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12 days

The Lemosho Route

Challenge yourself and ascend Africa’s highest mountain through the Lemosho Route. Lemosho is particularly popular due to its beauty and opportunities to see some of Africa’s majestic animals.

The Lemosho Route The Lemosho Route
12 days

The Lemosho Route

Challenge yourself and ascend Africa’s highest mountain through the Lemosho Route. Lemosho is particularly popular due to its beauty and opportunities to see some of Africa’s majestic animals.

Why choose this tour

  • You will experience the most beautiful panoramic views on this more remote route
  • The route is both newer and longer than the other routes, and therefore still less busy
  • Good acclimatisation options with a high success rate as a result
  • It is possible to extend the tour with both a safari and a beach holiday in Zanzibar

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

The Lemosho route is one of the most beautiful and newest routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is also the longest route, starting at Londorossi Gate, which is the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The first part of the route leads through woods and dense rainforest, and you may spot a number of animals around Lemosho Glades. The landscape then opens up into a vast expanse of heath, and you continue across the Shira Plateau. The higher up you climb, the more barren and stony the terrain becomes. You will pass the famous Lava Tower and ascend the Great Barranco Wall before continuing on towards the southern end of Karanga Valley. The final ascent to the summit runs from the east, while the descent follows the Mweka route to the south. Lemosho is one of the most popular routes today on account of its beauty, its remoteness and the opportunities it provides to see some of the magnificent African wildlife.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • 2 nights full board accommodation at Springlands Hotel in Moshi (one night before the ascent, one night after)
  • Ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route
  • 7 nights on Kilimanjaro using a purpose built tent incl. full board
  • All meals prepared by a local cook
  • Professional guides and bearers all the way
  • Flights from Kilimanjaro to the UK incl. transfer
  • Option to purchase a safari or beach holiday after the ascent
  • Start date of your choice, as ascents are possible all year round
  • ATOL certificate
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight from the UK to Kilimanjaro

Departure day, where you will fly to Kilimanjaro with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Kilimanjaro – Moshi

Arrive at Kilimanjaro’s international airport, where you will be met by your guide who will accompany you to Springlands Hotel in the small town of Moshi – a drive of approx. 1 hour. From Moshi, you will catch your first glimpse of the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro. The town is a prime example of African culture and atmosphere, packed with exotic experiences including the local market and numerous small shops.

There is a welcome meeting in the afternoon, where your guide will present the equipment you will be using and talk about the coming trek to the top of the mountain.

You will also have the opportunity to plant a tree in collaboration with Zara Charity. Read more here.

Altitude: Moshi: 915 masl

Day 3: Moshi – Londorossi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp

Today, you will leave Moshi and drive to Londorossi Gate, the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The drive takes around 3 hours. On arrival at Londorossi Gate, you will have time to check in and register before meeting your team of guides, cooks and bearers. After registering, you will be taken by jeep to Lemosho Glades, a trip of approx. 45 minutes. This marks the start of your ascent of Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro actually consists of three extinct volcanoes: Kibo, whose highest point is Uhuru (5,895 masl), Mawenzi (5,149 masl) and Shira (3,962 masl). The route takes you through woods and rainforest, where you may be fortunate enough to catch sight of the rare and extremely beautiful black/white Colobus monkey or some of the many other animals that live in the forest. The bearers will take the lead, so your tent will be ready for you when you arrive at Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Altitudes: Moshi: 915 masl, Londorossi Gate: 2,250 masl, Lemosho Glades: 2,000 masl, Mti Mkubwa Camp: 2,750 masl

Distance: 10 km

Walking time: 3-4 hours

Day 4: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira 1 Camp

Today’s stage takes you through the last stretch of rainforest, and the landscape soon transforms into open heathland, featuring heather, wild flowers, grass and stony paths. The route leads over the Shira Plateau from where there is a wonderful view of Kibo and Mt. Meru. When you arrive at Shira 1 Camp, you can admire the view of Kilimanjaro Western Breach, which is the western crater edge with the magnificent glacier.

Altitudes: Mti Mkubwa Camp: 2,750 masl, Shira 1 Camp: 3,500 masl

Distance: 8 km

Walking time: 5-6 hours

Day 5: Shira 1 Camp – Shira 2 Camp

You continue your ascent across the plateau to Shira 2 Camp. There are several routes you can follow, which makes this an excellent acclimatisation day. As you walk, you may be able to enjoy a fine view of the impressive Kibo Massif, or you may experience the sight of clouds at eye level …

Altitudes: Shira Camp 1: 3,500 masl, Shira Camp 2: 3,840 masl

Distance: 12 km

Walking time: 6-7 hours

Day 6: Shira Camp 2 – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

Today, you will be heading east. The landscape starts to dry out, becoming more barren and stonier the higher you climb. As you continue upwards, you can enjoy magnificent views of both Kibo and Mt. Meru, poking up above the white clouds behind you. After ascending for a couple of hours, you will reach the famous Lava Tower, which stems from Kilimanjaro’s previous incarnation as an active volcano.

