Lemosho: Kilimanjaro Climbing Route Review

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Lemosho Route Review

One of the newest routes on Kilimanjaro, Lemosho takes its start at Londorossi Gate on the western face of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was opened in the early 2000s to relieve Marangu and Machame routes from traffic and open the western parts of the Mountain to international tourists.

Together with Rongai, Lemosho is one of the most remote routes on Kilimanjaro. It takes around 3-4 hours to get to the trailhead from Moshi and 5-6 if driving from Arusha. That is why the prices for Kilimanjaro trips through Lemosho route are usually slightly higher.

Many professional climbers describe Lemosho as the most scenic route on Mount Kilimanjaro. In our review article you can find out about all the features of climbing Kilimanjaro

Lemosho route hikers descend through Mweka route, enabling them to see southern face of the Mountain as well.

Travel Style and Conditions:
Camping
Service Level:
High
Physical rating:
Medium difficulty
Trip Type:
High-altitude hiking
Age requirements:
10 years
Total Route Length:
43 miles/72 km
Traffic:
Low
Trailhead:
Londorossi gate

Lemosho: Pros and Cons

There are some things to remember while choosing Lemosho route:

Advantages:
  • Great acclimatization transition
  • Picturesque scenic views
  • Diverse terrain
  • High success rate
  • Low number of other climbers
Things to consider:
  • The route is inaccessible in rainy season
  • Slightly more expensive than the others

Lemosho Route Map

Lemosho route is available in three variations. The eight-day trip is the recommended itinerary, as it provides excellent acclimatization transition and requires the travellers to hike only a few kilometers on the first days of this adventure, making it less stressful for your body.

A seven-day Lemosho trip is nowadays the most popular Lemosho option, suitable for the overwhelming majority of Kilimanjaro hikers. The combination of medium physical effort and great acclimatization is the reason why the 7-day Lemosho route features a very high summit success rate.

Finally, six-day trips through Lemosho are still the best among all 6-day KIlimanjaro trips, yet they are not as good as 7 and 8-day Lemosho variations and should be considered by the experienced hikers only.

Accommodation on the Lemosho Route

Lemosho is one of the “camping” routes on Kilimanjaro, i.e. overnight stays are in special four-season tents. The camp crew will be hiking ahead of you, making sure that the tents are pitched before your arrival.

There are several types of tents used on Lemosho route:

Living tents

This where you will be sleeping at night. Normally, two options are available here - standard mountaineering tents (like the North Face VE-25 or Mountain Hardwear), and spacious walk-in “space-stations” for those wanting to add a bit of comfort. The latter option makes it possible to deploy camp cots inside for better sleep.

Each tent sleeps two hikers, though it is always possible to pay for a single supplement and occupy a tent on your own.

Oftentimes hikers ask why a single supplement is charged for such accommodation in tents. In short, this money is needed to cover the wages and meals of extra porters, who will be carrying and washing it, as well as the tent amortization costs. All Kilimanjaro climbing packages sold by the tour operators here include twin or even triple accommodation, and the number of crew is calculated accordingly, taking an extra tent means extra trip expenses.

Mess or dining tents

This is where the meals will be served by your Kilimanjaro kitchen crew. For the small crews (up to 12 people), Kilimanjaro trekking outfitters usually use large space-station-type tents. For the larger parties rectangular-styled mess tents are usually deployed.

Both living and dining tents are made of high-quality, sturdy fabric to minimize the impacts of rain and wind and make the experience comfortable.

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Lemosho Altitude Profile

Unlike its older version - Shira Route - Lemosho starts at lower elevations of Kilimanjaro, providing better acclimatization transition. Moreover, the camps situated along the route are strategically placed in the lows of the trail, making it possible to “sleep low and hike high”. This strategy is one of the most important elements of adaptation to high altitudes, and is one of the reasons why Lemosho success rate is so impressive.

