Lemosho Route 9 Days

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Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on the mountain Kilimanjaro, and a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Most of clients use this route as it gives different views of the mountain. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge. 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.

Day 1: Arriving into Tanzania
Touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport. After clearing customs and immigration formalities you will African traces guide will be awaiting for you with a board bearing your names. Take a private transfer to Mosh where you will spend the night.

Day 2: Pre-Climb Orientation [option if you have time]
Today is a rest day which is designed to give you plenty of time to relax, pack and recoup from the long journey. African traces guides will meet you late in the afternoon for a short climbing orientation. You will be given a climb briefing and answer any questions you may have. The guide will also do an equipment check to be sure that you are fully prepared. Later today you may also decide to do a short walk with your guides in the town or cultural tour and waterfall.

Day 3: Montane Forest.
After breakfast in your hotel in Moshi you will drive for approximately 4 hour and half to the Kilimanjaro National Park, Londorosi gate. At the gate you will have to check in and register, then you will have an opportunity to meet the rest of the climbing crew, such assistant guides, and porters. Today you will trek to the first camp BIG TREE which will take about 3, 4 hours through the undisturbed forest to our camp for dinner and overnight. With luck you can be able to see Colobus monkeys and signs of elephants or buffaloes and other forest wildlife on our hike to big tree.

Day 4: Shira Plateau West Side
This day you will take your time hiking through the forest which will offer you an opportunity to spot plentiful game and bird life. The hike will take you up through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia forest zones. You will be able to see the unique environmental differences that characterize these equatorial zones.

Day 5: Shira Plateau East Side
Take your hike today which will last for about 4 hours across the Shira Plateau, A World Heritage Site, and another hour will take you up the western slope of the Kibo. Spend some time and exploring the plateau, before you get to your picnic lunch which will hot lunch in the camp. After lunch you will have a bit time for resting then start the acclimatizing walking toward lava tower for about 3 hrs. Your camp will be set up in the upper heath and moorland zone in full view of the Western Breach. Dinner and overnight Shira 2.

Day 6: Lava Tower
After breakfast today you will have a longer hike of approximately 6 hours to your overnight camp just under Lava Tower, which is a 300 foot high volcanic lava plug that juts out of the side of the mountain. After lunch, you can climb to the top of Lava tower to enjoy the scenery of the surrounding areas and descend down to the camp before dinner. Adequately, this will increase your performance by acclimatizing high on top of the tower. This will be your first introduction to the alpine zone, with the only plant life being the hardiest of grasses and lichens. You will enjoy a spectacular view of your final ascent route up the Western Breach wall and the Breach Icicle.

Day 7: Arrow Glacier
Experience the Western Breach ascent route full view, as you take 3 hours trekking to the base of the route where you will camp close to Arrow Glacier. Today you will mostly be spent resting and conserving strength, but there will also be an afternoon hike partway along the climbing ascent route. This is designed to get you to higher elevations for better acclimatization and give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the beginning of the longest hiking day of the whole climb.

Day 8: Summit Crater Camp
Today is an exciting day as you wind your way up the Western Breach. It will take about 5 -6 hours before reaching crater rim of the main Kilimanjaro summit massif. After the hike you still have the energy, [options you can climb to the summit and walk back to the crater for dinner and overnight] or you can explore the inner crater and the ash pit before moving to your highest camp on the crater floor. This spectacular high camp is next to the Furtwangler Glaciers, with stunning views westward towards Mount Meru and the setting African sun. The high altitude of crater camp makes it a physically demanding experience, but the reward is a radical scene of towering glaciers rising from the harsh rock landscapes.

Day 9: Summit Day and Mweka Camp.
You will start your final ascent that will take you to the summit (5895 Mt early enough in the morning so that you reach the summit by 9:00 am. This final stretch of your climb is only 800 feet and can be undertaken after sunrise and a leisurely breakfast or just early enough to be at the summit during sunrise. This is quite a contrast to the 3,000 feet slog required to summit via all the other ascent routes on Kilimanjaro. Enjoy the rewards of seeing the summit crater glaciers and standing on Africa’s highest peak. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak, begin the long descend through Barafu Hut and down to your final camp near Mweka Hut.

Day 10: Arusha
Descend further down in a hike that will take you about 4 to 5 hours to the park gate. At the gate, you will be cheered by your Kilimanjaro crew as you check out and receive Kilimanjaro Climbing certificate to confirm your success, then eat our lunch and say goodbye to your crow as they will be singing some of the tradition song. Drive through very beautiful coffee plantations and small villages of the Chagga people back to your hotel in Moshi for a nice hot shower or swimming at the lodge and relax, looking forward to departing or going on safari the following day.

The end of 9 Days Lemosho Route

  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • 2 nights hotel in Moshi (before & after climb) bed and breakfast
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, and rescue fees
  • All government taxes (VAT)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 20 kg of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, sleeping pad 2.5 inches thick.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.

Price excludes:

  • Airfares and taxes
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$250 to US$ 350 per hiker – depending on how many hikers in the group)
  • Tip to your guides, porters and cook. The recommended for this is $ 20 head guide per day, $ 15 per assistant guide per day, $ 15 per cook per day & $ 10 per porter per day. This can be split between each Client in the climb.
  • Single supplement, for single tent per trip.Route8 Days
  • Small private party supplement, for private climbs of one or two people, per trip $150
  • Extra porter, for excess gear, per day.Route8 Days
  • Private toilet, for private climbs.


Route & Pricing Options

Kilimanjaro package now include night accommodation (1 before trek and 1 after)
You will spend a night in Moshi allowing you time to regenerate and meet with your guides the next day as they give you a detailed climb orientation and gear check

Kilimanjaro Routes 1 to 2 People 3 to 5 People More Than 6 People
Machame 6 days US $ 1600/ Person US $ 1500/Person US $ 1450/Person
Machame 7days US $ 1700/ Person US $ 1600/Person US $ 1500/Person
Lemosho 7 Days US $ 2000/ Person US$ 1900/Person US $ 1800/Person
Lemosho 8 Days US $ 2200/ Person US $ 2100/Person US $ 2000/Person
Rongai 6 Days US $ 1600/ Person US $ 1550/Person US $ 1500/Person
Rongai 7 Days US $ 1700/ Person US $ 1600/Person US $ 1500/Person
Umbwe 6 Days US $ 1550/ Person US$ 1500/Person US $ 1450/Person
Marangu 5 Days US $ 1450/ Person US $ 1400/Person US $ 1350/Person
Marangu 6 Days US $ 1500/ Person US $ 1450/Person US $ 1400/Person

Mount Meru prices (Pre-Kilimanjaro Climb start to Climb Mt.Meru an optional)

Number Of Days 1 to 2 People 3 to 5 People More than 6 People
3 Days Climb US $ 879/person US $849/person US $ 769/person
4 Days Climb US $ 1029/person US $ 979/person US $ 869/person

If you have a larger group, special needs or any other reason to contact us concerning the price of your climb, please feel free to do so.