Following lunch at the foot of the Lava Tower, it is time to descend to Barranco Camp, which is located in a valley below the Great Barranco Wall. If the weather gods are kind, you can look forward to watching a truly stunning sunset from Barranco Camp – and to enjoying a magnificent view of the top of Kilimanjaro, a wonderful look down the side of the mountain to the valley, and, farther to the east, the Great Barranco Wall which rises up fully 300 metres.

Both the terrain and the altitude will make today’s stage physically and mentally challenging, so take your time and listen to your body. Even though you will finish the day ‘just’ 110 metres higher up than you started, the route involves climbing 790 metres higher than that at Lava Tower before the descent to Barranco Camp. A lot of people experience the first signs of altitude sickness at these heights, so please watch out for the slightest sign and inform your guide without delay.

Altitudes: Shira Camp 2: 3,840 masl, Lava Tower: 4,630 masl, Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl

Distance: 6 km

Walking time: 5 hours

Day 7: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

After a night at the foot of the impressive Great Barranco Wall, the time has come to climb the notorious cliff – which is fortunately easier than it looks. At the top of the wall, just below Heim Glacier, the full beauty of Kilimanjaro magically unfurls. The route then takes you down through Karanga Valley, where Karanga Camp is located. From here, you can admire the ragged peaks of Mawenzi that rise up towards the African sky.

It is important that you spend the rest of the day relaxing, because the ascent to Uhuru Peak is fast approaching.

Altitudes: Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl, Karanga Camp: 4,200 masl

Distance: 4 km

Walking time: 3,5 hours

Day 8: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

Today’s stage takes you to Barafu Camp, leading through dramatic and spectacular landscapes consisting of large and small volcanic rocks testifying to volcanic activity in ages past. The last part of the trail to Barafu Camp follows the Mweka route, and as you walk you can look out over Kibo and Mawenzi.

Barafu Camp is located at an exposed site on a mountain ridge. The ground is stony and the winds often blow strongly here. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the terrain in and around the camp before darkness falls so you are well prepared when the ascent to the summit commences shortly after midnight.

Ready your equipment and warm clothes for the next day’s hike to the peak, and store your drinking water in a Thermos to prevent it freezing solid. Settle down for the night early to ensure your ‘human batteries’ are fully charged in preparation for Kilimanjaro’s ultimate challenge.

Altitudes: Karanga Camp: 4,200 masl, Barafu Camp: 4,550 masl

Distance: 4 km

Walking time: 3,5 hours

Day 9: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

You will be woken up around midnight, and following a light meal it will be time to tackle the final stretch of the ascent to Uhuru Peak. Most people find walking across tricky terrain in the dark before the sun comes up a serious challenge; the objective is to reach Stella Point at dawn. At Stella Point, you will all take a short break to enjoy the magnificent sunrise. Make sure not to stop for too long, however, as it will be almost impossible to get going again if you allow cold and fatigue to set in. Your route continues along the edge of the crater, and the final stretch of the trail to Uhuru Peak rises evenly. Depending on the season, there may be snow on the last part of the route to Uhuru Peak, which is your final goal: the top of Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Once you reach the peak at an altitude of 5,895 masl, you can give yourself a pat on the back, enjoy the magnificent view and have your picture taken in front of the Uhuru Peak sign as a lasting souvenir of your achievement.

It is then time to start the descent to Barafu Camp, where you can enjoy a short, well-deserved rest before continuing along the rocky trail to Mweka Camp – and a much-needed night’s sleep!

Altitudes: Barafu Camp: 4,550 masl, Uhuru Peak: 5,895 masl, Mweka Camp: 3,100 masl

Distance: 5  km up and 12 km down

Walking time: 6-7 hours up and 7 hours down

Day 10: Mweka Camp – Moshi

After breakfast, you make your way to Mweka Gate to check out before being picked up and driven back to your hotel in Moshi, where a delicious lunch awaits. Everyone who completed the climb will be awarded a diploma.

Altitudes: Mweka Gate: 1,850 masl, Moshi: 915 masl

Distance: Approx. 10 km

Walking time: 3 hours

Day 11: Start of the trip home

After checking out, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven to the airport to start your journey home. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 12: Arrival back in the UK

Arrive back in the UK after the experience of a lifetime.

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