Lemosho 8 days
Difficulty: Medium / Distance: 68 km / Success rate: 95%

Lemosho Route for 8 days

Climbing the Lemosho Route for 8 days is the best option for beginners. As one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro, the Lemosho route truly stands out owing to its exquisite beauty that fascinates everyone. With treks across fertile rainforests and diverse landscapes, you can look for exhilarating endeavours that tantalize your senses and help you enjoy this unforgettable experience.

For those who take the 8-day tour the Kilimanjaro success rate on the Lemosho Route is nearly 95%. Hikers can expect a beautiful rendezvous with some of the most stunning sights along with eclectic flora species. The cold and windy regions make the hike more challenging, which is why it is recommended to bear sufficient warm clothing on the way.

Lemosho Route Map

Climbing the Lemosho Route for 8 days  starts on the Western side of Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate. It was introduced as an alternative to the 6- and  7-day tours which begin at a higher, more challenging altitude.
The path is slightly longer, spanning about 68 kilometers or 42.3 miles.

  • Day 1
    Londorossi Gate (2200 m) — Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780 m) Distance: 6 km / Hiking time: 3-4 hour
  • Day 2
    Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780 m) — Shira 1 Camp (3505 m) Distance: 5 km / Hiking time: 5-6 hour
  • Day 3
    Shira 1 Camp (3505 m) — Shira 2 Camp (3900 m) Distance: 7 km / Hiking time: 3-4 hour
  • Day 4
    Shira 2 Camp (3900 m) — Lava Tower (4630 m) — Barranco Camp (3960 m) Distance: 12 km / Hiking time: 6-8 hour
  • Day 5
    Barranco Camp (3960 m) — Karanga Camp (4035 m) Distance: 5 km / Hiking time: 4-5 hour
  • Day 6
    Karanga Camp (4035 m) — Barafu Camp (4640 m) Distance: 6 km / Hiking time: 4-5 hour
  • Day 7
    Barafu Camp (4640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5895 m) — Barafu Camp (4640 m) — Millenium Camp (3820 m) Distance: 15 km / Hiking time: 8–12 hour
  • Day 8
    Millenium Camp (3820 m) — Mweka Gate (1650 m) Distance: 12 km / Hiking time: 4-5 hour

8 Day Lemosho Itinerary

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2200 m) — Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780 m)

The hike begins at the western entrance of the Kilimanjaro National Park – Londorossi Gate, which stand at a height of 2200 m. Your hotel will be located at 3 to 4 hours of driving distance from this spot. The morning after you reach your hotel, your guide and mountain support crew will be meeting you, and holding a briefing to explain what you can expect here.

On reaching Londorossi Gate, you will be expected to wrap up the formalities of acquiring the climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue services. After these formalities you need for hiking Mount Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route, your group can start trekking on the first stretch of the 8-day journey.

The first camp of the route is the Mti Mkubwa Camp, lying at 2780 m. In order to reach this spot, you will need to walk through a rainweald, so carrying raincoats for protection is highly recommended.

When you reach the camp, your tents will have been set up by our mountain crew, and they will prepare a hot lunch for you too. After having lunch, you can begin your acclimatization hike towards Shira 1 Camp, which helps you gain nearly 300 meters in terms of altitude. Next, you can hike back down to Mti Mkubwa Camp, where you can savor a hot dinner, which was especially prepared for you.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780 m) — Shira 1 Camp (3505 m)

You can begin your day early, with a satiating breakfast and a gradual climb upwards to 3500 meters. For the first time in your Kilimanjaro climb on the Lemosho route, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Shira Plateau and Kibo Volcano.

The path between Mti Mkubwa Camp and Shira Camp is easier in comparison. In about 5-6 hours you can complete the trek, which takes you to a high altitude camp lying at nearly 3505 m.

On reaching the camp, you begin your acclimatization processes, which is a prerequisite for the successful completion of the trek. A tasty hot lunch would soon follows these processes, so you can rest and explore the neighboring lands for the rest of the day.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp (3505 m) — Shira 2 Camp (3900 m)

The 8-day program of hiking Kilimanjaro up the Lemosho Route promises something new every day. On the third day, you depart from Shira 1 Camp (3505 m) towards the Shira 2 Camp (3900m). This short-distance trek is smooth and comprises mild trekking experiences, with the effervescent flora of the Kilimanjaro moorland accompanying you throughout.

