Lemosho Route to the Roof of Africa

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Lemosho Glades Route up Kilimanjaro climbs up through an unspoilt, remote, seldom-used trail up to the Shira Plateau. The route is very quiet and one of the lesser used routes to climb Kilimanjaro. While the glades used to be teeming with game, sadly, there is a lot less than there was in past years. Lemosho joins up with Shira and Machame routes near Lava Tower, and with Umbwe at Baranco Camp. It has a much longer approach to Kilimanjaro's summit that the other routes and therefore better to do over 7-8 days. To help you get an idea of the shorter/longer or alternate variations of Lemosho we have included them below.


Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

Day-3: Mkubwa (2750m) to Shira Camp 1(3500m):

Day-4: Shira 1(3500m) to Shira Camp 2 (3840m)

Day-5: Shira (3840m)- Lava Tower (4630m)-Baranco (3950m)

Day-6: Barranco (3860m) to Barafu (4550m)

Day-7: Barafu (4550m)- Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)

Day-8: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

Day-9: Depart



Day-1: Kilimanjaro International Airport arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

Elevation: 2200 metres to 2750 metres
Distance: 6 kilometres
Trekking duration: 3 hours to 4 hours
Environment: Montane forest
This morning we stop briefly in Moshi and then drive about 5 hours to Londorossi Park Gate at 2200m . After completing park formalities for Lemosho Route, we drive for another 11km to Lemosho Glades at 2000m. From here, we trek about 3 hours to Mkubwa for our first night.

Day-3: Mkubwa to Shira Camp 1 (3500m):

Elevation: 2750 metres up to 3500 metres
Distance: 8 kilometres
Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
Environment: Moorland
After breaking camp, we hike to Shira Camp 1 located near a stream. Shira Camp 2 (3,847m) sits on the Eastern edge of the Shira Plateau. It is the first camp at which altitude sickness might start to be felt.We hike through moorland shrub taking in views of Mt Meru and this afternoon we have the chance to film incredible sunsets.

Day-4: Shira Camp 1(3500m) to Shira Camp 2 (3840m)

Elevation: 3500 metres to 3840m metres
Distance: 6 kilometres
Trek duration: 2 to 3 hours
Environment: Moorland
The route is relatively easy trek across the plateau that leads to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadow. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this excellent for acclimatisation to the gains in altitude. Shira is one of the three volcanoes on the Kilimanjaro massif.

Day-5: Shira (3840m)- Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco (3950m)

Elevation: 3840 metres up to 4630 metres then down to 3950 metres
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 6 hours - 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, you hike though the moorland scrub and enter into a moonscape of semi-alpine desert, while you hike constantly upwards toward Lava Tower. As you approach an altitude of 4200m, you may start to feel a shortness of breath as the effects of altitude take hold. After Lava Tower, you trek into a beautiful valley to Barranco camp where you spend the night at a lower altitude than Lava Tower. Shira to Barranco follows the golden principle of climb high and sleep low on Lemosho Route.

Day-6: Barranco (3860m) to Barafu (4550m)

Elevation: 3860 metres up to 4550 metres
Distance: 13 kilometres
Trek time: About 7 hours
Early morning at around 07h00, the Barranco Wall lies ahead which you climb, to bring you out to a great spot with incredible views over Moshi and the clouds below. The route then descends down through the Karanga Valley and eventually come out at Karanga Valley Camp. Barafu Hut is another 2 hours trek higher up towards Kibo Crater.

Day-7: Barafu (4550m)- Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)

Elevation: 4600 metres to 3100 metres
Highest point: 5895 metres (Uhuru Peak)
Distance: 30 kilometres (7 kilometres ascent, 13 kilometres descent)
Trek duration: 13 to 16 hours (6 - 8 hours ascent, 7 - 8 hours descent)
Environment: Stone scree / ice-capped summit
Rising before midnight, you start your climb into the night in a North westerly direction. The route will take you towards Stella Point (5685) on the crater rim. It can take anything from 5 - 6 hours and is physically challenging. After a short rest at Stella Point the trek to Kilimanjaro summit is another altitude gain of 200m, taking anywhere from 1-2 hours. After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, you hike down to Barafu and then down to Mweka Camp

Day-8: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

This morning is a short 3-hour scenic hike to Mweka. Climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates for your Lemosho Route on Kilimanjaro.

Day-9: Depart

After breakfast you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight home.