On 8-day (most recommended) program the hikers start the trip from Londorossi gate (2,200 meters above sea level). The first days are longer hikes than some may prefer, but it proves better results for acclimatization. taking a bit longer hike than those who prefer a shorter version, yet getting better acclimatization.

Six and seven-day alternatives to this trip normally start at Lemosho Glades (3,500 m) and immediately treat the trekkers to the fantastic panoramic views of Shira Plateau and the surrounding wilderness.

Of all Kilimanjaro routes Lemosho provides the best acclimatization transition because of the following:

Reason 1 - Camp locations.

All camping grounds on Lemosho route have been demarcated with “hike hike, sleep low” principle in mind. Because of that, after a day in the “highs”, the climbers are always able to sleep in the “lows”, helping their bodies to rest from the daily physical stresses and regain stamina.

Reason 2 - Minimal physical effort.

Unlike the other routes, Lemosho requires medium physical effort from the hikers. The terrain is almost flat, and the ascent is not that steep, especially on the first days. It makes it possible for the body to spend more energy on acclimating than on handling the physical challenges of the trip.

What is the Lemosho Route Success Rate?

Sucess rate:
High | 95%

The high success rate is one of the main reasons for the popularity of the Lemosho route.In contrast, the popular Machame 6-day and Marangu 5-day treks have success rates of only five out of ten hikers reaching the top, eight and seven-day Lemosho trips offer far better chances - 85% and 95%, respectively.

At the same time, choosing the Lemosho route for your Kilimanjaro trip is not a magic formula for guaranteed success. Though ideal camp locations, flat terrain on the first days, longer duration make acclimatization and overall experience better than on the other routes, you should be prepared to hike 5-9 km per day in the wild.

How long does it take to hike the Lemosho Route?

Depending on the variation, standard Lemosho route itineraries take from six to eight days. It is, however, always possible to ask for a “custom” version of Lemosho route with more acclimatization nights at certain camps. This latter option is highly recommended if you are not sure that your fitness level matches the requirements of a standard challenge.

Lemosho route: 6, 7 or 8 days?

There are three variations of Lemosho route, each taking a different time to complete.

SIX-DAY LEMOSHO (the shortest option)

Six day Lemosho route option is mainly recommended for the trekkers with certain hiking experience, and, desirably, prior acclimatization on the other mountains. For example, if you have made the second peak of Tanzania - Mount Meru - then this option is just right for you. Also, on this variation of Lemosho route you should be prepared to start on the higher elevation than on the seven and eight-day treks.

In short, it is the first days of the Lemosho 6-day trek that make it different from the longer options. starting on the so-called Lemosho Glades at 3,500 m, where you are dropped off by the Kilimanjaro team vehicle.Then, you will hike straight to Shira 2 Camp at 3,900 m, gaining about 400 meters on your first day on Mount Kilimanjaro. This experience is sometimes challenging for beginners, yet the difficulty can not be compared to the other six-day Kilimanjaro treks.

As a result, success rate on Lemosho six-day tour is far higher than, for example, the Machame 6-day option, making it the best six-day trek on Kilimanjaro. We strongly recommend it to everyone who has some hiking experience and whose schedule is too tight for the longer option.

SEVEN-DAY LEMOSHO (the most popular option, suitable for all)

Seven-day Lemosho is our most popular option. Over half of all trekkers choose it, following our advice. This trek has an excellent acclimatization profile and, unlike a 6-day variation, has an easy start.

Though the trailhead is also on the Lemosho Glades at 3,500 m, the first camp you will go to for an overnight stay is Shira 1 Camp at 3,505. Sleeping at this altitude always has immeasurably positive effect on the adaptation to high altitude. The second day is an easy hike to Shira 2 Camp at 3,900 m. Combined with a short hike to the point (4,110 m) on the way to Lava Tower and back makes the acclimatization process easy and comfortable. Because of that, on the third day you will be physically ready for a long hike to Barranco Camp (3,960 m) through Lava Tower (4,630 m).

