Lemosho Route

Lemosho Glades Route up Kilimanjaro climbs up through an unspoilt, remote, seldom-used trail up to the Shira Plateau. The route is very quiet and one of the lesser used routes to climb Kilimanjaro. While the glades used to be teeming with game, sadly, there is a lot less than there was in past years.

Lemosho joins up with Shira and Machame routes near Lava Tower, and with Umbwe at Baranco Camp. It has a much longer approach to Kilimanjaro's summit that the other routes and therefore better to do over 7-8 days.



Lemosho Route Overview

Day-1: Arrive

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2266m) to Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

Day-3: Mkubwa Camp (2750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3500m)

Day-4: Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2 (3840m).

Day-5: Shira - Lava Tower (4630m) - Barranco camp (3950m)

Day-6: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4550m)

Day-7: Barafu - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka (3100m)

Day-8: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)

Day-9: Depart



Lemosho Route Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel.

Day-2: Lemosho Glades (2266m) - Mkubwa Camp (2750m):
After breakfast, we head out on a 5 hour drive to the Londorossi Park Gate at 2266mAfter completing park formalities, we drive for a further 11km to the Lemosho Glades at 266m. From here, we trek about 3 hours to the camp site.

Day-3: Mkubwa Camp (2750m) - Shira Camp 1 (3500m):
After breaking camp, we begin the hike up towards Shira Camp 1. located near a stream. We head through moorland shrub taking in view of Mt Meru in the distance.

Day-4: Shira Camp 1(3500m) - Shira Camp 2 (3840m):
Today we head out on a relatively easy day across the plateau that leads to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadows by a stream.

Day-5: Shira (3840m) - Lava Tower (4630m) - Barranco camp (3950m):
After breakfast, you will quickly leave the moorland scrub behind and enter into a moonscape of semi-alpine desert, while you hike constantly upwards toward Lava Tower. At around 4266m, you may start to feel the effects of altitude with shortness of breath and irritability, assuming it had not taken effect earlier on the climb.After Lava Tower , your route will head down by almost 680m to the Barranco camping. This is the day where you will follow the principle of climb high and sleep low.

Day-6: Barranco Camp (3860m) - Barafu Camp (4550m):
Early morning, you will head up the impressive Great Barranco Wall. This will bring you out below Heim Glacier. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over several ridges and valleys where you will see the magnificent giant Senecio Kilimanjari plant . You will then join up with your later descent route where you will head left up the ridge for another hour, before reaching Barafu Hut. The summit is a further 1345m up.

Day-7: Barafu camp (4550m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m):
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you will head off 'pole pole' into the night. Heading in a North westerly direction you will ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point (5685) on the crater rim. The hike up is about 6 hours and is for many climbers, the most mentally and physically challenging part of the entire route. From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak.

You will then trek back to Barafu where you will have a chance to rest before heading down towards Mweka hut (3100m).The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

Day-8: Mweka camp (3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m):
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour scenic hike back to the Park gate. It is recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. At Mweka gate you will have to sign your name and details in a register in order to receive you summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will meet up with your team and bus, and head back to the hotel a long over due hot shower.

Day-9: Depart
After breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight home.

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Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates

2016 Full Moon 2017 Full Moon 2018 Full Moon
January 24 12 2, 31
February 22 11 2
March 23 12 31
April 22 11 30
May 21 10 29
June 20 9 28
July 20 9 27
August 18 7 26
September 16 6 25
October 16 5 24
November 14 4 23
December 14 4 22
Lemosho Route up Kilimanjaro


Duration 9 Days
Best time Jan - Feb, June to October
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Trek Grade: 2CF
A combination of very long days with steep paths, boulders and mountain scrambling. Glaciers and snow may be encountered at high altitude. There is no need for technical climbing experience. Medium risk of altitude sickness. Altitudes up to 6000m. Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill walking. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Trek weight loss in the region of 4kg. Fully Portered

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Dates and Costs

Although we have some open departure dates, most climbs are arranged on a private basis.

Prices vary based on the number of people and days, from $2606.00 to $1917.00 per person sharing

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Price includes
Transfers from the airport to hotel and return
All park fees
The climb
All meals on the mountain
Sleeping Tents
Eating utensils
Two nights accommodation in Moshi on a bed and breakfast, twin / triple share basis.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's
Vaccinations
Porters tips
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.

Ratio of porters per climber: 4/5 to 1


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