About Lemosho Route


Embarking on a thrilling adventure to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is a dream for many avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts. Among the various routes available, the Lemosho Route stands out as a popular choice for its scenic beauty, gradual acclimatization, and relatively lower traffic compared to other routes. In this article, we will delve into the details of the Lemosho Route, highlighting its features, advantages, and essential information to help you plan a successful climb.

Overview of Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route is renowned for its picturesque landscapes and diverse ecosystems. This route begins on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro and gradually ascends, providing ample time for trekkers to acclimatize to the high altitude. The route offers stunning panoramic views, passing through dense rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts before reaching the snow-capped summit. It typically takes around 8 to 9 days to complete the Lemosho Route, allowing for better acclimatization and increasing the chances of reaching the summit successfully.

Why Choose Lemosho Route?

  1. Scenic Beauty: The Lemosho Route showcases the breathtaking beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. Trekkers are treated to stunning vistas, including lush rainforests, heather-covered moorlands, and dramatic landscapes as they ascend. This route offers a remarkable visual experience throughout the journey.
  2. Gradual Acclimatization: One of the key advantages of the Lemosho Route is its longer duration, allowing for better acclimatization. The slower pace of the climb reduces the risk of altitude sickness and increases the chances of reaching the summit successfully. This makes it a popular choice among climbers.
  3. Lower Traffic: Compared to other popular routes like the Machame or Marangu routes, the Lemosho Route sees fewer trekkers. This means a quieter and more serene climb, allowing trekkers to connect with nature and fully immerse themselves in the experience without feeling crowded.
  4. Diverse Ecosystems: The Lemosho Route takes trekkers through a range of ecological zones. Starting in the lush rainforest, where various flora and fauna thrive, the route transitions into moorlands with unique vegetation, including giant lobelias and groundsels. As you climb higher, the landscape transforms into an alpine desert, resembling a lunar-like environment, before reaching the snowy summit.

Preparing for the Lemosho Route

Before embarking on the Lemosho Route, adequate preparation is essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable climb. Here are some key aspects to consider:

  1. Physical Fitness: Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenging climb, and being in good physical condition is crucial. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, such as hiking, jogging, or cycling, to improve stamina and endurance. Additionally, strength training exercises will help prepare your muscles for the arduous trek.
  2. Packing Essentials: Pack carefully, considering the duration and demands of the climb. Some essential items include sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing for varying temperatures, a warm sleeping bag, a waterproof backpack, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a first aid kit. It’s also advisable to bring water purification tablets or a water filtration system.
  3. Training Hikes: Prior to tackling Mount Kilimanjaro, embark on a few training hikes to familiarize yourself with long-distance trekking and test your gear. This will help assess your fitness level and identify any necessary adjustments before the actual climb.
  4. Altitude Awareness: Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit reaches an altitude of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), which can pose challenges due to reduced oxygen levels. Acclimatization is crucial. Consider adding an additional acclimatization day to your itinerary to improve your chances of successfully reaching the summit.

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your luxurious accommodation in Arusha. Take the time to relax and settle in, and attend a briefing session with your guide who will provide you with important information about your upcoming climb. Enjoy a delicious dinner and rest to prepare for the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Arusha to Londorossi Gate to Lemosho Glades After breakfast, you will depart from Arusha and drive to the Londorossi Gate, the starting point of your Lemosho Route trek. Once the necessary paperwork is completed, you will continue by 4×4 vehicle to the Lemosho Glades trailhead. Here, you will begin your hike through lush rainforest, observing the diverse flora and fauna along the way. After a few hours of trekking, you will reach the campsite for the night, where your luxury camp will be set up. Enjoy a scrumptious dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Lemosho Glades to Shira 1 Camp Today’s trek takes you from the rainforest to the moorland zone. The trail gradually steepens as you ascend through stunning scenery. You will pass through the Shira Cathedral, a volcanic formation, before reaching the Shira 1 Campsite. Marvel at the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including Mount Meru and the Shira Plateau. Rest and relax in your luxury camp and savor a delicious dinner.

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut As you continue your ascent, the terrain becomes increasingly rocky and rugged. Today’s trek takes you to the Moir Hut, situated in a desolate and scenic area known as Lent Hills. This section of the trail offers breathtaking views of the Western Breach and its glaciers. Arrive at the Moir Hut campsite, where your luxury camp will be waiting. Enjoy a well-deserved rest, indulge in a gourmet dinner, and take in the serenity of your surroundings.

Day 5: Moir Hut to Barranco Camp After breakfast, you will trek across the vast high desert landscape towards Lava Tower. As you ascend, you will notice a change in vegetation, with fewer plants able to survive at this altitude. After reaching Lava Tower, you will descend to Barranco Camp, located in a beautiful valley. This descent aids acclimatization and offers stunning views of the Western Breach and the Great Barranco Wall. Relax in your luxurious camp and enjoy a delicious meal before resting for the night.

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Today’s trek involves navigating the famous Barranco Wall, a thrilling and challenging section of the climb. As you ascend the wall, you will use handholds and steps to maneuver your way to the top. Once you conquer the wall, the trail levels out, and you will continue to Karanga Camp. This campsite provides stunning views of the glaciers on the southern face of Kilimanjaro. Enjoy a restful evening in your luxury camp and savor a well-prepared dinner.

Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp The trek from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp is relatively short but steep. As you approach Barafu, you will be greeted by a stark and inhospitable landscape, characterized by rocks and boulders. This campsite acts as a base camp for your summit attempt and offers magnificent views of Mawenzi Peak. Rest and acclimatize at Barafu Camp, enjoy a nourishing dinner, and prepare yourself mentally and physically for the summit push.

Day 8: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp Today is the most challenging yet rewarding day of your luxury Kilimanjaro climb. You will wake up in the early hours of the morning, around midnight, and after a light breakfast, begin your ascent towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek to the summit is steep and demanding, but the incredible sense of accomplishment and the breathtaking sunrise views make it all worthwhile.

As you reach Uhuru Peak, at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), celebrate your achievement and take in the awe-inspiring vistas of the surrounding glaciers and expansive landscapes below. Capture some unforgettable photos to cherish this moment forever.

After spending some time at the summit, you will begin your descent back down to Barafu Camp. Here, you will have a short rest and enjoy a well-deserved hot lunch. Then, continue your descent to Mweka Camp, where your luxury camp will be waiting for you. Relish a delicious dinner and reflect on the incredible journey you have undertaken.

Day 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Arusha On the final day of your Kilimanjaro adventure, you will descend from Mweka Camp through the lush rainforest. The trail gradually becomes more gentle as you make your way to the Mweka Gate, where you will complete the necessary formalities and receive your summit certificates.

Say farewell to your mountain crew and board the waiting vehicle, which will transport you back to your luxury accommodation in Arusha. Once you arrive, take a well-deserved hot shower and enjoy some relaxation time. Celebrate your successful climb with a delicious dinner and perhaps share stories and memories of your journey.

Day 10: Departure After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight. Take with you the memories, the sense of accomplishment, and the everlasting bond with the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

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