Barranco Camp is a place where the Lemosho route converges with Machame. It can be pretty large, especially in August and January. After that, the route follows a traditional summit itinerary with overnights at Karanga and Barafu Camps.

So, unlike Lemosho 6-day option, this one actually splits the first day on Lemosho glades into two, giving your body more time and resources for getting used to the altitude. Even those for whom Kilimanjaro is the first true mountaineering experience almost always reach Uhuru Peak successfully through the Lemosho 7-day route.

This option is recommended for all categories of trekkers and is the most popular option for our join-group departures.

Attention: Some operators offer a different and considerably more taxing variation of 7-day Lemosho trek. Specifically, their itinerary features more days on the lower elevations for better acclimatization, on the fifth day the hikers go from Barranco Camp straight to Barafu summit camp (where you actually don’t sleep in the night), without setting a camp at Karanga. This exercise can drain your stamina to the minimum, leaving little for the summiting attempt. Be cautious while choosing your trekking agency.

EIGHT-DAY LEMOSHO ((almost) guaranteed success)

The eight-day Lemosho experience on Kilimanjaro is by far one of the best because of excellent acclimatization transition. Not only will you spend more days on the lower, “starting” slopes western part of the mountain, but also the main part of the trek is not cut in any way, treating you to the complete easy-to-go Kilimanjaro experience.

Unlike six and seven treks, which start on the Lemosho Glades at 3,500 m, it starts at lower elevation straight at Londorossi Gate at 2,200 m, one of the entry points to Kilimanjaro National Park. Because of that start at a low altitude, it is very unlikely that you will feel any symptoms of acclimatization.

Your first day on Lemosho 8-day trek will begin in the rainforest zone, from where you will go to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) camp at 2,780 m for an overnight stay. A small hike to the acclimatization point on the way to Shira 1 Camp will further boost your acclimatization. The second and the third night will be in Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). Both camps are under 4000 m, making them excellent for adaptation for high altitudes.

Starting from the 4th day onwards the trek will follow a traditional Lemosho itinerary with overnights at Barranco, Karanga and Barafu Summit and Millenium camps. By that time you will have already grown a potent acclimatization shield, which will make your final days less arduous.

Overall, it is only the Northern Circuit trek that is a match to Lemosho 8-day in terms of acclimatization profile, though it is longer and more demanding to the fitness level. It makes Lemosho 8-day choice perfect for everyone who wants to maximize the chances to reach Uhuru Peak.

Eight-day Kilimanjaro adventure through Lemosho route is available as a private trip. If you want to explore Kilimanjaro with your family, friends or colleagues, or other company, where the skills and fitness level of the trip participants vary, then Lemosho 8-day trek becomes an ideal alternative.

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What is the Lemosho Route Cost?

Because of its remote starting location of Lemosho route trailhead - western slope of Kilimanjaro - this route is a bit more difficult to access. It makes the price slightly higher than on the other Kilimanjaro routes. The higher price, however, is offset by low traffic and great scenic views.

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All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our classic adventures are what the majority of climbers are looking for. The combination of great comfort and high safety standards makes our classic Kilimanjaro hikes enjoyable and memorable. This is the most popular option among our clients.

This climbing package includes everything that a climber may need for the hike - our experienced mountain crews, high-quality group equipment, nutritionist-designed meals. Our safety protocols, though, are the same for all our hiking adventures - only the guides with Wilderness First Responder certification are assigned to lead a party. Other safety measures include a supply of oxygen cylinders, complete medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day).

The progress of each trekking party is tracked with GPS device. You may share the link with your family and friends, who will be able to monitor your progress in a real-time mode.

