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9 Days Lemosho Route

Route Overview

Embark on an extraordinary 9-day Lemosho route trek through the Northern Circuit, the longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. This route combines the best elements of several other routes, offering stunning scenery, panoramic views, and a unique experience with minimal crowding.

The Northern Circuit initially ascends via the Lemosho Route on the west side of the mountain, but then diverges to create its own path. This route showcases the southern flanks, western forests, and northern plains, providing breathtaking views that extend all the way to the Kenyan border. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a side of the mountain that is rarely seen by others.

Throughout the 9-day journey, you’ll camp at established campsites, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Kilimanjaro. The longer duration of the Northern Circuit allows for better acclimatization, increasing your chances of reaching the summit successfully.

On day 8, at sunrise, you’ll stand atop Kilimanjaro, witnessing a breathtaking view that will leave a lasting impression. The sense of accomplishment and the beauty of the sunrise from the summit will be an unforgettable experience.

It’s important to note that the Northern Circuit is the only route that offers views of the southern flanks, western forests, and northern plains with minimal crowding. If you have the extra time and resources at your disposal, we highly recommend choosing this route for your Kilimanjaro climb.

Immerse yourself in stunning scenery, enjoy panoramic views, and experience the unique beauty of the Northern Circuit. This 9-day trek promises an unforgettable adventure and the opportunity to create lifelong memories on the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

Highlights of the Route?

The six-day Lemosho route variation is not recommended due to the challenges of covering the distance and elevation within the allotted time. It can lead to difficulties and potential symptoms of altitude sickness.

On day 2, the journey from Forest Camp to Shira 2 is particularly long and involves a significant elevation gain of 3,000 feet. This quick pace and elevation gain can increase the risk of altitude sickness, with climbers potentially experiencing symptoms as early as the second day of the climb.

Furthermore, the combination of day four and day five creates a very demanding schedule. Day four involves a full day of trekking from Barranco to Barafu. After dinner and a partial night’s sleep, climbers begin the long and strenuous summit day around midnight. The six-day Lemosho route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.

Given these challenges, it is advisable to consider a longer duration for the Lemosho route to allow for better acclimatization and a more manageable pace. This will help reduce the risk of altitude sickness and ensure a safer and more enjoyable climb.

It’s important to prioritize your safety and well-being when planning a Kilimanjaro climb. Considering a longer itinerary or alternative routes can provide a more balanced and comfortable experience, allowing for proper acclimatization and rest.

Route Itinerary

Arrival Day

You will be greeted on arrival by our friendly JAMBO MAASAI TOURS TEAM who will transfer you to your hotel in either Moshi or Arusha. After meals or refreshments, mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipment inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Day 1: Moshi / Arusha to Lemosho Gate To Forest Camp

You set out in vehicles to the starting point on the Lemosho route. At the gate, you meet the rest of the Crew and set off at a leisurely pace into Afromontane forest. Lunch is taken en-route and the camp is reached midafternoon. Overnight at Forest Camp.

Day 2: Forest Camp to Shira 1 Camp

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you descend through podocarpus and juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and Shira plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp midafternoon. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, this will be a short day and you arrive at Shira 2 Camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatization with the option of an afternoon walk with your Guides. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Lover Tower Camp

The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heath zone in to the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature which ranges and conditions that typify this zone. A half-day walk is taken where lunch is taken in Camp. In the afternoon, depending on the weather conditions, there is an option to scramble to the top of the nearby Lava Tower. Overnight at Lava Tower Camp.

Day 5: Lover Tower Camp to Karanga Camp

The section to Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon, you arrive at the Camp. Sunset here is particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1,000 meters (over 3,000 feet) above you. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

You will have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following day. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight. Early dinner and early sleep ready for the summit. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Kibo Crater Camp

Unlike other itineraries depending on the route used with a nighttime ascent, our hike selection will allow you a daytime ascent to Kibo Crater Camp. The hike is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team to the rim of Kibo, proceeds descending a little way into the caldera to Kibo Crater Camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of your Guides. Overnight at Kibo Crater Camp.

Day 8: Kibo Crater Camp Down to Millenium Camp

After a night at the Crater, you now have the shortest final Summit bid compared to other routes arriving at sunrise, which is quite spectacular. The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak amongst the freestanding mountains in the World. After taking some photographs            and admiring the scenery, you then descend for a final night on the mountain to Millennium   Camp passing through the heath zone. Endemic proteas, pollinated by malachite sunbirds are plentiful. Overnight at Millenium Camp (FULL BOARD).

Day 9: Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid-day, you arrive at Mwenka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. After saying farewell to your Crew you will be taken for lunch at Moshi or for a day at leisure and evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.