Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - 7 Day Lemosho Route

Climb one of the newest routes of Mt. Kili for a more remote experience. 9 days.

8 Nights
Year round

Starting on the Western side of the mountain at the Londorossi Gate, this new route takes you through forest and moorlands to the Shira Plateau to connect with the Machame Route and on to the Southern Circuit. With a route so remote, you may even be lucky enough to see buffalo and elephants.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 7 days trekking
  • 6 nights camping
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation (before and after the trek)
  • Local, certified guide
  • Fair and sustainable wages for cook and porters
  • Meals and drinking water
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for

Hikers looking to not only conquer Kilimanjaro but to enjoy its hidden natural beauty along the way.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Visa fees
  • Equipment hire
  • Energy snacks and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

You can climb on your own if you wish, or you can choose to join a bigger group.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The “Extended Version” of the trip is one day longer than the described itinerary. The additional acclimatisation day on Day 4 will prepare your body for the further ascent at high altitude. On this day you’ll trek across the Shira Plateau towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (4650m). The night will be spent in the Barranco Camp.

Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t a technique climbing mountain; anyone of reasonable fitness should be capable of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. You just need to be prepared and determined. The Kilimanjaro National Park authority allows children from 12 years to an old man of 80 years.

Due to Tanzania’s proximity to the equator, this region doesn’t typically experience the extremes of winter and summer weather but has dry and wet seasons instead. The local weather conditions on Kilimanjaro can be somewhat unpredictable to say the very least; rainfall varies from 2100mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120mm per year in the summit zone. Similarly, daily temperature changes are unexpected when compared to normal weather cycles, and are largely dependent on altitude.

It is possible to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro all year round, however, the months outside of the rainy seasons are more desirable. The best months are from December to March, and July to October. The finest weather is usually at the beginning of the year from January to March, which are typically the warmest and driest months of the year.

During your trip, a team of experienced chefs will cook and serve you nutritious meals.

Breakfast: Fruit juice and fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs prepared at request, breads and toast with jam margarine and honey, French-toast, pancakes, sausage, bacon, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

Snacks: peanuts, crisp, popcorn, cookies, chocolate, dried fruits.

Lunch: Sliced vegetables, fruit, boiled egg, meat cutlets, various sandwiches options (egg/ cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), macaroni and meat sauce and breads.

Dinner: soup of the day, breads, salads, rice, pastas, potatoes, roast or fried chicken, beef or fish, currys, mixed vegetables, lentils, fruit salad, fruit with custard, teas, coffee, drinking chocolate.

On summit night, you’ll enjoy a midnight snack with juice, soup, hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits. When you return to base camp, a nice meal will be waiting for you to reward all your hard work.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

No technical equipment is required to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Your host will provide you with a full packing list before you travel. Below is a list of essential and strongly recommended items:

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Waterproof Day Pack Cover
  • Day Pack
  • Soft Sided Rucksack
  • Water Bottle
  • Camelback (2LTotal
  • Down Jacket
  • Snow Pants
  • Gloves
  • Glove Liners
  • Beanie / Hat
  • Buff/ Balaclava
  • Scarf
  • Fleece
  • Thermal underwear
  • (2-3) Walking Trousers
  • (4-5) Wool Socks
  • (3-4) Sock Liners
  • Trekking Poles
  • Gaiters
  • Head Torch
  • Weather Rated Sleeping Bag (-20 degree)

Other recommendations are: - Toiletries - Suncream and hat - Personal first aid kit - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Yes, your host is one of the pioneers in the field of ethical tourism in Tanzania. They are part of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project which works to raise 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.

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

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There are six established routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro - Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west of the mountain; the Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south; and the Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes, except Marangu, descend via Mweka.

Lemosho is a newer route which starts on the Western side of the mountain at the Londorossi Gate and is popular for its remote approach to the summit. Taking you through forest terrain and across moorlands, there’s often a chance of spotting buffalo, elephants and other wild game.

