Lemosho Route Itinerary In 7-Days

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

Compare 7-day Lemosho tours & realize an 85% Kilimanjaro summit guarantee when you hike this Lemosho route itinerary for 7 days. This especially applies if you’re under 30 years of age and have no experience climbing 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 climbing 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 7-day Lemosho route are perfect for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Mt 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 you to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation gains while helping you adjust during your sleep.

Unless you find yourself between the ages of 12 and 29, you should seriously consider trekking Lemosho’s 8-day variation. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for an ultimate Kilimanjaro climbing experience. The 8-day variation, unlike the 7-day hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are under 40 years of age.

Highlights From This Long-Distance Trail

  • Has spectacular scenery of various habitats, nearby towns and distant mountains
  • Performs exceptionally well with first-time hikers that are under 30 years of age
  • Has great acclimatization opportunities
  • Less crowded 
  • Has an 85% summit success rate
7 Day Lemosho Route Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Distance And Elevation Gains

Best Time To Hike The Lemosho Route

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

Dietary Food Menus Served On Mount Kilimanjaro

All of your meals on Mt 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 Tanzanian Tour Guide

  • 46 years of age
  • Has been leading Kilimanjaro expeditions since 2010.
  • Has 3 years of experience as a porter on Kilimanjaro
  • Received Wilderness First Responders (WFR) safety training

Safety Trekking Materials & Hiking 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 Protocols On This Walking Tour

  • 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.

Transportation & Meeting Points

  • You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Venus Premier Hotel in Arusha City.
  • 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

Kilimanjaro National 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%

Compare 7-Day Lemosho Route’s Prices & Tours

Open Group Treks

Save Costs Hiking 7 Days Up Lemosho Route With A Kilimanjaro Tour Group. The Escorted Tour Includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • 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 7 Days Private Package. The Escorted Tour includes:

  • Park Fees & Taxes
  • Lodging before and after the hike
  • Camping tents during the hike
  • Mattresses
  • Dining mess tents
  • Private toilet
  • Flexible travel 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


Package Tours Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Private Expenses

How To Book A Package Tour

  • Step 1: Go to the booking engine on this page and choose your trekking date, package tier, number of travelers joining the expedition, and click on the “Proceed Booking” button.
  • Step 2: Fill in your personal details accurately, including your dietary preference and/or special requirements for the trip, under the “Additional Notes” section. Once you have finished, click on the “Next” button.
  • Step 3: At checkout, click on the “Book Now And Pay Later” button and wait to receive a list of wire transfer details from the official business booking email.
  • Important Notice: Please ensure that wire transfers are made according to the transaction details suitable for your region. Details will be listed in the booking confirmation email sent after registration.

Payment Process

Paying For A Group Trek

  • Pay a small $200 deposit, when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • If you can’t make your trek date, youll get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

Paying For A Private Trek

  • Pay a $550 deposit, when booking; then
  • Pay the remaining balance upon arrival; and
  • If you can’t make your trek date, youll get unlimited deferrals at no additional cost

7-Day Trekking Itinerary & Elevation Gains


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 Lemosho trek will resume east; across the Shira Plateau with a breathtaking 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 Shira 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 Lemosho trek, you may start sensing the change in altitude.


After lunch, we’ll 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.


The Lemosho trek to Karranga from Barranco Camp 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.


Overnight Stays At The Hotel Before & After Your Hike

Camping Tents At Lemosho’s Campsites

Trekking Map Of The Lemosho Route On Kilimanjaro

Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Map
Lemosho Route’s Trekking Map

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Related topics to understand:

While the Lemosho route ranks first overall, the Machame route ranks fourth in difficulty, right after the Rongai route. Though this is the case, the Rongai route’s gradual slopes make for easy ascents. You can expect camping grounds, instead of sleeping huts, on all three climbing routes. However since the Rongai route descends on the Marangu route, you can also expect sleeping huts on the last days of this climbing route.

The 7 Days Lemosho Route Itinerary costs $2,198 pax for open group treks and $2,550 for standard group treks. Private group treks also cost anywhere from $2,550 and above depending on the operator. Hikers looking to cut costs without compromising their trekking experience can opt for the 7 day Machame route. The Machame route offers similar acclimatization opportunities, as the 7 day Lemosho route, but without the forest fees imposed by the national park.

Even though Mount Kilimanjaro’s headquarters is established at the Marangu Gate, the Lemosho route has its own registration office. The only climbing route that doesn’t have its own registration office is the Umbwe route. Registrations for the Umbwe route happen at the Machame gate.

The Shira Plateau, located approximately 13km west of the snow-covered Kibo summit, is in fact a caldera—meaning it is a sunken volcanic crater. Therefore, when traversing the Shira Plateau, you are essentially stepping upon the remnants of Kilimanjaro’s initial volcano that ceased activity roughly 500,000 years ago. Subsequently, the Shira Plateau was filled with lava and debris resulting from the subsequent eruption of Kibo.

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Richard Nash

Solo Traveller

I would just like to thank Xpat International for helping me reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. The staff were extremely friendly and were very knowledgeable on any questions I had concerning the trip. The food was in abundance and very tasty. Overall a very satisfactory experience!

7 Day Lemosho Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on February
23, 2023


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March 7, 2023

Kimberly Rosenfield

Solo Traveller

I can’t say enough about how amazing my Kilimanjaro summit was thanks to XPATS International! First, the incredible assistance from John in preparation and planning. Not only did he spend a half hour on the phone with me helping me decide which route would be best, but he followed up with emails and messages to make sure I had everything I needed. Highlight – se sent menus and recipes of the foods I’d be eating so I knew what to expect. The guides and porters were top notch! As a solo female hiker, I was definitely apprehensive. But they took such great care of me! They kept me entertained, made me feel safe and protected, and didn’t get frustrated when I asked them for the millionth time how to say the same words in Swahili! Camp was always comfortable and the food was amazing! I celebrated my birthday on summit day and the whole team made it special. First, with muffins, candles and singing at wake up, a toast at summit, and a birthday cake back at the gate.

7 Day Lemosho Program
Hiked Kilimanjaro on August 30, 2022


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October 17, 2022