Lemosho is the longest and most scenic of the regular Kilimanjaro trails, typically covering 8-days from start to finish, with six of those days aimed towards the summit.
The trail approaches from the western quarter of Kilimanjaro, covering some of the loveliest highland countryside in East Africa, with the separate eco-zones of Kilimanjaro clearly evident as the forest gives way to heathland, moorland, and eventually the barren high-alpine desert of the summit regions.
This is an excellent trail for those uncertain of their abilities, and who want to allow for extra time to adjust to altitude, as well as to enjoy shorter walking / hiking / trekking, days over a generally forgiving gradient.
Day 1: – Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkumbwa (2,650 m)
After a 2 1/2 hour drive from Moshi check in is at the Londorossi Gate. After the necessary formalities, drive to Lemosho gate starting point. Hike for 3 hour through the dense rain forest with the jumps of the White and Black Columbus monkeys from one tree to the other complimenting the hike. Dinner and overnight at Miti Mkubwa Camp.
Day 2: – Mti Mkubwa (2,650 m) to Shira One Camp (3,609 m)
After breakfast, walk to the end of the forest and begin the climb through heather forest to the edge of the Shira Caldera. Lunch is served on the way. Dinner and overnight is in the scenic Shira One Camp.
Day 3: – Shira One Camp (3,609 m) to Shira Two Camp (3,849 m)
After breakfast, hike across the Shira Plateau with possible side trips to Shira Cathedral. Lunch is served in the camp. Dinner and overnight at Shira Two.
NOTE: From Shira Two Camp the trail links with Machame Route.
Day 4: – Shira Two Camp (3,849 m) to Barranco Hut (3,948 m)
The real challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro begins here! After breakfast, start a slow climb to Lava Tower Camp for lunch. Descent to the beautiful Barranco Camp. This is the Climb-High-Sleep-Low principal of altitude adjustment. Dinner and overnight in the camp.
Day: 5 – Barranco Hut (3,900 m) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m)
After breakfast, climb the Great Barranco Wall and continue around the southern circuit trail to the scenic Karanga Camp, and then continue on to Barafu camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: – Barafu Camp (4,600m) to The Summit (5,896 m) and then to Mweka Camp (3,100 m)
After a cup of tea / coffee and some snacks, start the midnight ‘Alpine Summit’ to make sure we reach the summit by dawn, in time to return to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: – Mweka Hut (3,100 m) to Mweka Gate (1,828 m)
After breakfast, . Checkout and collect the certificate(s) of achievement. After the farewell ceremony, drive to Moshi hotel for the much awaited hot shower. The tour ends here.