Scenic, remote and unspoilt – those are the best words we have to describe Lemosho route. It starts on the west side of Kilimanjaro, is one of the newest routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and was initially introduced as an alternative to Shira route. The latter also approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and follows an almost identical trail, but starts at the rather challenging altitude of 3600 m / 11810 ft. Lemosho route however debutes at 2100 m / 6890 ft, making it more adapted for climbers who have less experience with high altitude. Day 1 of Shira route will take you over a wide road that’s accessible by 4 wheel drive, whereas Lemosho route takes you straight into the rainforest and offers good chances of seeing wildlife like buffalos and elephants. A ranger will accompany you on this day to ensure your safety.
Lemosho route follows its own trail for the first 4 days, after which it joins Machame route that comes from the south. From this point on it gets a bit busier, but on the first few days of your climb you’ll encounter almost no other climbers.
You can opt to climb this route in 7 or 8 days. As for all routes, we recommend the longest option, which offers the best acclimatization and increases your chances of making it to the top.
Day 1: Arusha – Londorossi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp (Big Tree Camp)
Breakfast at your Lodge then transfer to Kilimanjaro entrance gate. After completing the necessary registration formalities at londorossi gate, then drive a short distance to the starting point 2420m. The hike across the natural rain forest is said to be one of the most beautiful hikes in Africa. Distance is 7km from starting point to Big tree Camp/Mti Mkubwa, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira One Camp
After breakfast to be done trek from Big Tree camp to Shira One (1) camp 3550m distance 7.7km, its normal to experience mild headaches on this days which you should be alleviated with paracetamol, at this point you can even start using diamox 125mg evening 125mg morning but this also depending with your doctor recommendations. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Day 3: Shira One Camp – Shira Two Camp
Trek across the Shira plateau and have the good view of western breach glaciered peak to Shira 2 camp 3875m, Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. The trek is about 4-5 hours, to the camp. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the camp
Day 4: Shira Two Camp – Lava Tower Camp – Barranco Camp
After breakfast we trek from Shira 2 camp to Lava Tower Campsite 4630 for hot lunch after about 5 hrs. It is normally around this point, where for the first time some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again to Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp site.
Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
Day five starts with a steep climb up to Barranco Wall. No technical skills are required but you will need to use all four limbs to scramble up to the top. From hire you will follow an up and down route along the Southern Circuite through the Karanga Valley and up to Karanga Camp for lunch, dinner and night.
Day 6: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
After breakfast; trick from Karanga camp to Barafu camp 4680m for lunch, dinner and have a good time for preparation before night summit. . Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed round about 19:30 and try to get some precious rest and sleep for not more than 5 Hours.
Day 7: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
SUMMIT ATTEMPT- MID-NIGHT
Barafu camp (4680m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m) you will rise around 23:00, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp (3100m) for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Transfer to Arusha
After Breakfast, continue to go down to Mweka Gate where you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Drive to your hotel in Arusha and you will be served a delicious hot lunch, hot shower and celebrate. Later on you will meet with the Managing Director of Jumbo Tours and Safaris Ltd so as to receive a certificate of touring with Jumbo. Tip is recommended and is highly appreciated at the end of the trip. Tips can be given to the Guide at the exit gate or a day before descent to the exit gate.