Before and after the adventure you will stay in a good hotel with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
$2 296 $1 869 $1 766 $1 688 $1 665 $1 597 $1 565 $1 547 Details

5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$2 296
2 pax
$1 869
3 pax
$1 766
4 pax
$1 688
5 pax
$1 665
6 pax
$1 597
7 pax
$1 565
8 pax
$1 547
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
$2 838 $2 242 $2 109 $1 994 $1 938 $1 883 $1 840 $1 819 Details

6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 8 days
$2 724 $2 176 $2 033 $1 933 $1 873 $1 822 $1 786 $1 754 Details

6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
$2 832 $2 239 $2 105 $1 991 $1 945 $1 880 $1 837 $1 817 Details

6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$2 607 $2 127 $2 009 $1 920 $1 897 $1 822 $1 788 $1 771 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$2 744 $2 196 $2 053 $1 953 $1 905 $1 842 $1 806 $1 790 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$2 838
2 pax
$2 242
3 pax
$2 109
4 pax
$1 994
5 pax
$1 938
6 pax
$1 883
7 pax
$1 840
8 pax
$1 819
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$2 724
2 pax
$2 176
3 pax
$2 033
4 pax
$1 933
5 pax
$1 873
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 786
8 pax
$1 754
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$2 832
2 pax
$2 239
3 pax
$2 105
4 pax
$1 991
5 pax
$1 945
6 pax
$1 880
7 pax
$1 837
8 pax
$1 817
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$2 607
2 pax
$2 127
3 pax
$2 009
4 pax
$1 920
5 pax
$1 897
6 pax
$1 822
7 pax
$1 788
8 pax
$1 771
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$2 744
2 pax
$2 196
3 pax
$2 053
4 pax
$1 953
5 pax
$1 905
6 pax
$1 842
7 pax
$1 806
8 pax
$1 790
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$3 131 $2 485 $2 329 $2 205 $2 145 $2 084 $2 037 $2 020 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$3 017 $2 419 $2 253 $2 143 $2 078 $2 024 $1 984 $1 952 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$3 125 $2 482 $2 325 $2 202 $2 152 $2 081 $2 035 $2 018 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$3 131
2 pax
$2 485
3 pax
$2 329
4 pax
$2 205
5 pax
$2 145
6 pax
$2 084
7 pax
$2 037
8 pax
$2 020
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$3 017
2 pax
$2 419
3 pax
$2 253
4 pax
$2 143
5 pax
$2 078
6 pax
$2 024
7 pax
$1 984
8 pax
$1 952
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$3 125
2 pax
$2 482
3 pax
$2 325
4 pax
$2 202
5 pax
$2 152
6 pax
$2 081
7 pax
$2 035
8 pax
$2 018
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$3 509 $2 770 $2 577 $2 437 $2 369 $2 300 $2 247 $2 232 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Circuit, is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through the Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts a very high success rate. A 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available for an incredible wilderness adventure on Africa’s highest volcano.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$3 509
2 pax
$2 770
3 pax
$2 577
4 pax
$2 437
5 pax
$2 369
6 pax
$2 300
7 pax
$2 247
8 pax
$2 232
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$4 265 $3 851 $3 767 $3 708 $3 649 $3 605 $3 582 $3 564 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$4 265
2 pax
$3 851
3 pax
$3 767
4 pax
$3 708
5 pax
$3 649
6 pax
$3 605
7 pax
$3 582
8 pax
$3 564
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at 3* hotel (Aishi Machame Hotel or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note:

All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).

Meals:

  • Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks.A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
  • All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits.

Climbing crew:

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance.
All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in RUB and EUR are given for informational purposes only.

Our premium Kilimanjaro adventures include certain extra features, such as spacious walk-in tents, advanced meal plan on the hike, portable shower and toilet, camp cots, insurance package, satellite phone for staying in touch with family and friends and some other upgrades on Kilimanjaro. It is the highest quality service a luxury-focused climber can get here.

Safety protocols for the premium adventures include mandatory Wilderness First Responder Certification of all our guides, oxygen cylinders, medical kits and compulsory medical check-ups (two per day). Helicopter evacuation insurance package is also included in the cost price.

