Western Approach

Approaches the summit from the west and has the reputation of being a very scenic trail. Lemosho route opens up a panorama of vistas to you. The ascent will take you through majestic rain forests, wild heathens, visuals of the great game and unique flora and fauna on the western side of the mountain.

Ideal route for ascension

Though opinion is divided on the degree of difficulty or the challenge the route represents, the high success rate of reaching the summit make it a popular route for those with time to spare. The longer trek allows for extra time in lower altitudes. The gradual ascent allows time for acclimatization and increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Less frequented route

The longer duration of the trek beside it being a relatively new route means the trail is free from the throng of trekkers. It allows for trekking in quiet reflection, at least till it joins the Machame route.

Other attractions en route the summit

Stand out attractions of routes includes moorland meadows and the magnificent Shira cathedral complete glimpses of the stunning glaciers of Western Breach and the surreal Barranco valley. The trek is a fusion of challenges and rewarding views.

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Lemosho Route

Short Overview

With two options when it comes to reaching Uhuru Peak, the longer Lemosho Glades Route is an alternative way to ascend up to the Shira Plateau. The Lemosho route offers climbers an opportunity to see some of Africa’s most iconic animals up close, and the first day’s climbing even requires the presence of an armed ranger. You can choose to take the easier Machame route to the summit or brave the Western Breach/Arrow Glacier route.

Kilimanjaro Trekking: Lemosho Route
Tourcode: KL08LTZINST
From: Arusha
To: Arusha
Min. number to guarantee tour: N/A
Max number of participants: private safari
Departure day: any day of your choice
Price:
from 2045 USD  (2-3 pax)
from 1880 USD (4-6 pax)

NOTE : The price listed above are per person

When to visit?
  • All year round
Included in the price
  • All meals on the safari.
  • All Park entrance fees.
  • All prices are quoted in US Dollars.
  • Camping equipment if applicable (tents
  • mattresses
  • sleeping bags
  • pillows
  • table and chairs)
  • Flying Doctors rescue insurance for the time of the tour with Shadows of Africa.
Excluded from the price
  • Any sightseeing
  • excursions and optional activities other than those specified
  • Entry visas
  • International flights
  • Laundry
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  • Tips and gratuities to safari crew – recommended: 15-20 USD per day to safari driver
  • 10 – 15 USD per day to safari cook
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary Note
  • Note that for transfer from Nairobi Airport we use Impala Shuttle Service with departures daily at 0800 and 1400 or we can arrange private shuttle or a flight from NBO to JRO

Details of Lemosho Route – Climb Kilimanjaro – 6 days

The Lemosho Glades Route is an improved version of the Shira route and offers two alternatives to reach Uhuru Peak from the Shira Plateau. You can opt for the Machame route down to Barranco camp and up to Barafu hut, otherwise known as the Southern Circuit or go for the challenging Western Breach, Arrow Glacier route. The former is better for its a longer trail and allows for extra time in lower altitudes. The gradual ascent allows time for acclimatization and increases the chances of reaching the summit. It is a scenic trail with opportunities to sight exotic birds and primates like colobus monkeys besides some elephants and buffaloes. An armed ranger will accompany you on the first day of the trek.

Day 1 – Start of Machame Route at Lemosho Glades (2100m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Walking distance: approximately 7 km

Duration: approximately 3 hours

Altitudes Lemosho Glades (2100m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Vegetation zone: Ascent in the rainforest zone

You will be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and driven to Londorossi Gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro. It’s not a smooth drive as the roads are bumpy but you have a shot at last minute grocery shopping as you will drive through the town of Boma N’gombe and the village of Sanya Juu.  At the Londorossi Gate,  you will finish your the paperwork and registration formalities before starting your ascent into the forest. Make sure you are adequately hydrated because though it’s just a three-hour trek you will have some steep trails to negotiate and gain a lot of altitude along the way. Most of the trails are through the dense rainforest and you will reach the Big Tree Camp (2780m) late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 2 – Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)

Walking distance: approximately 14 km

Duration: approximately 7-8 hours

Altitudes Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)

Vegetation zone: Ascent in heath – moorland

After breakfast in the morning you leave the Mti Mkubwa camp. Already after 30 minutes, the nature transformed into a heath and moorland. If the weather is good you will have wonderful views over Mount Meru.

You will be gaining a lot of altitudes today as you make your way through heather moorlands while negotiating some steep sections to reach the Shira Plateau. The terrain is characterised by grassy moorlands Erica plants, Philippia bushes and volcanic rocks covered with lichen beards. As you continue ascending you will reach the Shira ridge and then have lunch at Shira Camp 1. From there it’s another 400m across the moorland before you reach Shira camp 2; where you will enjoy the panoramic views of Kibo and the northern ice field. You can also take an acclimatization walk to the picturesque Shira Cathedral before returning in time to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – Shira Camp 2 (3900m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Walking distance: approximately 10 km

Duration: approximately 6-7 hours

Altitudes Shira Camp 2 (3900m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Vegetation zone: Ascend in Moorland / alpine desert

Use this day for acclimatization.

