8 DAYS LEMOSHO ROUTE

8-Day Kilimanjaro Climb via the Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route is renowned for its stunning scenery and high success rate for summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. Below is a detailed itinerary for an 8-day trek via the Lemosho route:

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp

  • Elevation: 2,360m to 2,895m (7,742ft to 9,498ft)
  • Distance: 6km (4 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After a long drive from Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Gate, you complete the registration process. Then, a short drive takes you to the starting point. The trek begins through the lush rainforest to Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

  • Elevation: 2,895m to 3,505m (9,498ft to 11,500ft)
  • Distance: 8km (5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

The trail continues through the rainforest, leading into the moorland zone. You’ll traverse across the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

  • Elevation: 3,505m to 3,850m (11,500ft to 12,631ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

This day is a gentle hike across the Shira Plateau, a high-altitude desert. Enjoy panoramic views as you head towards Shira 2 Camp.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

  • Elevation: 3,850m to 3,900m (12,631ft to 12,795ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

You ascend to the Lava Tower at 4,630m (15,190ft) for acclimatization before descending to Barranco Camp. This climb-high, sleep-low strategy aids acclimatization.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation: 3,900m to 3,995m (12,795ft to 13,106ft)
  • Distance: 5km (3 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today, you tackle the Barranco Wall, a steep but non-technical climb, followed by a series of ridges and valleys until you reach Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 3,995m to 4,673m (13,106ft to 15,331ft)
  • Distance: 4km (2.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

A short but challenging hike leads you to Barafu Camp, your base camp for the summit push. You prepare for the final ascent and rest early.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 4,673m to 5,895m (15,331ft to 19,341ft) (Uhuru Peak), then down to 3,068m (10,065ft)
  • Distance: 5km ascent, 12km descent (3 miles ascent, 7 miles descent)
  • Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Moorland

You begin the summit attempt around midnight, reaching Uhuru Peak at sunrise. After celebrating at the summit, you descend to Mweka Camp, passing Barafu Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation: 3,068m to 1,640m (10,065ft to 5,380ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

A final descent through the rainforest brings you to Mweka Gate. After checking out, you drive back to Moshi or Arusha, where the adventure concludes.

Summary

This 8-day Lemosho route itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization, improving your chances of reaching the summit while allowing you to enjoy the diverse landscapes and stunning views along the way.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp

  • Elevation: 2,360m to 2,895m (7,742ft to 9,498ft)
  • Distance: 6km (4 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After a long drive from Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Gate, you complete the registration process. Then, a short drive takes you to the starting point. The trek begins through the lush rainforest to Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

  • Elevation: 2,895m to 3,505m (9,498ft to 11,500ft)
  • Distance: 8km (5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

The trail continues through the rainforest, leading into the moorland zone. You’ll traverse across the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

  • Elevation: 3,505m to 3,850m (11,500ft to 12,631ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

This day is a gentle hike across the Shira Plateau, a high-altitude desert. Enjoy panoramic views as you head towards Shira 2 Camp.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

  • Elevation: 3,850m to 3,900m (12,631ft to 12,795ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert

You ascend to the Lava Tower at 4,630m (15,190ft) for acclimatization before descending to Barranco Camp. This climb-high, sleep-low strategy aids acclimatization.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation: 3,900m to 3,995m (12,795ft to 13,106ft)
  • Distance: 5km (3 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today, you tackle the Barranco Wall, a steep but non-technical climb, followed by a series of ridges and valleys until you reach Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 3,995m to 4,673m (13,106ft to 15,331ft)
  • Distance: 4km (2.5 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

A short but challenging hike leads you to Barafu Camp, your base camp for the summit push. You prepare for the final ascent and rest early.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 4,673m to 5,895m (15,331ft to 19,341ft) (Uhuru Peak), then down to 3,068m (10,065ft)
  • Distance: 5km ascent, 12km descent (3 miles ascent, 7 miles descent)
  • Hiking Time: 10-15 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Moorland

You begin the summit attempt around midnight, reaching Uhuru Peak at sunrise. After celebrating at the summit, you descend to Mweka Camp, passing Barafu Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation: 3,068m to 1,640m (10,065ft to 5,380ft)
  • Distance: 10km (6 miles)
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

A final descent through the rainforest brings you to Mweka Gate. After checking out, you drive back to Moshi or Arusha, where the adventure concludes.

Summary

This 8-day Lemosho route itinerary provides ample time for acclimatization, improving your chances of reaching the summit while allowing you to enjoy the diverse landscapes and stunning views along the way.

  • Price Include:
    * All transfers

    * Accommodation
    * all trekking fees,
    * All meals while on the Mountain
    * Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
    * Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
    * English speaking guide
    * Sleeping bags
    * Porters salary
    • 3 meals in a day
    • Mineral drinking water.

    Price Exclude:

    * Tips,
    * medical insurance cover
    * all trekking personal gears
    * alcohol
    * all things of personal nature

    1. What is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa, located in Tanzania. It is a dormant volcano and one of the most iconic mountains in the world.
    2. How tall is Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, called Uhuru Peak, stands at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.
    3. How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb varies depending on the route chosen. Most climbs typically range from 5 to 9 days.
    4. What are the different routes up Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • There are several routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro, each with its own characteristics and scenery. Popular routes include the Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Rongai, and Northern Circuit routes.
    5. Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro difficult?

      • Climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging due to its high altitude, but it doesn’t require technical climbing skills. However, climbers should be physically fit and prepared for the rigors of high-altitude trekking.
    6. Do I need a guide to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is mandatory to have a registered guide accompany you on your Kilimanjaro climb. Guides are essential for safety, navigation, and providing support throughout the trek.
    7. When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The best times for climbing Kilimanjaro are during the dry seasons, which are typically from late June to October and from December to March. These months offer clearer skies and better trekking conditions.
    8. What should I pack for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Essential items for climbing Kilimanjaro include proper clothing for varying temperatures, sturdy hiking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, trekking poles, personal medications, and other necessary gear as recommended by your tour operator.
    9. What are the risks of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • The main risks of climbing Kilimanjaro include altitude sickness, which can affect anyone regardless of fitness level, as well as other potential hazards such as extreme weather conditions and physical exhaustion.
    10. Do I need to train before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

      • Yes, it is highly recommended to undergo physical training and preparation before attempting to climb Kilimanjaro. This can include cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to build endurance and fitness levels.
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