- Date 2018 - 2019
- Departure Kilimanjaro
Lemosho Route is one most preferred route to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its panoramic views of the mountain from various side and high summit success rate.
Trails on the route are filled with the varied scenic backdrop of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The route is less crowded as compared to other routes making it ideal from first-time trekkers. The route due to its longer schedule provides better acclimatisation for the climbers, which widens the chance of a successful summit.
Lemosho Route begins on the west side of Kilimanjaro from Londorossi Gate. After which the trek proceeds through the deep rainforest to Shira plateau over the next two days. The trail then, moves eastward of the Shira Plateau to the Lava Tower in a flat hike. The route then heads down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Following which the descent is made through the Mweka route.
It is recommended to take the Lemosho Route with a crater night, to experience the amazing experience of Carter camp. The expedition to carter camp is one of the most adventurous parts of Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking. It gives you a chance of sleeping overnight in the bowl of the crater.
Popote Africa provides three Lemosho tour packages along the Lemosho Route.
The geological features that the trail offers rightly justify all the high accolades the route gets as the most rivetingly stunning route on Kilimanjaro. Verdant rainforests, giant lava towers, rocky ridges massive craters, stunning glaciers, alpine deserts hold your attention on the trek through to the ice capped peak.
Lemosho route is of recent provenance but strictly speaking, it is an improved version of the Shira route. Opinion remains firmly divided on the demanding nature of the trail but it is undoubtedly the most scenic. Together with low traffic and high success rates, it is becoming a preferred route for trekkers.
Starting off from the montane forest you would experience mild humid climate with the possibility of rain. As you push upwards into the heather moorlands it gets challenging. Characterized by dry arid conditions, here daytime temperature can soar above 40C and night the temperature drops to 0C with gusting winds. It only gets extreme as you continue your ascent into the alpine deserts with below freezing temperatures complementing the burning sun. At the summit, feast your eyes on shining glaciers to round off your journey
The longer duration and slower pace of ascent allow time for acclimatization and increase the chances of reaching the summit. More time on the trail allows soaking in more sights of the stunning vistas. The longer duration of the trek beside it being a relatively new route means the trail is less trafficked and allows for an uncluttered trek