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8-Day Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route offers panoramic views of the mountain’s various faces, making it the most picturesque trail on Kilimanjaro. Lemosho, one of the more recent routes, is a great option for your climb. It is our favorite route because it strikes the perfect balance between sparse crowds, stunning scenery, and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route is one that Africa Bound Tours specializes in guiding. The majority of our customers ascend Kilimanjaro via this route, and they consistently express their love for it. Lemosho is therefore highly advised.

The journey begins with a lengthy drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate as it makes its way toward Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. The first two days are spent trekking from there to Shira Ridge through the rain forest. The Lemosho route is a pleasant, mostly flat hike that traverses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east. Up until the route’s intersection with the Machame route near Lava Tower, there are few people on the road. Before summiting from Barafu, the route then follows the Southern Circuit beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field. The Mweka route is used for the descent.

Day by Day Overview

Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 6 km | 4 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

After traveling for about 4 hours from Moshi, we arrive at the Londorossi Gate, where you must complete the entry procedures. the Lemosho trailhead next by driving there. At the trailhead, we start our hike through untouched forest that leads to the first camp site.

Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft

Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 8 km | 5 miles

Habitat: Health

We keep moving along the trail that exits the rain forest and enters a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock covered in lichen beards. We reach the Shira Ridge before descending gently to Shira 1 Camp as we ascend through the verdant rolling hills and cross several streams. Here, across the plateau, we catch our first glimpse of Kibo.

Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Distance: 11 km | 7 miles

Habitat: Health

We spend the entire day exploring the Shira Plateau. A leisurely stroll through moorland meadows leads to Shira 2 Camp. Then we leave the main trail and head off to Moir Hut, a remote location at the foot of Lent Hills. Lent Hills offers a wide range of walks, making this a fantastic chance to acclimate. One of the highest plateaus on the planet is the Shira Plateau.

Moir Hut to Lava Tower

Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

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Distance: 7 km | 4 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

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Distance: 3 km | 2 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We start the day by ascending a ridge and then move southeast in the direction of the 300-foot-tall Lava Tower, a volcanic rock formation. We descend to an elevation of 13,000 feet before entering the strange but lovely Senecio Forest. Even though you start and end each day at the same elevation, spending time at a higher altitude helps your body adjust to the higher altitude.

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 5 km | 3 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We start the day by making our way down a ravine to the Great Barranco Wall’s base. Then we ascend the nearly 900-foot cliff, which is not technically difficult. We travel through a number of hills and valleys after leaving the top of the Barranco Wall before making a sharp turn into the Karanga Valley. We have one more steep ascent before we reach Karanga Camp. Acclimatization is the goal of today’s shorter day.

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 4 km | 2 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After leaving Karanga, we arrive at the intersection where the Mweka Trail joins it. We keep going up the rocky slope to Barafu Hut. You have now finished the Southern Circuit, which provides views of the summit from a variety of angles. We set up camp here, take a nap, and eat a leisurely dinner before the summit day. From here, one can see Mawenzi and Kibo, the two peaks.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

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Distance: 5 km | 3 miles

Habitat: Arctic

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Distance: 12 km | 7 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

We start the ascent very early in the morning (around midnight). The hardest part of the trek both physically and mentally is this section. At this altitude and time of day, the wind and cold can be very strong. We climb in the dark for several hours, stopping frequently but only briefly. You will be rewarded with the most breathtaking sunrise you are ever likely to see approaching Mawenzi Peak close to Stella Point (18,900 feet). Finally, we reach Uhuru Peak, which is both Mount Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s highest point.

We now begin our descent from the summit, going straight down to the Mweka Hut campsite while stopping at Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles are helpful because the trail is very rocky and can be quite taxing on the knees. Due to its location in the upper forest, Mweka Camp may experience late-afternoon mist or rain. We have our final meal on the mountain later in the evening before a well-earned rest.

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 10 km | 6 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest

We continue the descent to Mweka Gate on our final day, where we pick up the summit certificates. It might be muddy and wet at lower altitudes. We travel another hour to Mweka Village from the gate. We’ll be picked up by a car at Mweka Village and taken back to our Moshi hotel.

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