Lemosho Route - Climb Summary and Costs
The Lemosho Route starts through green rainforest before climbing to the rim of a volcano, from which you'll glimpse the peak for the first time. It will suit those seeking a slower climb on a route with fewer other climbers in stunning surroundings. The additional time taken on Kilimanjaro on this nine night route ensures a very high success rate.
We ensure you are looked after by a large team while climbing Kilimanjaro, including a chief guide, an assistant guide, a cook and numerous porters. You camp throughout your climb using equipment at a level to suit you.
Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route - Climb Itinerary
Lemosho Route - Day 1 - Arusha
You will be met and transferred to your overnight stay at an Arusha Hotel where you’ll get a full briefing in the afternoon from your guide and be helped with your final preparations.
Lemosho Route - Day 2 - Forest
You will be driven this morning to the entrance to the Kilimanjaro National Park where you begin your climb. Your route begins through the forest at the foot of the mountain to the camp which is pitched at around 2,750m.
Camp altitude: 3,000m. Max altitude: 3,000m
Hike time: 4 hours. Hike distance: 10km
Lemosho Route - Day 3 - Shira
The route today climbs up the edge of Kilimanjaro’s Shira volcano and the vegetation thins as you climb and high altitude plants take over.
Today’s camp is near the rim of an ancient volcano and gives you the chance to see Kilimanjaro’s peak for the first time. The camp is pitched at about 3,500m.
Camp altitude: 3,850m. Max altitude: 3,900m
Hike time: 7 hours. Hike distance: 8km
Lemosho Route - Day 4 - Shira
Your trek today crosses the Shira Plateau which is the flat caldera of an ancient volcano which would have been bigger than Kilimanjaro. In good weather conditions there are great views of Kibo and the glaciers on this section , although thick mist often covers the plateau interrupting the views.
You will reach camp by lunchtime today and will have enough time to relax and also take a short acclimatisation walk.
Camp altitude: 3,950m. Max altitude: 4,000m
Hike time: 4 hours. Hike distance: 12km
Lemosho Route - Day 5 – Lava Tower
You will have a three to five hour climb today, leaving Kilimanjaro’s heath zone and heading into the alpine desert, which is fairly inhospitable with little vegetation, freezing nights and blazing during the day. The Lava Tower camp is at about 4,600m, and those feeling like it can climb the Lava Tower in the afternoon.
Camp altitude: 4,600m. Max altitude: 4,600m
Hike time: 4 hours. Hike distance: 5km
Lemosho Route - Day 6 – Karanga Valley
Your day starts with a descent into the Barranco Valley before climbing the Barranco wall. You then head into the Karanga Valley to the camp where you have the chance to relax or take a short hike to enjoy the spectacular views of the glaciers.
Camp altitude: 4,100m. Max altitude: 4,200m
Hike time: 8 hours. Hike distance: 4km
Lemosho Route - Day 7 - Barafu
You will have approximately a four hour hike today before the final steep and slow section to the Barafu Hut where you’ll find great views of the Mawenzi Peak.
In the afternoon you will head higher, to perhaps 1,800m on an acclimatisation hike, before descending to the camp once more.
Camp altitude: 4,600m. Max altitude: 4,600m
Hike time: 4 hours. Hike distance: 4km
Lemosho Route - Day 8 - Crater
Your climbing day starts early with a climb up to the rim of Kilimanjaro’s Kibo crater. As oxygen levels are low everything is taken slowly and the ascent to the rim and descent back to camp will take until lunchtime.
The afternoon is your own to relax and acclimatise before dinner and an early bedtime.
Camp altitude: 5,740m. Max altitude: 5,800m
Hike time: 7 hours. Hike distance: 4km
Lemosho Route - Day 9 - Summit
An early start should get you up the last section to Uhuru peak to arrive at the top of Kilimanjaro as the sun rises. Once photos are taken you descend across scree slops past Bafaru camp to Millenium camp for lunch. The pace slows after lunch and you continue down to Mweka camp for your last night on Kilimanjaro.
Camp altitude: 3,100m. Max altitude: 5,895m
Hike time: 9 hours. Hike distance: 9km
Lemosho Route - Day 10 - Arusha
Your final descent is through the mountain’s lower heath section and rainforest before you find yourself at the gate to the national park. From here you will be transferred by vehicle to the Arusha Hotel where you can decide the nature of your own Kilimanjaro climb celebration – splash in the pool, long hot shower, drinks at the bar or all three!
Max altitude: 3,100m
Hike time: 4 hours. Hike distance: 9km
Lemosho Route – Day 11
You will be driven to the airport if you are departing, or collected from your hotel if your African holiday continues on a safari.
We can arrange Lightweight private departure Lemosho Climbs from $4,850 (£3,170) per person.
We can arrange scheduled and private departure Luxury Lemosho Route climbs from $5,025 (£3,285) per person (single supplement $345/£225).
VIP Lemosho Route climbs can be arranged from $5,800 (£3,790) per person.
Private departures can be run on any date but require a minimum of two guests. For large groups we may be able to negotiate a discount.
The above costs include return airport road transfers, accommodation the night before and the night after your climb as well as the nights on the mountain.
*Sterling figures are approximate. Exact prices will be calculated according to the exchange rate at the time of booking.
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This page was written by our Kilimanjaro expert Lucinda Rome