Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Trekking

Route Overview

From the west, this route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro. It provides the opportunity to visit Shira Plateau (Cathedral Peak) and Shira Caldera. In a pleasant hike, the Lemosho Route connects Shira Ridge and Shira 2 Camp. Climbers will encounter little traffic until they reach the Machame route. Following that, Lemosho takes the southern circuit of the Machame Route, passing through Lava Tower, Barranco, and Barafu.

The minimum number of days required for this route is seven, but eight days is recommended because it allows for more time to acclimate and reach the summit. This route, like Machame, is scenically spectacular and varied. Lemosho is highly recommended and has an abundance of wildlife including Colobus monkeys, various bird species, and small jackals that come over to forage during the dry season from the Longido game controlled area.

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Tour Itenerary

Welcome to the Land of Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and Zanzibar – Tanzania.
We will pick you up at Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and assist from your Lomo Tanzania safari guide who will be with you on your safari.
Depending on your arrival time, you will be welcomed with a cup of coffee, tea and hot chocolate served with some delicious snacks and a glass of champagne at your disposal.
Our guide will help you with luggage in your comfortable safari vehicle and safely start to drive for 1 hour to your hotel in Arusha town.
You will be assisted to check-in at your hotel, and if possible followed with a short safari briefing or it can be done tomorrow early morning.

The Accommodation – Moivaro Arusha Lodge

Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha: an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa.
At the Lodge you will be ensured that you are looked after in a unique, friendly, and peaceful manner, helping you to prepare for your safaris and cosseting you on your return in the evening.
The spacious thatched brick cottages are set in a lovely tropical garden, with private verandas ensuring every visitor all the privacy needed. Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, go for a stroll around the Moivaro property, or laze at the pool nestling amid tropical trees and coffee plants.

Meal plan
Hot served dinner will be provided at Moivaro Arusha Lodge

Elevation: 1,200 m to 1,950 m to 2,850 m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

We will pick you up from your hotel and transport you to Londorosi gate for registration. After registration, you will board the vehicle again and drive to Lemosho gate. From here, you will begin the trek through undisturbed montane forest decorated with black and white colobus monkeys to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Elevation(m): 2850m to 3500m
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 8 hours
Habitat: Moorland and heather land

This is an acclimatization day because you will gain over 650 meters by beginning your walk across a beautiful valley outside the Shira caldera rim (3600m). After a few hours, you will arrive at Shira caldera. Shira, a high altitude desert, is one of three peaks that erupted in the Kilimanjaro ecosystem. The peak collapsed, forming a crater that was eventually filled with lava from Kibo peak. Weather and volcanic activity have eroded and blasted away its rim. Shira one campsite at 3500m elevation is where you’ll camp and sleep.

Elevation: 3500m to 3800m
Distance: 7km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland and rocky

This day, you will trek east across Shira plateau, stopping at (Cathedral peak 3850m) to acclimate. Upon reaching this peak, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Mt. Meru and Kibo Peak. We will then continue trekking to Shira two camp, where you will spend the night.

Elevation: 3800m to 3950m.
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.

This is a long and important acclimatization day, so start early and continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. You will have lunch at Lava tower and then continue down to Barranco camp. The camp is located in the bottom valley of the Barranco wall, where you will eat and sleep.

Elevation: 3950m to 3900m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Moorland

Today is a short walk. In the morning, you will begin climbing the Barranco wall to 4200m for acclimatization before continuing across ridges and valleys to the Karanga campsite for a hot lunch. After lunch, you’ll get some rest and another acclimatization hike up the scree slopes towards the southern ice field. You’ll then return to camp for supper and an overnight stay.

Elevation: 3900m to 4620m.
Distance: 8 km.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours.
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

The ascent to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult on this day due to the altitude. Because of the short distance, the walk only takes a few hours, but it is steep and requires a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You’ll be trekking through an alpine desert. A strong, cold wind is likely to blow from Kibo peak and its ice. You’ll eat dinner at 4620 meters, then rest until midnight, when you’ll attack the summit.

Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice.

After a light breakfast at midnight, prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise by climbing before dawn. The trail is a series of switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow to Stella Point on the crater rim between 4 and 5 AM. At this point, you will have views of the fabled crater and its glaciers in front of you. After an hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the famous snows, you will reach Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak. You will spend some time here taking photographs, but this will depend on how you feel.

After completing your summit activities, you will return to the Barafu campsite for lunch, rest, and equipment collection before continuing down through moorland and heath zone to the Mweka campsite. Mweka Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.

This is your final day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will walk through Montane forest to the Mweka park gate. This descent will take approximately 3-4 hours. Sign out at the gate and prepare to board the vehicle for the transfer back to the hotel for your certificate presentation and well-deserved celebration.

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