Climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho route


It’s official, we have Kilimanjaro’s Number one Guide leading our team.  We also use the best route for acclimatization, safety and success. Standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in your lifetime. So never compromise on acclimatization and safety. Ian has climbed Kilimanjaro 35+times and will help you prepare for your Kilimanjaro adventure.

By picking 8 days on the mountain undoubtedly, you give yourself the best chance at successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  We have helped over 3,000 people to the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Ian Taylor Trekking are a world leader in offering quality, well run trips to Kilimanjaro. We have developed the best menu differing from, other operators.  All our teams will use Mountain hard wear Trango 4 tents. We also have full time professional mountain staff on the ground in Tanzania. Our dream team are ready to help you achieve your goal of standing on the roof of Africa. Check out our upcoming trips.

How Should you be Training for Kilimanjaro

You just need to come with good physical conditioning. We are available to help you get prepared with the right training. I will say it again, climbing Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho route gives you the best acclimatization. This route also offers the best safety and scenery on the mountain. Read more. Having the right team for your Kilimanjaro climb without a doubt, will make your adventure a success. Check out 20 reasons to pick Ian Taylor Trekking for your Lemosho route climb. Also check out our Top 50 Tips for a safe and successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.

The Lemosho Route is the Best Route

We have 95% success rate.  Although Mount Kilimanjaro is not a technical peak nevertheless,  the success rate are normally 55% – 65% make it to the summit. People are continually underestimating the high altitude and trying to climb it in less than eight days with little understanding of how the lack of oxygen effects their body. That is why we choose to offer Kilimanjaro Lemosho route.

Tips, Gear and our Available Climbing Dates

Our Kilimanjaro tour on the Lemosho route is the most beautiful route and gives you an excellent acclimatization schedule. This rising traverse on the most appealing route on the mountain is the best way to experience Kilimanjaro.  We have designed a unique itinerary with maximum acclimatization and summit success in mind.  Check out up coming tripsWATCH OUR PACKING VIDEO. Check our our TOP 10 TIPS for a successful Kilimanjaro climb. Click the different links on this page to find out all you need to know about climbing Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro from Moshi On the Crater Rim of Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro above the Barranco wall On the summit of Kilimanjaro

More About Climbing Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is a ten day trip, with eight days spent on the mountain. Read our daily distances on the mountain. After flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport and spending our first night in the town of Arusha. We use the Karama Lodge or the similar as our base.  We will begin the trek from the Londorossi Park Gate, located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. Read our top 10 tips for a safe and successful Kilimanjaro climb. Read about the challenges you will face climbing Kilimanjaro.

More About the Lemosho Route

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the beginning of the trail.  We will check in at the national park gate and have a hot lunch.  A couple of hour later we start the hike through the beautiful rain forest trails. Kilimanjaro is rich in flora and fauna. Our route leads you up to the the Shira Plateau. The Plateau offers spectacular views before we head up the southwestern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. On day four, after three nights of good acclimatization, we reach the height of 4,600m/ 15,091 feet. This gives our teams some of the best views of the western breach of Kilimanjaro.

From there we descend to the Baranco Camp 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. The following day we are then faced with the Baranco Wall, a steep 300m/ 948 feet winding trail up to the mountain’s southern face. The route continues underneath the Decken and Rebman glaciers to Karanga Camp 4,010m/ 13,156 feet. The follow day we head to Kosovo Camp 4,900m/ 16,076 feet our last stop before the summit.

Summit Night on Kilimanjaro

We will leave around midnight in the evening for the steady but very strenuous ascent to Uhuru Peak. The last 200m/ 657 feet to the carter rim our the most difficult. You need to get your breathing right and you will make it. It takes another hour to the summit and you are there. After enjoying the summit, we return to Barafu or Kosovo camp. After a rest and lunch we will move lower to Mweka camp 3,100m/ 10,170 feet for the night. Our final day of trekking will see us heading towards the Mweka Gate and back to Arusha and our comfortable hotel by 4pm. CLICK HERE for our Climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho route daily distances. Read more about our quality Kilimanjaro climbs.

