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At just under 6,000m in elevation, Mount Kilimanjaro is a big girl. Well actually she’s a stratovolcano, but let’s just call her Kili, shall we? 

Commonly known as the Roof of Africa, Kili pokes out of the African plains right in the middle of the imaginatively titled Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania.

But this trip isn’t going to be a walk in the park.

Maybe you’ve heard words like “doable” or, dare I say it, “child’s play” thrown around in your research into Kilimanjaro. 

Doable she is, my friend, child’s play she ain’t. We’re taking the Lemosho route, you know. 

That means many hours spent trekking each day, and a longer approach to the Summit from the west. Tough but achievable, this is going to be a challenge on your legs, and your mind. 

During your adventure to the Roof of Africa, you’ll trek through moorlands, rainforests, ravines, glaciers and scree slopes, and experience the most spectacular sunrises along the way. And you’ll feel pretty freaking good when you get there. 

Just don’t forget your walking boots. 

Welcome to your journey to the Roof of Africa. The Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is one of the most impressive routes to climb Kili due to its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.

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Welcome to the Roof of Africa.

On this adventure you’ll be off-roading on Kilimanjaro’s lesser-known and slightly longer Lemosho route. With lower hiking traffic, beautiful views and a good summit success rate, Lemosho’s a hidden gem and a firm favourite of ours. 

The scenery? Bloomin’ stunning. The wildlife? Incomparably incredible. The mountain herself? Simply majestic. 

Home to multiple rare and protected animal species as well as plant life that you’ll find in precious few other places in the world – and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, of course – it’s obvious why everyone loves this place. 

The Leomosho route kicks off to the west of Kilimanjaro, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate before the trekking begins. 

On the Lemosho route, you’ll cross the Plateau then wend your way through a long stretch of forest, before you eventually hook up with the Machame path on your way to the peak. 

None of the trekking is what you’d call a “technical climb” but conquering Kili certainly is a serious challenge, so don’t underestimate the adventure. 

When you come to Kili, you will satisfy your climbing itch, achieve something incredible and tick so many of the world’s coolest ecosystems and environments off your Bucket List that you won’t know where to head next. 

This adventure? 11 days long (check out the itinerary if you haven’t already). But who’d blame you if you wanted to see more of Tanzania once you’ve made it to the top of Kilimanjaro? Safe to say you’d deserve it. 

African safari on your Bucket List? Scuba diving in Zanzibar? Just ask if you fancy tacking on some amazing extensions to your adventure. Who knows when you’ll be back?

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Trekking Route Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart UK

    We depart and head to Tanzania, usually flying from Heathrow or Gatwick.

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Tanzania

    We arrive in Tanzania and transfer to our hotel Weru Weru Lodge for a restful afternoon and some free time to explore Moshi before the adventure begins.

  • Day 3

    Moshi - Lemosho

    You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro.
    Start your climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night

  • Day 4

    Big Tree Camp - Shira 1 Camp

    Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak foating on the clouds.

    After breakfast we will be taken to the western side of Kilimanjaro. This is where the trek begins at the Lemosho Gate (1743m). Once registered, we will set off on our adventure and begin with a steady incline through the Lemosho Glades forests. After 4 hours and a distance of 7km (4.3miles) we will reach Big Tree Camp (2780m) where we will stay for the night.

    Shortly after leaving Big Tree Camp in the morning, our scenery will differ from the previous day. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude through heather and grassy moorland. Today we will cover 8.5km and hike for 7 hours before reaching our Shira 1 Camp (3500m).

  • Day 5

    Shira 1 Camp - Shira 2 Camp

    Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatisation and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp.

    Leaving the camp in the morning and trekking on the western side of the mountain, we will experience some extraordinary views of Kibo and the Northern Ice Fields. We will continue at a steady incline taking 5 hours and covering a distance of 8km. We can take in views of our surroundings before reaching Shira 2 Camp (3900m). In the afternoon we will participate in an acclimatisation walk to prepare us for the days ahead.

  • Day 6

    Shira 2 Camp - Barranco Camp

    We will leave Shira 2 Camp and begin our ascent. Our trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. We will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch.

    In the afternoon, we embark on a steep decent to reach Barranco Camp (3960m). We will cover a distance of 10km and will be trekking for 7 hours.

  • Day 7

    Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

    Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley. We will arrive at Karanga Camp (3963m) after travelling 5.5km and taking 5 hours. We can join an additional acclimatisation trek before returning back down to camp for the night.

  • Day 8

    Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

    After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we will continue our Kilimanjaro trekking route on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m.

    Our journey will guide us across the uninhabited scree slopes of the mountain. On arrival at Barafu Camp (4640m), we will have covered 3km taking 3 hours. We will try to get some sleep before waking up in the evening to begin our climb to the summit!

  • Day 9

    SUMMIT DAY!!

    We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply up-wards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing steep scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the frst rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. An other hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m).

    Our decent will begin firstly by returning to Stella point, then back to Barafu Camp to enjoy breakfast and finally to Millennium Camp (3790m) for a well deserved rest. This day will take us between 12 and 15 hours and in total we will trek a distance of 14.4km.

  • Day 10

    Back to Moshi

    After leaving Millennium Camp (3790m), we will begin a gentle amble down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate (1630m). This takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certifcates, which you can hang up with pride!

    We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration. Overnight at the Weru Weru River Lodge.