This is a day which brings into play  climb high /sleep low principles and allows for some much-needed acclimatization as you go up and down a total of 1300 meters but will sleep only 100 meters higher than the previous overnight

After breakfast, you will leave your camp and embark on a hike to Kibo. The hike on the alpine deserts rises gently and a steady trek later you will reach Lava Tower perched at an altitude of 4430 meters. It’s a desolate and barren place up there and you can feel the wind rustling in your ears. As you take a break for lunch pan out your eyes and explore the magnificent snowlines above the Lava Tower. Post lunch you will continue your hike to Barranco Valley only to descent south to Barranco Camp through the impressive Senecio forests. From here you can catch glimpses of the Barranco Wall and the Western Breach. It’s a day which will make you feel the effects of high altitude so you might feel some dizziness or headaches, but its normal. Rest and hydrate well in the wonderful views of the evening sunset.

Day 4 – Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4250m)

Walking distance: approximately 6 km

Duration: approximately 3-4 hours

Altitudes Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4250m)

Vegetation zone: Ascend in the Alpine desert

Today we will tackle the intimidating Barranco Wall. After breakfast, we will begin our ascent of the steep Barranco Wall, which will be less climbing and more a scramble on all fours to the top of the Wall where you can see the amazing sights of Kibo and the three southern glaciers. From there you will continue towards the Karanga valley crossing a series of hills and valleys traversing through rocky moorlands some pastures and streams before making a steep scramble down a slope into Karanga Valley. From there it’s another steep climb to the  Karanga Camp (4250m) for the night camp.

Day 5 – Karanga Camp (4250m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Walking distance: approximately 3-4km

Duration: approximately 6 hours

Altitudes Karanga Camp (4250m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Vegetation zone: Ascend in the Alpine desert

You start your hike for the day to Barafu Camp after breakfast and soon you will find the last vestiges of heather moorlands disappear for desolate barren rocky landscapes. The terrain isn’t a friend of the crew as there are few areas where they can put up camps. Rest of the day you will spend resting and mentally preparing for summit hike at midnight. So you will have an early dinner and sleep.

Day 6 – Summit Day: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Accompanied by the first rays of the day you pass the Rebmann Glacier and move to the Hans Meyer Point. During sunrise occurs an amazing play of light across the ice formations.

Walking distance: approximately 19 km

Duration: approximately 14-16 hours

Altitudes Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Night ascend to the summit and then descend to Mweka Camp.

The ascent to the summit begins at midnight so you will wake up at midnight have tea and some snacks. Then you will gather your gear and start your ascent into darkness in freezing temperatures with your guide showing you the way. The first challenge will be negotiating the moderately steep boulder laden trail to make your way through  Rebmann Glacier to reach Hans Meyer Cave (5,150 m). Continuing on and after multiple switchbacks, you reach the crater rim and finally the Stella Point(5740m). But that’s not the summit and after another short hike of about 150 mts, you reach the summit at Uhuru peak. The trail to the Uhuru is laden with snow and scree along the crater’s rim. At the summit at Uhuru(5895m) awaits the most magnificent sunrise over the east. Pull out your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas that open up to you and also capture photos with your team to mark a personal milestone

After basking for a few moments at the summit you will start your descent to Stella point, then Hans Meyer Point down to the Rebmann Glacier and further downhill to the Mweka Camp where you will rest and recuperate. The decent is a taxing one so use your trekking poles to support your joints.

Day 7 – Descend: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka-Gate (1680m)

Your last day of the Kilimanjaro climb begins with a good breakfast. There is one last souvenir photo of the whole team before your way towards Mweka Gate continues.

Walking distance: approximately 10 km

Duration: approximately 3-4 hours

Altitudes Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka-Gate (1680m)

Vegetation zone: Descent through moorland and rain forest

Walking time: 3-4 hours for 10 kilometers with an altitude difference of 1400m

This is your last day on Kilimanjaro and after breakfast you will have a nice group photo as a souvenir and memory of your triumph before you start your descent. The descent trail is a well laid out forest road with a major section characterised by rainforested slopes. After ten kilometers you will reach the Mweka Gate where you will receive your summit certificates(green certificate – Stella Point and gold certificate – Uhuru Peak) from the park office as a recognition of your efforts. After that, it’s a drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, and celebrations at Pamoja Expeditions Lodge.

Lemosho Route
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Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 – Start of Machame Route at Lemosho Glades (2100m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Day 2 – Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)

Day 3 – Shira Camp 2 (3900m) – Barranco Camp (3960m)

Day 4 – Barranco Camp (3960m) – Karanga Camp (4250m)

Day 5 – Karanga Camp (4250m) – Barafu Camp (4640m)

Day 6 – Summit Day: Barafu Camp (4640m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3080m)

Day 7 – Descend: Mweka Camp (3080m) – Mweka-Gate (1680m)