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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Climbing

Lemosho route is a beautiful route that departs from the West side of Kilimanjaro Mountain. Due to its route profile Lemosho route can be completed on a seven days, eight days or nine days itinerary and offer a lots of opportunities to properly acclimatize because of its versatile route.

Lemosho route is highly recommended Mount Kilimanjaro route that has relatively high summit success rates.

Lemosho route recommended as the starting point is relatively remote and hence provides trekkers with a rather untouched and wild start to their Mount Kilimanjaro adventure. Spotting large wildlife, like antelope, buffalo and even elephant is unusual but not impossible. Lemosho route also provides unparalleled and spectacular view of the dramatic gorges that characterize the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Overview Kilimanjaro Lemosho route map

Lemosho route offers trekkers the experience of hiking across the Shira Plateau one of the largest high altitude plateaus in the world.

Trekkers on the Lemosho route typically converge with Machame route on day 3 at Barranco camp and use the Barafu camp route to the summit however it is now quite common for lemosho route trekkers to veer north before lava tower to join the Northern Circuit which circles the north side of Mount Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho route can also used by trekkers planning to climb western breach to the summit. Lemosho route is fully catered camping only where Kilimanjaro Brothe is leeding with the best camping tents in Kilimanjaro

Lemosho Route Distance

The Lemosho route has 97% summit success rate. It covers a distance of aproximately 70km or 42 miles over 8 days itinerary and has the greatest elevation gain of all trails which give you more time to adjust an altitude which gives you the highest chance to successful reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The following is a daily distance traveled on the Lemosho standard route 8 days climb up to Kilimanjaro summit.

day start Altitude (m) Altitude (ft) finish Altitude (m) Altitude (ft) Time (hrs) Distance (km) Distance (miles)
1 Londorossi gate 2,385 7,825 Mti mkubwa 2,700 8,858 3 – 4 8 5
2 Mti mkubwa 3,500 11,483 Shira camp1 3,840 12,598 5 – 6 6 6
3 Shira camp 1 3,840 12,598 Shira camp2 3,950 12,959 3 – 4 8 5
4 Shira camp 2 3,950 12,959 Barranco camp 3,995 13,106 6 – 7 8 5
5 Barranco camp 3,995 13,106 Karanga valley 4,550 14,928 4 – 5 5 3
6 Karanga valley camp 4,550 14,928 Barafu camp 4,673 15,331 4 – 5 4 2
7 Barafu camp 4,673 15,331 Uhuru peak 5,895 19,341 7 – 8 5 3
8 Uhuru peak 5,895 19,341 Mweka gate 4,600 3 – 4 4 2

Lemosho route Advantage & Disadvantage.

Lemosho route is the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro because of the high success rate on Mount Kilimanjaro than other route on the Mountain. The following are the advantage and disadvantage of the Lemosho route.

ADVANTAGE OF LEMOSHO ROUTE.

  • High recommended route.
  • High summit success rates.
  • Beautiful view of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Possibility to see wildlife.
  • Longer climb allowing for greater acclimatization (8 days climb recommended.)
  • Cross the scenic shira plateau.
  • Scenic western ascent.
  • Lemosho route provides unparalleled and spectacular views of the dramatic gorges that characterize the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Lemosho is camping route, you will stay in tents and enjoying a nature
  • Its gives many option of various number of days to climb as from 6 days climb, 7 days climb, 8 days climb and 9 days climb.

DISADVANTAGES OF LEMOSHO ROUTE.

  • More expensive as there are additional fees and
  • It is a longer ride to the trailhead.
  • May not be possible to access the trailhead during wet season.

LEMOSHO ROUTE SUMMIT SUCCESSFUL RATE

According to our professional on Mount Kilimanjaro lemosho route is the most popular routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. Lemosho route is a beautiful and remote trek that approaches the mountain from the south west and joins the busier Machame route on day 4. Statistics for summit successfully rate for this route improved when you spend longer on the Mount Kilimanjaro. The longer you give your body on the Mount Kilimanjaro the more time it has to adapt and acclimatize to the altitude. The longer you spend climb the higher chance of success you have.

Also route profile is very important and all good operators will recommended route that have a climb high sleep low profile. This means climbing to the higher during the day and sleeping on the lower section to give your body opportunity needs to acclimatize. When you climb 8days option is usually around 97% and the 7day around 85% for the less popular 6days option summit success rate is roughly 65%.

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  1. Amina Athumani

    Lemosho route is a one of the prettiest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro; it has less traffic, beautiful and more scenic, Lemosho route it gives trekkers enough days for acclimatization. The route have high successful summit rate compared to other Kilimanjaro trails that can lead to achieve your dream of reaching the highest peak of Africa. Also it takes through magnificent scenery with views of the Great Rift Valley, Mt Meru and Longido. Some wildlife can be seen.

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