Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Maximise your chance of success on Kilimajaro Lemosho`s Route




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Holiday Overview


  • Trek with our expert Tanzanian Kilimanjaro crew
  • Includes extra days of acclimatisation for summit success
  • Hike Kilimanjaro`s Shira Plateau and the Karanga Valley
  • Great Value - Kilimanjaro park fees and all meals included

Starting out in the west and with a first day of trekking through dense stands of forest, rich in wildlife, the peaceful and relatively little-trekked Lemosho Route climbs to trek across the scenic moorland of the Shira Plateau and offers great views of Kibo's southern glaciers. It is one of the quietest and most varied routes on the mountain and also the longest of the regular routes, with 8 days of trekking in all meaning you will be as well acclimatised as possible before trekking to Kilimanjaro`s summit (5895m). Adequate acclimatisation is key to making a successful ascent of this giant peak and the classic Lemosho Route with our extra day of acclimatisation will give you the best chance of standing on the roof of Africa.  

The Secret of our Success on Kilimanjaro
Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5895 metres, this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills. A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent. We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain. In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health. KE's Lemosho Route itinerary spends 4 nights at close to 4000 metes before moving on to complete the final 2 stages to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The extra time that we allow within this itinerary will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip. On a 6-day ascent, 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there. On this 8-day ascent, typically 9 out of 10 will make the summit.

Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project
We also make every effort to look after our local crews, who are, of course, fundamental to the success of our Kilimanjaro holidays. KE works with the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and, in recognition of the quality of care we provide for our local staff, we are listed as a partner on the International Mountain Explorers Connection website.

Is this holiday for you?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and each of the trekking routes to its summit involves around 4000 metres of ascent. Meandering its way across the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho Route is potentially the longest route on the mountain and this makes it arguably the easiest, since it provides more time for ascentionists to gain a reasonable level of acclimatisation ahead of the always difficult summit day.To improve our chances further still, we have included an extra rest and acclimatisation day in the Karanga Valley at around 4000 metres. Generally, the trek is on good trails and is never very steep. With the exception of the summit day (which is very long) each of the trekking days is short, usually just 4 to 5 hours of walking, which gives us the afternoons to take it easy. The summit day will present a considerable challenge to everyone, as much for the 3000 metres of descent as for the ascent.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Arusha. Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport are provided.
  • Drive to Londorossi Gate. Meet local crew and trek onwards to Big Tree Camp (2895m).
  • Trek across the Shira Plateau and onwards beyond Shira Hut to camp (3800m).
  • Continue our ascent of Kilimanjaro with a second day crossing the Shira Plateau (3900m).
  • Trek onto camp at Baranco Valley (3950m) with optional hike up Shira Needle.
  • Cross the Baranco Wall onto southern side of Kilimanjaro. Trek onto Karanga Valley (4000m).
  • Trek across volcanic wilderness onto camp close to the Barafu Hut (4600m).
  • Trek via Stella Point to Kilimanjaro summit (5895m). Descend to Mweka Camp (2950m).
  • Trek to Mweka Gate. Use of hotel day-room, then transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
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Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Arusha. Transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Arusha. Complementary airport transfers are provided for all flights into Kilimanjaro Airport on this day. KE Land Only services begin with dinner and the opportunity to meet our fellow trekkers.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Drive to Londorossi Gate. Meet local crew and trek onwards to Big Tree Camp (2895m).

    After breakfast at our hotel, we drive to the Londorossi Gate (2360m) on the west side of Kilimanjaro, firstly on the main road and then through a mix of small farms and larger coffee estates that thrive at this altitude on the fertile soil of the mountain’s lower slopes. After meet our local trek crew, we start walking in the late morning through plantation pine forest and remnant rainforest, arriving at camp mid to late afternoon. Our first camp on Africa’s greatest peak is at Miti Kubwa (big tree) camp at 2895 metres.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek across the Shira Plateau and onwards beyond Shira Hut to camp (3800m).

