7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho Route Tanzania Tours

7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho Route

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7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho Route   is regarded as one of the prettiest route on Kilimanjaro. We begin trekking in the thick, fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers and shrubs of the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the vast Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. The Lemosho route is for those with previous backpacking experience

7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho Route

7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho Route

THE BEST MONTHS TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO.
Normally March, April and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided.
November is usually short rains but it is not often rains all the days so Climbing is possible.
The best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February and also August and September.
July can be colder and November to December can be wet.
January to February is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning.
The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top.

KILIMANJARO LEMOSHO ROUTE INFORMATION

Lemosho route distance

Distance: The Lemosho route is 70 kilometres (42 miles).

Location: Access to the trail begins with a long drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Gate, and can take three to four hours. Londorossi Gate is located in the western base of the mountain.

Height: The Lemosho route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak, reaching a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet).

Trail conditions: The first part of the trail makes its way through the verdant rainforest to reach the Shira Plateau, and later travels through icefields and high alpine deserts.

The Lemosho route is known as one of the most beautiful routes, offering sweeping vistas from the mountain. Travelling in a similar direction as the Shira route from the western base, climbers are likely to encounter lower traffic until the route meets with the Machame Route, and it’s one of the newer routes on the mountain, which makes Lemosho a great choice for your climb.

As you travel along the western side of Kilimanjaro, you might be fortunate enough to spot antelope, buffalo, and maybe even a few elephants.

Lemosho route 7-day and 8-day itinerary

The Lemosho route can be completed in as little as 6 days on the mountain. However, it is ideally tackled over 8 days as this offers a better altitude acclimatisation schedule.

The first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge and leads into a relatively flat hike, moving from west to east.

From this point, you’re unlikely to encounter many other hikers. Crowds will be few and far between until the route joins the Machame route near the Lava Tower.

The route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s icefields on a path known as the Southern Circuit, before summiting from Barafu.

To complete the journey, the descent is made via the Mweka route.

Previous trekking experience is highly recommended, as the days will feature 6-8 hours hiking with daily ascents of 900m to 1,000m, perhaps with the odd day ascending around 1,100m to 1,200m.

Depending on the route, you may be trekking at an altitude of over 3,500m. You need complete confidence in your ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain.

Extremes of altitude and weather may be encountered, as may the use of ice axes and crampons. A degree of physical and mental stamina will be essential to complete the hike as the days will be tiring.

STARTALTITUDE (M/FT)FINISHALTITUDE (M/FT)TIME (HRS)DISTANCE (KM/MI)
Londorossi Gate2,360m/ 7,742ftMti Mkubwa2,895m/ 9,498ft3-46km/ 4mi
Mti Mkubwa2,895m/ 9,498ftShira 1 Camp3,505m/ 11,500ft5-68km/ 5mi
Shira 1 Camp3,505m/ 11,500ftBarranco Camp4,200m/ 13,800ft5-711km/ 7mi
Barranco Camp4,630m/ 15,190ftKaranga Camp3,976m/ 13,044ft2-33km/ 2mi
Karanga Camp3,976m/ 13,044ftBarafu Camp3,995m/ 13,106ft4-55km/ 3mi
Barafu Camp3,995m/ 13,106ftUhuru Peak4,673m/ 15,331ft4-54km/ 2mi
Uhuru Peak4,673m/ 15,331ftMweka Camp5,895m/ 19,341ft7-85km/ 3mi
Mweka Camp5,895m/ 19,341ftMweka Gate3,068m/ 10,065ft4-612km/ 7mi

Lemosho route success rate

Lemosho route has a very good success rate with high chances of reaching the summit when you take your time. With 8 days on the mountain, your chances of reaching the top are as high as 90%. It is still very probable you’ll reach the top with the 7-day hike, with a success rate of 85%. However, with the 6-day hike the success rate drops to approximately 65%.

Lemosho route tips

Slow and steady wins the race. During the majority of the trek, you should only be walking at a pace that you can carry on a conversation with others.

Snacks will be essential to help break up the journey, and to provide a small boost of energy when you’re feeling drained.

Make sure you stay hydrated, as this is essential to reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Where possible, aim to complete short treks before your Kilimanjaro adventure, as a fit hiker is more likely to enjoy the experience.

HOW TO CLIMB THE LEMOSHO ROUTE

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?

Any physical activity you can participate in beforehand will help make your ascent more enjoyable. As for how hard you train, this will depend on whether you’re aiming for the Uhuru Peak or embarking on a shorter journey and this will be different for everyone.

WHEN SHOULD I CLIMB THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?

You can climb the Lemosho route year-round, but it may be wet and cold which means you should be equipped with the right waterproof gear. Consider climbing between January–March and June–October. Note that April, May and November are the wettest months.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK AND WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

While trekking tour operators may supply some of the gear you’ll need, there are a few non-negotiables you will need that includes waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable water bottle and a cap or a beanie for example.

HOW TO GET TO THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?