Start point

You will be met by your host upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transferred for overnight accommodation at Bristol Cottages B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

Finish point

Your tour will end at around 12:00 and you will be transferred back to Bristol Cottages B&B in Moshi for an overnight stay ahead of your transfer back to the airport in the morning.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport

Your host will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer you to your accommodation for the night.

Here, your guide will meet you for a briefing and equipment check before you retire for an early night ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.

Day 2: Londrossi Gate to Mkubwa Camp

This morning, you will leave the town of Moshi for the 45-minute drive through mountain villages to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate.

The trek will begin through rainforest scenery and windy trails as your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. The trail can be muddy and quite slippery, gaiters and trekking poles are recommended for this section of the trek.

After 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach your first camp at Mkubwa.

6km trekking, 3-4 hours, elevation: 2370m to 2895m

Day 3: Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp

After a good night’s rest and breakfast at camp, you’ll continue to trek on an ascending path and leave the rainforest behind.

The trail begins to climb steadily and the temperatures begin to drop as you make your way to the rim of the Shira Plateau.

You’ll reach camp on the southern edge of the plateau at 3847m; climb the slope above camp for a clear view over the plateau and the alpine landscape that awaits you in the days to come.

8km trekking, 4-6 hours, elevation: 2895m to 3505m

Day 4: Shira Camp to Shira Hut

After breakfast this morning, you’ll spend the day exploring the Shira Plateau and taking the gentle walk east towards Kibo’s glaciered peak.

You’ll cross the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp by a stream on moorland meadows. You’ll then continue to Moir Hut, on the base of Lent Hills.

A variety of walks are available here, making this an excellent acclimatisation opportunity.

15km trekking, 5-7 hours, elevation: 3505m to 4200m

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast this morning, you’ll continue on a steep ridge to the Barranco Wall which will take a steady 1-2 hours to scale.

This is a challenge of both physical and mental agility; the wall appears higher than its 257m, and although this is a challenge, slow and deliberate steps are the trick to an easier scramble to the top.

When you reach the top, the trail will continue to take you to the Karanga Valley where you will be camping tonight.

5km trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation: 4000m to 4050m

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

This morning, you’ll continue your trek towards Barafu Camp – the last camp before summit day. The trek is a short but steep one through alpine forest and ever-thinning air.

Your arrival at camp marks your completion of the South Circuit and rewards you with views of the summit from a number of angles.

Have an early dinner, rest, and prepare your gear ahead of the big day tomorrow.

3km trekking, 4-5 hours, elevation: 4050m to 4700m

Day 7: Summit day and Mweka Camp

Summit day arrives at 02:00 as you begin the most physically and mentally challenging part of the trek; you’ll continue to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm.

You’ll ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim before a 1-hour snowy ascent to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and possibly your greatest trekking accomplishment.

Have your gaiters and trekking poles ready for the steep descent back down to Mweka Camp as you negotiate loose gravel and volcano ash terrain.

Up: 5km, 5-7 hours, elevation: 4700m to 5895m Down: 13km, 5-6 hours, descent to 3090m

Day 8: Mweka Gate to Moshi

After breakfast this morning it’s time to say your goodbye’s to the group and continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. The weather will be significantly warmer making the terrain wet and muddy so have your gaiters and trekking poles to hand.

When you reach the park gate, you’ll be rewarded with your summit certificate. Your transfer will be waiting for you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (30-minute drive).

Arrive at the hotel to enjoy a hot shower and final farewell dinner to mark the end of an incredible adventure.

10km trekking, 3-4 hours, elevation: 3090m to 1680m

Day 9: Time to Head Home

Breakfast this morning will mark the end of this remarkable trip; you may decide to continue your adventure in Tanzania, but if it’s time to go home, your transfer will be ready to take you back to the airport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


Your first and final nights will be spent at the Bristol Cottages B&B in the middle of Moshi town on the foothills of Kilimanjaro.

The accommodation sits within lush green gardens and offers rooms with en-suite bathrooms with hot water, air conditioning, and free WiFi. There is a restaurant on site offering a selection of Tanzanian, Indian, Italian and Continental food, with room service also available.

During the trek, you will camp at a number of camps along the Lemosho route.

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