8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route


8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is a newer route. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is more remote and arguably more beautiful, but a bit longer and slightly more expensive. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route starts on the Western side of the mountain at the Londorossi Gate which is a further drive from town, and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira route. The Kilimanjaro Lemosho 8 day route is one of the most popular routes to climb Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho route has the best scenery on a Kilimanjaro group tour and it’s easy to join a group climb, as long as you don’t mind the crowds.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route has the best scenery on a Kilimanjaro group tour and it’s easy to join a group climb, as long as you don’t mind the crowds. The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route has an ideal profile for altitude acclimatization and taking 8 days to climb Kilimanjaro gives you enough time to acclimatize to the altitude and reduce the chances of getting acute mountain sickness.

Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route option has a particularly good summit success rate, the extra day makes a difference to how you feel and there are three nights sleeping at the same altitude.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

The 7 day option is about an 85% summit success rate and we don’t offer anything less because it is just too dangerous to consider climbing Kilimanjaro in 6 days. The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not too long ago, there were only two main routes used to climb Kilimanjaro – the Marangu (Coca Cola) route and the Machame (Whiskey) route.

The Lemosho route is traditionally one of the quieter and lesser-known routes on the mountain. It’s also the newest and probably the most diverse in terms of the ecological systems and landscapes it passes through. The first two days of this route take you through lush rain forest before you emerge into heath and moorland then join the Machame Route on the third day. This narrow trail, which begins on the Western side of Kilimanjaro, has some very steep and undulating sections. Hikers overnight in tents.


Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′
Navigate Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route, the most scenic on the mountain
Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rain forest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone
Follow expert African guides, full of knowledge of the mountain and its environs
Experience Signature Camping! Spacious tents, deluxe comfort, amazing meals and more!

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Hiking Routes

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    All about the 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route.

    The 8 day Lemosho route has an ideal profile for altitude acclimatization and taking 8 days to climb Kilimanjaro gives you enough time to acclimatize to the altitude and reduce the chances of getting AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Unlike the popular Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. An added bonus is that climbers will 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. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

    After beautiful forests and moorlands, it crosses the Shira Plateau on day 3 to connect with the Machame Route at Lava Tower and down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit. You may be lucky enough to see buffalo, elephant and other game. Because this route can be done over a longer period of time for acclimatization, it has a higher success rate of summit.

    The Lemosho Route is a camping trip for an average group size of 4 using top quality mountain tents, comfortable mattresses, and qualified guides, porters who carry the bags and equipment, and cooks who provide fresh, tasty food every day. The ratio of guide:climber is 1:2. Our local guides have been with us for many years and are all trained, qualified, experienced and great fun.

    Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Packages

    9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route
    5 Days Climb Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
    14 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro Serengeti Safari Package
    8 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Rongai Route
    9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
    • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
    • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
    • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
    • Airport Transfers
    • Meals according to the itinerary
    • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
    • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
    • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
    • Gate Transfers
    • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
    • Portable Private Toilet and Porter
    • Quality Imported Equipment’s
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Flights
    • Visa fees
    • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
    • Gamow Bag
    • Medication
    • Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
    • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
    • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
    • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
    • Additional lodge nights if early descent from the mountain $150 per room
    1. DAY 1: LONDROSSI GATE – MTI MKUBWA CAMP: 4.8km /3mi | 3-4 hrs | Rainforest
      • Elevation: 2389m/7838ft to 2785m/9137ft
      • Altitude gained: 396m

      Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through welcoming mountainside villages to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rain forest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

    2. DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP – SHIRA I CAMP: 7.9km/5mi | 4-6hrs | Moorland
      • Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3504m/11,496ft
      • Altitude gained: 719m

      After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, we leave the forest behind now, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Temperatures begin to drop.

    3. DAY 3: SHIRA I CAMP –SHIRA HUT: 6.9km/4.3mi | 5-7hrs | Moorland
      • Elevation: 3504m/11,496ft to 3895m/12,779ft
      • Altitude gained: 391m

      We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

    4. DAY 4: SHIRA HUT – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP: 10.1km/6.3mi | 4-6hrs | Semi Desert
      • Elevation: 3895m/12,779ft to 3986m/13,077ft
      • Altitude gained: 91m

      Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

    5. DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP: 5.2km/3mi | 4-5hrs | Alpine Desert
      • Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
      • Altitude gained: 48m

      After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

    6. DAY 6: HIKE KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP: 3.3km /2 mi | 4-5hrs | Alpine Desert
      • Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
      • Altitude gained: 628m

      We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

    7. DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT: 4.86km /3mi up | 5-7hrs | – MWEKA CAMP: 13km /8mi down | 5-6hrs | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
      • Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
      • Altitude gained: 1233m
      • Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
      • Altitude lost: 2789m

      Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

      We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.

      Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!

      After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.

    8. DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI: 9.1km/6mi |3-4hrs | Rainforest

      Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft

      Altitude lost: 1473m

      After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.

      From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!

      Overnight Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel 4 stars B&B. before being transferred to your journey home, safari or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.


      We believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

      The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, (IMEC). KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

    Hotels, Tea Houses and Camps

    Keys Hotel

    Located in Moshi, 25 km from Mount Kilimanjaro, Keys Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

    A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Aleems Grocery is 1.7 km from Keys Hotel, while Moshi Highway Supermarket is 3.4 km away. The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International, 32 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

    Barranco Camp

    Barranco Camp is the third pitstop along the Machame Route climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro. This area of the mountain is semi-desert and the camp is set in a valley close to the Great Barranco Wall.

    Kikelewa Cave Camp

    Situated along the Rongai Route at an elevation of 3,679 meters above mean sea level, Kikelewa Cave Camp is the second stop at the lower end of lobelia & giant groundsel zone. Offering wonderful views Kikelewa Cave Camp is a good place for overnight rest & dinner. Water can also be found here in a stream flowing right below the cave.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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