Lemosho Route – Kilimanjaro Trekking

Lemosho Route – Kilimanjaro Trekking

The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not too long ago, there were only two main routes used to climb Kilimanjaro – the Marangu (Coca Cola) route and the Machame (Whiskey) route. But as Tanzania’s tourism industry flourished, the Kilimanjaro park authority created more trails to African’s highest peak to distribute climbers to more areas of the park. This reduced bottlenecks at certain points and also made for a more pleasant experience by limiting crowds. Additionally, these latter trails were more thoughtfully designed to improve acclimatization for the climber by incorporating longer distances, longer times on the mountain and shorter elevation gains. Lemosho, a relatively new route, falls into this category.

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Lemosho is preferred by reputable operators due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate. In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit, and enjoy the experience overall.

The Lemosho route can be done in as little as six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, it is ideally tackled over eight days (seven nights) for a better altitude acclimatization schedule. With eight days (seven nights) on the mountain, your chances of reaching the top are very high, around 90%.

Access to the trail begins with a long drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Gate.

This can take three to four hours. Londorossi Gate is located in the western base of mountain. Lemosho starts in lush, fertile rainforest. It is the first ecological zone you encounter on Kilimanjaro (we will trek through four). The route heads up and across the Shira Plateau, which used to be Kilimanjaro’s third peak before it collapsed. Then we make our way north to Moir Hut, which serves as a great acclimatization day due to short hikes than can be done in the nearby Lent Hills. Next, we climb high up and over Lava Tower before dropping into Barranco Valley, one of the prettiest areas on the entire trail. We climb the intimidating Barranco Wall and then circle along the southern circuit to Karanga and high camp Barafu Hut.

The summit attempt is made from Barafu in the early morning hours, often during the full moon. This is the coldest, windiest section of your adventure. But once the sun comes up, so can most of your extra layers. After the summit, the descent follows the Mweka trail.

INCLUDES :

  • Leather or thermal boots
  • Gore-Tex, K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
  • Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
  • Fleece jacket & pants
  • Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal glove liners
  • Thermal balaclava
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal long johns
  • Thermal socks
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Rain suit or poncho
  • Hiking boots or cross trainers
  • Sun hat

EXCLUDES :

  • Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
  • Use water filters and purifying pills.
  • Take enough snacks like energy bars
  • Do not move too fast.
  • Move as lightly as possible.
  • High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
  • Nausea and headache pills.
  • New boots should be walked-in
  • Use a sleeping mat when camping.
  • Use a thermal flask on summit night.
  • Thermal glove liners allow easier camera.
  • Use only new camera and headlamp batteries.
  • Guides and porters will expect tips.

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