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Lemosho Variations

9 days Alternate 10 days

Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa (2750m)

Day-3: Mkubwa to Shira 2 Camp (3875m)

Day-4: Shira 2 to Lava Tower (4,600m) to Barranco (3,900m)

Day-5: Barranco to Karanga (3,960m)

Day-6: Karanga to Barafu (4,680m)

Day-7: Barafu to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka (3,100m)

Day-8: Mweka to Mweka Gate (1980m)

Day-9: Depart


Day-1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2200m) to Mkubwa (2750m)

Day-3: Mkubwa to Shira 1(3500m)

Day-4: Shira 1 to Moir Hut (4,200m)

Day-5: Moir Hut to Lava Tower (4,600m) to Barranco (3,900m)

Day-6: Barranco to Karanga (3,960m)

Day-7: Karanga to Barafu (4,680m)

Day-8: Barafu to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka (3,100m)

Day-9: Mweka to Mweka Gate (1980m)

Day-10: Depart


Your Questions Answered

Very definitely yes. Porters and guides are the life blood of any successful mountain climb. Through our partners in Tanzania we support various charity initiatives including the most important Kilimanjaro Porters Society. This society was registered under the name Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society on 30th September 2005 as a non governmental organization with a certificate no 13296 under the organization art of the United Republic of Tanzania. The society exists as a shield for porters who are registered under it with the goal of improving the living and working condition of these porters.
The Lemosho Route starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira Route which begins at a higher, more challenging altitude.  Hikers of all ages regularly reach the summit via the Lemosho Route, with a summit success rate of above 90% (on the 8-day variation). That said, it's a good idea to work on your aerobic fitness before taking on the trek.
Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is approximately 70 km/ 42 miles from gate to gate. Most trekkers complete the Lemosho Route in eight days; however some tour operators offer seven day treks and six day hikes (not recommended). The 8-day Lemosho variation is great for acclimatisation and increases the probability of success. The seven day route stops for a night at both Shira Camp 1 and Shira 2/Moir. The eight day trek on Lemosho stops again at Karanga for a second acclimatization day.
Generally speaking crowds are determined by the time of year. Lemosho is a more expensive option as it requires a long transfer to the trailhead and is a longer route, so that tends to reduce the numbers right away compared to the Machame and Marangu routes. However, you only need one large group on the mountain with you to make it feel busy. On top of that from Lava tower onwards you're on the Machame route and so busy it will become busier from then on.
There are two distinct trekking seasons during which is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro. They are January-March and June-October. January-March is generally colder than June-October and there is a higher probability of encountering snow on the summit. 
Kilimanjaro is just three degrees south of the equator, so the lower slopes are generally hot and dry reaching 25°C during the day. This quickly dips with each ecological zone however, open heathlands, alpine desert and then, at the summit, categorically Arctic. Temperatures at Uhuru Peak are between -7 to -29°C.
Every night stop has an area with drop/toilet facilities, that are designated areas to allow for camping. You will sleep in tents.
This is a popular question. The toilets that are available on the mountain are pretty rudimentary unless you are on Marangu, and are really just a wooden or block building with a hole in the ground (or a 'long drop'). One option though it adds to the cost is to hire a portable toilet. Finally, although there may not be toilet facilities when you really need them during the days trek, we ask that you seek out a 'loo with a view' away from the path, and keep your used paper in a small bag to dispose of later at camp so as to preserve the environment.
Altitude sickness, also called mountain sickness, is a group of general symptoms that are brought on by climbing or walking to a higher and higher altitude (elevation) too quickly. High altitude is defined as 8,000 - 12,000 feet (2400 - 2600m) above sea level. Altitude sickness can affect anyone who goes to high altitudes without giving the body time to adjust to the changes in air pressure and oxygen level. Symptoms usually come on within 12 to 24 hours of reaching a higher elevation and then get better within a day or two as your body adjusts to the change in altitude. Because Kilimanjaro has a rapid ascent profile ie. 1000m a day, altitude sickness tends to be more common than on some other treks. It is for this reason that taking your time is vitally important and why shorter routes have a lower success rate.
Month 2019 2020 2021
January - 10 28
February - 9 27
March - 9 28
April - 8 27
May - 7 26
June - 5 24
July 17 5 24
August 15 3 22
September 14 2 21
October 14 1, 31 20
November 12 30 19
December 12 30 19

Lemosho at a Glance