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Lemosho route is the top choice trail among other Kilimanjaro routes because it has scenery nature and wonderful beauty. Lemosho route is a remote Kilimanjaro route, located in the western part. The Lemosho route enables you to hike slowly and helps you to acclimatize better. Also, enjoy the beauty of nature, avoid fatigue and your body becomes used to high-altitude weather. Climbers begin from a green rain forest and see most animals found are black and white colobus monkeys, bush babies, and a variety of birds.

Kilimanjaro trekking trips through the Lemosho route are two options. There is a 7 days Lemosho route Kilimanjaro climb, and it is a famous tour. Few people, especially VIP trekkers choose to take 8 days Lemosho route, which offers ample time to acclimatize and has a 99% success rate.

More general information about the best time to go climbing, hiking gears, and tips to acclimatize, are found at the Kilimanjaro Tanzanite Safaris DMC portal.

Noble hikers, and adventurists, can choose standard Kilimanjaro routes, and summit. Kilimanjaro is an easier mountain to climb, among the other seven summit world peaks. You can read about all trails, and compare and choose all Kilimanjaro routes. Nevertheless, we thank you for reading our article here at UKclimbing forums.

The below 8 days Lemosho route travel schedule is very favorite among VVIP climbers, and people who need comfortable climbing photography. Lemosho route 7 days is also good for people to acclimatize better, and explore the Kilimanjaro beauty. In 7 days, Shira camp 1 station will be skipped.

DAY 1: LONDROSSI GATE – MTI MKUBWA CAMP: 4.8KM /3MI | 3-4 HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 2389m/7838ft to 2785m/9137ft

Altitude gained: 396m

Departing from Moshi a 45-minute 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.

DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP – SHIRA I CAMP: 7.9KM/5MI | 4-6HRS | MOORLAND

Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3504m/11,496ft

Altitude gained: 719m

After a good night's 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.

DAY 3: SHIRA I CAMP –SHIRA HUT: 6.9KM/4.3MI | 5-7HRS | MOORLAND

Elevation: 3504m/11,496ft to 3895m/12,779ft

Altitude gained: 391m

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.

DAY 4: SHIRA HUT – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP: 10.1KM/6.3MI | 4-6HRS | SEMI-DESERT

Elevation: 3895m/12,779ft to 3986m/13,077ft

Altitude gained: 91m

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). You hike in the western Kilimanjaro direction and cross glacier valley, arrive at the picnic site for lunch, and acclimatize.  We then continue to descend overnight at Barranco Camp.

DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP: 5.2KM/3MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT

Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft

Altitude gained: 48m

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.

DAY 6: HIKE KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 3.3KM /2 MI | 4-5HRS | ALPINE DESERT

Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft

Altitude gained: 628m

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. Get An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86KM /3MI UP | 5-7HRS | – MWEKA CAMP: 13KM /8MI DOWN | 5-6HRS | GLACIERS, SNOW-CAPPED SUMMIT

Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft

Altitude gained: 1233m

Descent to 3106m/10,190ft

Altitude lost: 2789m

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.

DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1KM/6MI |3-4HRS | RAINFOREST

Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft

Altitude lost: 1473m

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!!

Price is varies depending on the number of people, note that the number of people increases, The Price decreases

Services included are: Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to the Hotel, Transport from Hotel to Kilimanjaro Machame gate, all park fees, salaries of guides/porters/cook, all meals on the mountain, clean safe drinking water, accommodation equipment, and Government tax, certificate of climbing, first aid, rescue, and transfer to Moshi. 

 Services not included: Flight to Tanzania, Entry VISA, and hotel in Moshi, Climbing gears (available for rent), tips to guides, porters, coordinator, and items of a personal nature.

Note: Hotel in Moshi on Arrival is not included so that you can have a chance to choose the best suitable option.

A – Budget Category:  We Travel Hotel or Kilimanjaro Safari Hotel = 25 US $

B – Moderate budget= Silent hill or Moshi leopard hotel = 70 US $ on B/B

C- 3 star Hotels – Park View Inn/Panama Garden Resort= 90 US $

D – Luxury hotel- Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel – 125 US $

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