Afromasai Eastern Safaris Offers you Kilimanjaro Climb- Lemosho Route 8 Days is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. We begin trekking in the thick, fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers and shrubs of the healthy ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of the most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the vast Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. The Lemosho route is for those with previous backpacking experience. It is one of the newer routes that cover the western part of the mountain. Although it is a difficult trail to follow, most Kilimanjaro outfitters enjoy this road because only a few people go there. Plus, it has hidden scenic views and a good acclimatization profile.
Understand the Lemosho Route
Delving into the depths of Kilimanjaro’s breathtaking landscapes, the Lemosho route offers intrepid climbers a unique and immersive experience. Renowned for its natural beauty, solitude, and remarkable acclimatization opportunities, this trail presents a thrilling challenge for adventurers seeking to conquer Africa’s highest peak. Explore its mesmerizing features and discover why it stands out as a preferred choice among climbers.
As you ascend along the Lemosho route, you’ll witness the pure allure of Kilimanjaro’s diverse landscape. From lush rainforests teeming with exotic flora and fauna to rugged moorlands and lunar-like plateaus, each step unveils a new facet of Mother Nature’s splendor. Let’s explore these captivating environments and understand the significance of each ecological zone.
Beyond its magnificent scenery, Kilimanjaro shelters a remarkable array of wildlife. While ascending the Lemosho route, you may have the extraordinary opportunity to spot indigenous species such as the Colobus monkey or the elusive leopard. Learn about the ecological importance of these creatures and embrace the magic of encountering wildlife in its natural habitat.
As you ascend higher, the air thins, and the final push to the summit becomes a test of endurance and perseverance. Experience the exhilaration of reaching Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, and bask in the glory of this awe-inspiring achievement.
Day 1: Mti Mbubwa
Day 2: Shira One Camp
Altitude: 8,692 to 11,841 Hike time: 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, hike across the remaining rainforest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a full-day trek with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft. Stop for lunch at a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 10,000 ft. After lunch, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high-altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited. Shira is the third of the Kilimanjaro volcanic cones and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak.
The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you will get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Shira Two Camp
Altitude: 11,841 to 12,628 Hike time: 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, continue the hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. Elevation gain is only 700 ft – allowing you to acclimatize slowly. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular.
Day 4: Barranco Hut
Altitude: 12,628 to 12,956 Hike time: 5 hrs
Today is the last of the “easy days.” It is about a 7-hour superb hike. We pass the Lava Tower, around the southern flank of Kibo, and slowly descend into the spectacular Barranco Valley, interspersed with giant lobelia and senecia plants. After arriving at our most spectacular campsite, everyone stands in awe at the foot of Kibo Peak, looming high above, on our left.
Our camp is only 465 ft higher than where we were last night, but we will have climbed to just over 14,000 ft during the day. This is one of our most valuable days for acclimatization.
Day 5: Karanga Valley
Altitude: 12,956 to 13,743 Hike time: 3.5 hrs
On the eastern side of the valley, across the stream is the Barranco Wall – a 950 ft barrier of volcanic rock. Although it is tall and steep, it is very easy to climb. This is the first challenge of the day. The views from the wall are nothing less than magnificent. The rest of the day is spent skirting the base of Kibo Peak over the left shoulder. Descend down into the Karanga Valley, where we rest up for the night before the tough climb up to Barafu Hut.
Day 6: Barafu Camp
Altitude: 13,743 to 15,088; Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Start the day with a steep hike out of the valley. It is a tough, but rewarding uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at the camp. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. So, go to bed early because we will be waking you at midnight for the final leg to Uhuru Peak.
Day 7: Mweka Camp
Altitude: 15,088 to 19,340 (summit) then down to 9,550; Hiking time: 12-14 hrs
Dress warmly, as climbing starts around midnight, on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon, if out, will provide enough light, and we will reach the crater rim by sunrise, after a 7-hour hike, and welcome a new dawn. From the crater rim, the rugged Mawenzi Peak is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater’s ice-walls looming ahead. Continue to Uhuru Peak (1-2 hrs), descend back to Barafu camp (4 hrs), and then down the Mweka route to Mweka camp (5 hrs). This is where we spend our last night on the mountain.
Day 8: Arusha
Altitude: 9,550 to 5,997; Hiking time: 4 hrs
Finish your hike down to the trailhead. This takes about 3 – 3.5 hrs. After a welcome lunch, it is time to say goodbye to the porters. Transfer back to your hotel or on to your safari.
– Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb (dinner and breakfast included) (double occupancy).
– Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
– Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
– Two nights hotel in Arusha
– All Park fees
– Rescue fees
– All meals while on the Mountain
– Arrival and Departure transfers
– Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
– Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
– Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
– Clean, purified drinking water:
– Private, portable chemical flush toilets:
– Crisis management and safety procedures:
– Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
– Walking Poles:
– Sleeping Mattress:
– Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
– Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
– Meals not listed above
– Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
– Tips and any items of personal nature.
– Flying Doctor Service