The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Kilimanjaro Journeys® specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

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The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverse's underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Days 8 Days

Difficulty Medium

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport or similar to begin your 7-day Lemosho Route trek, where you will be met by Kilimanjaro Journeys representatives. Transfer to Moshi town at the Lodge and meet with your climbing manager and guide for a thorough briefing and equipment check.

Accommodations: Lodge or similar
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 1

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

Starting point: The starting point for the 7-day Lemosho route is at the Londorossi Gate at an altitude of 2,100 m.

We start our journey to Londorossi Gate from Moshi town, a 4 hours’ drive to the entry gate before we begin our 8-day Lemosho route trek. It is here at the gate where you will register to enter and meet up with your mountain expedition crew. After registering we drive the trailhead where hiking officially begins by crossing the rainforest zone towards the first camp at Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Mti Mkubwa Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km/ 5miles
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Health

We make our way out of the rain forest into a savannah area of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock covered with beard-like lichens. As we trek higher, combing through the lush rolling hills and crossing several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before gradually descending down to Shira 1 Camp where we get the first look of the Kibo peak towering above the Shira plateau.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Shira 1 Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut
Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

The day is specially set aside to explore the ever-beautiful open field of the Shira Plateau, a spiraling grassland plain on Kilimanjaro’s Eastern moorland zone and one of the highest plateaus in the world. This trek takes us to Shira 2 Camp then strays to join the main route to our resting camp of the day, the seldom utilized Moir Hut Camp which is perched just underneath the Lent Hills on Mount Kilimanjaro. For acclimatization purposes, the Lent hills are used to acclimatize on the mountain by climbing up and descending the slopes of these hills.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Moir Hut Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Acclimatization -Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We are halfway there on this 8-day Lemosho route trekking expedition and we begin the day early in the morning with breakfast then hike up a ridge before proceeding to the spectacular and scenic Lava Tower, nicknamed the “Shark’s tooth” which is an erected volcanic feature located in the SouthEast direction from Moir Hut and measures a good 300 ft. We descend to Barranco Camp after climbing the steep ridge on the mountain to help with proper acclimatization. This tranquil trek traverses beautiful Scenecio vegetation that fills up this alpine desert zone. The time you will spend at a higher altitude plays a greater role to ensure that you are well acclimatized despite spending a better part of your hike at the same altitudes.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Barranco Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We rise in the morning with a hearty breakfast then a descent into the ravine below the much-dreaded Great Barranco Wall, a steep 900 ft wall that doesn’t require many skills to navigate. on climbing the wall, we traverse a chain of hills and valleys that lead to a sharp descent into the Karanga valley. Not. much is expected on this day as it is a brief day meant for acclimatization by climbing again to the Karanga Camp located just above the Karanga Valley on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Karanga Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After the usual breakfast in the morning, our trekking from Karanga Camp takes us to a trail that meets with the Mweka route. Hiking continues for a while until the Barafu Hut Camp which is characterized by rocky terrain. Reaching Barafu Camp will reward you with amazing 360-degree views of the Kibo summit and it also marks the end of the expedition along the Southern Circuit of Kilimanjaro. it is at Barafu Camp that we will set up our camp for the day to rest, have dinner and get ready for the midnight summit attempt. Before dinner, we make an acclimatization trip to the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800m) before heading back to Barafu Camp for a hot dinner. You can easily see the two peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mawenzi and Kibo peaks towering from a distance.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Barafu Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Summit attempt: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

It is D-Day, the day that we have been waiting for! At around midnight 00:00 hrs, we begin our ascent to the summit – Uhuru Peak. Not only is making the hike to the summit physically demanding, but it is also mentally challenging as you have to withstand extreme weather, winds, and a chilly night, sometimes in total darkness unless you are climbing the 8-day Lemosho route on a full moon. Head torches will come in handy here as you take frequent and brief breaks. Yes, it is challenging but a worthwhile experience as you are set to be amazed by the most beautiful views and sunsets beginning from Stella Point (18,900 ft) up to the summit point, Uhuru Peak. This is the highest point in Africa also nicknamed the rooftop of Africa at 5,895 m above sea level.

From the peak, your last point of climbing on the Lemosho route, you will now make your way down the mountain by descending to Mweka Hut Camp, making a brief stop at Barafu Camp for lunch. Watch your knees as using your lower body to break and carry your upper body can be quite hard on the knees, this is when trekking poles will be of great help. The weather around Mweka Camp, the upper rainforest zone can be unpredictable, so expect mist or rain at any time of the day, especially during late afternoons. It is here at Mweka Hut Camp that we rest, have dinner, and spend the night.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping – Mweka Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

This day marks the end of our 8-day Lemosho route trek on Mount Kilimanjaro as we carry on descending the mountain to Mweka Gate where we will be awarded our certificates for reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The area around Mweka Gate and its environs is usually muddy and wet. After collecting our certificates, we proceed to Mweka Village, a short trek that takes about 1 hour where we will board an awaiting vehicle provided by tranquil Kilimanjaro to transport us back to our hotel or lodge in Moshi.


Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary.
Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
Airport Transfers
Meals according to the itinerary
Drinking water and Full Board Meals
All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
Gate Transfers
Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder


Visa fees
Travel or Medical Insurance is required, and you should ask for Recommendation.
Gamow Bag
Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
Additional lodge nights if early descent from the mountain $150 per room

  • Mountain

    Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • height

    5895 m

  • Success Rate


Lemosho 8 Days.