7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Route

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Lemosho Route is considered as one of the most beautiful and scenic route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a relatively new route and offers a longer and more gradual ascent, allowing the mountain climbers to acclimatize to the altitude more effectively. The route starts on the western side of the mountain and offers stunning views of the Shira Plateau, the Lava Tower, and the Barranco Wall.

Lemosho Route is a great option for the climbers who are looking for a longer and more gradual ascent, as well as those who are looking for a more peaceful and tranquil climb. The route also offers stunning views of the mountain and the surrounding landscapes, making it a popular choice for photographers. However, climbers should still be aware of the potential dangers of climbing at high altitude, such as altitude sickness, and should take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Proper preparation, including appropriate clothing, proper mountain gears, and physical fitness, are all essential for a successful climbing.

Tour Summary

Destinations: Mount Kilimanjaro
Activity: Hiking / Mountain Climbing.


Day 1 Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by ours driver who will transfer you Arusha for accommodation at Planet lodge on full board basis. While you’re at the lodge our mountain climbing professional guide will hold a briefing meeting to you to ensure that he orients you to what you should anticipate during your summit to Kilimanjaro (The roof of Africa).

Day 2 Arusha – Lemosho Gate (2,385m) – Big Tree Camp (2,780 m)

This day you will start your life dream to climb to the roof of Africa. Wake up early morning for hot shower, and breakfast. After breakfast our driver will pick you from the lodge and drive to Lemosho Gate. A journey to lemosho gate will lift you to the altitude of 2385m above the sea level. At Lemosho gate you will be registered by the government officer from Tanzania National park authorities before you start your trekking through a dense rainforest.

The moderately steep trek makes its way through an unspoiled natural forest to the Big Tree Camp (2,780 m). During the trekking, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger for the first 2 days as wild animals can be found in the area. Also you will be receiving all instructions and even reports all abnormality to your professional mountain climbing guide. Later you will spend a night in tents at Big Tree Camp on full board basis.

Day 3 Big Tree Camp (2,780 m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m)

This day you will have a long trek ahead on a small trail, passing through the rainforest. As you ascend to Shira, the forest gradually decreases and the landscape becomes more dry and bare. On the moorland you will find lobelia and Erica’s dotting the landscape. After 4 to 5 hours you will pass Shira ridge before reaching Shira Camp 1. Here you will have a moment for lunch break and rest your limbs, enjoying the views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley in the distance.

After lunch break and short rest, you will proceed with trekking for about 3 hours, ascending 250 m. Walking on solidified lava, you will pass giant senecios, almost 9 meters in height, before finally reaching your destination of the day, the Shira Camp 2. If you’re luck you will be able to see the summit blooming in the orange glow of the sunset. At Shira Camp 2, you will have a night accommodation on full board basis.

Day 4 Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m) – Lava Tower (4,640 m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Today’s stretch will allow your body to ascend to the ever increasing altitude. Your destination for the day is the Barranco Camp, only slightly higher than the previous night’s stay, but it will be reached through a detour to Lava Tower at 4,640 m in height. The ascent begins with a long trek above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower.

The landscape slowly changes to alpine desert and the vegetation becomes decreases. Passing through the lobelia and senecio filled Barranco Valley; you will reach Barranco camp after 6–7 hours of walking. This is one of the most beautiful Camps on the Mount Kilimanjaro. It reflects the most beautiful nature of Kilimanjaro. Dinner and Overnight at Barranco Camp on full board basis.

Day 5 Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

Many ascents and descents are on the agenda for today. From Barrango Camp you will start the journey tackling the steepest part of the entire route – the Barranco Wall. As you climb via Barranco wall you might need to use your hands, but your guides will always be close by to offer assistance. At the top of the Barranco wall you will walk along the mountain ridge, which offers spectacular views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as the summit itself. In the afternoon you will arrive at Karanga Camp. Here you will get your lunch, take a rest while stretching your body and waiting for dinner and overnight on full board basis. At Karanga Camp, a well-deserved rest is the order of the day.

Day 6 Karanga Camp (4,035 m) – Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

After breakfast you will continue to ascend through the alpine desert until you reach the Barafu Camp, located at an altitude of 4,640m above the sea level. The ascending journey takes an average of 3 to 4 hours giving you enough time to relax and prepare for the summit night ahead. An early dinner will be followed by an early bedtime at Barafu Camp, before being awaken at around midnight.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7 Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp (3,080 m)

After a light snack and some hot tea at the midnight, you will be ready to start the dark ascent to Uhuru Peak. You will trek on frozen lava ash, using your headlamp to light the way and guided by your professional guide. After 5 to 7 hours you will arrive at the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro, Stella Point. You will continue along the crater ridge which will lead you to the “Roof of Africa”, the summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). The landscape shimmers and shines in the light of the rising sun before you.

