The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit.
The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although eight days is ideal.
Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho.
Drive to Londorossi Gate in Moshi from Arusha, for registration formalities. Start hiking through undisturbed forest spotting large wildlife like elephant and buffalo on the mountain. Continue hiking to reach Mti Mkubwa camp in late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Hike out of the rain forest through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, to reach Shira Ridge before descending down to Shira 1 Camp. Enjoy stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Start hiking shortly after breakfast through moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp making it good for acclimatization. The trail passes through Shira Plateau to reach Moir hut. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Trek from the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ while approaching Lava Tower meant for acclimatization. Have lunch at Lava tower and some rest before descending to Barranco Camp. Hot meal and sleep at the camp.
Start by descending to the base of the Great Barranco wall of 900 ft cliff. Walk across a series of hills and valleys to descend into the Karanga Valley. The trail leads to Karanga Camp. Rest while waiting for hot dinner at the camp.
Leave shortly after breakfast from Karanga to the junction intersecting Mweka Trail. Take a walk through the rocky section to reach Barafu Hut. Have hot meal, drink much water and enough rest as preparing for the summit. Retire to bed very early by 19:00.
Wake up at 23:00 for adding more warm clothes and a cup of hot coffee. Start trekking around midnight for the physical challenging final part. The trail leads to Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim arriving at sunrise. Continue for a 2 hour hike to reach Uhuru peak (The roof of Africa). Take some pictures and refreshments at the summit feeling accomplished.
Start descending down to Mweka hut for hot dinner and a good sleep.
On this last day, descend to Mweka gate for awards. Hikers who reached Stella point receive green certificates while those who reached Uhuru peak receive golden certificates. It’s the time to tip your guides, cookers and porters according to your satisfaction. Drive back to Arusha for a good bath and much sleep.
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