Lemosho Route 

The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not too long ago, there were only two main routes used to climb Kilimanjaro: the Marangu (Coca Cola) Route and the Machame (Whiskey) Route. As Tanzania’s tourism industry flourished, however, the Kilimanjaro park authority created more trails to African’s highest peak.

Lemosho, a relatively new route, is preferred by reputable operators for its beauty, remoteness, and success rate. In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit and enjoy the experience overall.

The views it provides along the way are incredible, as the high pathways allow for breathtaking overlooks of the mountain gorges and glaciers. Climbers will be able to traverse a broad variety of terrain along their ascent. Massive rock features like the Lava Tower and the Barranco Wall will challenge climbers with scramble climbing and traversing.

The Lemosho route can be done in as little as six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, the ideal climb is spread over eight days (seven nights) to better acclimate to the changing altitude.

Along the route, we will stop at several camp sites for meals and rest. Several of these stops will feature a hot meal and the chance to acclimate to the altitude as we ascend. We will be accompanied by a team of trained experts including medics, physician guides, EMTs, porters, and chefs. We will also have access to emergency rescue if necessary.

The trek begins at Londorossi Gate, located in the western base of mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads across the Shira Plateau before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka Trail. With eight days (seven nights) on the mountain, your chances of reaching the “Roof of Africa” are very high, around 90%.

The Lemosho route is approximately 70 km/42 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience. We encourage training for the climb prior to the trip. The table below depicts a variation of the 8 day Lemosho climb with starting and finishing points, altitude, distance and hiking time. This is considered to be the ideal Lemosho route variation.

Lemosho 6 Day Itinerary (not recommended)

Lemosho 7 Day Itinerary (ok)

Lemosho 8 Day Itinerary (preferred

Climbing Kilimanjaro 


Fly into Kilimanjaro International airport, Jason and Joe will be waiting at airport and will shuttle the group to …… hotel.  Dinner will be served.  This evening is dedicated to one last equipment check/inventory and relaxation.  Joe and Jason will be available to answer any last minute questions about the climb.

Day 1

Embark from hotel at 8:00 am. Arrive at starting point for registration and the organization of the porters. We’ll have lunch, then begin the climb in the afternoon. After a 3 hour hike to the Forest Camp (2830masl), we’ll break for dinner and stay overnight, full board.

This hike will take 3 hours.

Day 2

Rise early for breakfast. In the morning, we will hike through the forest into the Heather zone. There we will have lunch in the afternoon. Following lunch, we will continue climbing to the Shira One Camp (3500Masl). This hike will take 5 to 6 hours. Upon arrival, we will have dinner and stay at the camp overnight.

Day 3

Get up early for breakfast, then start the morning hike through the Moorland Zone until we reach the Shira Two Camp (3900masl). There we will have a hot lunch and take an afternoon break. Following the rest, we will take an acclimatization hike, then return to the camp for dinner. This hike will take 4 hours. We’ll stay at the Shira Two Camp for the night.

Day 4

We’ll have breakfast in the morning and set out for the Lava tower (4600Masl). We will ascend the massive rock in the afternoon, have lunch, then descend to the Barranco Camp (3950masl). There we will have dinner and rest for the night. This hike should take 5 to 6 hours.

Day 5

After breakfast in the morning, we will reach the Barranco Wall. The 200m-high rock wall will offer scramble climbing and traversing, and our route will take about 1.5 hours. After an up-and-down hike, we will reach the Karanga Camp (4000masl) for a hot lunch. We’ll rest at the camp for a while, then have dinner. We’ll stay at the Karanga Camp overnight. This hike should take 4 hours.

Day 6

We’ll have breakfast at the Karanga Camp, then ascend to the Barafu Hut (4600Masl) and have a hot lunch. In the late afternoon, we will ascend on an acclimatization hike, then descend back to the Barafu Hut for dinner and rest. This hike will take 3 hours.

Day 7

We will rise very early for breakfast, then ascend to the Crater Camp (5732masl). There we will have a hot lunch. If you feel well at the high altitude, you can hike to the Ash Cone of Mt. Kilimanjaro or see the remaining mountain glaciers. We will then return to the camp for an early dinner.

Note: You can only overnight at this camp if you feel well. If you do not feel well at the camp, you cannot stay there overnight.

Day 8

After an early breakfast, we will begin our ascent to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru

Peak (5895masl). This is a 1 hour climb from the Crater Camp. After reaching the summit, we will descend to the High Camp: Millennium Camp (381masl) / Mweka Camp (3100masl). That evening, we will have dinner and spend the last night on the mountain at the High Camp.

Day 9 

We’ll have breakfast at the High Camp. In the morning, we will have some time to thank the crew for making this dream come true. Then we will descend to the Mweka Gate for checkout and certification. Your driver will pick you up and you can return to the hotel for a long, hot shower.

Day 10

Fly back to USA