The shorter 7-day Lemosho route variant does not include the extra acclimatization day as the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary. The Lemosho route takes you to the dramatic Shira Plateau, then onto the various icefields, and finally to the high alpine desert, passing through various vegetation and climatic zones of Mount Kilimanjaro. There are a thousand reasons why this route is considered the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not only is the Lemosho route picturesque, but it also has less traffic, is less congested, and is an excellent option among the Mount Kilimanjaro routes.

As you climb the mountain, you may experience harsh weather and altitude conditions.

Lemosho Route mapWhat is the 7 day Lemosho route’s success rate?

7-day Lemosho route itinerary, which has a far lower summit success percentage of around 75%, does not include the additional acclimatization day. It’s worth mentioning that the Lemosho path has a greater success rate than the Machame Route, which is more popular.

When you pick the 8-day Lemosho route variant, which has a high success rate of 90%, you have a better chance of reaching the summit. This is because the 8-day route itinerary includes an extra day for acclimatization.

The Lemosho route’s conditions and length

The Lemosho route trek leads to Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro’s main summit, at a height of 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) and a total distance of around 70 kilometers (42 miles). To begin climbing the Lemosho path, drive from Moshi or Arusha town to the Londorossi Gate, which is located on the western slopes at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Driving from Moshi to Londorossi Gate will take you roughly 3-4 hours.

Route suggestions for Lemosho

  • You’ll get there if you take it slowly and steadily. Your running speed should be steady and slow.
  • Snacks will come in handy along the way, providing you with a boost of energy when you’re feeling tired.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will help to reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Get in shape before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; you’ll appreciate trekking more if you’re in shape.

7 Days Lemosho Route Reviews

Below are some of the reviews from our past clients that climbed Kilimanjaro via the 7 days Lemosho Route.

After searching on the internet and comparing prices, we finally settled on the 7 days Lemosho route mainly because the reservation team advised us accordingly since we are experienced climbers, we would have no problems with altitude. The route is very beautiful, has less traffic from climbers and it is longer, giving us enough time to acclimatize. We have climbed a few hills and mountains before so Mount Kilimanjaro was not much of a challenge and we did not experience heavy altitude symptoms. We would love to thank the porters and guides for being so helpful, not forgetting our cook, Victor. They made our climb easier and more enjoyable.

Igor Bandorchuk – Moscow, Russia

Additional information

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Arrive in Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or similar to begin your 7-day Lemosho Route trek, where you will be met by Tranquil Kilimanjaro representatives. Transfer to Chanya Lodge and meet with your climbing manager and guide for a thorough briefing and equipment check. Chanya Lodge or other recommended accommodation options is where you’ll spend the night.

Accommodations: Chanya Lodge or similar

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 1

Moshi/Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

Starting point: The starting point for the 7-day Lemosho route is at the Londorossi Gate at an altitude of 2,100 m.

After breakfast at your accommodation in Moshi town, your guide will give you an overview of the day. The journey from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate will take two hours (2100m). You will be given a packed lunch and the opportunity to purchase mineral water for the climb at the settlement near Londorossi Gate. The last 45 minutes of the trip up to the gate will be on a rough woodland route that will need 4WD cars. The guides and porters deliver supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority at the entrance gate (TANAPA). You’re all set to start your 3-hour journey in the rainforest. Keep an eye out for Colobus monkeys.

You’ll take a break for lunch along the route and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing when they arrive at the campsite ahead of the clients. For the clients, the chef will prepare a snack and later supper. Mountain temperatures can dip below freezing at night, so be prepared!

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Mti Mkubwa Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)

Hiking time: 6.5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

You’ll start your trek out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone after an early morning meal. You’ll cross several creeks and hike across a plateau to reach Shira 2 Camp (3840m). You’ll be near to a stream and get a great view of the Western Breach and its glaciers to the east from this campground. Your tents will be put up before you arrive at camp, similar to the previous night, and porters will provide drinking and washing water for you. You will be treated to evening refreshments before our chef prepares dinner for you. Expect a chilly night at this exposed camp, as temperatures plunge below freezing.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Shira 2 Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Semi-desert

You will leave the moorland area and enter the semi-desert and rocky region after an early morning meal. You will come face to face with the Lava Tower after 5 hours of traveling east (4630m). Hikers can have packed lunches at the Tower, and weather permitting, they can climb the huge Lava Tower. Hikers are likely to experience the effects of altitude at this stage in the trek, such as headaches and shortness of breath.
You’ll descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to Barranco Campsite after lunch (3950m). Hikers benefit greatly from the 6800m descend since it allows their bodies to acclimate to the high-altitude circumstances. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours. It’s in a valley between the Breach and the Great Barranco Wall (also known as the “Breakfast Wall”). As the sun sets, trekkers will be provided drinking and washing water, as well as meals. circumstances.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Barranco Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 4-5h