Before and after your trip you will be staying in a 5* hotel in Arusha (full board basis), where a special celebration dinner will be served at the end of your trip.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
$6 049 $4 558 $4 381 $4 077 $4 061 $3 858 $3 866 $3 764 Details

5-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

5 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route
Marangu route 7 days
1 pax
$6 049
2 pax
$4 558
3 pax
$4 381
4 pax
$4 077
5 pax
$4 061
6 pax
$3 858
7 pax
$3 866
8 pax
$3 764
6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
$7 367 $5 457 $5 178 $4 828 $4 767 $4 526 $4 523 $4 393 Details

6-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 8 days
$7 235 $5 380 $5 092 $4 757 $4 706 $4 469 $4 472 $4 337 Details

6-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
$7 361 $5 454 $5 174 $4 825 $4 774 $4 530 $4 527 $4 390 Details

6-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
$6 825 $5 145 $4 920 $4 578 $4 530 $4 312 $4 309 $4 174 Details

6-day climbing Marangu route + 2 days in a hotel

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climbing base at Aishi Machame Hotel. The ride there takes about 1.5 hours.

This route features a well-trodden trail running through all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice, and will also will treat you to scenic African landscapes.

Being the most popular and the least expensive, the route may be crowded in July-September and December - March.

A 6-day option is strongly recommended over the 5-day one for better acclimatization.

Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
$7 255 $5 400 $5 112 $4 777 $4 726 $4 489 $4 492 $4 357 Details

6-day climbing Umbwe route + 2 days in a hotel

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summit.

Your first day on the mountain will start from Umbwe Gate and continue with a lengthy trek to the first camp on your way - Umbwe camp. In spite of the challenge that Umbwe poses to hikers, well thought-out location of camps will contribute to proper acclimatization.

The trek through Umbwe is available only as a 6-day program. Recommended only to experienced hikers in good physical shape.

6 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 8 days
1 pax
$7 367
2 pax
$5 457
3 pax
$5 178
4 pax
$4 828
5 pax
$4 767
6 pax
$4 526
7 pax
$4 523
8 pax
$4 393
Machame route
Machame route 8 days
1 pax
$7 235
2 pax
$5 380
3 pax
$5 092
4 pax
$4 757
5 pax
$4 706
6 pax
$4 469
7 pax
$4 472
8 pax
$4 337
Rongai route
Rongai route 8 days
1 pax
$7 361
2 pax
$5 454
3 pax
$5 174
4 pax
$4 825
5 pax
$4 774
6 pax
$4 530
7 pax
$4 527
8 pax
$4 390
Marangu route
Marangu route 8 days
1 pax
$6 825
2 pax
$5 145
3 pax
$4 920
4 pax
$4 578
5 pax
$4 530
6 pax
$4 312
7 pax
$4 309
8 pax
$4 174
Umbwe route
Umbwe route 8 days
1 pax
$7 255
2 pax
$5 400
3 pax
$5 112
4 pax
$4 777
5 pax
$4 726
6 pax
$4 489
7 pax
$4 492
8 pax
$4 357
7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
$7 968 $5 899 $5 564 $5 185 $5 107 $4 853 $4 841 $4 705 Details

7-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Machame route
Machame route 9 days
$7 978 $5 893 $5 525 $5 150 $5 075 $4 820 $4 810 $4 667 Details

7-day climbing Machame route + 2 days in a hotel

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will lead you to the top of Kilimanjaro along the exciting footpath which starts at the tropical forest, then runs through all the climate zones and finishes with the Arctic desert in the summit area.

Camps along the trek are favorably located for a smooth and gradual acclimatization transition process. On the 3rd day Machame Route converges with Lemosho and Umbwe at Barranco camp.

You can choose between a six or seven-day climb. The latter one is highly preferred for better acclimatization transition.

Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
$8 111 $5 970 $5 609 $5 219 $5 144 $4 882 $4 866 $4 721 Details

7-day climbing Rongai route + 2 days in a hotel

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually takes 3-4 hours from Altezza Lodge or Aishi Machame Hotel.

