Long, slow ascent ,lowest altitude start

Why Lemosho?

Long, slow ascent ,lowest altitude start

Lemosho is a beautiful route with gentle ascents approaching the mountain from the west. We pass through the Lemosho Glades and traverse the Shira Plateau, providing stunning views of Kibo, Kilimanjaro's main peak.

We will then proceed in a counter-clockwise direction below the southern face of the mountain, climb Lava Tower for magnificent 360 degree vistas, ascend the Great Barranco Wall, a challenging and exhilarating scramble, and approach Uhuru Summit from Barafu and the ridge that abuts the South East Valley. This approach provides incredible views of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro's remnant volcanic cone.

Lemosho route starts at the lowest altitude compared to the other routes.

Itinerary code: STT K7 or STT K7+1

Level: Intermediate

Nights:Camping in a tent

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights (7 days on trek )/10 Days/ 9 Nights (8 days on trek)

Day 2 - Lendorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big tree Camp)

Time (average):2-3 hours

Altitude gained:550 metres (1795 feet)

Terrain:rough forest path through dense vegetation.

Summary:a short but demanding trek with some steep sections

Day 3 - Mti Mkubwa(Big-Tree) Camp to Shira 1

Time (average):4-5 hours

Altitude gained: 830 metres (2725 feet)

Terrain:rough path crossing through the forest to moorland

Summary:steep walk up to the next camp

Day 4 - Shira 1 to Shira 2

Time (average): 2-4 hours

Altitude gained: 350 metres (2340 feet)

Terrain:Montane desert across the plateau

Summary:steady climb up hill

Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of two to four hours of hiking. You will hike east across the Shira Plateau, past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp at 3935 m. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular.

Day 5 - Shira 2 to Barranco Camp

Time (average): 5-6 hours

Altitude gained: maximum of 1035 m gain up to Arrow Glacier, net gain for the day is 20 metres (100 feet)

Terrain:dry barren alpine path with small scrambles

Summary:another great day for acclimatization, starting and ending at almost the same altitude.

Day 6 - Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Time (average):7-8 hours

Altitude gained: rises 380 metres (1250 feet) over the Barranco Wall, then falls and rises to Barafu (650 m/ 2130 ft net gain)

Terrain: after a steep, exposed climb up the Barranco Wall (some scrambling), gradients ease

Summary: a taxing day, to be followed by an even tougher night, but with good views.

Day 7 - Summit to Mweka Camp

Time (average):7-8 hours

Altitude lost: 2795 metres (9170 feet)

Terrain: gradual descent around crater rim, then steep, lose scree followed by rough path

Summary:many people find the descent hard on the knees and feet: don't underestimate this stage

Extra day for Acclimatization

Day 6 Karanga Camp (4200m) - Acclimatization day

After breakfast, you leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley Campsite. This additional day will further assist the process of Acclimatisation and break up your summit attempt to maximise your chances of reaching Uhuru!