Lemosho Route

8 Days Lemosho Route

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The Lemosho Route is widely considered one of the best routes due to the scenic trails and panoramic vistas. Like Machame Route, Lemosho is a superb choice for a hiker due to the high summit success rate for Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing.


Difficulty – Medium


Distance – 70km/43miles


Duration – 7-8 Days

Success Rate

Success Rate – High

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is newer and approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. The journey begins at Londorossi Gate and the route was introduced as a substitute to the Shira Route which trails starts from a higher, more challenging altitude.

Lemosho Route is a little wild and you may get to spot large buffalo, antelope, and maybe even elephant. The route is also home to some primates such as black and white colobus monkey, blue monkeys etc.


  • Good acclimatisation

  • High success rate

  • Beautiful scenery

  • Varied terrain

  • Quieter than other routes

7 to 8 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing is recommended for good acclimatization. Wilder Heritage highly recommend to take the Lemosho Route 8 Days so as to make them acclimatize and enjoy the scenario which is unforgettable and spectacular.

The Lemosho Route 8 Days gives one of the highest Kilimanjaro Success Rate, rather than trying to squeeze the climb into 7 days. The extra day allows for a shorter pre-summit day, meaning that you arrive at base camp by lunch time, fuel up with food, and tuck up in your tent to rest for what will be a tough summit ascent starting at midnight.


The exact climbing distance for the Lemosho Route is 67km or 41 miles.


Due to its longer length profile, Lemosho Route Success Rate are one of the highest on the mountain. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all operators is 90% for the 8-days climb and an 85% success rate for the 7-days climb.


The Lemosho Route is considered to be the most scenically beautiful of all the routes. The route takes in the west and south of the mountain and the views are incredible, particularly from on the southern circuit.


Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is one of the best ways to experience this mighty mountain. Does our unique itinerary and information excite you? If so, get in touch today. Take the next step towards achieving your goals of Climbing Kilimanjaro.


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8 Days Lemosho Route

The route starts from the west of Mount Kilimanjaro. It has many offers from wild animals such as buffalos, eland, Dick dick and monkeys with a view of shira plateau and cathedral peak. This route is less crowded in regards to other routes. It crosses from shira ridge to Shira 2 campsite, it comes to join with Machame route on day 4 before reaching lava tower, barranco ,karanga and barafu campsite which is known as the southern circuit. The minimum number of days on this route are seven 7 to eight days, we highly advise our clients/friends to take the eight days 8 trek so as to make them acclimatize and enjoy the scenario which is unforgettable and spectacular.


Elevation 800m - 1800 m - 2650m

Distance: 7 km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: montane forest

We start at your hotel and drive up to londrosi gate for registration, from there we drive up to lemosho starting point. We will pass through montane forest and black and white colobus monkeys up to camp for dinner briefing and rest.

Elevation: 2650m to 3600m

Distance: 10km

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland and heather land

This is an acclimatizing trek of 960m across valleys outside shira caldera rim . Here you will view Shira plateau and walk on it with a vegetation of a high altitude desert. Shira is among the three peaks and oldest which erupted in Kilimanjaro many years ago. We camp at shira one campsite.

Elevation: 3600m - 3850m

Distance: 10 Km

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland and rocky

Breakfast is served early before we cross shira plateau to shira two campsite which is situated on moorland meadows next to a stream. Lunch will be served at shira two campsite and a short rest will follow. In the evening you will take a short walk for acclimatization and a view of Mount Meru before returning for cup of tea and popcorn while dinner is prepared.

Elevation: 3850m - 4600m - 3900m

Distance:10 Km

Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Habitat: Moorland and Alpine desert

We will have an early breakfast before starting a long acclimatization day which will take us east to the junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m high. Lunch will be served at lava tower rock before we descend to baranco campsite.

Elevation: 3900m - 4200m - 3995m

Distance 6 km

Hiking time 4-5 hours

Habitat: moorland

On this morning we will climb barranco wall 4200m for acclimatization and cross ridges and valleys to karanga campsite where will have a lunch after lunch if your trek is for 7 days you will continue to barafu campsite where you will be served an early dinner at 1700hours and a briefing about the summit ( peak) . For those are on (8) days trek will rest and overnight at this point campsite.

Elevation 3995m - 4673m

Distance: 4 Km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: alpine desert

From karanga campsite the trek is tough to barafu campsite due to altitude. The distance is short but steep the pace is slow. Here you will be served lunch and get briefing before taking a nap. Dinner will be served early then you will take a rest before midnight when will start our final climb to the highest peak of Africa ( Uhuru peak)

Elevation: 4673m - 5895m - 3100am

Distance: 17.5km

Hiking time 10-12 hours

Habitat: alpine desert and glacier

Here we wake up at midnight you are served a light breakfast before we start for the summit. The aim of starting at midnight before dawn is to make you be able to climb to the summit at eas because the trail is steep up to stella point 5756m , at this point you will start to view the glacier, crater and sunrise before reaching uhuru peak which will take us almost an hours walk. We will have a moment of taking pictures depending on the weather and physical conditions. After this it’s our descending back to barafu campsite for a short nap followed with lunch and getting ready to go down to mweka campsite. At mweka camp you will be provided with a small basin of hot water and delicious meals before sleeping.

Elevation: 3100m - 1800m

Distance: 10km

Descending time 3- 4 hours

Habitat: mountain forest

On this morning we have a moment of celebrating after breakfast. The crew sing and dance to the guests/ friends traditional African songs/ jambo songs to commemorate the trek. Here you will have the chance to give tips to the guide, porter and cook for their service. After that we descend to the gate where you will sign out and given your certificates then we will head directly to the hotel where you will take a long hot shower and a good rest.

Include And Exclude


  • Transport to and from
  • Allowance for the crew
  • First aid kit and oxygen tank for an emergency
  • Rescue car
  • Park fees/ VAT


  • Accommodation
  • Drinks at the hotel
  • Personal belongings
  • Tips for the crew
  • Taxi.

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