Kilimanjaro Summit Climbing Lemosho Route | 9 Days

Kilimanjaro Summit Climbing Lemosho Route | 9 Days

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9 Days

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The Lemosho route is considered one of the most scenic routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. This 9-day itinerary along the Lemosho route takes trekkers through lush rainforests and across alpine deserts, offering spectacular vistas of Tanzania with every step.

The journey begins with a pickup from Kilimanjaro Airport and an overnight stay in the vibrant town of Arusha. On day two, the real adventure starts – a drive to Londorossi Gate leading into the dense forest of the Lemosho glades. The next days present a stunning progression of landscapes, traversing giant heather moorlands, rocky cliffs, and winding tracks across the Shira Plateau to reach the peak.

What sets the Lemosho apart is the remote western approach. Climbers avoid the crowds and have the trail more to themselves to fully absorb the sweeping views. The gradual eight-day ascent also allows proper acclimatization to the high altitude, making summit night less strenuous. While a physically demanding trek, completing it offers a tremendous sense of achievement having conquered Africa’s highest peak along one of its most picturesque routes.

Day By Day Itinerary

Altitude: 1,400 meters (Arusha)
Trekking Time: N/A
Short Overview: Arrival and preparations.
Highlight: Meeting the team and briefing.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you’re welcomed and transferred to Arusha. This day is reserved for resting and meeting with the climbing team, who will brief you on the journey ahead. It’s an opportunity to adjust to Tanzania’s climate and prepare mentally and physically for the ascent.

Altitude: 2,650 meters
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Short Overview: Initial ascent through rainforest.
Highlight: Rich biodiversity of the rainforest.

The trek begins at Lemosho Glades, marking the start of your ascent through the lush montane rainforest towards Big Tree Camp. This initial phase is crucial for acclimatization and provides a spectacular introduction to the area’s rich biodiversity, including the possibility of spotting colobus monkeys among the ancient trees.

Altitude: 3,610 meters
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
Short Overview: Emergence onto the Shira Plateau.
Highlight Panoramic views from the Shira Plateau.

As you leave the forest behind, the trail becomes less steep, opening up onto the Shira Plateau with its expansive views. The day’s hike ends at Shira 1 Camp, where you spend the night under the stars at one of Kilimanjaro’s most picturesque locations.

Altitude: 4,200 meters
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Short Overview: Crossing the Shira Plateau.
Highlight: Vast landscape of the plateau.

This segment of the trek involves crossing the Shira Plateau, an experience that showcases the wide-open spaces of Kilimanjaro. The trek to Moir Hut is relatively gentle but essential for acclimatization, offering stunning views and a remote, peaceful campsite.

Altitude: 3,960 meters (Barranco Camp)
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
Short Overview: Acclimatization day including ascent to Lava Tower.
Highlight: The imposing Lava Tower and the scenic Barranco Valley.

This day is critical for acclimatization, taking you to the higher altitude of Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. This route helps your body adjust to the altitude, offering spectacular views of the volcanic landscape and leading you through the challenging but beautiful Barranco Valley.

Altitude: 3,995 meters
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Short Overview: Conquering the Barranco Wall.
Highlight: Climbing the Barranco Wall.

Climbing the Barranco Wall presents a thrilling challenge, requiring some scrambling but no technical climbing. Reaching Karanga Camp afterwards offers a sense of accomplishment and stunning vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro’s southern face.

Altitude: 4,673 meters
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Short Overview: Preparation for summit night.
Highlight: The alpine desert landscape.

Trekking to Barafu Camp situates you in an alpine desert, where you prepare for the final ascent. This day is about rest, preparation, and early sleep, as you anticipate the midnight start towards the summit.

Altitude: 5,895 meters (Uhuru Peak) then down to 3,080 meters
Trekking Time: 7-8 hours ascent, then 6-7 hours descent
Short Overview: Summit day.
Highlight: Reaching

Price Includes

  •  Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
    Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Camping Equipment
  • Porterage

Price Excludes

  •  International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
    Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Rescue Fee
  • Climbing Gear
  • Sleeping Bag


Pricing for the Lemosho route on Kilimanjaro can vary based on a number of factors including the level of service, the season, and the size of the group. While I can't access current or specific prices from tour operators directly, I can offer a general pricing structure based on common industry standards for guided climbs. Remember, these are estimated prices and actual costs may vary. Always check with your chosen tour provider for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing.

1 Person2-4 People 5-7 People 8-10 People 11 & Above
$4,300-$5,600 PP$3,700-$4,700 PP$3,500-$4,300 PP$3,300-$4,100 PP$3,100-$3,900 PP

Releted Questions?

Lemosho route difficulty
The Lemosho route presents a moderate level of difficulty , providing trekkers with a diverse and picturesque journey.

The success rate of the Lemosho route is quite high, making it a popular choice among trekkers.

The Lemosho route is renowned for its moderate challenge, captivating trekkers with its diverse and breathtaking landscapes. With a high success rate, it stands as a preferred option among many adventurers.

The Lemosho route covers an average of approximately 7-8 miles per day. It is a moderately challenging trek that showcases diverse and scenic landscapes.


  1. Kilimanjaro National Park Official Site: Provides official information on park fees, regulations, and conservation efforts. It’s a primary source for anyone looking to understand the official requirements and conservation efforts related to climbing Kilimanjaro. Visit Kilimanjaro National Park
  2. Ultimate Kilimanjaro Guide and Tips: Offers a comprehensive guide to climbing Kilimanjaro, covering preparation, what to expect, and tips for success. This can complement the Lemosho route information by offering broader insights into the climb. Explore Ultimate Kilimanjaro
  3. Packing List for Kilimanjaro: An essential guide to what you should pack for your Kilimanjaro adventure. This link is crucial for climbers to ensure they are well-prepared for the conditions on the Lemosho route. Kilimanjaro Packing List
  4. Altitude Sickness Prevention and Tips: Since altitude sickness is a concern for many climbers, this link provides valuable information on how to prevent and deal with altitude sickness, enhancing safety information for the Lemosho route. Altitude Sickness Tips
  5. Kilimanjaro Route Comparison: Offers insights into how the Lemosho route compares to other routes up Kilimanjaro in terms of difficulty, scenery, and success rate. This can help climbers decide if Lemosho is the right choice for them. Compare Kilimanjaro Routes
  6. Kilimanjaro Climbers’ Community Forum: A forum where past and prospective climbers can share experiences, advice, and ask questions about the Lemosho route and other aspects of climbing Kilimanjaro. Join Kilimanjaro Forum
  7. Tanzania Tourism Board: Provides additional travel information for visitors to Tanzania, including cultural tips, other attractions, and travel logistics, offering a broader view of what to expect when visiting for a Kilimanjaro climb. Discover Tanzania

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