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Lemosho Route – One Of The Best Routes To The Summit Of Kilimanjaro


This page provides a comprehensive and impartial guide to climbing Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route.

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Lemosho Route


The Lemosho Route has long been considered one of the best overall routes up Kilimanjaro.  

Often completed in seven days, trekkers on the Lemosho Route have an excellent chance of reaching the summit and the path they take to get there tends to be much less busy in the first couple of days than the more-popular Machame Route.

The route approaches the mountain from the west and enjoys breathtaking and unique views from the Shira Plateau. 

Later in the trek, the Lemosho Route follows the same spectacular route up the mountain as the Machame Route, past Lava Tower and the Barranco Wall. Trekkers descend via the Mweka route.

The Lemosho Route also offers trekkers the opportunity to see large wildlife in their first two days on the trail, including antelope, buffalo or even elephants!

Lemosho Pros and Cons

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    Can be completed on a 6, 7 or 8 day route variation. The latter has better summit success!
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    Great Walk High, Sleep Low profile which aids acclimatisation
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    Excellent summit success rates. On the 8-day variation summit success rates are about 90%
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    Relatively high starting point can mean one feels the effects of altitude early on

Lemosho Route Map

The map illustrates the Lemosho Route, which begins on the remote Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The route crosses the Shira Plateau before ascending up to Lava Tower and then back down to Barranco. 

From here one scales the Barranco Wall before the final push to summit base camp, called Barafu.

The route descends via the Mweka trail.


Lemosho Altitude Map

The Lemosho Route has one of the better altitude profiles on Kilimanjaro for acclimatisation.

Despite a relatively high start at Londorossi Gate, the ascent on the first few days is quite gradual.

The route also builds in the important Walk High, Sleep Low principle with the ascent to Lave Tower on day 3 (7-day Lemosho) or day 4 (8-day Lemosho).


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Lemosho Itinerary

The Lemosho route can be completed in 6, 7 or 8 days. The 7 day option is the most popular and provides for good acclimatisation. Below we have set out the standard route variation for the 6 day option. For the 7 and 8 day variations see the next section. 

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Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Lemosho Route Variations

The Lemosho Route is also operated as a seven or eight-day trek. For the seven-day version, trekkers spend their second night on the trail at Shira Camp 1, rather than Shira Camp 2. Their third night is spent at Moir Hut, and the fourth night is spent at Barranco Camp. Seven-day trekkers arrive at Barafu Camp on their fifth day, and make their summit bid on the sixth day of trekking. They descend via the Mweka route on the seventh day.

Eight-day trekkers gain another valuable day for acclimatization. The eight-day route is identical to the seven-day route, except that trekkers split the journey from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp into two days, spending the night at Karanga Camp after scrambling up the Barranco Wall. The eight-day version of the Lemosho Route is highly-recommended by tour operators as it gives trekkers the best chances of reaching the summit.

Video Overview

A dramatic and detailed video overview of the eight-day Lemosho Route narrated by Brandon Perlow, offering tons of interesting details of the unique experiences on this route.

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Recommended Guidebook


Mount Kilimanjaro: Trekkers Guide to the Summit

Mount Kilimanjaro: Trekkers Guide to the Summit is a practical and super insightful guidebook that has been used by 1000s of climbers as an authoritative resource to prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro.

The book is available on Amazon Kindle or an eBook version can be downloaded here.

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