Climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho route


It’s official, we have Kilimanjaro’s Best Guide working for us. Learn more.  We also use the best route, the Lemosho route.  Standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in your lifetime, so why 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 you are giving yourself the best chance at success climbing Kilimanjaro on the best route. We have put over 2,600 people on the summit of Kilimanjaro and we are a world leader in offering quality, well run climbs on Kilimanjaro. We have amazing food, Mountain hard wear Trango 4 tents, and our own full time professional mountain staff on the ground in Tanzania 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

Read some REVIEWS You just need to come with good physical conditioning, we will help you get prepared. Climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho route gives you the best acclimatization, safety and scenery on the mountain. Read more. Having the right team for your Kilimanjaro climb is essential in making this 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.Although Kilimanjaro is not a technical peak, its success rate changes from year to year but normally 42% – 48% make it to the summit.

The Lemosho route is the best route

We have 95% success rate, second to none.  Although Mount Kilimanjaro is not a technical peak, its success rate changes from year to year but normally 42% – 48% make it to the summit. People are continually underestimating the high altitude and trying to climb it in less than seven days with little understanding of how the lack of oxygen effects the body. That is why we choose to offer Kilimanjaro Lemosho route.

Tips, gear and our available climbing dates

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 designed 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.

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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, have hot lunch and then start the hike on the beautiful rain forest trails, rich in flora and fauna, which leads up to the the Shira Plateau. The Plateau offers spectacular views before we head up the southwestern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. on day 4, after 3 nights of good acclimatization we reach the height of 4,600m/ 15,091 feet giving us views of the Lava Tower and getting close to the western breach of Kilimanjaro.  From there we descend to the Baranco Camp 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. where 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 the Karanga Camp 4,010m/ 13,156 feet The follow day we head to Barafu 4,650m/ 15,255 feet or Kosovo Camp 4,800m/ 15,748 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.

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Kilimanjaro is generally on the to do list of every climber, trekker, walker and athlete in the world, and with good reason.  The journey to the top of Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is a beautiful, unique and inspiring experience unlike any other, and with the right preparation and commitment, your dreams can turn to reality on the highest free-standing mountain in the world! Ian has climbed Kilimanjaro 35+ times now 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 $3,550.  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 but 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 where the guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. Hot Lunch will be provided here along with mineral water. From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to the start of the Lemosho Route 2,300m/ 7,546 feet, where 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. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the chef will prepare dinner before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite. Watch our video from Day 1.

Day 3

You rise early at Mti Mkubwa camp, after breakfast, you climb an hour and a half to top of the 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 heading towards the Shira Plateau. We will stop for many breaks along the way, making sure we stay hydrated and take our time, slowly walking toward the crest of the ridge. We will continue by traversing across the Plateau where we will be rewarded with spectacular views back into the rain forest and the summit comes into view. We will then head 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 humour 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 will rise around 11:30pm, and after some tea, coffee and 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. For many climbers the approximately 5 hour walk to Stella point is mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point 5,756m/ 18,885 feet we will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point we might 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

After an early, and well-deserved, breakfast, it is a short and scenic trek back to the park gate.  At Mweka gate 1,700m/ 5,577 feet, you sign your name and details in a register and successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate we 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.

Ready to go?

Kilimanjaro Lemosho route will give you the best chance of success. Does this information excite you to take the next step towards achieving your goals of climbing Kilimanjaro.  If so, get in touch today.  Our Kilimanjaro Lemosho route team, pride ourselves in making sure that our clients have every opportunity to succeed on the mountains, including professional training advice, gear lists and video links on how to pack your bag, and much more.  We are always available 5 days a week to answer any questions you may have by email, phone or skype, so contact us today!