This Lemosho route offers 7 and 8 day routes to climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro via Lemosho route.

Climbing Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route is a challenging and rewarding experience. This route is considered one of the most scenic and least crowded ways to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain.

The Lemosho route starts on the west side of the mountain and takes between 7 and 10 days, depending on the pace of the group. The first few days are a leisurely climb through lush rainforest and alpine wastelands. Hikers can spot diverse wildlife and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Lemosho Route - Itinerary

Day 01.

Arrive in to Kilimanjaro or if travelling overland arrive into Moshi. This is the start date for the Kilimanjaro climb advertised above. Relax and overnight stay in hotel

Day 02 – Arusha 1400M – Londross Gate 2385M- Big Tree Camp 2700M – 3hrs walking 

We leave the Hotel and drive to the Londorossi Gate (2385m), which can take 3 hrs and if there has been a lot of rain the last section is on foot due to poor roads. Meet the team of porters, guides etc and upward to Big Tree Camp (2700m), 3 hours through forest.

Day 03 – Big Tree Camp 2780m – 3500m Shira Plateau 1

3hrs walking 

We make our way further through the forest and then out to open heathland reaching camp at Shira Plateau 1.

Day 04 – Shira Plateau 1 3500M – Shira Plateau 2 3840M

3hrs walking 

Relatively short day from Shira Plateau 1 to Shira Plateau 2 but a good day in terms of rest if you have any fitness concerns, or are new to mountaineering.

Day 05 – Shira Camp to Barranco Camp 3950M

7hrs walking – 15 km

Shira Camp to Barranco Camp traversing the mountain over two valleys and skirting the base of the summit massif. High desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley right beneath the Western Breach. This day ascends a maximum of 700 metres but the net gain is only about 100 metres.

Day 06 – Barranco to Karanga Valley camp

5hrs walking – 6 km

Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley, starting with a scramble over the Barranco Wall and over a further two valleys to get to this open campsite with great views of the Heim Glacier. Another up and down day but no net gain in height, which is all good for acclimatisation.

Day 07 – Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp 4550m

4hrs walking – 7 km

Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp, now heading more directly upwards towards the open rock and colder temperatures. This is the average freezing level on the mountain and Barafu means ‘ice’. Camping in amongst the rocks and an early night.


-Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp 4550m

7Hrs up – 4 Hrs Down

Night-time ascent on rock and scree, occasional snow, to the crater rim and the summit. Cold temperatures with windchill. Final slope to the crater rim is steeper and has loose scree. Descend in sunlight to Barafu for early lunch, and then walk to Millennium Camp, normally arriving mid-afternoon.

Exit Mount Kilimanjaro
4 – 6 Hrs – 13 kms

Meet Drive at the gate for transport back to the hotel, arriving normally at about 2pm. The gate is where tips are handed out and you say goodbye to the mountain staff. A hot shower and an afternoon relaxing before an overnight in the hotel

The Climb Cost For the Lemosho Route includes:

What’s included

3 meals a day during the trip

All game drives as mentioned

All Taxes and VAT.

All wildlife reserve entry fees

Concession/ Camping Fees.

Drinking water while on safari (2 litres per person per day).

Services of a professional guide and Chef

Transfer from airport and drop off

Transport in modified 4WD Land Cruiser or Land Rover with a photographic roof

The price does not include

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Gratuities for safari guide and camp staff

Personal Items (Souvenirs, Travel Insurance, Visa Fees, etc.).


24 hrs Support