Affordable Kilimanjaro Trekking Tours | 8 day Lemosho route: variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.
Lemosho Route is an advanced route to Kilimanjaro, which approaches from the west. Due to a fewer crowd, scenic variety and high success rates, Lemosho is one of the most favoured routes in spite of it is a difficult and long route.
The trek starts from the rain forest, crossing the spectacular Shira Plateau and the path combines with the Machame Route. Lemosho route holds a longer distance to cover the whole ecosystem as compared to other routes. Although Lemosho is considered a difficult route, the extra days to trek the mountain make the acclimatization better. As the trail of this route begins from the rain forest, It is scenically considered the most varied and the most beautiful route.
Lemosho is a perfect route for those who are good with altitude acclimatization, and who are confident in their ability to walk over steeper paths for extended periods, and want a lesser used route. However, Lemosho is a little more expensive than the other routes as it offers more adventure.
Note: you can Extend your trekking to Serengeti Safari
At a Glance
Destination: Affordable Kilimanjaro Trekking Tours | 8 day Lemosho route
Londorossi Gate – Forest Camp
Forest Camp – Shira Camp
Shira Camp – Moir Hut
Moir Hut – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Hut
Mweka Camp – Moshi
The 8 day Lemosho variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.
- Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp
•Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
•Distance: 6 km
•Hiking Time:3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.
- Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1
•Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
•Distance: 8 km
•Hiking Time 5-6 hours
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
- Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut
•Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
•Distance: 14 km
•Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
- Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
•Distance: 7 km
•Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
•Habitat: Semi Desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
- Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
- Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
•Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
•Distance: 4 km
•Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
•Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
- Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
•Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
•Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
- Mweka Camp to Moshi
•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
•Distance: 10 km
•Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. Foot Slopes Tours & Safaris Ltd vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Arusha.
What is Included for Affordable Kilimanjaro Trekking Tours
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Arusha before and after safari
- Accommodation in Mountain
- Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Government imposed increase of park fees
- Park entrance fees (for non-residents)
- Mountain guide
- Round-trip airport transfer (pick up and drop off)
What is not Included for Affordable Kilimanjaro Trekking Tours
- International flights (from / to home)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Tips (tipping guideline 10 USD per person per day)
- Mountain equipment
What to bring for Affordable Kilimanjaro Trekking Tours
• A warm sweater as the nights can be chilly at high altitudes.
• Comfortable shoes