Lemosho Route 8 Days

8 days
Kilimanjaro Lemosho

Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and sightings of wild game in the forest section is possible. Lemosho route even 2 years ago was known as as a lesser used route, but the number of climbers on this route has increased rapidly. We now consider this a busy route. This is compounded when the route combines with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.

For those seeking a longer and scenic route, Lemosho is a good choice. Typically this route is done as a 7 or 8 day trek. Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route, which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower.

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Depart from Moshi or Arusha for Londorosi Gate.

  • Pick-up on the arrival date destination Kilimanjaro Airport to the hotel in Moshi Keys Lodge check in for BB only valid for the night before and after the climb
  • Park entrance fees, camping fees, rescue fees support crew fees
  • Salaries for support crew, cook and guides
  • Dining tent, chairs and table
  • Three meals a day while on the mountain
  • Transfer from the hotel to the starting gate before your climb and after the climb transfer back to Keys Lodge in Moshi.
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder
  • Sleeping tent in sharing maximum 2 people in one tent with enough space

  • Tipping for support crew, cook and guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare for international and local destination if any
  • Climbing gear as mentioned on our list on the website

Things You Need to Know Before Climbing Kilimanjaro

Interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Wondering what it is like to be on Africa’s highest peak? Here are important things you need to know before booking your Kilimanjaro Trekking.

  • Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb. It’s a hike.
  • Africa may be warm, but the mountain is cold.
  • A support team handles all the heavy lifting.
  • You will eat well on the mountain.
  • You don’t poop on the ground, but in a toilet.
  • There is no wifi and no electricity, and that’s a good thing.
  • Expect to be on the mountain for at least seven days.
  • Summit night is tough, but you can do it.
  • It’s going to cost some money.
  • Getting to Mount Kilimanjaro is fairly easy.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness is dangerous.
Day 1 Londerossi Gate - Big Tree Camp

Depart right after breakfast Moshi to Londorossi Gate, which takes about 2 hours, where you will complete entry formalities registration in the entrance gate. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, your lunch will be save at the starting point before commence your hiking through rain forest to the first camp site Big tree campsite dinner overnight.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 3-4 Hrs.
Habitat: Rain Forest.

Day 2 Big Tree Camp - Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast proceed continue with the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As you ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, you to reach the Shira ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
Distance: 7Km
Time: 4-5Hrs
Habitat: Moorland

Day 3 Shira 1 Camp - Shira 2 Camp

You will explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which approaches Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of lent hills. Variety of walks are available on lent making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on Earth.
Distance Habitat: Moorland
Time for this acclimatization 6Hrs in both ways.

Day 4 Shira 2 - Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, depart after breakfast continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards Baranco and Lava Tower. As you continue hiking the direction changes to the southeast towards Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after, where you will reach the second junction leading to Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4600Mt. Proceed Downhill to Barranco Campsite at an altitude of 3950Mt although you end your day at the same elevation you started the day in the morning this day is very important for acclimatization and will help prepare for summit day.
Distance: 11Km
Time: 5-6 Hrs
Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 5 Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

Right after breakfast hit Barranco wall known as breakfast for warm up scramble over the volcanic rock of the 4200Mt to of the Barranco wall. Reaching the top of Barranco wall it offer you a fantastic views of the country side far in the horizon this is going to take you about 15-20 minutes short break before continue across the ridges valleys to Karanga Valley campsite where you will be save a hot lunch on the arrival time after lunch afternoon leisure dinner overnight.
Distance: 5Km
Time: 2-3 Hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Day 6 Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

After breakfast depart from Karanga campsite to Barafu Campsite where these two route reach it junction which connects with Mweka Trail. Continue few minutes further up to Base campsite where you will be save your lunch on the arrival you will have completed Southern Circuit of Mount Kilimanjaro which offer views of the summit from many different angles. The rest of afternoon leisure while you are waiting for early dinner don’t forget to keep drink for your preparation of the summit day to begin at mid night. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible in the blue sky or clear day.
Distance: 5Km
Time: 2-3 Hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7 Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Right mid night with it is enough layers of clothing begin your summit session to Uhuru Peak From base camp head in northwesterly direction ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim at (5745Mt). This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point you will have a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see out of Africa. Thereafter from Stella Point, proceed for one hour to complete your dream trip at Uhuru Peak where you will arrive between 45Miuntes -1hrs once you have reached the highest point of Africa Continent capture picture before descend. After Summit session descent back to base camp where you will have a short rest your branch (Lunch) will be save in order to allow you continuing descent downhill to Mweka camp site dinner overnight. 3100Mt
Distance: 5Km
Time: 6-7 Hrs.
Habitat: Arctic after summit From Base camp it will take you back to Moorland begin of the rain forest.
Distance: 17 km; Hiking Time: 11-13 hours; Habitat: Arctic –Moorland and forest.

Day 8 Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

You last breakfast on the mountain will be served at 7:30am or a bit earlier. After breakfast, we descent downhill to the Mweka Gate, at lower elevations, it can be wet so it is best to have your rain gear close by. At the exit gate you will sign out and drive to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha for overnight.
Distance: 10Km
Time: 3-4hrs.
Habitat: Rain Forest.


  1. Charlotte
    Reino Unido - 23 Jul 2018 / Reply

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  2. Simon Wong
    Canada - 15 Mar 2019 / Reply

    Amazing Usambara Trekking went above and beyond on our trek. They were able to accommodate our every need and more! Our guides Ferdinand and Gideon along with the team of porters took care of us and helped push us to make it to the top. Ronaldo helped plan our trip and provided us with all the information we needed making preparations super easy! They exceeded our expectations and we are very happy to have booked with Amazing Usambara Trekking.


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