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Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route


Page Type: Route

Location: Tanzania, Africa

Object Title: Lemosho Route

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: A few days

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Difficulty: Moderate

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The Kilimanjaro trek Lemosho route to climb Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the newer routes but is regarded as one of the best routes to climb Kilimanjaro. The views that can be seen during the climb are excellent and showcase the different sides of the mountain. It also has less hiking traffic given that Machame route is more popular and also much older. The acclimatization profile is very suitable for a high altitude climb, with "climb high sleep low" characteristics that enables the body to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere during the climb. The incline is also not as high as in Machame route, making it somewhat easier. This is one of the reasons why Lemosho has a very high summit success rate.  

Getting There

From Moshi one must drive 2 hrs to the trail head at Londorossi Gate, situated on the western side of Mt Kilimanjaro. This part of Kilimanjaro is still very wild and encountering wild animals is not uncommon.

Route Description

The Lemosho route can be usually covered in 7 or 8 days. 8 days is recommended as this is the ideal time frame to walk this path, the summary of which is below. The 8 day route includes a stopover at both the Shira camps.

Day 1 – Londorrosi Gate – Big Tree Camp (2,650m)

Hike Distance: 6km
Hike Time: 2-3 hours

Day 2 – Big Tree Camp – Shira I (3,480m)

Hike Distance: 8km
Hike Time: 4-5 hours

Day 3 – Shira I – Shira Huts (3,850m)

Hike Distance: 11km
Hike Time: 6-8 hours

Day 4 – Shira Huts – Barranco Huts (3,985m)

Hike Distance: 9km
Hike Time: 6-8 hours

Day 5 – Barranco Huts – Karanga Camp (4,040m)

Hike Distance: 5.5km
Hike Time: 4-5 hours

Day 6 – Karanga Camp – Barafu Huts (4680m)

Hike Distance: 3.5km
Hike Time: 4-5 hours

Day 7 – Summit attempt to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) and descent to Millennium Camp (3,820m)

Hike distance: 5km ascent + 10km descent
Hike time: Overall with ascent and descent can vary from 10-16 hours

Day 8 – Millennium Camp – Lemosho Gate

Hike Distance: 20km
Hike Time: 5 hours
Descent: 1,990m

Detailed itinerary to the Lemosho route can be found on the link.

Essential Gear

No technical climbing equipment is required. Toward the summit crampons and headlamp maybe useful depending on the ice conditions.

External Links

Read more in this comprehensive guide to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.