The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain and the minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although eight days is recommended also.
Pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport met on arrival and transfer to Moshi/ Arusha for dinner and overnight at Hotel in Moshi/Arusha town.
Day 01: Arusha – Moshi – londrosi gate – lemosho
Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2250m, 2 hours),after clearing summits formalities, you will drive heading to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes) and. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours).
Day 02: Mti Mkubwa -Shia Two Camp.
After breakfast, you climb an hour to the top of the forest and then the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2-camp on moorland meadows next to a stream (3840m). By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Enjoy dinner and overnight at Shira Two Camp.
Day 03: Shira Two Camp-Baranco Camp
Trek from Shira Cave camp east towards Lava Tower (4642m). As the hike progress the surrounding area turns into a semi desert and rocky landscape. Shortly before reaching Lava Tower the Lemosho route links up with the Machame route. The last part of the hike, (just before reaching Lava Tower), is definitely the toughest part of your hike so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some hikers will start to experience the symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. You will arrive in time for lunch at Lava Tower (4 642m) after hiking a distance of about 6.6 km.
After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours (3.3 km) and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The descend is tiring and should not be underestimated. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you get some much relaxation. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.
Day04: Baranco-Barafu Camp.
Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep. Dinner and Overnight at Barafu camp.
Day 05: Barafu – Uhuru Peak-Mweka Camp.
You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walks to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and then proceed to summit. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). Dinner and Overnight at Mweka Camp.
Day 06: Mweka Camp – Mweka Pak Gate-Arusha.
After breakfast, From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hikes. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch. You will be met and transferred back to hotel in Arusha /Moshi .Dinner and overnight at hotel in Moshi/Arusha town.