If you’ve been yearning to have a clearer view of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth summit, the Shira 2 Camp is where you can fulfil your dream. However, the weather should be good enough to help you enjoy the spectacular views at ease.

On reaching the camp, you can enjoy a hot lunch. You’re left with nearly two hours for rest, after which you can end your acclimatization hike towards the Lava Tower Camp. Here, you can gain 300 meters in altitude!

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3900 m) — Lava Tower (4630 m) — Barranco Camp (3960 m)

You can leave the Shira 2 Camp (3900 м) after having breakfast. The next part of your journey shall entail the key point of the Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route. This topsy turvy route encompasses several ascents and descents, which reach the camp at an elevation of 4600 meters.

There may be challenges in reaching the spot owing to the twisted nature of the route. It is however, imperative to take up these challenges and head towards the camp where you can successfully acclimatize yourself for the the rest of the 8-day climb. You can have your lunch and spend the next few hours there.

The next leg of the trek takes you towards the Barranco Camp (3690 m) from where you can see the famous Barranco Wall. This is a beautiful aspect of the trek, renowned for its steep height and huge size. The next day’s path will feature climbing this wall, but you needn’t worry as you will enjoy a simpler hike.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960 m) — Karanga Camp (4035 m)

The challenges of the next Lemosho Route distance are also quite invigorating. You can look forward to a great start of the day by waking up to an early breakfast. The ascent to the Barranco Wall is not hard, and you should be able to end it within an hour. You’ll be near the Kibo Volcano, where you can take pictures and rest for some time.

The challenging hike to Karanga Camp begins here, where you can come across the numerous twists and turns in this route. Don’t worry about the level of difficulty however, since our guides are adept at choosing the most simplified route options for you.

You can enjoy a freshly cooked, warm lunch on reaching the camp, after which you can go ahead with an acclimatization hike. This hike will be in the direction of Barafu Camp, where you get a 200-meter gain in altitude. You can then get downslope to the camp and rest your fatigued muscles.

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4035 m) — Barafu Camp (4640 m)

After a challenging day of hiking, the 6th day of your Kilimanjaro Climb up the Lemosho Route will entail ascending towards the Barafu Summit Camp. This is the starting point for conquering the Uhuru Peak. Once you reach this spot, you can at once relax in the tents, replete with sleeping bags and essentials. Our team makes it a point to set up everything for you beforehand, so you can maximize the excitement, without having to lose any time.

You can rest for a short while, before heading towards the lying amidst Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and back for acclimatization. It is best to spend the rest of your time resting and preparing yourself for the night summiting.

Day 7:Barafu Camp (4640 m) — Uhuru Peak (5895 m) — Barafu Camp (4640 m) — Millenium Camp (3820 m)

At night, you will be departing for the Barafu Camp (4640m) where you can start climbing Uhuru Peak. Though the climb is simple, the high altitude makes things a little more challenging. Our personal guides will accompany every pair of climbers for the remaining ascension. These guides will ensure your physical and mental conditions.

This is nearly the last leg of the program, from where you can begin your descent. It is a good time to look back at your wearisome travails in the past few days and relive the lovely memories of a successful summit.

You can go downslope to the nearest glacier from this point, from where you can go back to the Barafu Camp and return towards the Millennium Camp, at 3820 m.

Day 8: Millenium Camp (3820 m) — Mweka Gate (1650 m)

The Millennium Camp lies in the tropical rainforest, which will be a good spot to enjoy the last bit of your Kilimanjaro trek through the Lemosho Route. Here, you can savor a quick, warm breakfast and head towards the exit of the park – Mweka Gate (1650m).

Upon completion of your descent, you will receive an overwhelming amount of congratulatory wishes from your group. This is a good chance to share your opinions about the Lemosho Route 8 day climb in your guest book. We will also provide you with certificates to commemorate your successful Kilimanjaro climb, along with a drop off to your hotel.