Rongai is also the only route that passes by Mawenzi, one of the three volcanic cones of Kilimanjaro and the third highest peak in Africa. The way back lies through Marangu,  and thus you will be able to see both sides of the mountain.

Though six and seven-day programs are available, a longer option is recommended for better acclimatization transition.

7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 9 days
1 pax
$7 968
2 pax
$5 899
3 pax
$5 564
4 pax
$5 185
5 pax
$5 107
6 pax
$4 853
7 pax
$4 841
8 pax
$4 705
Machame route
Machame route 9 days
1 pax
$7 978
2 pax
$5 893
3 pax
$5 525
4 pax
$5 150
5 pax
$5 075
6 pax
$4 820
7 pax
$4 810
8 pax
$4 667
Rongai route
Rongai route 9 days
1 pax
$8 111
2 pax
$5 970
3 pax
$5 609
4 pax
$5 219
5 pax
$5 144
6 pax
$4 882
7 pax
$4 866
8 pax
$4 721
8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
$8 610 $6 361 $5 962 $5 552 $5 455 $5 187 $5 165 $5 022 Details

8-day climbing Lemosho route + 2 days in a hotel

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the route will take you to the world-famous Shira Plateau. That's where you'll embark on your adventure through all climate zones - from alpine meadows to eternal ice. The climb is smooth and gradual, featuring the highest success rate of all routes on Kilimanjaro.

Six, seven and eight-day programs are available, so you can choose depending on the amount of time at your disposal. Longer programs are always recommended over the shorter ones for better acclimatization.

6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-altitude drop-off: you’ll be transferred to the elevation of 3,500 m/ 11,500 f by an off-road vehicle and start the hike from there. This is meant to maximize acclimatization transition - the higher you start, the easier your adaptation will be.

Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
$8 778 $6 445 $6 019 $5 594 $5 506 $5 275 $5 189 $5 044 Details

8-day climbing Northern Circuit + 2 days in a hotel

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Circuit, is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around.

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through the Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts a very high success rate. A 9-day extended version with crater camping is also available for an incredible wilderness adventure on Africa’s highest volcano.

8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route
Lemosho route 10 days
1 pax
$8 610
2 pax
$6 361
3 pax
$5 962
4 pax
$5 552
5 pax
$5 455
6 pax
$5 187
7 pax
$5 165
8 pax
$5 022
Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit 10 days
1 pax
$8 778
2 pax
$6 445
3 pax
$6 019
4 pax
$5 594
5 pax
$5 506
6 pax
$5 275
7 pax
$5 189
8 pax
$5 044
10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8+ pax
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
$7 878 $7 024 $6 756 $6 672 $6 576 $6 483 $6 456 $6 538 Details

10-day climbing Kilimanjaro Crater route + 2 days in a hotel

The extended version of Northern Circuit route includes two extra days to get proper acclimatization before overnighting at Crater Camp. Situated close to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro at the altitude of 5790 m, this is the highest overnight possible at the equator, so we will do our utmost to make your Kilimanjaro climb comfortable, as well as unforgettable. Only a lucky few can lay claim to having seen the night skies at this altitude and they are indeed a sight to behold: Kilimanjaro Glaciers against the backdrop of the Milky Way! While such ascents are never without their risks, the Altezza Travel Team has both the expertise and equipment to ensure your safety at Kilimanjaro Crater Camp.

10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel
Kilimanjaro Crater route
Kilimanjaro Crater route 12 days
1 pax
$7 878
2 pax
$7 024
3 pax
$6 756
4 pax
$6 672
5 pax
$6 576
6 pax
$6 483
7 pax
$6 456
8 pax
$6 538
The climb cost includes:

Transfers:

  • Meet-and-greet service at Kilimanjaro
  • Airport VIP Lounge on arrival and departure
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
  • Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.

Entry fees:

  • All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park ( conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).

