The Lemosho Route approaches Kilmanjaro from the western side. It is a little used beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau where it then joins the Machame Route. It can also be used to take the Western Breach Approach to the summit. It has beautiful rain forest with flowers.
This route travels through forests which may contain big game animals such as buffalo and elephant.
Day 1: Arrival
Our staff will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your prearranged hotel for the night. Before dinner, your guide will go through all your equipment and supplies; they will sit with you and brief you on the climb ahead. Turn in early and get a good nights sleep because you are about to start
Day 2 (Hiking day 1): Londorosi gate to Forest Camp (Mti Mkubwa)
The day starts with our staff meeting you after your breakfast at your hotel Together you will drive to Londorosi Gate where you will complete the required sign-in and registration. Here your guide(s), porters, and cook will organize all the equipment and supplies fro the trip. After all is ready, you will start hiking for a few hours through a lush rain forest jungle. You may well need your raingear today. Here you will learn about the plants and local wildlife from your guide.
You will have lunch on the trail and then after an afternoon hike will arrive at Forest Camp also known as Big Tree Camp (Mti Mkubwa).
You will spend the night in your tent that the porters have already pitched by the time you arrive. Water will be boiled and you will be given warm water to clean up before your cook provides dinner.
Overnight: Forrest Camp (Mti Mkubwa)
Altitude Range: 2,100 m (7,000 ft) to 2,650 m (8,700 ft)
Distance: 10 km (6 miles)
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Rain Forrest
Day 3 (Hiking day 2): Forest Camp to Shira One Camp.
In the morning you will be greeted by your camp crew at your tent with tea and hot water to wash with before enjoying breakfast at the mess tent. Today’s walk will take us through the forest where lunch will be served on the way. After lunch we hike through Shira Ridge and you will get your first glimpse of Kilimanjaro ahead. We will camp on Shira plateau on at Shira One Camp.
Once again you will be greeted with warm water for washing and dinner before retiring to your tent for the night.
Here the temperature may well drop to freezing.
Overnight: Shira One Camp
Altitude Range: 2,750 m (9,000 ft) to 3,600 m (11,800 ft)
Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Hiking Time: 6 hrs
Habitat: Rain forest and moorland
Day 4 (Hiking day 3): Shira One Camp to Shira Two Camp
This will be an easier day to allow for some recuperation. In the morning after your greeting by your faithful camp crew at your tent with tea and hot water you will be enjoying breakfast at the mess tent. Today’s walk will take us through the more forest where lunch will be served on the way. After lunch we continue the hike to Shira Two Camp. Here you will be joining hikers from the Machame Route.
Here the temperature may well drop to freezing.
Overnight: Shira Two Camp
Altitude Range: 3,600 m (11,800 ft) to 3,850 (12,600 ft)
Distance: 5 km (3 miles)
Hiking Time: 3-4hrs
DAY 5 (HIKING DAY 4): Shira Two Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
From Shira Camp the route turns east towards Kibo and you will find yourself hiking through semi-desert and then the fairly rocky conditions that surround Lava Tower at 4,600 meters (15,100 ft) where you will have lunch. After lunch you descend again by approximately 650 meters to Barranco Camp. Along the way you should make the most of the excellent vantage points which overlook the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is located in a valley just below the Breach and gives an impressive look of Great Barranco Wall.
Enjoy a magnificent sunset while you wait for your cook to finish preparing a well deserved dinner and the porters get your tents ready for a night of rest in sub zero temperatures.
Altitude range: 3,850 meters (12,600 ft) – 4,600 meters (15,100 ft) – 3,950 meters (12,950 ft)
Hiking time: 7 hours approx
Distance: 12 km
Habitat: Semi desert and desert
Optional Extra Acclimatization
DAY 6 (HIKING DAY 5)
If you like, and we highly recommend this as it improves your chances of success by 75%, hiking day 4 can be spent as an acclimatization day. On this day you will walk from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. It will take around 4 hours to cover 7 km (4.3 miles) through Alpine Desert. Your guide will use this walk to assess your strength and stamina for the summit ahead. This also assists your guide in determining the pace you should summit at and what time to wake up to begin hiking for the summit.
This evening you will be sleeping at an altitude of around 4,200 meters (13,700 ft) above sea level. If you opt for this extra day you will only ascend by 360 meters, hence giving you sufficient time to acclimatize along with a bit of a rest.
DAY 5/6 (HIKING DAY 4/5): Barranco camp – Barafu Camp
After breakfast you will leave Barranco Camp (or Karanga Camp if you opted for the acclimatization day) and make your way up the Great Barranco Wall. This part of the climb may look far worse than it really is! From the Great Barranco Wall you will then descend through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, to the junction that connects with the Mweka Route.
We will help you make sure you fill up with water in the Karanga Valley as there will be no water at Barafu Camp where you will be spending part of the night.
At Barafu Camp, at an altitude of 4,560 meters (15,000 ft), your tents will be pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge and is exposed to all the elements. Bank on winds and a freezing night.
At camp, your guide will advise you to familiarize yourself with your surroundings before dark, as you will be leaving in the dark before midnight to make the final ascent to the summit.
You will also need to spend some time preparing your equipment for your summit attempt. Ensure that your headlamp and camera along with batteries are in order and make sure you have spare sets of batteries available as well. Also have your water in a thermal flask.
Make sure you are in bed by 19:00 (7 PM) as you will only have about 4½ hours before your wake up call. It may be difficult, but it is important to get as much sleep as possible.
Altitude range: 3,950 meters (12,950 ft) – 4,560 meters (15,000 ft)
Hiking time: 7 hours from Barranco or 3 hours from Karanga
Distance: About 13 km’s (8 miles) from Barranco or 6 km’s (3.7 miles) from Karanga
Habitat: Alpine desert
DAY 7/8 (HIKING DAY 6/7)): Barafu camp – Stella Point – Uhuru Peak (SUMMIT) – Mweka Campsite
Today will by far be your TOUGHEST day of the climb, you will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you head off into the night towards Stella Point on the Kibo Crater rim. The walk to Stella point is for many climbers probably the most mentally and physically challenging part of the entire route. You will be hiking about 6 hours through rocky terrain and scree to get to Stella Point where you will stop for a rest and if the weather cooperates, one of the most stunning sites you may see in your lifetime – a truly magnificent sunrise over all of Africa! Departing from Stella Point, you will follow a path along the crater rim that is not steep but more than likely you will be walking through snow for the next 2 hour until you finally reach the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,895 meter (19,340 ft).
CONGRATULATIONS you made it!
Don’t get too relaxed and spend too much time on the summit, even if the weather is good. Cold and fatigue will set in quickly and you may find it very difficult to get started again. So spend a little time to enjoy the fact that you have conquered Kilimanjaro, get the camera out and take some pictures, then it will be best that you get moving again as it’s a long way down! The first part of your descent back through the scree to Barafu will take almost 3 hours. Here you will stop for a short rest before heading down to Mweka Hut. It will take about 4 hours to work your way down the rock and scree path to the moorland and eventually back into the rain forest. Oh what a feeling as oxygen once again returns to your body! Mweka Camp. Dinner and overnight at mweka camp.
Altitude range: 4,600 meters (15,000 ft) – 5,895 meters (19,340 ft) – 3,100 meters (10,200 ft)
Hiking time: 9 hours
Habitat: Snow, Ice and Stony scree.
DAY 8/9 (HIKING DAY 7/8): Mweka camp – Mweka Gate -hotel
After breakfast in mweka camp descend to mweka gate.3-4 hrs met and transfer to hotel or air port.