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. This is the longest and most remote route to Kilimanjaro. After beautiful forests and moorlands it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route.
The forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and Other game. The South Circuit is then followed, offering superb views of the Southern Icefields, past the Barranco Hut Then on to Barafu and hence the summit. Descent is by the Mweka Route. However the campsite A party wishing to ascend slowly can comfortably take 8 days on this route as described below.
At Shira Hut and at Karanga Valley could be left out by a very strong party on request. The Mweka Route is used for the descent. Accommodation on the mountain is in tents ‘except Marangu Route which they use huts’ which our team will pitch for you. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp.
Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended. (Click on Map to open larger image).