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8 Days
Availability : Jan - Dec
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Kilimanjaro National Park
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 25

Compare 8-day Lemosho tours & realize a 92% Kilimanjaro summit guarantee when you hike this 8-day Lemosho route itinerary. This especially applies if you’re under 40 years old and have no experience hiking at high altitudes.

The Lemosho route is one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s newest trails, and it avoids crowds on the first ascent. This provides visitors a few days of peaceful trekking to take in the stunning scenery before the track joins the Machame route.

If this is your first-time hiking at high elevations (above 3,000m/9,900ft), you should know that the most effective way to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is to properly acclimatize during your hike. Long and gradual routes like the 8-day Lemosho route are perfect for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Kilimanjaro, there are 2 systems that prevent altitude sickness:

  • The first method, Pole Pole (Slow-Slow in English), requires you to be on the mountain long enough for your body to acclimate to various altitudes.
  • The second method, Trek-High & Sleep-Low, calls for trails to have gradual inclines in order for hikers to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation changes while helping you adjust during your sleep.

Unless you find yourself between the ages of 12 and 40, you should seriously consider trekking the 9-day Northern Circuit program. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for a much better hiking experience. The 9-day variation, unlike the 8-day hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are above 40 years of age.

Lemosho’s Highlights

  • Performs exceptionally well with trekkers under 40 years old & first-time hikers to high elevations
  • Has spectacular scenery of various habitats, nearby towns and distant mountains
  • Has great acclimatization opportunities
  • Less crowded 
  • Has a 92% summit success rate
8 Day Lemosho Route Itinerary Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Distance And Elevation Gains

Best Time To Hike Lemosho Route

  •  January through mid-March
  •  Mid-June through October
  • December

Dietary Food Preferences Served On Lemosho

All of your meals on Kilimanjaro are freshly cooked by excellent chefs and served according to your dietary preference.

  • Normal diet
  • Vegan diet
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Halal diet
  • Gluten-free diet

Meet Your Guides

  • 43 years of age
  • Has 9 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training
  • 28 years of age
  • Has 5 years of experience as a Kilimanjaro tour guide
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Emergency First-Aid training in High Altitude Illnesses, Helicopter Safety & Evacuation Procedures

Safety Material & Equipment

High-Altitude Kits

  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Pulse Oximeter

Medication & Sanitary Treatments

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Anti-Acid Tablets
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Eye Drops
  • Loperamide Tablets
  • Insect Sting Relief Treatment
  • Glucose
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Dexamethasone
  • Phenergan
  • Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Wraps, Splints & Wound Coverings

  • Triangular Cravat Bandages
  • Rolled Gauze
  • Homeostatic Gauze
  • First-Aid Cleansing Pads With Topical Anesthetic

Tools & Supplies

  • Paramedic Shears
  • Standard Thermometer
  • Small Mirror
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Small Notepad & Pencil
  • Headlamp
  • Stethoscope
  • Portable Stretcher

Evacuation Protocol On Lemosho Route

  • Evacuations on Kilimanjaro are initially on foot and are accompanied by an assistant guide however if you’re unable to walk, 2 assistant guides will carry you with a stretcher up to the nearest point an ambulance or helicopter can be reached.
  • Once in an ambulance, you’ll be transferred to the nearest gate to be picked up or KCMC hospital for treatment. If your condition is severe, you’ll be accompanied by an assistant guide to the hospital where he’ll monitor your condition and write a report. As you undergo medical attention, your family and Embassy will be notified about your health condition. They’ll continue to receive daily reports until you either recover or a close family member arrives.
  • Helicopter evacuations are extremely rare however, in light of an event, you’ll be picked up at Barafu (4,570m/15,000ft) or Kibo (4,724m/15,500ft) and transferred to KCMC hospital along with an assistant guide. These sites are very high and can be extremely dangerous during evacuations so, rescues out of these sites will be conducted on pilot discretion.

Meeting Point

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha’s Venus Premier Hotel.
  • The next day, you’ll be picked up and taken to Mount Kilimanjaro, where your Kilimanjaro trek will begin.
  • Please keep in mind that the price includes both the hotel and the transfers (airport + trailheads). 

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Lemosho Route’s Park Fees

Kilimanjaro National Park fees
Conservation Fees$70/Per Day
Camping Fees$50/Per Night
Rescue Fees$20/Per Hiker
Guide and Porter Entrance Fees$2/Per Supporting Crew
Forest Entry Fees$10/Per Hiker
Forest Vehicle Entry Fees$20/Per Vehicle
Forest Support Crew Entry Fees$1/Per Supporting Crew
Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)18%
Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)18%

Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route Tours & Inclusions Offered

Open Group Treks

Save Costs Hiking 8 Days Up Lemosho Route With A Kilimanjaro Tour Group. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • Dining mess tents
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance


Private Treks

Get Kilimanjaro Privacy & Flexibility Hiking Lemosho Route’s 8 Days Private Package. Package includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Sleeping bags & mattress
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible itinerary during your hike
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • 3 meals per day during the hike
  • Water during the hike
  • Supplemental Oxygen
  • Private support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro evacuation insurance


Packages Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

Payment Process

Paying For Group Hikes

  • Pay a small $200 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For Private Hikes

  • Pay a $680 deposit when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • Get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

The Lemosho Route 8 Days Itinerary


All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website. 

Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.

A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning.


