Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Via Lemosho Route – What to Expect For The Lemosho Route on Mt. Kilimanjaro?

“A Lesser-Travelled Route Offering Breath-Taking Views Which Can Make Every Hiker To The Nature Enthusiasts”

The remote and the most beautiful route of Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho Route approaches from the west side of the majestic mountain Kilimanjaro. Though it is a long route for the Mount Kilimanjaro Hike, the Lemosho route is well-known for offering the opportunities to acclimatize and also the most spectacular views of natural wildlife.

Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Via Lemosho Route

With a height of 19,341 ft, Mount Kilimanjaro is famous as an adventure tour for both beginners and experienced. There are seven routes for hiking which are Marangu Route, Machame Route, Umbwe Route, Lemosho Route, Northern Circuit Route, Rongai Route And Shira Route.

Highlights Of Lemosho Route

Highlights Of Lemosho Route

A Very Scenic And Natural Route

Offering panoramic vistas, Lemosho Route is considered as the most scenic path with less crowd. You can spot large antelope, buffalo and elephant in the woods in the lower and middle part of the slopes.

Ascent Via The Lemosho Route And Descent Via The Mweka Route

For the summit, you have to ascend via Lemosho route from the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. You need to descend down through the Mweka route which is extended to the south direction of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Climbing Passage In The Barranco Wall

In the itinerary of Lemosho Route 7 Days, you will pass the steep wall of rock, Barranco wall on 5th or 6th day. At the top of the wall, you will find cloud beneath your feet and enjoy superb views of the southern ice fields and the summit.

Lemosho Route Profile Offers Very Good Conditions For Acclimatization

As Lemosho route provides opportunities for climb high and sleep low and best for acclimatization while the Lemosho Route Success Rate is 90%.  

Total Distance About 74 Km

As a longer route, the total distance you have to cover for Mount Kilimanjaro Hike is 74 km including ascending and descending.

Lemosho Route Itineraries For Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

Lemosho Route 8 Days

On Lemosho Route 8 Days, the hiking from Barranco to Barafu is divided into two days for the acclimatization. Another reason is, a day before summit day which begins very early, around midnight. So, the climbers need to sleep fully for surviving the toughest day. Lemosho Route 8 Days is highly recommended for the beginners and it is also preferred by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Lemosho Route 7 Days

Lemosho Route 7 Days is preferred if you are a beginner with better fitness and it is better than the six-day option. In this itinerary, we will hike from Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1 on day two with an altitude of 2,000 feet. On 3rd day, we will continue from Shira Camp 2 to the Moir Hut, at 13,800 feet.  In this itinerary, the hiking from Barranco to Barafu remains one day following the summit day.

Suggested packages

Climbing Kilimanjaro does not need any technical skills, but as it is going on high altitude it requires certain safety measures to be taken.

The Lemosho Route Cost Includes

Kilimanjaro Transfers

The transfer cost is included to and from the airport for the international flight. Apart from the transfers, it also includes the flight ticket which is higher than the entire package cost. Depending upon your location for both arrival and departure your budget for international flights may range from $1,300 to $2000.

Kilimanjaro Park Fees

The Kilimanjaro park fees are also included in Lemosho Route Cost. The Kilimanjaro park entry fee is $60 while the rescue fee is $20.

Kilimanjaro Accommodation

If you are on a Budget to Hike Mount Kilimanjaro, you can cut costs at this stage by choosing to stay at inexpensive hotels without compromising on the quality of services. The budget is around $160 – $300. The Kilimanjaro Hiking Cost includes full accommodation which is one night before the trip and one night after the trip, meals while you’re on the mountain and camping facilities such as tents, chairs, tables, etc.

Kilimanjaro Food

Kilimanjaro Foods are included in hiking costs, you will get the fresh, delicious organic foods. Apart from the breakfasts, you will get hot chocolate, sandwiches, soup, guacamole, peppers, tomatoes, almond date bars, nuts, fruit, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese in lunch. The fruits will be fresh as these are brought from the local farms nearby. In dinner, you will get tomato ginger soup with baked bread, fresh tilapia with chips, peas with butter and mint, avocado tomato salad, apple pie, and cream. For easy digestion and rich nutrition, you will get a starch-based nutritious diet on high altitude.

Kilimanjaro Hiking And Safety Equipment

As Kilimanjaro Success Rate highly depends upon the hiking and clothing gears, you need to take each and every safety equipment. Whether you are renting or buying the gears, the costs can range in between $600 and $800. For measurement of oxygen level in the blood, routine check by pulse oximeters, and for an emergency, Gamow hyperbaric pressure bags will be taken.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Crew

As Kilimanjaro Crew are the first one who want to see you on the summit and getting the result of their hard work, the tipping is a sign of gratitude which keep them motivated. The approximate cost of tipping is usually $300.

The Lemosho Route Cost Excludes

  1. Personal Items And Toiletries
  2. Lunch And Dinner At The Hotel (Before And After The Moshi)
  3. Tips For Guides, Porters And Cook

Serac Adventures Top Tips For Kilimanjaro Hike Successfully

We Look Forward To Preparing Your “Trip Of A Lifetime”

Asked in Kilimanjaro Faq’s by the hikers for the best among Lemosho Route 8 Days and Lemosho Route 7 Days, the answer depends on your fitness. Overall, Lemosho Route 8 Days is used by the most prominent tour operators of Tanzania.

If you are planning for the summit on Mount Kilimanjaro, then you should prefer dry and warmer months from July to October as the Best Time To Hike Kilimanjaro. If you don’t like crowds, then January and February is the best time to enjoy the panoramic view on The Lemosho route.

Lemosho Route


The tip to be mindful of on your Lemosho Route hike is to spend more time as it increases the Lemosho Route Success Rate. As acclimatization is the main thing to be considered to reach the summit

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We hope, this information can help you you to decide about the budget and days for a successful summit on snow-crested Mount Kilimanjaro.

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