Lemosho Route

  • 7 days
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Lemosho Route

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 Lemosho 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 Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 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 Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a fusion of challenges and rewarding views.
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Itinerary Details

Start Location
End Location
Over Night
Big Tree Camp
Mweka-Gate
Mweka Camp
12+ Old
Guided
BLD

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Day 1: Lemosho Glades (2100m) – Big Tree Camp (2780m)

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 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: 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: 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.

Trip Details

  • Included
    Camping safari according to the itinerary
    Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
    Professional, English-speaking guide
    Professional, English-speaking safari cook
    Overnight stays in safari tents
    Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
    Meals according to the itinerary
    Mineral water
    All mentioned activities
    All national park fees
    Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
  • Not Included
    Sleeping bag
    Flights
    Laundry
    Alcoholic and soft drinks
    Visa fees
    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
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