What is the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro?
Lemosho, most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro

The most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro has got to be the Lemosho route. Even though there are many routes leading to the mountain’s summit, Lemosho wins, hands down.

By virtue of it being the most recently introduced route on the mountain, there are many reasons why this route is amazing in so many ways, compared to the other routes. Lemosho skirts the beautiful and open field of the Shira Plateau from the western side beginning from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp rather than just cutting through it as the Machame route does. Before the path connects to the Machame route, climbers find little traffic of climbers. The southern circuit, which includes Lava Tower, Barranco, and Barafu, is the next stop for Lemosho.

Six days is the bare minimum number of days needed for this route, however, eight days is optimal and we highly recommend the 8-day Lemosho Route itinerary.

Route highlights

✓ Good acclimatisation

✓ High success rate

✓ Beautiful scenery

✓ Varied terrain

Lemosho route is less crowdedWhy is Lemosho the most beautiful and scenic route on Kilimanjaro?

First of all, the reason why Lemosho takes the title of the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro is the fact that this route is very scenic,  offering stunning views of the mountain peak and panoramic vistas from different angles of the mountain. We highly recommend this route also because it is a favourite among our past clients, due to the fact that it offers climbers a higher chance to reach Uhuru Peak. Balancing low traffic, scenic views, and a high summit success rate, what more can you ask for?

Excellent acclimatization profile (best on Kilimanjaro)

Particularly on the seven- and eight-day hikes, the Lemosho route has one of the best success percentages of any thus yet. Lemosho is the safest and least physically demanding option for your journey if Kilimanjaro is your first experience at a high altitude.

Less travelled than other routes

Lemosho is not yet a well-known Kilimanjaro route, although its popularity on the mountain is growing annually. Fewer than 2%–3% of trekkers chose it as their destination. Lemosho will meet all of your expectations if you’re looking for more secluded hiking excursions.

Beautiful scenery

Visitors can enjoy the Lemosho route’s alluring panoramic views of the Shira Plateau, Barranco Wall, and other well-known locations on Kilimanjaro.

Three options, all with great acclimatization transition

Lemosho route is offered in six-, seven-, and eight-day versions. They all give options for your travel dates and offer good acclimatization transitions and visual experiences.

Lemosho Best RouteWhat is the scenery like on the Lemosho route?

One of the most picturesque Kilimanjaro climbs is the Lemosho trail. On your first few of days of trekking, you pass through dense and gorgeous rainforest. Even though wildlife sightings on the mountain are uncommon, they are possible! You can hike across the Shira Plateau, one of the largest high-altitude plateaus in the world, as part of the itinerary, which of course is a marvel. You may get breathtaking views of Shira Cathedral, a spectacular rock buttress, from the plateau.

Lemosho Route mapWhere do you sleep when climbing the Lemosho route?

There are at least 6 campsites where you will pitch your tents when you climb Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho route. it is a camping-only route and you will be required to sleep in tents. Below are some of the camps you will stay in using the 8 days Lemosho route itinerary.

  • Day 1: Lemosho Gate (2385 m) Finish: Big Tree Camp (2780 m) …
  • Day 2: Big Tree Camp (2780 m) Finish: Shira Camp 2 (3900 m) …
  • Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3900 m) …
  • Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960 m) …
  • Day 5: Karanga Camp (4035 m) …
  • Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640 m) …
  • Day 7: Crater Camp (5730 m) …
  • Day 8: Mweka Camp (3080 m)

Lemosho Gate on Mount Kilimanjaro’s western side is where Lemosho begins. The mountain’s western regions were made accessible to foreign visitors when it was first opened in the early 2000s, relieving pressure on the Marangu and Machame routes.

One of the farthest-reaching routes on Kilimanjaro is Lemosho, along with Rongai. Driving from Moshi to the trailhead takes around 3–4 hours, and from Arusha it takes about 5–6 hours. The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route is hence often a little more expensive.

The Lemosho route on Mount Kilimanjaro is regarded by many seasoned climbers as being the most beautiful.

In order to observe the Mountain’s southern face, hikers using the Lemosho route descend via the Mweka route.

Quick facts about the Lemosho

Difficulty: Medium

Total distance: 70 km / 43 miles

Duration: 7 or 8 days

Success rate: High (especially on the 8-day route)


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