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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%
Total$1,361.77

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

2,382


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

2,680


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

KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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.

LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA

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.

MTI MKUBWA CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP

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.

 

SHIRA CAMP TO MOIR HUT

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.

MOIR HUT TO LAVA TOWER

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.

LAVA TOWER TO BARRANCO CAMP

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.

BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP

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.

KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP

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. 

BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP

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. 

BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP

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.

MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

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.

KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/NEXT TOUR

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.

Accommodations

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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Julian Prigl

Group Traveller

The trip with XPATS was from the very first point of contact with John to the time I’ve got back home very well planned and organized! I got the contact information through a common friend and John was willing to help out at every step during the vacation as well as beforehand for planning – he even supported me during the visa process.

I’ve done the Kilimanjaro Lemosho hike as well as a safari (Ngorongoro crater and Tarangire – really recommend doing it!!) and everything worked out well.

Before booking John gave me a detailed intro and overview regarding the main points to consider for the hike (e.g. which route, medicine, equipment, food and physical preparation etc.). Once I booked he guided me through all the necessary steps to be well prepared for the trip – which I was in the end. This helped a lot to reach summit!

My guide on the mountain was Oscar and he did a very good job – like all the other porters and the chef Dennis! Food was really good and a lot. It was hard to finish everything 😉 A secret tip if you tend to freeze easily is taking a hat water bottle with you and I’d include a private toilet for sure – we didn’t had one 😉 The views on the mountain are just stunning…waking up and seeing Uhuru peak outside of you tend is amazing!

Overall I really enjoyed working with John and would do it 100% again with XPATS!

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8 Day Lemosho Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on January 5, 2023
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January 23, 2023

Evgeniy Fabritsius

Solo Traveller

I have completed Lemosho 8 days route in a team of 4. Everything went well, the guides (Oscar and Lagos) were very experienced and gave me confidence at every point of the route. Every single question was answered, every doubt was addressed and explained.
Our health condition was under their attention, at any point of time we’ve got an advice how to handle any discomfort or little sickness… Food was sufficient, camp equipment was in order, tents were always ready upon our arrival to the camp. Porters were just doing their hard job, ready to help with any small issue, well, that concerns the whole team though, including John, the organiser. John was available at any moment before the trip, during and after, for any question and ready to find a solution when required. He kept my family informed as of hike progressed while I had no connection on the mountain.
Big thanks to the crew of Xpats international for this unique experience and good luck !

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8 Day Lemosho Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on January 5, 2023
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January 23, 2023

Kaspar Jakob Binz

Group Traveller

John does a great job with xpats international! When we got there, he picked us up from the airport and took us to the hotel. I wasn’t feeling good, and he organized a Covid test. Unfortunately, the test was positive, which is why I decided not to climb Kilimanjaro yet. However, as soon as I told John, he reorganized with the porters and managed to come up with great alternative activities. He showed me the authentic Tanzanian way of living, and the countryside and brought me to many wondrous sights in and around Arusha (hot springs, waterfalls, Arusha national park, the tanzanite museum, Natural art gallery, a coffee farm where we made our own coffee, and an orphanage). So even though I did not climb Kilimanjaro, I had a great experience in Tanzania thanks to John and found a great friend!
So even if things go south in Tanzania, you can be sure to have someone around that keeps you great company and makes the best out of your trip! Hanging out with him, I also recognized how much he cared about the hikers and how happy he was when they succeeded.

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8 Day Machame Program
Couldn’t Hike Kilimanjaro on January 5, 2023 Due To COVID-19
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January 19, 2023

Rhiannon O'Flaherty

Group Traveller

I had a truly unforgettable experience doing the 8 day Lemosho route with Xpats. We were looked after from the minute we landed at the airport, and made to feel very welcome by John and the guides. Our whole itinerary was very well organised and laid out so we always knew what we were doing and John went above and beyond making sure all our needs were met…

…Overall a brilliant trip, made even more memorable and stress-free by knowing we had John looking out for us at each step. I would definitely recommend Xpats to anyone wanting to climb Kili!

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8 Day Lemosho Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on June 22, 2022
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July 31, 2022

Amit Kapoor

Group Traveller

Above expectations, everything Xpats promised was fulfilled and Xpats Team was amazing. Food/ airport pick up & drop/ 8 days expedition and accomodation was as promised.

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8 Day Lemosho Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on June 22, 2022
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