    The area between Londorossi Gate and the lower slopes of Kibo, including the Shira Plateau, was designated as Tanzania’s first wilderness area. Today, we trek across an attractive moorland plateau, passing the Shira Hut and setting up camp about an hour beyond the hut at an altitude of around 3800m. There is the chance of seeing some wildlife here, especially birds of prey, including the Auger Buzzard. The wall of the Western Breach on Kibo can be seen in the distance and is particularly impressive if it has a covering of snow.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs trekking

  • Continue our ascent of Kilimanjaro with a second day crossing the Shira Plateau (3900m).

    Continuing our trek across the slopes of Kilimanjaro we fuel up with a hearty breakfast as we enjoy the majesty of morning African vistas. Our short day of trekking today continues across the Shira Plateau which is the remains of the Shira Caldera, Kilimanjaro’s oldest volcano (which last erupted around 700,000 years ago). This whole area was then submerged by eruptions from the much younger Kibo eruptions of 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. Enjoying a well-paced day of trekking gives us plenty of opportunities to adjust to the demands of hiking at altitude and enjoy the beauty of Africa's highest peak! Setting up camp early in the afternoon (3900m), provides some well-earned rest in anticipation of the summit day further ahead!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek onto camp at Baranco Valley (3950m) with optional hike up Shira Needle.

    Ascending a little further today, we trek onwards towards the Kibo. By now we should be feeling very comfortable on the mountain and well into our stride. During our day today we have the option of hiking up the Shira Needle as we make the most of exploring this spectacular landscape. As grassy moorland gives way to rocky desert we walk onwards to Umbwe Valley, also known as Barranco Valley and head onto our campsite (3950m).

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs trekking

  • Cross the Baranco Wall onto southern side of Kilimanjaro. Trek onto Karanga Valley (4000m).

    Another shortish day, as we descend into the start of the Great Barranco and then exit steeply, following a weakness in the rock barrier of the Baranco Wall that takes us up onto the southern slopes of Kibo. We then follow an undulating path on the south side of Uhuru Peak to our camp in the Karanga Valley (4000m), passing beneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers. This is the last place where there is a reliable water source. We reach camp in time for a late lunch and have the afternoon free to rest and expore, with views of the Southern Icefield.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek across volcanic wilderness onto camp close to the Barafu Hut (4600m).

    Today we make a steady climb across a rugged volcanic wilderness, with patches of vegetation, including giant lobelias. We overnight at a camp near the Barafu Hut (4600m), with Kibo rising above us to the north and good views of Mawenzi Peak, the easternmost summit of Kilimanjaro. This will be our base for the final climb to the summit.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 hrs trekking

  • Trek via Stella Point to Kilimanjaro summit (5895m). Descend to Mweka Camp (2950m).

    An early start enables us to take advantage of the best surface conditions (frozen scree and possible snow) for our trek up to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The angle of climb is steeper today as we reach the Crater Rim at the place known as Stella Point. From here, there are good views of the ice cliffs within the crater. There are also amazing views of Mawenzi summit and ‘the saddle’. If the conditions are particularly clear, we may also be able to see distant Mount Kenya. Following the crater rim for about an hour on easier terrain we ascend to the highest point in Africa - Uhuru Peak (5895m). After admiring the summit views and taking the obligatory summit photos, we set off on the long, long descent to Mweka Camp at 2950m.. A challenging but rewarding trekking day!

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 12 - 13 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Mweka Gate. Use of hotel day-room, then transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.

    We trek down for 5 hours through beautiful rainforest to the roadhead, where we pick up our certificates of ascent, have a beer and reflect on the Kilimanjaro climb. We then make the short journey to our hotel in Arusha. We will have the chance to clean up and relax at the hotel in the afternoon before transferring to Kilimanjaro Airport, where KE Land Only services end.