Accommodation:

  • One night at Legendary Lodge 5* (Arusha) before the expedition and one night after. The hotel has the highest service standards to be found in Northern Tanzania;
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents walk-in Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents).

Please note: 
By default, you will be sharing a tent with your travel companion. Single occupancy in tents is available upon request.

Meals:

  • Full Board in the hotel;
  • All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro premium diet features upgraded, nutritionist-designed meal plan with different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh local and imported fruits and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available;
  • All drinks on the hike (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water);
  • Bottled water for the whole climb;

Hiking and safety equipment

  • 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
  • Camping cots;
  • All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Sleeping bag Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Flame (Comfort -15℃);
  • Portable toilet;
  • Portable shower;
  • Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
  • Insurance package, which covers helicopter evacuation;
  • GPS-tracking service;
  • Complete medical kits;
  • Satellite phone.

Climbing crew

  • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 7+years of successful mountaineering experience;
  • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
The climb cost excludes:
  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (300–350 USD per person).

Dates and Prices

Lemosho Route Gallery

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dima is a Tanzania-based travel expert with multiple Kilimanjaro hikes under his belt. He contributed his knowledge and skills to many notable expeditions, including Wings of Kilimanjaro 2019, BASE-jump trip with Red Bull, National Geographic trips and many other adventures.

At Altezza Travel Dima is the Kilimanjaro Expeditions Coordinator. Every year he supervises the departure of over 1500 Kilimanjaro trekkers, appoints the guides and makes sure that everything goes as planned before, during and after the expedition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How busy is the Lemosho Route?

Compared to other routes, Lemosho is one of the least busy, even during the hot season. The remote location of the trailhead, more expensive price tag and the popularity of Marangu and Machame routes are the reasons why only 2-3% of all Kilimanjaro climbers choose it.

Also, it is one of the newest routes on Kilimanjaro, which few people know about. Its popularity, however, is increasing every year.

Lemosho route vs Machame route

There are several notable differences between the two routes.

Firstly, Machame route is the second most popular route on Kilimanjaro. It can be somewhat crowded in August-September and January-February. In contrast, Lemosho is still less visited, and will suit those who prefer more reclusive hiking.

Secondly, on Machame you will be going through the rainforest on the first day of your hike. On Lemosho this experience is available only on an 8-day climb, while 7 and 6-day variations start straight in the moorland zone.

Thirdly, Machame route climb is available in six and seven-day options. The first one is very physically taxing and features one of the worst acclimatization transitions of all. On the contrary, the shortest trek on Lemosho - six-day - provides good acclimatization possibility even for beginners.

Finally, because Machame trailhead is located on the southern face of Kilimanjaro, close to Moshi, the prices for Machame trek are usually less expensive than the Lemosho route.

Machame and Lemosho converge on Barranco camp, from where all hikers head for Karanga and Barafu summit camp via the same trail.

Lemosho vs Marangu

Marangu and Lemosho routes differ in many ways.

Firstly, the Marangu route is a hut-to-hut route. In contrast, overnights on Lemosho are in tents, which are set up by your Kilimanjaro crew.

Secondly, nowadays Marangu is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. It is the least expensive and the most marketed by the tour operators. In August-September and January-February this route is particularly crowded. In contrast, Lemosho is much less busy and should be chosen by those who want more private experiences on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the huts on Marangu are public and sleep 4-10 hikers (depending on a camp). The park rangers may assign the hikers from other trekking groups to your hut.

Thirdly, the Marangu route is available in five and six-day variations. While a five-day option should be considered by experienced hikers with prior acclimatization only, a six-day trek offers a good acclimatization profile. On seven and eight-day Lemosho route treks acclimatization route is more suitable for beginners.

Lemosho vs Rongai

Together with Lemosho, Rongai is another good way to experience Kilimanjaro off-the-beaten-track.