The Barranco valley on Kilimanjaro The Barranco valley on Kilimanjaro Hiking down from the summit of Kilimanjaro The Barranco valley on Kilimanjaro
Hiking from Karanga to Kosovo Camp On the summit of Kilimanjaro The crater rim of Kilimanjaro Stella Point on Kilimanjaro

Why Climb Kilimanjaro With Us

Kilimanjaro is generally on the to do list of every trekker, remember only around 60% make it to the summit.  Firstly, the Lemosho route over 8 days gives you the best chance at reaching the top of Kilimanjaro. Secondly, this route is the most beautiful, unique experience for a Kilimanjaro climb. Thirdly, we have the most unique itinerary for a successful ascent. Finally we get 100% success on our Lemosho route climbs.

Ian has climbed Kilimanjaro 35+ times to date and recommends climbing Kilimanjaro on this Lemosho route. Also check out our Everest Base Camp Trek or Treks in South America. Watch another one of our Kilimanjaro climbing videos below. Prices start from $3,600.  Continue reading about our quality Kilimanjaro climbs.

What People Said About our Kilimanjaro Climbs

“In October of last year, I joined a team of 10 people led by experienced mountaineer Ian Taylor. To prepare to climb Kilimanjaro in January 2010. We trained in the Wicklow mountains at weekends. During which time, Ian instilled a great confidence and team spirit within the group. Prior to our departure we were well prepared both physically & mentally, thanks to Ian’s knowledge and attention to detail.

On arrival in Africa it was fascinating to see the whole dynamics & organisation required for the Kili Climb. On the mountain itself, the weather was very pleasant and each day brought a new experience and landscape. After an incredible seven days climb, the whole team summited on January 30th at 07.00am. Thanks to Ian for his generosity with his time and knowledge. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.”  Martin Gleeson, Climbing Kilimanjaro 2010

“Ian Taylor is Inspirational. His dedication towards my training was first class. Not only was his training brilliant. His words of encouragement was key to my successful achievement of conquering my goal of climbing Kilimanjaro.” Geraldine Sharkey, Climbing Kilimanjaro 2011

“I am from Ireland, now living in the United States. I wanted to take on a challenge in 2009 and a friend of mine referred me to Ian Taylor. From the very first contact Ian was very interested in me and what I wanted to achieve.  The service was fantastic and all my fears erased. I took on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro and had the experience of a lifetime. Ian has developed a professional team, set up which was much better than other teams we saw on the mountain. A very professional operation. Looking forward to reaching Everest Base Camp with Ian Taylor Trekking next year.” Richard Thompson, Climbing Kilimanjaro 2010

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Day 1

You should aim to arrive as early as possible the day before the trek. Once you arrive at Kilimmanjaro International Airport, you will be picked up and taken on a 50-minute transfer to our hotel in Arusha, where you will be booked on a shared bed and breakfast basis. You will have a group briefing in the evening with our head guide to prepare you for the journey ahead.  Our head guide was named the Mountain Guide of the year in 2019 on Kilimanjaro and you can read more about him HERE.

Day 2

Your day starts with breakfast and a 3 hour drive from Arusha 1,400m/ 4,593 feet to Londorossi park gate 2,250m/ 7,382 feet. Our guides and porters will be preparing and packing the supplies need on the mountain.  Hot Lunch will be provided at the gate along with, mineral water. After lunch we will drive to the start of the forest track and the Lemosho Route entrance at 2,300m/ 7,546 feet.  Your Kilimanjaro Lemohso route climb is underway.  We will walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite at 2,800m/ 9,186 feet, 3 hours.

Our porters will arrive at the camp site before you will have your tent set up on your arrival. We use quality mountain hard wear 4 person tents for your comfort.  On arrival you will have water from washing followed by tea and popcorn. In the evening the chef will prepare dinner before you retire to your tent for the night. Our kitchen staff will boil drinking water for you, so it is ready for the following morning. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite. Watch our video from Day 1.

Day 3

You will wake up at 6am and breakfast will be served at 7am.  You hike for an hour and a half before exiting the rain forest at 3,000m/ 9,842 feet. Your Kilimanjaro Lemosho route day 2 is underway. The trail moves to more open terrain. We will then go up and down a few hills before arriving at our lunch spot. Tents will be set up and lunch served. After lunch the trail steepens up along a ridge that leads to the Shira Plateau.