    • Meals bl

    • Time 5 hrs trekking

Holiday Information

  • A professional English speaking leader
  • National Park Fees (worth $850)
  • Kilimanjaro Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tanzanian visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients arriving between 6.00 am and 11.00 pm on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary, will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. We regret that we are unable to provide transfers outside of these times. At the end of the holiday, the transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport will arrive there at approximately 5.00pm. and you should not book any flight departing before 7.00pm. Additional nights at the group hotel can be booked through KE. Land Only clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights, so that we can arrange their Kilimanjaro Airport transfers. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this trip the group will spend one night at the Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha and will have use of a day room at the end of the trip. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 7 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note: single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. A single supplement for the group night can be arranged, as can additional hotel nights for clients arriving earlier or departing later than the trip dates. For single tent hire costs, single supplement costs and additional hotel night costs, please refer to our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 until lunch on Day 9.

Approximately £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including around £50 for porter tips. There will be opportunities to buy soft drinks and beers. Souvenirs can be bought in a number of places, some of which will accept credit cards. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. Your travel money should be carried in the form of cash and you should change this into Tanzanian shillings at the airport on arrival. Sterling, Euros and US dollars are all readily exchanged for Tanzanian shillings, but US dollars in small notes can also be used in emergencies where change facilities are not available. Tips to trek staff can be paid either in Tanzanian shillings or in US dollars, or a mix of both. Credit cards can be used to purchase some goods and services.

The entrance fees and camping fees for the Kilimanjaro National Park form a considerable part of the cost of climbing this peak and are also prone to increase. We include these fees in your holiday price so there are no hidden costs or last minute surprises.

Our groups are led by first-rate local guides who have considerable experience of leading on Kilimanjaro. During the trek we are supported by a full trek crew including cooks and porters.

Tips are the accepted way of saying thank you to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. Tipping should be decided and given by the group as a whole rather than from individuals. As a rough guide we suggest a contribution of £50 (in local currency or US dollars) from each group member should provide an appropriate pot to divide between all your guides and support staff.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 14kg (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel. You will also bring a small daypack to carry the things you need during the day.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

The easiest way to get your Tanzania visa is on arrival at the airport. The fee for a single-entry tourist visa is approximately US$50 (please note visa fees are subject to change by the Tanzanian Authorities without notice to KE). The fee can be paid in US dollars or Tanzanian Shillings. Please ensure you have a sufficient amount of cash in US dollars. A passport sized photograph is also required and we recommend you travel with four passport sized photographs for emergencies.

If you prefer to obtain your Tanzania visa in advance this is also possible. Please refer to the website of the Tanzania Embassy or High Commission in your own country for details.

Please note a current Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for persons travelling from any country where yellow fever is endemic.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

Hiking boots (waterproof)

  • Gaiters
  • Trainers / sneakers for camp
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers/pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Warm jacket (down)
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts
  • T-shirt and/or casual shirt
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Thermal gloves
  • Warmer over-gloves or mittens
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c.30 litres – 2000 cu in
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Trek towel
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
  • The following items are optional:

    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Shorts
    • Spare laces
    • Insect repellant
    • Nailbrush
    • Antibacterial handwash
    • Travel clothes
    • Trekking poles (recommended)
    • Camera, film, batteries
    • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage

    Equipment hire / rental

    • Items marked * can be hired / rented through KE Adventure Travel. Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Hire / rental equipment is issued in Tanzania.
    • Note that the hire sleeping bags are not suitable for people over 6 feet in height.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    East Africa. Lonely Planet. Guide to Tanzania. Briggs. Trekking in East Africa. Else. Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro - Climbing Guide. Zombies on Kilimanjaro (Father-Son Above the Clouds) - Tim Ward

    Kilimanjaro - Map and Guide. Wielochowski.

    Trekking map of the National Park area with the surrounding countryside, plus a series of more detailed maps of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The main map has contours at 100m intervals and shows physical features such as scree, glaciers, cliffs, and different types of vegetation. Main routes to the summit are marked.

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