8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro & Success Rate

8 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro & Success Rate. Lemosho Route is the longest of the standard routes and is without doubt the most beautiful. Expect some of the most extraordinary scenery anywhere in Africa, with well-preserved forests, sweeping moorland, heather forests, and high desert. Lemosho Route also offers easy walking days and plenty of opportunity for altitude adjustment.

The route approaches the summit from the west via the Londorossi Gate and one of the most remote quarters of the region. The trailhead is a little more difficult to reach, so Lemosho can sometimes be a more expensive options

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to MtiMkumbwa(2,650 m/8,692 ft)

Hike time: 3hrs

Elevation Change: + 650 M/+2,132

Estimation distance: 10 km

Final Elevation: 2,650 m/8,694 ft

After a 1 1/2 hour drive from Moshi check-in is at the Londorossi Gate. Day 1 is fairly easy with a 3/4 hour climb to MitiMkubwa Camp.

Day 2: MtiMkubwa (2,650 m/8,692 ft) to Shira One Camp (3,609 m/11,841 ft.)

Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs

Elevation change: + 950 M/+3116

Estimation distance: 12 km

Final Elevation: 3609 m/11,841 ft

A few hours walk will see the end of the forest and the beginning of a climb through the heather forest to the edge of the Shira Caldera. The destination is the scenic Shira One Camp.

Day 3: Shira One Camp (3,609 m/11,841 ft.) to Shira Two Camp (3,849 m/12,628 ft.)

Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs

Elevation change: + 240 M/+787 ft

Elevation distance: 5 km

Final elevation: 3849 m/12,628 ft.

Today is spent on a gentle hike across the Shira Plateau with possible side trips to Shira Cathedral. Camp is at the first high camp of Shira Two.
NOTE: From Shira Two Camp the trail links with Machame Route.

Day 4: Shira Two Camp (3,849 m/12,628 ft.) to Barranco Hut (3,948 m/12,956 ft.)

Hike time: 5 hrs

Elevation change: +100 M/+328 ft

Estimated distance: 6 km

Final elevation: 3948 m/12,956 ft

The real work of climbing Kilimanjaro begins here. Today the main feature is a slow climb to Lava Camp followed by a descent to the beautiful Barranco Camp. This is the Climb-High-Sleep-Low principle of altitude adjustment.

Day: 5 Barranco Hut (3,900 m/12,800 ft) to Karanga Valley (3,963 m/13,000 ft)

Hike time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation change: +100 m/+328 ft

Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles

Final elevation: 3,963 m/13,000 ft

After a climb of the Great Barranco Wall, we continue around the southern circuit train until we reach another scenic location of Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Karanga Valley (3,963 m/13,000 ft) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m/15,091 ft)

Hike time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation change: +600 m/+1,968 ft

Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles

Final elevation: 4,600 m/15,091 ft

The trail from Karanga to Barafu reaches the bleak high desert of Kilimanjaro. Barafu Camp is a basic camp geared towards the business of reaching the summit.

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,091 ft) to The Summit (5,896 m/19,343 ft) and then to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft)

Summit time: 7 hrs

Elevation change: +1,300 m/+4,265 ft

Estimated distance: 5km/3.2 miles

Final elevation: 5,896 m/19,343 ft

Descent time: 5 hrs

Elevation change: -2,800 m/-9,186 ft

Estimated distance: 12km/7.5 miles

Final elevation: 3,100 m, 10,170 ft

This is a midnight ‘Alpine Summit’ to make sure we reach the summit by dawn, in time to return to Mweka Camp for the sake of improvement.

Day 8: Mweka Hut (3,100 m/10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate (1,828 m/6,000 ft)

Descent time: 4 hrs

Elevation change: -1,250 m/-4,101 ft

Estimated distance: 10km/6.21

Final elevation: 1,828 m/6,000 ft

Today is a short walk towards Mweka Gate and pickup. It is a short day with arrival at the Gate at about 12:00 noon. Checkout and return to Moshi.

What is the Lemosho Route Summit Success Rate?

Due to its longer length profile, summit success rates on the Lemosho route are one of the highest on the mountain. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all operators is 90% for the 8-day trek and an 85% success rate for the 7-day trek. However, We have a success rate of over 95% for the 8-day Lemosho route and a 92% success rate for the 7-day option. Read more about how many days it takes to climb Kilimanjaro to know why we recommend longer treks.

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