There are some great views off the western side of Kilimanjaro.  Our goal is to stay hydrated and take our time, slowly walking toward the crest of the ridge. We will continue by traversing across the Shira Plateau. You will be rewarded with spectacular views back into the rain forest as the summit comes into view. The final section is down hill towards Shira Camp One at 3,500m/ 11,482 feet in the moorlands of Kilimanjaro for our second nights sleep. Watch our video from Day 2.

Day 4

After an early start, your Kilimanjaro Lemosho route day starts,  we have a gentle walk across the Shira plateau which leads to Shira Camp Two on moorland meadows next to a beautiful stream 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach Route up Kilimanjaro with its stunning glaciers. There will also be stunning sunset views across the dormant Shira volcano. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. As this camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping below freezing. Watch our video from Day 3.

Day 5

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding the Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4,640m/ 15,223 feet after approximately four/five hours of walking. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to the Lava Tower. This is definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, ill humor and headaches due to the high altitude.

After lunch you descend again by almost 680m/ 2,231 feet to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of at the Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. Watch our video from Day 4.

Day 6

After spending a night under the Great Barranco Wall, we make our way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier at 4,200m/ 13,779 feet, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is with the spectacular views. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. There can be amazing panoramic sunset views from the Karanga Camp while we enjoy our evening at 4,010m/ 13,156 feet. Watch our video from Day 5.

Day 7

Today is another reason that we are different from other trips!  From Karanga camp, we will head steadily upward to the high camp of Kosovo, which will give our teams a better chance of reaching the summit.  A 4-hour steady walk takes us to Kosovo Camp 4,900m/ 16,010 feet from where we will set up to make our summit attempt. This is a short day, but included to give some essential pre-summit acclimatization, without being too physically exhausting. The air is noticeably thin now, and you will be running short of breath as you climb out of the Karanga Valley.

It is a slow tough hike up to the Kosovo Camp and we will be moving extremely slow as a group as we pass Barafu camp, where most other teams will be stopping for the day.  On arrival, we begin to get ourselves ready for our summit attempt.  This means preparing all our gear and water for the push up to the top, as well as getting as much to eat and drink as possible, and going to bed very early. We will wake at 11/ 11:30pm to prepare for our summit attempt!  If the weather is not in our favor, and it is too windy at the Kosovo Camp, we may have to stay a bit lower at the Barafu Camp at 4,650m/ 15,250 feet, but our goal will always be to reach Kosovo Camp! Watch our video from Day 6.

Day 8

We get up around 11:30 pm and start preparing for the summit.  After some tea, coffee and light breakfast, we will move off into the night. We head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. It normally takes five hours to reach Stella point without a doubt, the most challenging part of the route.  At Stella Point 5,756m/ 18,885 feet we will stop for a short rest. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point we may encounter snow all the way on our 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak.

Once we reach the Uhuru Peak at 5,895m/ 19,341 feet we will enjoy our accomplishment and take pictures before we begin the decent back to Kosovo Camp and further down the mountain.  After the two/ three hour journey back to the camp, we will have a short, well-deserved rest, collect our remaining gear, and head down to the Mweka Hut at 3,100m/ 10,171 feet. The route to the Mweka Hut is not difficult but you will be tired. This route will take us down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest with lots of downward steps. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared as well as drinking water. Watch our video from Day 7. Time to rest and sleep hard.

Day 9

Finally, after an early start and well-deserved breakfast, you will have a scenic three hour trek to the Mweka gate.  At Mweka gate 1,700m/ 5,577 feet, you sign out of Kilimanjaro National Park and receive your summit certificate. Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates.  Those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificate. From the Mweka Gate you will drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Your Kilimanjaro Lemosho route climb is over. Watch our video from Day 8.

Day 10

Wake up and have breakfast with the team. You have options today. You can to go for a message at the hotel, sit by the pool, play golf or visit the local market before your transfer back to Kilimanjaro International for your flight home. If you have chosen one or our quality safari’s you will start the journey today. CLICK HERE for further information on our safari options.

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