Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Location: Tanzania, Africa
Length: 10 days (8 days on the mountain)
Previous experience required: Hill walking in the UK or elsewhere
Cost: £3295 per person

2024 Dates

17 February – 26 February
16 March – 25 March
18 May – 27 May
16 June – 25 June
22 July – 31 July
1 August – 10 August (full)
12 August – 21 August
21 October – 30 October
24 November – 3 December
29 December – 8 January 2025
Please note that if you are a group of 6 or more we can organise a private expedition for you at any date you wish. We tend to avoid April because of the rains. However, if you don’t mind a bit of rain and want a quiet mountain, this would be a good time to go there!


Kilimanjaro the ‘White mountain’. At 5895m (19,341 ft) high, this dormant volcano is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The adventure up Kilimanjaro is an exploration- not merely a climb but one that allows you to live and connect to nature. It is the highest mountain on earth whose summit is accessible to any committed walker without requiring technical skills, experience or mountaineering equipment.

Although Kilimanjaro lies only three degrees south of the equator, you will encounter varieties of vegetation ranging from forest, heather, moorland and alpine desert to snow and ice.

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Many people consider the Lemosho route to be the most scenic route up the mountain. It also gives you the best opportunity to get to the summit, because it offers a longer acclimatisation process than other routes.

The route starts to the west of Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate, about a two hour drive from Arusha. From the gate, the first two days are spent trekking up through the rain forest where you may well see Colobus and Blue monkeys to the Shira Ridge.

The route then crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east. This relatively flat section, at just below 4000m, offers an excellent opportunity to acclimatise and affords fabulous views of the mountain from different perspectives.

The Lemosho route is relatively quiet until it joins the Machame route close to Lava Tower, where it then traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu High Camp. We then use the Mweka route for our descent before returning to Arusha .

In Arusha you have the option of staying for the last night in Tanzania at our hotel base or returning on the overnight flight back to the UK. We can also arrange a safari for you which could be one or more days depending on when you want to return to the UK.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meet Kilimanjaro International airport and transfer to our base in Arusha
  • Day 2: Enter park via Londrossi gate, camp Mti Mkubwa
  • Day 3: Shira Camp 1
  • Day 4: Moir Hut
  • Day 5: Barranco Camp
  • Day 6: Karanga Camp
  • Day 7: Barafu Camp
  • Day 8: Summit and descent to Mweka Camp
  • Day 9: Exit park via Mweka gate and return to Arusha
  • Day 10: Transfer to Kilimanjaro International airport and departure

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Why choose to do your expedition with us?

There are lots of providers offering the opportunity to climb to the summit of Africa. These are some of the reasons we think we offer a better experience than most of the other providers on the mountain:

  • Included in our price is a training weekend in the UK. It gives us a chance to get to know you, and vice versa. It also gives us an opportunity to talk about the expedition, training you may need to do, the acclimatisation process and kit you will need on the mountain.
  • Jeremy has personally known and worked with his team out in Arusha for over 15 years. There are really good relationships between the crew in Tanzania and us here in the UK.
  • We look after our crew in Tanzania. We provide our guides with excellent kit (RAB) so they are able to better look after you. They will have been fed very well during the expedition and should any of the local team be sick on the mountain, we will make sure they are looked after and receive the appropriate medical care.
  • We make sure our porters are properly paid and do not carry too much up the mountain. As a result, they may well pop back down the mountain from our next camp to help carry your bag for you if you’d like!
  • We offer a very high client : guide ratio on the mountain to help look after you as we get to the summit.

What’s included in the price of this trip:

People often ask why it is so expensive to climb Kilimanjaro. The main reason is that well over 50% of the cost of the expedition made up of park and peak fees. However, your money does see its way back into the local economy and so is actually benefiting the locals. In addition to the park fees we look after you very well on the mountain. There will be approximately four crew supporting each client on the trek!

The following are included in your expedition:

  • Arrival and departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport- we will meet you at the airport and take you to our hotel base in Arusha
  • Pre & post climb accommodation in Arusha on a bed and breakfast basis based on 2 people sharing
  • All accommodation on the mountain (Mountain Hardware Trango tents)
  • Transport to the trail head and back to Arusha after the climb
  • A fully supported camping trek which includes your personal tent, a group toilet tent, kitchen tent, dining tent with table and chairs
  • Emergency equipment such as medical oxygen and emergency evacuation services
  • 3 meals per day on the mountain
  • Professional guiding and support team including porters, chef and kitchen staff
  • All fees (park entrance, camping and rescue)

The cost excludes

  • International flights
  • Visa fees to get into Tanzania
  • Evening Meals at either end of the trek
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry or telephone
  • Travel and medical insurance: you need to make sure you have sufficient medical insurance to cover you for trekking up to 6000m
  • Rescue costs incurred if you need to be evacuated and transferred to a different location (this is usually included in your travel/ medical insurance)
  • Tips for your mountain crew
    Allow approximately $300 per person
  • NB a Single person supplement £200, that’s a single room in the hotel and single tent occupancy on the mountain
  • Optional trips and tours whilst you are in Tanzania

What’s Next?

Please do contact us and have a chat about the expedition. Then please complete a booking form which will give you details about how to transfer your deposit payment.