Distance: Approximately 5 km

Habitat: Alpine desert

This is a short hiking day designed to help you acclimate. It’s time to face the Great Barranco Wall after an early morning breakfast! Despite its intimidating appearance, hikers report that this Class 2 trek is frequently considerably simpler than they expected. You will be above the clouds and enjoy a view of Heim Glacier at the summit of the Wall. In the Karanga Valley, the route then winds up and down. You’ll spend the night in Karanga Camp (3950m), where you’ll eat dinner and do your laundry.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Karanga Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600)

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers

Habitat: Alpine desert

You will begin your ascent after breakfast. The Mweka Route, which is used to descend on the final two days, intersects with the path. After an hour of hiking, you will arrive to Barafu Hut. Because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp, this is the porters’ final water break (4550m). The Swahili term “barafu” means “ice,” and this camp sits atop a stony, exposed ridge. Hikers should acquaint themselves with the campground before dark because tents will be exposed to wind and rocks. Hikers will be offered an early meal so they may recuperate before trying the peak the next night.

Your guide will go over how to prepare for summit night in great detail with you. By 19:00, you should be asleep!

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Barafu Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Around 23:30, your guide will wake you up for tea and snacks. After that, you’ll launch your summit bid. You’ll rise across stone scree on this path, which travels northwest. Many hikers consider the ascent to be the most psychologically and physically demanding aspect of the journey. Stella Point (5685m) on the crater rim may be reached in about 6 hours. You will continue rising for roughly 2 hours on a snow-covered route to Uhuru Peak after witnessing the stunning dawn (5895m). The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement! Before beginning the descent to Barafu, you will have the opportunity to spend some time on the peak snapping photos and enjoying tea.

It takes roughly 3 hours to trek down to Barafu Camp.
You’ll rest and have a nice lunch in the sun at camp. You will continue descending to Mweka Hut after dining (3100m). The Mweka Trail will take you past scree and rocks, through moorland, and into the rain forest. Because Mweka Camp (3100m) lies in the high rain forest, fog and rain are likely. At camp, you will eat, shower, and sleep well.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Mweka Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Rainforest

Your team will enjoy a tremendous celebration with dancing and singing after a well-deserved breakfast. You will give your suggestions to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters here on the mountain. You will return to Mweka Gate after partying for three hours. To get a certificate of completion from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority, all hikers must sign their names. Hikers who reach Stella Point (5685m) are awarded green certificates, while those who reach Uhuru Peak (5895m) are awarded gold certificates. Hikers will descend into Mweka village for 1 hour after getting certificates (3 kilometers). You’ll be fed a hearty lunch before returning to Moshi or Arusha for some much-needed rain and more festivities.

Departure

You may opt for a Tanzania safari extension before you depart. You have a dayroom today to pack, freshen up, and prepare for your journey back home or a much-needed relaxation in Zanzibar.

The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route – seven days  is as follows.

1 Person: $2,440

A group of 2 people: $2,040 per person

A group of 3 people: $1,905 per person

A group of 4 people: $1,840 per person

A group of 5 people: $1,800 per person

A group of 6 People: $1,775 per person

A group of 7 people: $1,755 per person

A group of 8 people: $1,730 per person

A group of 9 people: $1,705 per person

A group of 10 people: $1,680 per person

7 Days Lemosho Route Price includes

All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha hotel

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents

Sleeping Mattress

All meals while on the Mountain

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Conservation fees (part of park fees)

Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

Rescue fees (part of park fees)

VAT (18% charged by the Government)

Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)

Price Excludes

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Arusha

Tanzania Visa

Gratuity

Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

What should I do to be ready for the Lemosho Route?

Any physical exercise you can do before you start will make your climb more pleasurable. When it comes to how hard you should train for any hike, it depends on whether you’re going for the Uhuru Peak or a shorter excursion, and this will be different for everyone.

When is the best time to climb the Lemosho Route?

The Lemosho trail is accessible all year, but it may be rainy and chilly, necessitating the use of appropriate waterproof clothing. Consider climbing during the months of January and March and June and October. The rainiest months are April, May, and November.

What should I bring with me and what equipment do I require?

While some trekking trip providers may provide some of the equipment you’ll need, there are a few items that are non-negotiable, such as waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, adequate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable water bottle, and a cap or beanie.

Read more about Mount Kilimanjaro gear and equipment.

What is the best way to go to the Lemosho Route?

Before embarking on your hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, you’ll need to figure out how to get there and which kind of transportation is appropriate for your itinerary or trip. Travelers arriving from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, or Canada, as well as other regions of the world, have a few alternatives to choose from.

What are the Lemosho Route’s climbing requirements?

Mount Kilimanjaro welcomes hikers of all fitness levels and abilities, but if you want to reach the summit, you’ll need to prepare ahead and train hard. To minimize altitude sickness and to enjoy your experience climbing Kilimanjaro, consider adding extra time to your training plan.

Do I require any permits?

Each visitor will be charged a conservation fee per person, per day to assist in the management of the national park; however, most excursions will cover the permits and entry costs.

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