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Mt. Kilimanjaro; Lemosho Route (6 - 7 days)

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations


  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking, Jungle Tour, Nature

  • Price
    $1600 USD per trip
  • Duration

    6 or 7 days depending on client specification

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)


  • Starting Location


  • Price Includes

    Price includes: Round trip transportation between Arusha and Kilimanjaro Trail head/Gate. 3 meals per day while trekking, either vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Guided and Assistant Guide, Cook, porter, salary. Nighttime accommodation in camps or huts, depending on route, while trekking. First night/last night bed-and-breakfast accommodations in Arusha Crown Hotel. All park fees. 2 ways Transfer from/to Kilimanjaro Airport/Complementary – Not in price list. Price does NOT include: Meals not outlined in the regular itinerary. Tips for guides and porters. Airfares and airport taxes. International visas for Tanzania. Medical/evacuation trip insurance.

  • Notes

    The extra day if chosen is at an extra cost of $260 per person. General area tipping guidelines: Chief Guide $20 per day Assistant Guide $15 per day Cook $10 per day Porter $5 per day An important note from World Tours & Safaris for awareness on abuse of porters: Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not but rather whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind. If your guides and porters have not met your expectations please inform WORLD TOURS & SAFARIS at the office immediately and don’t feel obligated to give a tip. If they press you for a tip during your trek inform WORLD TOURS & SAFARIS as well as this is against company policy. To be honest Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not a cheap holiday! Of course you try to save money where you can. The temptation is big to go hunting for the cheapest Kilimanjaro climb. DON’T! Do not start your search for a Kilimanjaro climb by looking at the cost first. If you do, you may end up paying the ultimate price, or someone else may have to pay it for you… Prices between operators do vary wildly depending on the quality/experience/expertise from $1000 to $4000 and above. (There are some operators advertising cheap Kilimanjaro climbs that cost below $1000. Don’t go there… Actually, don’t go below $1500 including transfer, and accommodation. You’ll see why…) Be sure to get a good company – watch out for Kili Cowboys, make sure prices include Park Fees and they use proper porter/guide ratios, operate under Kilimanjaro National Park regulations, with Company of long established and have a good reputation. Kilimanjaro porters are not usually employed permanently. Some quality responsible operators have teams of porters that they use on all their climbs, but most porters freelance. They may walk to the National Park gate every day, sometimes for many miles, hoping that someone will be looking for porters. That’s where many budget operators pick up their porters. Budget operators do not pay their staff well, in some cases not at all. Kilimanjaro porters don’t have many options. There are many more porters available than needed, and they are all desperate for work. A porter on a budget Kilimanjaro climb may not get paid at all by the company. Those porters rely solely on your tips to feed their family. Correspondingly you will be expected (and if needed hassled) to pay much higher tips than you would on a quality climb. Your porters will likely still end up with less money in their hands, since few climbers are aware of this. (And if you pay all tips to the guide to distribute, the porters may see little if any of the money. A responsible climb operator will have tents and equipment not only for clients, but also for staff. That costs money. Carrying that equipment up and down the mountain needs extra porters. That costs money. Feeding the porters in a way that actually sustains them during the climb also costs money, both for the food itself and for carrying it up the mountain. Every year several Kilimanjaro porters die, but you won’t hear about it. They die of exposure (freeze to death), a result of the insufficient clothing, shelter and food supplied to them during the climb. Also, was it really such a great buy if you then fail to make it to the summit? Would you really feel good to know that children have to go hungry or aren’t able to continue their education, just so you could save a few bucks? Doubtful. Make no mistake: very, very few operators pay or treat their porters fairly. Some of the big, well known outfitters are amongst the worst. Don’t assume just because someone is mentioned in a big guidebook they must be doing the right thing. More often than not they don’t. Book a cheap Kilimanjaro climb and you are fully supporting the shameless exploitation of the very people who make it possible for you to climb Kilimanjaro at all, the Kilimanjaro porters. Please research for more information on the plight of porters on Kilimanjaro, and for information on very worthwhile projects that are trying to improve the situation.


  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro on one of the most interesting and varied paths Tanzania has to offer. Journey through the rainforest for 2 days, before slowly beginning your ascent.
  • Touted as Mt. Kilimanjaro's best trekking route for an easy acclimatization to altitude, the Lemosho route takes trekkers through an authentic Tanzanian odyssey.
  • With an armed ranger for protection while your trek goes through wild jungle, your travels are well-protected.

Trip Info

The Lemosho route up to Mt. Kilimanjaro is rarely used, as it is regarded as one of the more authentically wild routes toward the summit – this route is one of the few where an armed ranger accompanies the traveler from the first day; the nearby Lemosho Glades sport a healthy number of inhabitants including buffalo, elephant, and other wildlife. The minimum duration for this route is generally 6 days, however it is strongly recommended to allow an extra day’s worth of rest to allow the body to acclimatize, which will reduce the effects of altitude sickness. This 1 day allowance will make your journey to the summit much easier and more enjoyable.

The Lemosho Route is a newer route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west. It is a difficult and long route, but one that is favored by most reputable Kilimanjaro outfitters due to its smaller crowds, scenic variety and high success rates.
A vehicle is used to bring climbers to the gate, where the trail begins in the rainforest. Lemosho trekkers have a longer distance to cover in the rainforest ecosystem than other routes, and as a result climbers do not exit the rainforest until the end of day two. This schedule means that the Lemosho Route is a longer route, usually taking seven to eight days to complete. Though considered a difficult route, the added days on the lower slopes of the mountain make this the best route for altitude acclimatization. The descent is down Mweka, in the south-east. Because the starting point is far from Moshi, it is more expensive to climb this route due to the added transportation cost of getting climbers to the gate. Scenically, Lemosho is considered the most varied and most beautiful because it begins in the rainforest, crosses the spectacular Shira Plateau, and then combines with the Machame route to share its viewpoints around the southern circuit. Lemosho has low crowds until it combines with Machame. Lemosho is ideal for those who place a premium on proper altitude acclimatization, who are confident in their ability to walk over steeper paths for extended periods, and want a lesser used route for their adventure. However, Lemosho is also more expensive than the other routes.


The main itinerary differences between the Lemosho 6 day and 7 day routes are as follows:

6 Day Itinerary:
Day 1 to 3: Are similar for both routes.

Day 4: Start hiking from the Barranco camp at 8:00am and hike approximately 6.6km to Karanga camp, expect to arrive around 12h00 for lunch, dinner and overnight. (An after lunch acclimatisation hike could be a good idea should you feel up to it)

Day 5: Hike 3.3km from Karanga camp to Barafu camp. You can expect to arrive to Barranco by around 11:00am which will allow much more time to rest, enjoy dinner, prepare your summit gear and rest till 23:30pm when you will be woken up for the start of the summit attempt. (An after lunch acclimatisation hike could once again be a good idea should you feel up to it)

Day 6: Start the summit attempt just after midnight and expect to reach the summit by sunrise. Descend to Barafu camp and then to Mweka camp which you should reach by around 16:00pm.


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