Before you start your hiking escapade to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will need to establish how to get there, and the best mode of transport to suit your itinerary or tour. Travellers flying from the UK, the US, Australia or Canada and other parts of the world have a few options to explore. Each of these options should be carefully considered based on your budget and how much time you have to explore Tanzania before, or after your trek. Most importantly, don’t be tricked into booking the cheapest flight without considering if there might be a catch; including long layover times, additional visas or transport arrangements. 

Mount Kilimanjaro from Kilimanjaro Airport

The best option would be to fly directly into Kilimanjaro airport, located approximately 45 kilometres from the towns of Moshi, Marangu or Arusha as this is where most climbs will start or where your small group tour will meet. Airlines that fly into Kilimanjaro airport include:

KLM

Turkish Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines

Emirates

Qatar

Travellers should note these routes or airlines may be subject to change. 

Mount Kilimanjaro from Julius Nyerere International Airport

The next option for travellers is to fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, as this is the main hub for domestic and international travellers. Domestic flights within Tanzania are operated by regional airlines, including:

Precision Air

Fastjet

Zanair

Hanh Air

RwandAir

Kenya Air

Julius Nyerere International Airport is located just 12 kilometres from the Dar es Salaam city centre. Depending on how your tour or itinerary is planned, there are also many operators that will start their tours in Dar es Salaam and travel overland to the towns of Moshi or Arusha.

If time allows, you could always stay in Dar es Salaam and enjoy the time before your hike on a few of the beaches including Kipepeo Beach, Coco Beach or Mbezi Beach.

Mount Kilimanjaro from Nairobi Airport

Another option that is sometimes overlooked is for travellers to fly into Nairobi Airport in Kenya and book a one-hour connecting flight to Kilimanjaro airport. If you do arrive in Kenya, there is the option for you to arrive by land into Arusha via shuttle bus or a private transfer (depending on your budget). Flights to Nairobi are likely to be cheaper than flying directly into Kilimanjaro and allow for the opportunity to explore another region before trekking to Mount Kilimanjaro.

It is worth noting that while the initial flight into Kenya might seem cheaper, travellers should consider the cost of an additional visa to Kenya, local taxis, and accommodation if spending a night in Nairobi before travelling onwards and starting the tour in Arusha.

WHAT ARE THE CLIMBING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE LEMOSHO ROUTE?

Mount Kilimanjaro welcomes hikers of all levels of fitness and ability, but if you’re planning to reach the summit, careful planning and vigorous training is vital. Consider adding extra time to your itinerary to avoid altitude sickness and to enjoy your time climbing Kilimanjaro

WHAT SHOULD I PACK AND WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

While trekking tour operators may supply some of the gear you’ll need, there are a few non-negotiables you will need that includes waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable water bottle and a cap or a beanie for example read more

What permits do I need?

Each visitor will be required to pay a fee per person, per day for the conservation fee to help manage the national park, however, most tours will cover the permits and entry fees are included in the price.

7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro climb Lemosho Route is regarded as one of the prettiest route on Kilimanjaro. We begin trekking in the thick, fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers and shrubs of the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the vast Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit. The Lemosho route is for those with previous backpacking experience

 Day1: Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania – Today you will be meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport and then transferred to the hotel  in Arusha. The drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha is approx one hour. Meals – Dinner at Mvuli hotel in Arusha https://www.mvulihotels.co.tz/ bed and breakfast included included

Day2: Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); 3-4 hours walking.
After completing the neccessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho roadhead. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometre or two below the roadhead. We often have our lunch at the roadhead before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp.

Day3: Shira One” (3,550 m); 5-6 hours walking. 
We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One.

Day4: Great Barranco valley (3,900 m); 7-8 hours walking
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below near our campsite at Barranco valley. 

Day5: Karanga campsite (4,000 m); 4-5 hours walking
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit.

Day6: Barafu campsite (4,600 m); 3-4 hours walking
We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.

Day7: Mweka forest camp (3100 m); 13-15 hours walking
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka forest camp.

Day8: Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate.

Prices for a Private Trek

Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek. The prices are based on your group size.

Solo TrekkerUSD 1837 per person
Group of 2USD 1797 per person
Group of 3USD 1712 per person
Group of 4USD 1661 per person
Group of 5USD 1616 per person
Group of 6USD 1599 per person
Group of 7USD 1596 per person
Group of 8USD 1585 per person
Group of 9USD 1577 per person
Group of 10 and aboveUSD 1588 per person

Available Discounts Available discounts for Lemosho – 7 days

Children between 5 years and 15 years oldUSD 690 per person
Expatriates/Residents living in TanzaniaUSD 245 per person
East African CitizensUSD 880 per person

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Arusha at Mvuli hotel or peace hotel
  • Private professional mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Summit Oxygen
  • Walking Poles
  • Seeping tent
  • Mess tent
  • Table and chairs
  • Sleeping form mattress
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor

PRICE EXCLUDES: 

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature.

Safety:Kilimanjaro Climbing-Machame Route 7 Day Itinerary   Kilimanjaro Climbing-Rongai Route 7 Day Itinerary  We believe that safety is the most significant aspect of the climb experience.
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters).
Travel insurance:
All customers traveling with Africa Joy Tours are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure. During travel the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover.

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