  • Day 11

    Explore Moshi

    Today is a free day in Moshi for you to explore the town, cafes and local delicacies or simply relax after summiting the roof of Africa!

  • Day 12

    Depart back to UK

    However, if you’re not ready for the adventure to end, you can add a safari onto any of our Kilimanjaro tours, or head to Zanzibar and learn to scuba dive or just relax on the white sand beaches. You can book your extensions direct through us.

Food and Accomodation for Kilimanjaro Lemosho Trekking Route

  • Day 1

    Flight
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 2

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Camping
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Twin room
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Flight
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Reviews about the Kilimanjaro Lemosho Trekking Route trip

Here’s what some of our awesome customers had to say:

I am so glad that we chose to climb Kilimanjaro with the Bucket List Company!

Before our trip the team were quick to respond to any queries (including very last minute kit queries!) and provide assurance.

Our trekking group was fairly large (20). This provided a great social experience but did not impact the superb level of individual support/service provided to each member. 

Everything was extremely well organised from start to finish – which is very much appreciated on this sort of trip. I am thankful for this experience and will definitely book future adventures with the Bucket List Company!

Eleanor Williams Mount Kilimanjaro climb The Bucket List Company Reviews

“Kilimanjaro has always been high up on my bucket list, and when I saw that The Bucket List Company were running another trip, I knew it was time to get myself booked on.

Keith and his team were always at the end of the phone to answer questions and Keith’s Guide to Kilimanjaro just answered all of my queries. I attended the pre-expedition training weekend, which enabled me to meet the other people I would be travelling with. It also gave me chance to meet Keith and the Bucket List team and put faces to names. The training weekends are certainly a must.

On the expedition, Keith was very aware of his whole group’s needs and made sure everyone was coping well. The team’s in-country guides and porters were also amazing. They cooked for and looked after us amazingly. Summiting Kilimanjaro was a dream of mine and the Bucket List Company made that a reality. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to book another trip with The Bucket List Company, and would urge anyone considering a trip to just book and start training!”

Nat Vaja Kilimanjaro The Bucket List Company Reviews

“When you’re embarking on a challenge like Kilimanjaro, you want to be sure you’re booking with a company who know what they’re doing and have experience of that particular challenge. When we booked with The Bucket List Company, they let us know exactly what we needed to do, from visas to the all-important kit list.

Keith from The Bucket List Company was with us on this trek and this was his 10th time summiting Kilimanjaro. The in-country lead guide had done it over 200 times, and our particular guide had done it 176 times. With that level of experience, we were in good hands. Kilimanjaro is a very real challenge, but if you’re motivated to do it, The Bucket List Company will give you a great chance of fulfilling your dream.

We now have memories that will last a lifetime and have The Bucket List Company to thank for getting us safely to the summit. Highly recommended!”

John Thompson Mount Kilimanjaro climb The Bucket List Company Reviews

This is by far the best experience I will ever have. If it wasn’t for Keith and his bucket list company, I would be sitting here saying “I wonder whatit’ss like to stand on the roof of Africa. Instead, I’m telling my children how daddy climbed a mountain.

Andrew Gillie Mount Kilimanjaro climb The Bucket List Company Reviews

“I joined Keith and his team for an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. Everything was incredibly well organised, from the pre-trip training and briefings to the travel arrangements and accommodation – not forgetting the trek itself.

The professionalism and experience of Keith and his team gave me complete confidence in them, which in turn meant that I could simply relax and enjoy the trip. I would thoroughly recommend the team at The Bucket List Company, and look forward to joining them again one day.”

Ed Wright Peru The Bucket List Company Reviews

Having never traveled abroad before I chose The Bucket List Company because they deal with everything start to finish making life really simple and stress free.

Keith and his team are clearly experts in the world of adventure and I can’t recommend them enough. Kilimanjaro was fantastic and I’m planning my next adventure already.

Joe Butler Mount Kilimanjaro climb The Bucket List Company Reviews

Welcome to the Roof of Africa 

On this adventure you’ll be off-roading on Kilimanjaro’s lesser-known and slightly longer Lemosho route. With lower hiking traffic, beautiful views and a good summit success rate, Lemosho’s a hidden gem and a firm favourite of ours. 

The scenery? Bloomin’ stunning. The wildlife? Incomparably incredible. The mountain herself? Simply majestic. 

Home to multiple rare and protected animal species as well as plant life that you’ll find in precious few other places in the world – and the world’s highest free-standing mountain, of course – it’s obvious why everyone loves this place. 

The Leomosho route kicks off to the west of Kilimanjaro, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate before the trekking begins. 

On the Lemosho route, you’ll cross the Plateau then wend your way through a long stretch of forest, before you eventually hook up with the Machame path on your way to the peak. 

None of the trekking is what you’d call a “technical climb” but conquering Kili certainly is a serious challenge, so don’t underestimate the adventure. 

When you come to Kili, you will satisfy your climbing itch, achieve something incredible and tick so many of the world’s coolest ecosystems and environments off your Bucket List that you won’t know where to head next. 

This adventure? 11 days long (check out the itinerary if you haven’t already). But who’d blame you if you wanted to see more of Tanzania once you’ve made it to the top of Kilimanjaro? Safe to say you’d deserve it. 

African safari on your Bucket List? Scuba diving in Zanzibar? Just ask if you fancy tacking on some amazing extensions to your adventure. Who knows when you’ll be back?

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  • 07/06/2022
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  • 22/05/2023 8 Spaces available
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