After all the necessary photos have been taken, at Uhuru peak, you will descend to meet the smiling a crew at Barafu Camp to have hot lunch and celebrate a little bit. Thereafter you will descend to Mweka Camp (3080m), where you will have dinner and overnight on full board basis. This night you will always find the real image of Uhuru peak clicking into your mind, filling it with excitement.

Day 8 Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Arusha

This is the day your amazing adventure comes to an end with a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew before a gentle descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. Your driver will be waiting to welcome you back again at Mweka gate. He will then drive you Kibo Palace hotel in Arusha, where you will have hot shower, hot lunch, dinner and overnight on full board basis and celebrate your wonderful life achievement.

Day 9 Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be taken for short Arusha town tour and maybe to African gift shops and see what you can buy to take back home. Later you will take early hot lunch, and then drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport or you can opt to extend your stay in Tanzania with a wildlife safari or beach holiday.


Price Includes

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking Mountain guide
  • Mountain crew (Chefs & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Portable toilet and toilet tent
  • All mountain climbing gears,
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All National park fees and taxes.
  • All mentioned transfers

Price Excludes

  • Sleeping bag
  • International Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Gifts
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

This will be the end of your adventures and history mark with kalala Tours and Safaris Limited.

Hope you will leave the country with a full memory of reaching the roof of the second highest mountain the world and first free Standing Mountain across the global.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in case of emergency on the mountain?

In the event of an emergency during the Kilimanjaro climb, the mountain rescue services in Tanzania are not comparable to those found in the European Alps. If you cannot walk, you will either be carried or transported on a wheeled stretcher, which is an unpleasant experience. It is important to only push yourself as far as your body allows to prevent emergencies. Helicopters are not often deployed due to altitude limitations. It is recommended to have adequate health insurance coverage for medical expenses, including rescue and repatriation costs.

Is tipping required for the mountain crew?

Tipping the mountain crew is a common practice, and gratuities are a large portion of the crew’s income, so they are highly appreciated. Recommended tipping amounts per group, not per person, are provided by the tour provider.

How can I cope with altitude sickness during the climb?

Almost everyone climbing Kilimanjaro will be affected by altitude sickness in some way. Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, and nausea. It is essential to replace lost body fluids by drinking enough water and taking magnesium to prevent muscle cramps. Mild symptoms allow continuing the hike, but severe altitude sickness is a serious matter and can be life-threatening. It is vital to bear in mind that a medical descent may be required.


What meals will be provided during the climb?

Meals are included in the itinerary. For breakfast, there is a choice of fruit, scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, jam, hot chocolate, coffee, or tea. Lunch is provided in a lunch box containing sandwiches, boiled eggs, chicken, etc. Dinner consists of soup and bread followed by meat or poultry with starch (i.e., chips, mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice) and vegetables, topped off with dessert in the form of fresh fruit, hot chocolate, coffee, or tea, and milk. Special dietary requirements or food allergies can be catered with advanced notification.


How big is the group?

This is a private tour, and there won’t be any other climbers joining the group. The group will only consist of the people who chose to travel together and their mountain crew.

Is there an age limitation for this climb?

Yes, there is an age limitation for this climb. Climbers must be at least 18 years old to participate. This is to ensure that climbers have the necessary physical and mental maturity to undertake the climb safely and responsibly.

Can I bring my own climbing gear?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your own climbing gear. However, it must meet our safety requirements and pass a safety inspection before use. If you are unsure whether your gear meets our safety standards, we recommend renting equipment from our facility.

Do I need prior climbing experience?

Prior climbing experience is not required, but it is recommended. Our climb is designed to be accessible to climbers of all skill levels, but it can be physically demanding. We recommend that you are in good physical shape and have some familiarity with climbing techniques.

Is there a weight limit for climbers?

Yes, there is a weight limit for climbers. Climbers must weigh between 100 and 250 pounds to participate. This is to ensure that our safety equipment can support your weight and that you can physically handle the demands of the climb.

What happens in case of inclement weather?

In the event of inclement weather, we may need to postpone or cancel the climb for safety reasons. We will do our best to notify you as soon as possible if this occurs and work with you to reschedule your climb for a later date.

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