Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route
The Lemosho Route is the complete 'Kili' experience with more acclimatisation time. Starting on the western side, it traverses the most spectacular parts of the mountain. It joins the Machame Route on day four and ascends to the summit via Stella Point.
At a Glance
Ascend the world's tallest free-standing mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the 'roof of Africa' at 5,895m (19,341ft)
Fully-supported trek with experienced private guide and support team
A personalized experience with never more than ten people in a group
Spend six nights in comfortable accommodation on the mountain
Take in the ever-changing landscapes, with no two days on the mountain being the same
Day 1: Drive to Lemosho Gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro where you’ll meet your crew and set off for three miles through afromontane forest at the base of the mountain. Reach Forest Camp, pitched amongst the trees, by mid-afternoon where you’ll be at an altitude of 3,000m (9,843ft).
Day 2: Begin your slow progression up the edge of the Shira volcano, where you’ll find sparse vegetation in the heather moorland zone. Later in the day you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Western Breach. After 4.9 miles (8km) you’ll arrive at Shira One Camp, set at altitude of 3,000m (9,843ft), by mid-afternoon.
Day 3: Hike across the Shira Plateau, one of the most scenic parts of the climb. Arrive at Moir Camp, situated at 4,099m (13,415ft), by mid-afternoon after a total of 5.6 miles (9km).
Day 4: Ascend through alpine desert on your way to Barranco Camp. An acclimatisation trek up Lava Tower gives you the chance to experience altitude and its effects. Descend again to the Barranco Valley, which will be a welcome relief for tired legs! The camp's altitude is 3,950m (12,960ft), but the maximum altitude you will climb to today is 4,600m (15,092ft).
Day 5: limb Barranco Wall and cross the scree and ridge into Karanga Valley where you’ll have superb views of the southern glacier and the Western Breach. Arrive at Karanga Camp, located at 4,100m (13,451ft), in time for lunch, and then take a short acclimatisation walk.
Day 6: Start your slow ascent up the moraine ridge, which offers amazing views of the glaciers and glacial valleys. The final stage is steep so the going is slow, but you’ll reach Barafu Camp at4,600m (15,092ft) at around lunchtime giving you plenty of time to relax and prepare for the ascent tomorrow.
Day 7: Your longest day but probably the most rewarding. Rise early and head for Uruhu Peak. The highest point in Africa at 5,895m (19,341ft), seeing the sun rise from here is truly unforgettable. Descend past Barafu Hut to Millennium Camp for a celebratory lunch then continue down to Mweka Camp for your last night on Kilimanjaro. The camp is located at 3,760m (12,336ft).
Day 8: After breakfast, start your final descent through lower heathland and rainforest to Mweka Gate, where the altitude is 1,798m (5,900ft). You’ll be collected at the gate and driven back to Ngare Sero for some well-earned rest and relaxation!
Fresh fruit and home cooked three course meals are included throughout and served in a proper dining tent and prepared by a dedicated camp chef.
All of the climbs we organize use the best crew and highest quality equipment in excellent condition. The guides are the finest. They're well looked after and receive regular training to ensure that their knowledge is completely up-to-date. They also carry supplementary oxygen, pulse oximeters and customized evacuation stretchers as well as being fully-qualified in first aid, including CPR.
Accommodation throughout is of the highest standard and luxurious by Kilimanjaro standards. You stay in large dome tents with thick mattresses and sleeping bags with a thermal liner and pillows. The expeditions use a 'runner' whose sole job each day is to go on ahead to the next camp to bag the best site. The camp is set up for you ready for your arrival to allow you to spend your non-climbing time relaxing and preparing for the next day. There is also a separate portable chemical toilet tent which is only shared between your climbing group.
Location & Directions
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.