After breakfast, a car will transfer you to the Londorossi Park Gate for registration while the porters pack supplies and luggages before ascent. Please pack trekking belongings not exceeding 15-18kg as porters are only allowed to carry weight no more than 20kg.


From camp, the trek will resume east; across the Shira Plateau with a breath taking view of the Shira Cathedral. The trail crosses moorland meadow and leads to Shira 1 Camp for an overnight stay at 3,500m. Glaciers of the western breach can be spotted from this point. Expect a temperature to drop compared to the previous night.



As we move from camp and leave the forest behind, the trails will become steeper entering moorland zone. Then a gentle walk through the high altitudes of Shira Caldera to Moir Hut will spark remarkable views of Arrow Glacier. Camp will be set at 4,200m.


On this day, we will hike up 4,600m to the base of Lava tower for lunch and acclimatization. As this will be the toughest day of the trek, you may start sensing the change in altitude.


After lunch, well descend 650m to Barranco Camp. The “trek high & sleep low” technique is commonly used to help trekkers cope with the changes in altitude. 

The descent to Barranco Camp will take approximately 2 hours where the camp is situated in a valley just below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall. This grants an enormous vantage point to take photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.


A trek to Karranga from Barranco will be short but fun as you cross the Great Barranco Wall to reach the Karanga Valley at 3,930m beneath Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.


A departure from Karanga to Barafu camp will be met with a junction leading towards the Mweka gate. Crossing this junction and arriving at Barafu camp signifies the completion of the Southern Circuit. Here, you’ll be able to spot the summit from an array of angles. 


This is summit day and may also be the most physically and mentally challenging phase of your trek. The hike will resume between the Redman and Ratzel Glacier heading towards the crater rim at Stella Point (5,732m). Uhuru (5,895m) Peak, the highest point of the mountain, is only an hour away from Stella Point. 


From the summit, you will descend down 3,100m to Mweka Camp for lunch. This point will also be the last point for dinner and an overnight stay.


After breakfast, we will further descend 1,300m to Mweka Gate where you’ll collect your Kilimanjaro certificates by the park headquarters. A transfer from the gate to the hotel will be arranged after receiving your certificates.


If you have booked a Wildlife Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holiday package with us, you’ll be transferred to the next chapter of your journey. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport.


Pre & Post Hike Accommodations

Accommodations During Lemosho Hike

The Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Map

Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Map

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Related topics to understand:

Lemosho is ideally trekked between 7-8 days in order to capitalize on the route’s acclimatization landscapes. However, it’s possible to trek the route within 6 days if you’re an experienced mountaineer.

The Lemosho route is 71km/43mi in length and ideally takes about 7-8 days to trek.

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Lena Kanzok

Group Traveller

First of all I would like to say thank you to John and his team for this great trip. First we successfully climbed up the uhuru peak via the lemosho route and then we decided to go a three day safari trip (tarangire and manyara national park and nogorongo crater). What I appreciated the most was that John was available all the time before and during our vacation. He gave us helpful tips as well as supporting us with administrative things like visa, other activities, health care… that went far beyond his actual job.
Also as I had no connection to reach out to my family during the hike, John tried to reach our guides as often as possible to give my sister at home a live sign from us 🙂. I felt safe with him at all times and that is for me one of the most important things. It was definitely a service that went far beyond what was expected. I would also like to leave a big thank you to our guides Godfrey and Makanja. Thanks to the warm nature of them and the good atmosphere of the whole crew, especially John who always serves us with food 😊. Without our guides I probably would not have made it to the summit. When I really wanted to give up, they motivated me with all they have not to give up and I finally made it.
I can also recommend the safari with xpats international. We had a guide who directed himself after us and could also tell us a lot about the wildlife.
Thank you and hopefully until another time 🙂.

February 14, 2022

Jelte Goettsch

Solo Traveller

Really enjoyed the trip! John has been great with helping me prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro. He organised it perfectly, helped with last minute questions and I was able to reach the top relatively easily! Guides and crew were good. Really great to reset a bit and enjoy the amazing nature.

November 10, 2021


Couple Traveller

The trek was absolutely amazing. The scenery was great, and due to our physical preparation, it was not that difficult. I highly recommend Xpats for this adventure!

August 24, 2021

Karolina Patryn

Family Traveller

My sister and I traveled to Tanzania between Dec 2019 & Jan 2020. We did the 8 day Lemosho Kilimanjaro climb & 2 day safari tour. Both were incredible experiences! Our guides, David & Charles, & their whole team made our climb one to never forget. They helped us with everything we needed and were always friendly. My sister & I miss the whole team already and we just got home! Our 2 day safari tour consisted of visiting Ngorongoro Crater & Tarangire National Park. This was an amazing way to end our trip and a nice touch after climbing the mountain for 8 days! Our guide, Anderson, was friendly and such a happy person to ride around with. I am extremely grateful for finding this company and choosing them. The owner, Daniel Pallangyo and his whole team are awesome people and I am very fortunate to have met them! Highly recommend this company to all 🙂

January 29, 2020

Alyssa Dominioni

Group Traveller

Great experience!
Service personnalisé, super offre et rapport qualité / prix, équipe dédiée et professionelle. Notre ascension du Kilimanjaro 8 jours Lemosho était un succès grâce à Eastland.
Confort optimal, conseils pertinents et très bons souvenirs!!!

November 3, 2019