenery and a rather untouched, wild start to the climb, Lemosho is considered the route with the most variety.
Follow Alice’s view
We love the Lemosho route. It’s our personal favourite because you get to experience a bit of everything. We really enjoy the first couple of days in the forest, and also the opportunities to take beautiful photographs of the amazing views and scenery along the way. All of this combined with the fact that the chances of summiting are high (always a plus!), the Lemosho route ticks all of the boxes when it comes to choosing a Kilimanjaro climb.
✓ Good acclimatisation
✓ High success rates
✓ Beautiful scenery
✓ Variety of terrain
✓ Quieter than other routes
– Not possible in wet season
– Camping is the only option
The Lemosho route is for climbers who: want the best of everything on the mountain and tick all of the boxes
What is the scenery like on the Lemosho route?
The Lemosho route is known for being one of the most ‘beautiful’ Kilimanjaro routes. The spectacular western approach offers trekkers the experience of hiking across the Shira Plateau. It is one of the largest high altitude plateaus in the world and gives fantastic views of the dramatic Shira Cathedral. Views are incredible, especially from the southern circuit. Lush rainforest on the first couple of days is very beautiful. Spotting large wildlife, like antelopes is not very common but possible!
How hard is the Lemosho route?
No Kilimanjaro climb is easy, but the Lemosho route is generally considered one of the ‘easier’ climbs because of it’s great acclimatisation profile. It has great climb high sleep low opportunities. Put simply, with the right Kilimanjaro preparation anyone can climb it. You should be physically fit, and with the right support in the form of your mountain crew, you can achieve the summit whether you have previous hiking experience or are a first time trekker.
What is the Lemosho route summit success rate?
Due to its longer length profile and repeated climb high sleep low opportunities, summit success rates on the Lemosho route are one of the highest on the mountain. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all Kilimanjaro operators is 90% for the 8-day trek and an 85% success rate for the 7 day trek. Follow Alice have a success rate of over 95% for the 7 and 8 day Lemosho route!
How long does it take to hike the Lemosho route?
The Lemosho route can be completed in either 7 or 8 days. The extra day gives you more time to acclimatise. In our experience, most people who have completed the right Kilimanjaro preparation are fine with the 7 day option.
How busy is the Lemosho route?
The Lemosho route is generally less frequented than other Kilimanjaro routes such as the Machame. You are free from big crowds on the first couple of days when you are passing through the forest. You then join the Machame route near the Lava Tower. This is when crowds can get a little bigger in peak season.
What is the accommodation on the Lemosho route?
The Lemosho route only offers camping accommodation. As part of our climbing package, all of your camping equipment is included; tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow. The tents are put up and taken down each day by your mountain crew.
What does the Lemosho route cost?
Follow Alice offers the Lemosho route as a 7 day group climb or private climb. Our 7
“We climbed Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route with Follow Alice and had a great time! We were a small group that got along really well and felt greatly taken care of by the crew! The guides made us feel safe at all times.” Christoph
7 Day Lemosho Route
Starting from Londorossi Gate to the summit and finishing at Mweka Gate
|Day||Start||Altitude (m)||Altitude (ft)||Finish||Altitude (m)||Altitude (ft)||Time (hrs)||Distance (km)||Distance (miles|
|1||Londorossi Gate||2,360||7,742||Mti Mkubwa||2,895||9,498||3-4||6||4|
|2||Mti Mkubwa||2,895||9,498||Shira 2 Camp||3,505||11,500||8-10||18||11|
|3||Shira 2 Camp||3,505||11,500||Lava Tower||4,630||15,190||4-6||8||4|
|Lava Tower||4,630||15,190||Barranco Camp||3,976||13,044||2-3||3||2|
|4||Barranco Camp||3,976||13,044||Karanga Camp||3,995||13,106||4-5||5||3|
|5||Karanga Camp||3,995||13,106||Barafu Camp||4,673||15,331||3-4||4||2|
|6||Barafu Camp||4,673||15,331||Uhuru Peak||5,895||19,341||6-8||5||3|
|Uhuru Peak||5,895||19,341||Mweka Camp||3,068||10,065||4-6||12||7|
|7||Mweka Camp||3,068||10,065||Mweka Gate||1,640||5,380||3-4||10||6|
Lemosho Route itinerary
The Lemosho route approaches the mountain from the west. Before the climbing can begin, you will leave Moshi and take a 4 hour drive to Londorossi Gate. From there, you will spend the first couple of days trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge. You join the Machame route near the Lava Tower. The route then follows a path known as the Southern Circuit, traversing underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field. You then summit from Barafu, and descend via Mweka.
