8 Days Lemosho Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
- Duration 8 days
- No Of People From 1 person
8 Days Lemosho Route - Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and its route comes with an armed ranger on the first day of the trek. As the forests around the Lemosho Glades are inhabited with buffalo, elephant and other wildlife. Its possible you get a glimpse of them along your trek.
Lemosho route is one of the quieter routes up Kilimanjaro, this advantage however disappears when the route combines with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.
For those seeking a quiet route away from the crowds, the route is a superior option to the Rongai route. Unlike the Rongai the Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route, which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower. This makes that the success rate is higher on reaching the summit of Uhuru Peak.
Duration: The Lemosho Route is typically done as a 7 to 8-day trek, although some variations can extend to 9 days. The longer duration allows for better acclimatization and higher summit success rates.
Difficulty: It is considered a challenging route due to its rugged terrain and elevation gain, but the extended duration helps with acclimatization.
Scenery: The Lemosho Route is renowned for its stunning and varied landscapes, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and the Shira Plateau.
The Lemosho Route is known for its picturesque and less-crowded trails, making it an excellent choice for trekkers who prefer a more serene and remote experience on Mount Kilimanjaro. The extended duration and the diverse landscapes make it a popular choice for those who prioritize acclimatization and the opportunity to fully appreciate the mountain's beauty.
Here are the highlights of Lemosho Route
- Londorossi Gate: The trek begins at the Londorossi Gate, located at approximately 2,360 meters. Trekkers need to register and go through park formalities before starting their journey.
- Rainforest Zone: The route starts in the lush rainforest, where trekkers will pass through dense vegetation and have opportunities to spot wildlife, including colobus monkeys and various bird species.
- Moir Hut: On day three, trekkers reach the Moir Hut (4,200 meters), which is off the beaten path and offers excellent acclimatization opportunities.
- Shira Plateau: The trek takes trekkers through the Shira Plateau (3,840 meters), where they'll enjoy stunning views of the mountain's western side.
- Barranco Wall: Like the Machame Route, the Lemosho Route ascends the Barranco Wall, offering trekkers an exhilarating challenge and panoramic vistas.
- Karanga Valley: Trekkers descend into the Karanga Valley and then ascend to the Karanga Camp (3,995 meters), which is a critical acclimatization point.
- Barafu Camp: The final campsite before the summit attempt is Barafu Camp (4,673 meters), where trekkers start their midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak.
- Uhuru Peak: The climb to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) is challenging due to altitude and cold temperatures, but reaching the summit is an incredible achievement. Trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.
- Mweka Route Descent: After reaching the summit, the descent typically follows the Mweka Route, taking trekkers back through the rainforest zone to Mweka Gate, where the trek ends.
This budget tour includes camping and hotels
This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won’t be shared with others.
Can start any day
If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
Can be customized
You can request changes to this tour
Suitable for solo travelers
Solo travelers can book this private tour.
Minimum age of 7 years
The minimum age for this tour is 7 years.
Activities And Transportation
A transfer from and back to the airport is included
Getting around: hiking/walking
You will be greeted by a Regal Trails Adventures representative when you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to the Luxury Lodge in Moshi B&B for the night. Your head guide will meet you for a briefing, to check your equipment, and to make arrangements for you to rent any additional equipment.
DAY 1: LONDROSSI GATE – MTI MKUBWA CAMP: 4.8KM /3MI | 3-4 HRS | RAINFOREST
Departing from Moshi a 3 hours drive will take you through welcoming mountainside villages to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.
We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.
Elevation: 2389m/7838ft to 2785m/9137ft
Altitude gained: 396m
DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP – SHIRA I CAMP: 7.9KM/5MI | 4-6HRS | MOORLAND
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path
we leave the forest behind now, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Temperatures begin to drop.
Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3504m/11,496ft
Altitude gained: 719m
DAY 3: SHIRA I CAMP –SHIRA HUT: 6.9KM/4.3MI | 5-7HRS | MOORLAND
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream.
Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Elevation: 3504m/11,496ft to 3895m/12,779ft
Altitude gained: 391m
DAY 4: SHIRA HUT – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP: 10.1KM/6.3MI | 4-6HRS | SEMI DESERT
Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization.
From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.
Elevation: 3895m/12,779ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 91m
DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP: 5.2KM/3MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail.
This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.
Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
Altitude gained: 48m
DAY 6: HIKE KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 3.3KM /2 MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT
We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles.
An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.
Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m
DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86KM /3MI UP | 5-7HRS | – MWEKA CAMP: 13KM /8MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW CAPPED SUMMIT
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m
DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1KM/6MI |3-4HRS | RAINFOREST
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates.
As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.
From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Overnight at Luxury Lodge B&B. before being transferred to your journey home, safari or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.
Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m
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