Both routes feature remote starting locations on the western and northern slopes of the mountain respectively. Both take around 3-4 hours to reach from Moshi or Arusha. Because of that, these routes are less popular than Machame and Marangu.

The Rongai route is flatter than Lemosho, making it difficult to follow one of the most essential principles of acclimating - “climb high and sleep low”. Yet, a seven-day variation of Rongai is nevertheless much better in terms of acclimatization than Maragu 5-day or Machame 6-day treks.

The northern parts of the mountain are known to get less precipitation, making Rongai an option to think about for a climb during the rainy season.

Lemosho vs Northern Circuit

Together with Lemosho and Rongai, Northern circuit is among the least visited.

Both Lemosho and Northern Circuit start on the western part of Kilimanjaro and follow almost the same itinerary on the first days.

At Lava Tower area the two routes split - while Lemosho trekkers will keep trekking to Barranco Camp on the southern side of Kilimanjaro, Northern Circuit trekkers will go to the seldom-visited northern parts of the Mountain.

Both routes provide excellent scenic value, yet Barranco and other high-elevation camps of Lemosho may be busy in August-September and January-February. The whole Northern Circuit, however, is always desolate, making it ideal for those who like reclusive experiences.

Northern Circuit is almost 20 km longer than Lemosho and is available in eight and nine-day (with crater camping) variations. It is also the most expensive of all routes.

What is the best time to hike Lemosho?

For the majority of trekkers the ideal time to hike Kilimanjaro in general and Lemosho in particular, is in July-September and January-early March, when the chances of rain are minimal.

You should not, however, unconditionally cross out the rainy season - the periods in between the dry and the rainy season feature (March, June and end of December) have relatively good weather (most of the days are sunny) and much less climbers than usual.

Rainy season climbs have some advantages of their own:

  • Few other hikers on the trek
  • Lush green vegetation around - the landscapes are truly unique!
  • The peak of Kilimanjaro is snow-capped, giving you a chance to make one-of-a-kind pictures.

You may read more about the best time to climb Kilimanjaro in our article.

How hard is the Lemosho route?

Compared to the other routes, Lemosho is the easiest on Mount Kilimanjaro. It combines an excellent acclimatization profile with gradual ascent and ideal location of camps.

Because of that, choosing the Lemosho route is recommended for beginner and experienced climbers alike.

How long is the Lemosho route?

The Lemosho route is 71 km/43 miles long. It is one of the longest routes on Kilimanjaro, surpassed by Northern Circuit (97 km/60 miles) only.

Conclusion: Why Choose Lemosho Route to Hike Kilimanjaro

Overall, of all routes available on Kilimanjaro we recommend choosing Lemosho because of the following:

Excellent acclimatization profile (best on Kilimanjaro)

So far, the Lemosho route features one of the highest success rates of all, especially on the seven and eight-day treks. If Kilimanjaro is your first high-altitude adventure, then you should definitely consider Lemosho for your trip as a safest and least physically taxing option.

Less travelled than other routes

Though its popularity is rising every year, Lemosho is not yet a popular route on Kilimanjaro. Less than 2-3% of all trekkers choose it for their trip. If you want more reclusive hiking experiences, then Lemosho will be a perfect match to your expectations.

Beautiful scenery

Lemosho route treats visitors to its magnetizing panoramic views of Shira Plateau, Barranco Wall and other famous places on Kilimanjaro.

Three options, all with great acclimatization transition

Lemosho route is offered in six, seven and eight-day variations. All of them provide good acclimatization transition and visual experiences, offering choices in your travel dates.

Reviews

Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

There are six routes leading to the peak of Kilimanjaro. Each route has something special to offer. Some are known for great acclimatization, others for epic panoramic landscapes. Two of them - Lemosho and Machame - are our favorites.They combine great acclimatization transition and high scenic value. Though Machame is sometimes crowded, Lemosho is always a great choice. You should not, however, think that the other routes are bad. Despite the fact that acclimatization on other routes may be more challenging, the hiking experiences are nevertheless unique.