Lemosho is considered one of the most beautiful Kilimanjaro routes because of it’s varied scenery and terrain
Londorossi Gate to Mkubwa
After an early breakfast, our driver will take you to Londorossi Park Gate. This journey is 2-3h long. Here we get recorded and enter the national park. We then drive another hour to the Lemosho
Mkubwa to Shira 2 Camp
After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heather and moorland zone. You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Campsite. At this campsite, you will have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. We hike about 5-6h in total today.
Part 1 | Shira 2 Camp via Lava Tower
Today, we do our first acclimatisation walk up to an impressive rock formation called Lava Tower at 4,630m (15,419ft). It takes 5h to get there and is a first highlight on the way to the summit.
Part 2 | Lava Tower to Baranco Camp
After lunch at Lava Tower, we head down and reach Barranco Campsite in about 2h. The camp is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”).
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
This is a short 4-5h hiking day meant for acclimatisation. After an early morning breakfast, it’s time for us to conquer the Great Barranco Wall. Although it may look intimidating at first, our travellers usually state it was much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the wall, you will be above the clouds with superb views of the southern ice-fields and the summit. The trail then winds up and down until we arrive at Karanga Campsite where we spend the night.
Karanga to Barafu Camp
It’s getting real! We’re now very close to the summit and will have some amazing views of the mountain during our short 2-3h ascent to the last base, Barafu Campsite, at 4,600m (15,091ft). An early dinner will be served so you can get some rest before attempting the summit that same night. Before you go to bed, our guide will brief you in detail on how best to prepare for summit night. Don’t worry, you’ll be in great hands!
Part 1 | Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (summit day!)
Our guide will wake you up around midnight for tea and biscuits. You then begin your summit attempt which many describe as the most mentally and physically challenging part of the whole Kilimanjaro climb. The route heads northwest into the dark night ascending over stone scree. In about 6h, we’ll reach Stella Point (5,685m/18,651ft), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, we continue for an hour or so on a snow-covered trail before reaching Uhuru Peak (5,895m / 19,341ft), the very top of Africa and a life-time accomplishment! Be prepared to be overwhelmed and don’t forget to take your pictures.
Part 2 | Uhuru Peak and back down to Mweka Camp
After reaching the summit, we descend down to Mweka Campsite at 3,110m (10,204ft). Here, we’ll spend our final night on the mountain after having hiked for about 12-15h. You’ll fall asleep immediately, trust us!
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
We wake up at our last campsite down in the rainforest. After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to all of our helpers that have been working so hard throughout the week to get us successfully to the summit. Helpers that have become friends during our days on the mountain. We do the last bit of hiking down to the foot of the mountain, where our driver will be waiting to bring us back to Kigongoni Lodge. Time for a beer and great celebration dinner!
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The 7 Kilimanjaro routes
- Lemosho Route
The Lemosho is the most beautiful Kilimanjaro route
- Machame Route
The Machame is the most popular Kilimanjaro route
- Marangu Route
The Marangu route only offers hut accommodation
- Rongai Route
The Rongai is the only Kilimanjaro route that approaches from the North
- Shira Route
The Shira route Approaches from the Western side of Kilimanjaro
- Northern Circuit Route
The Northern Circuit is the newest and longest Kilimanjaro route
- Umbwe Route
The Umbwe is the shortest, steepest and hardest Kilimanjaro route